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The Way Home: Beyond Feminism, Back to Reality Paperback – March, 1985

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway Books; 11th Printing edition (March 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891073450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891073451
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,443,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mary Pride entered the working world at age 15, as a bookkeeper. Paying her own way through college, she earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a Master's degree in Computer Systems Engineering. Later, she studied theology at Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. Before she became a Christian in 1977, Mrs. Pride had been active as a radical feminist. From her experience as an insider at the very beginning of the modern feminist movement, she shares a clear assessment of the shortcomings of feminism, and emphasizes the need to develop a new vision of Christian womanhood which is deeply rooted in biblical truth. At the time of writing the original edition of The Way Home, Mrs. Pride and her husband had three children. Twenty-five years later, they have nine, all professing Christians. Their family business publishes a number of books, magazines, and websites devoted to reviving authentic Christian family life. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Customer Reviews

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to live a blessed and happy life.
If you want a hate-fest, starting with women but including anyone not agreeing with Ms. Pride, by all means buy this book.
Jon Trott
I guess I'm the woman Friedan would say gave up all her potential for a husband and children!
Emily-Kate Kuhs

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178 of 215 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Pride on June 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
As Mary Pride's eldest daughter, I was checking out for fun what people have written about my mother's books here on Amazon. Naturally, I am very proud of my mother, and I think this book is wonderful.
I would like to respond to some of the other reviewers, who have posted suppositions about my mother and her life to support their criticism of The Way Home. First, staying at home is _not_ a 20th-century invention. Quite the opposite, in fact. Yes, women worked hard through the ages, but at _house work._ Who does this particular reviewer think scrubbed the floors, cooked food over a fire, spun, wove and sewed the clothes, etc? This was the women, and they raised the children. Any elementary study of history will tell you this.
To the people who commented on my mother's "hypocrisy" in working and telling other mothers not to: While I was growing up (I am 20 years old now), my mother traveled to two or three conventions a year, this is true. She always took at least one of us kids with her, however; conventions were a learning experience, and never lasted more than a week. She writes and works from our home, and mixes the time with correcting assignments and talking to kids. I cannot tell you how wonderful it has been having her at home. I cannot imagine it any other way.
Big families: To the woman who said that it can hardly be helpful to have older kids help raise the younger, obviously she has never encountered a large family. My older brother spontaneously taught me to read when I was three years old, meaning that by the time I was eight I was reading Isaac Asimov's science fiction. I myself helped teach my younger siblings many subjects, including Latin, so that now when I think about teaching any future children, I know that I _can.
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50 of 63 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 1998
Format: Paperback
I was glad to find a book that offers an alternative to building a career outside the home. It is one thing to say "stay home with your family and be a homemaker" and another to actually define a fulfilling role inside the home. I spent years of schooling preparing to work outside the home, but this is the first book I have read that explains how to be fulfilled while staying in the home. Mary Pride was an engineer before she started a family. She relates to the educated woman who chooses to invest her time and talents into her family instead of a career outside the home. I appreciated the outline that she has for practical ways to do this. I felt like I was inspired to see my role at home as significant and necessary to the well being of my family and friends. Most media tells me that it doesn't make any difference whether you are at home or not. She talks about working from the home and working your career around your family, even if it means putting it on hold for other priorities. I have recommended this book to lots of people who are thinking of staying home with their children, but aren't sure they will be happy staying at home.
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37 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Sara M. Cappello on September 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
Ms. Pride does a good job of illustrating how deceived many Christian women have become by our secular culture and its anti-child attitudes, all in the name of self-fulfillment. This attitude is death to our marriages, our family life, ourselves - the potential of the Christians we could become if we only were willing to listen to the teachings of the Holy Spirit.

However, she does a lousy job of encouraging women who have decided to throw off the world's influences and are facing the sometimes arduous task of swimming upstream in a world that is entirely self-centered, in order to better glorify the Lord. Better to read something like Nancy Wilson's "Praise Her in the Gates" or "Be Fruitful and Multiply" by Nancy Campbell. These authors do more than just condemn - they convict and provide real encouragement (yes! Children can actually be a joy! There can be freedom in following the Lord instead of the crowd!)...even my husband (who is our sole breadwinner and is "quiverfull-minded") was turned off by Ms. Pride's "piss and vinegar" (his words) attitude. The Lord wants us to be more than just slaves to his Word - he wants us to be cheerful givers.

Ms. Pride also has no business giving you her opinion on what she thinks the Bible says you are allowed to do with your own husband, in your own bedroom (re: Chapter 3: "The Joy of Unkinky Sex"). Better to go straight to the Word (see "Song of Songs", The Holy Bible) for THE LORD'S TAKE on what glorifies Him.
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27 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
I read the rest of the reviews before I read the book, because I had heard of it and wondered what others thought.The reviewers seem pretty clearly divided between "love it" and "hate it" case you hadn't noticed. That made me read through it more carefully, because the accusation of poor exegesis is not one to be taken lightly. For the record, the comments on pps 41&42 re: "she shall be saved through childbearing" conclude that Paul is informing women of their role in the church (since he says they are not to be teachers or leaders), NOT that they do not need Christ to be saved. Mary Pride points to 1 Tim. 4:16, which she says is the same grammatical construction, to support this idea, saying that Paul is showing various people addressed in this passage what their roles are.
I think that this book raises some very pertinent questions. I cannot address the topic of poor exegesis with any authority except that of someone who has also read the passages referred to. There may indeed be other interpretations for these passages, but Mary's veiwpoint certainly seemed supportable, even within the context of the rest of scripture, to me. I intend to buy a copy of this book for myself so that I can study it more in depth, and make notes in the margins. Whether she is right or wrong, she certainly raises issues that the Church needs to address. She is very blunt. I like that. Many don't, especially when the person being blunt is telling them that they are wrong.
I highly recommend this book for every Christian who is married or considering marriage. The issues it raises are issues that ought to be wrestled with, and a conclusion come to. We are commanded to know what we believe, and always be ready to give a defense. I noticed that those who didn't like the book claimed her interpretation was flawed, but didn't offer any specifics. This is something that you will have to research, and decide for yourself.
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