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  • Series: From Loren Cunningham
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: YWAM Publishing (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576581837
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576581834
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Loren Cunningham has been teaching on the subject of women in ministry for over thirty years. Youth With A Mission -- the interdenominational international mission he founded with his wife, Darlene -- has led in releasing people to obey God's call: young people, laypersons, short-term workers, non-Western missionaries, and women. Having ministered in every nation of the world, Loren knows firsthand how much hinges on the question Why Not Women?

David Joel Hamilton is a veteran missionary and scholar who wrote his master's thesis on the difficult Bible passages related to the ministry of women, an extensive work in which he cites some four hundred books and articles.

Janice Rogers lives with her husband, Jim, in Lindale, Texas, where they are pioneering a communications training center, Youth With A Mission Woodcrest. They have three grown sons who all are working with YWAM. Janice is also the sister of Loren Cunningham, with whom she has written three other books.

Customer Reviews

This book was an easy read from page one.
Lefty
The author has done an excellent job in the research of the issues of women from a scholar's perspective.
B. J. Jenkins
I highly recommend this book to women and men alike!
Christine J. Warner

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88 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Conservative Mom on January 31, 2004
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This book opened my eyes to the difference between the beliefs we hold from our upbringing and culture, and the beliefs actually based on the Word of God. This book is very factual, exhaustively researched, and infinitely practical. In "Why Not Women", Loren Cunningham explains the history behind the oppression of women in Greek and Roman societies which led to centuries of discrimination in our western society, and even infiltrated the Church. He shows how Jesus and the early church were truly revolutionary in their equal treatment of women. David Hamilton digs into the controversial passages in God's Word to show how our preconceived biases have tainted our interpretation of these verses. He clearly breaks down the original language of the text in order to show what the writers were truly saying. If you are willing to let God's Word, not your opinions, determine what is truth, this book will open your eyes to God's heart for women, and the giftings and callings he has given them.

To those reviewers who are obviously threatened by the subject matter and seem content to merely prooftext scriptures to back up their bias, I have this recommendation: try actually READING this book before you review it. The authors dig into the original language and context of every scripture you misquote. A little research might do you some good.
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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 29, 2001
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I have read more than a few books on this topic, and I must say that Why Not Women? provides one of the most well-rounded treatment of the subject. It covers not only the academic side by going through the biblical basis for women as full participants in life and ministry, but also shows how God has used women to minister. Historical background is also covered, but is not dry. It does not use an argumentative tone. While there are other good books on this topic, this one definitely seemed more "full of the Spirit" (for lack of a better phrase). It seems -- at least to me -- to proceed directly from the heart of God, rather than from a human agenda. If you read no other book on this subject, this is the one you should choose!
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55 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Tony Rush VINE VOICE on May 29, 2005
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Quite simply, much of our history has been spent in telling women that they aren't as good as men. In times past, this belief has manifested itself in various ways such as requiring two women's testimony in court to refute a single man's testimony. By treating them as property instead of people. By allowing them to be put to death if they couldn't demonstrate bleeding on their wedding night (true -- see Deuteronomy).

And spiritually, it's been equally silly. Women aren't allowed to teach in the same room where there's a man. Women aren't allowed to pray if a man is present. Women can't lead, teach, preach or even speak in church. Many denominations (and religions) have taught that woman's role is to be at the capricious whims of their husbands without regarding whether the husband is actually on track with God's will.

As a result of this teaching, the body of Christ has operated for nearly 2,000 years with one arm tied behind its back. Women have been relegated to a role of ineffeciveness.

The Apostle Paul was a controversial figure in that he saw women as what they are: glorious, valuable, strong individuals who have HUGE gifts, talents and strengths for God's work. However, the religious establishment has taken his writings, pulled them out of historical context and claimed them to mean something they do not.

"Why Not Women?" is a refreshing look at the spiritual power of women and what Paul REALLY meant in those controversial -- and often misinterpreted -- verses. It's definitely worth your time, attention and money.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By martine extermann on December 28, 2003
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I loved this book. I have read since many years the arguments from the complementarian and the equalitarian sides of the debate (plus all the nuances within each one). What I particularly like here are the analyses of David Hamilton on the various controversial passages. Having studied classical Greek for four years, I really appreciate the sound linguistic approach. Plus, this is really a book for the Christian in the pew. David Hamilton has an amazing talent to render linguistic concepts clear. One reviewer deplored the absence of exhaustive theological references, but this has been addressed in many scholarly books. The reader interested in digging further can find a list of them classified by theme at [...] , for example.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By C. F. McKnight on August 23, 2004
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I have read this book and studied it thoroughly. I also had 2 other highly respected, very credible women read this book to make sure I wasn't "going astray". They gave me the thumbs up on this. Directed to "heitland", nowhere does Cunningham and Hamilton "take away our God-given distinctives" in the book. They clearly recognize and distinguish our male/female differences. To "darren-christy brown", they do not eliminate the God-established roles of male and female in the family. While Christ "submits" to the Father, He was also empowered by God to do His will. The cross and the blood of Jesus equally empowered all those who believe - male and female - in Him. Of course we are different. Nevertheless, God's design was for us to serve one another and to submit to one another - check it out. It's all there in scripture. Excuse me, but your bias is showing. : ) This book gives women their rightful role to do all that God intended. That should not be a threat to any man. That should be a wonderful complement to their lives. I would encourage men and women to read this and find the wonderful blessings that are in this book to encourage the Lord's work and how honoring one another will accomplish much more than trying to "keep a woman in her place". It was enlightening to say the least.
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