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Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife: My Story of Finding Hope after Domestic Abuse Paperback – March 1, 2016
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Tucker’s book is nothing less than a damning indictment of the church’s tendency to justify or turn a blind eye to abuses happening within our own ranks. It is a prophetic call to re-think our theology of male and female. The church belongs on the forefront in the battle to root out and end abuse, to provide safe haven for the abused, and to see that abusers are brought to justice. -- Carolyn Custis James, author of Malestrom: Manhood Swept into the Currents of a Fallen World
Ruth Tucker’s historical and biblical scholarship has informed my own journey and that of countless egalitarians. In this book, however, her pedagogy is a story of abuse---her own. It is as powerful as it is personal, exposing the perils of a patriarchal reading of Scripture. Because Ruth’s experiences are all too common, Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife is essential reading for pastors, seminarians, counselors, NGO workers, and indeed anyone who believes God speaks to us from the pages of Scripture. -- Dr. Mimi Haddad, president of Christians for Biblical Equality (www.cbeinternational.org)
I first knew Ruth Tucker as a colleague when she was much closer to the beginning of the story she recounts in this book. Ironically (or providentially), it was when she joined a team of women scholars working on a volume whose subtitle was Facing the Challenge of Gender Reconciliation. In Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife, she recounts the messy but also redemptive details of her own struggle with domestic violence---a topic that, one way or another, affects us all. This is a very courageous account that should motivate readers to action, even as it may disturb them. -- Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen, professor (emerita) of psychology, Eastern University
About the Author
Ruth A. Tucker (PhD, Northern Illinois University) has taught mission studies and church history at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Calvin Theological Seminary. She is the author of dozens of articles and eighteen books, including the award-winning From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya. Visit her website at www.RuthTucker.com.
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Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife will open your eyes to the wickedness of the abuser as he hides among us in the church, working his evil behind the scenes while wearing a guise of "holiness." For those negative reviewers who seem to believe that such a scenario is rare, I can certainly announce that it is anything but rare. Men (less commonly women) who are defined by a profound sense of entitlement to the possession of power and control are found in virtually every local church where they are left unchallenged.
Does complementarianism (ie, husband is an authoritative head, wife is to obey him) promote domestic abuse in "Christian" marriages? The answer is most certainly "yes," because most typically it fails to clearly teach what "head" and "submit" (see Ephesians 5) really mean, thus leaving the abuser to a sense of justification in abusing his wife.
And before critics dismiss me, along with Ruth Tucker, as "typical egalitarians who deny the authority of Scripture" let me say you are wrong. I believe Ephesians 5 and every other Scripture as the authoritative word of God, and I saw nothing in Ruth's book that would indicate she believes anything less than that.
Get this book. Read it. And weep over the gross injustice being done to abuse victims by that which claims to be the body of Christ.