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The Black Swan Effect: A Response to Gender Hierarchy in the Church Paperback – March 24, 2014
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About the Author
Felicity Dale received her medical training at Barts Hospital in London, and worked as a family doctor before leaving to look after her own family of four children.
In 1987, the Dales moved to the United States where they developed businesses to support themselves, and jumped heart-first into church planting. They helped to found House2House, an organization that equips the simple/organic/house church movement around the world.
Felicity has authored Getting Started and An Army of Ordinary People, and, with Tony and George Barna, is co-author of Small is Big!
Felicity’s interest in the topic of women began back in the UK where she was restricted in her gifting as a strategic thinker in the church because of her gender. This led to a decades long pursuit of the Biblical truth about women in ministry. She writes and blogs frequently about women in the Kingdom of God.
The co-authors of this book include a team of men and women, all of whom have a passion to see women released and partnering with men for the harvest. Between them, they have authored more than 50 books.
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This is the book every Christian who has a daughter should read. There are a lot of books coming out now that champion women of God using their gifts, talents, and time to bring glory to God and to "do the work of building the kingdom." It seems that in conservative churches, this work is only being done by the male portion of the congregation. When a woman operates in a position of leadership, it's deemed that she is only there because there was no man who was willing (qualified or not) to do the job. As a result, Christian ministries are handicapped out of the gate.
I found this book refreshing and historically honest. I had a disagreement with the perspective of the book on the role of women in Judaism in the first century, but overall the arguments put forth in the book were strong.
One of the things I loved about the book was that the book is an anthology of the perspectives of several writers, both men and women. Some are part of the house church movement and some are in the traditional conservative church. I loved seeing the differing viewpoints and experiences. Some are strongly biblical and theological in their arguments and some are more warm and personal, and share from a ministry perspective.
If you have a daughter or if you are a woman who is frustrated with conservative Church or if you've left the church over the hypocrisy of this issue, you owe it to yourself to read this book.
This is a deeply important issue that has serious Kingdom implications. I so very highly recommend this book, no matter which side of the fence you find yourself on. I encourage you to allow it to challenge you and your ideologies through biblical study and context.
This is a challenging and incredibly life-giving call to biblical Christianity through bold hermeneutics. This is the kind of conversation we need to be having.
The book has several contributing authors, both men and women; and each of them have such vital wisdom, experience, and knowledge to impart.
Seriously! Read this book!
The benefit of a wide variety of contributors to the book has offered a balance in perspective and experience. I loved how each writer shared their own story of their personal journey and what they had learned.
Through the ages there have been women who responded to the call of God breaking through the barriers of "propriety". In our time books have been written breaking the ground for women to be released more freely to follow the call in their own lives. The Black Swan Effect is the opening of a conversation that needs to take place where women don't have to barge in the door, but the door is open for them.
With 13 contributors, this book is not only the voice of godly sisters standing up for the value of women but also godly brothers who are willing to take a stand as well. What a blessing to see so many bring something to the table - experience (good and bad ones), missiology, theology, ecclesiology, sociology - all with a good dose of Kingdom-focus, soul-healing, captives-freeing, imago-Dei honoring goodness!
Thank you for this contribution to the Kingdom!
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