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Fashioned to Reign: Empowering Women to Fulfill Their Divine Destiny Hardcover – August 15, 2013

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I wrote this book because I want to incite a revolution that empowers the women I love so dearly, who wake up every day to a world of discrimination simply because of their sex. The most troubling aspect of this oppression is that the Church is often found leading it!

Yet God created mankind in His image and likeness; He made them male and female because the fullness of God can be expressed only by both the masculine and feminine attributes. When women are not honored, or when they are oppressed in society, half of the nature of God Himself is "imprisoned" in the magnificence of femininity. God commissioned both sexes to co-reign over the planet. It was only after the fall of mankind and the ensuing curse that men were given rulership over women.

When Jesus died on the cross, He destroyed the curse. But two thousand years later, most of the Church is still relegating women to the ball and chain of Eve's deception. Instead of the Body of Christ leading a revolution that honors women, the Church has actually been the catalyst for centuries of patriarchal oppression. In fact, in the last hundred years, while the world has begun to champion women and give them places of leadership in politics, business, education and every realm of society, parts of the Body of Christ will not even allow women to be elders in local congregations.

We have failed to realize that Jesus founded the women's liberation movement more than two thousand years ago. Isn't it high time the Church of Jesus Christ led the revolution?

--Kris Vallotton|Kris Vallotton is the senior associate leader at Bethel Church in Redding, California, where he has served with Bill Johnson for more than three decades. He is the bestselling author or co-author of ten books, including Spirit Wars, Outrageous Courage, The Supernatural Ways of Royalty and How Heaven Invades Earth. His prophetic insight and humorous delivery make him a much-sought-after international conference speaker, and his personal testimony of deliverance from fear and torment brings hope and freedom to thousands.

Kris is also the co-founder and senior overseer of Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry and the founder of Moral Revolution. He has been interviewed on numerous media outlets, including The 700 Club and In the Market with Janet Parshall.

Kris and his wife, Kathy, who live in Redding, have been happily married since 1975. They have four children (three of whom are in full-time vocational ministry) and eight grandchildren.

For more information,
visit www.kvministries.com
or find Kris on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/kvministires.

From the Back Cover

It's Time for a Revolution

In the Garden, woman was taken out of man to stand by his side and co-reign with him. But Satan's schemes have robbed women of their rightful identity, disempowering and defacing them. The world aches for God's original partnership to be brought into balance once more--and it can be.
Join Kris Vallotton for an extraordinary journey of eye-opening insight, including

• God's true plan and purpose for women
• Jesus' radical teachings and care for women
• men's important role in restoring women
• the true meaning of difficult Bible passages about women
• examples of women in leadership as God intended

God fashioned women to reign alongside men. Jesus set women free to be beautiful and powerful. It's time for us, as daughters and sons of the King, to rule together in glory again. Will you join the revolution?

"We have failed to realize that Jesus founded the women's liberation movement more than two thousand years ago. Isn't it high time His Church led the revolution?"--Kris Vallotton


"Off the charts. Worthy to be read and studied by all. You won't be able to put it down."--Patricia King, founder, XP Ministries

"Read, weigh and embrace the spirit, truth and heartbeat of this book. This biblical approach rightly addresses unright arguments of strained interpretations. Such balance and beauty make sense and offer wisdom. I say, 'Amen!'"--Pastor Jack Hayford, chancellor, The King's University, Dallas/Los Angeles

"This profound work is a must-read for men and women alike; it has the potential to instill courage in the hearts of men and give women permission to dream again."--Bill Johnson, senior leader, Bethel Church, Redding, California; author, The Essential Guide to Healing and When Heaven Invades Earth

"Finally, a biblical perspective that encourages women to remain themselves and still take their God-given places of leadership."--Stacey Campbell, author, Praying the Bible; co-founding pastor, New Life Church, Kelowna, British Columbia

"This compelling work will elevate your awareness, challenge some presuppositions and invite you to grow in the grace of the Lord Jesus."--Dr. Mark J. Chironna, Church On The Living Edge, Mark Chironna Ministries, Orlando, Florida

"This must-read will empower you to regain your identity that Satan stole and live the life God created you to live."--Cynthia Brazelton, pastor, Victory Christian Ministries International

"Vallotton presents a biblical perspective on the role of women. It is thoroughly grounded in Scripture and addresses teaching found frequently in the church that has oppressed women over centuries, either through limiting their roles or by allowing them equality based only on embracing masculine traits. Rather than being condemnatory or confrontational, this book simply presents a biblical view of what a woman is and where she is called to be....I'm blessed to have been in a church which does empower its women. That wasn't always the case, however, and I deeply enjoyed diving into the Bible with Kris as my guide to find out what God really says about men and women. It has enhanced my understanding of who I am as a woman and inspires me to instill that in the young women around me. This book is about truth and therefore would be great written by anyone. However, I realized that the fact it was written by a man and it is a man calling me into my divine design, it brought a deeper level of healing than I'd anticipated as well sending me on a journey digging deeper into God's heart....I recommend it for all women and anyone who knows any women!"  --Revival Magazine

"Fashioned to Reign considers the ever-lasting deception Christians face regarding women's role and purpose: a deception fostered by evil and which is not of God's plan. The disempowerment of women was the devil's idea - and God's true plan for women is very different. Woman was, in fact, designed to stand by man's side and reign with him, not under him - and Fashioned to Reign covers God's ultimate intention for women. Packed with scripture and information throughout, Fashioned to Reign is a powerful analysis perfect for any Christian collection." --Midwest Book Review
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Chosen Books (August 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800795601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800795603
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (266 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #494,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having found my way as a woman in ministry as a member of a conservative denomination, the issue of the biblical roles for women is one that is close to my heart. It's always refreshing when I come across someone with a perspective like Kris Vallotton's, who genuinely wants to see women set free to follow God's leadership in their lives. His new book, Fashioned to Reign, explores the biblical basis for empowering women to minister freely in the church. It's written in an approachable, easy to read style. Biblical exegesis is interwoven with profiles of powerful women leaders. There's much to like about this book, although I do have a few concerns.

The strongest section of this book--and the part I was most interested in-- were the chapters in which Vallotton deals with the "gotcha" passages like 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 and 1 Timothy 2:12-14. Generally his arguments are familiar to readers familiar with an egalitarian point of view. In a nutshell, he suggests that 1 Cor. 14:34-35 is a Corinthian question Paul quotes and then refutes. He also follows the line of argumentation that suggests the cultural background of Artemis worship underlined Paul's comments to Timothy in Ephesus. Vallotton reads the passage as a specific word to a specific church, not a prohibition against all women teaching all men for all time. I appreciated his observation that none of the New Testament churches actually had the whole New Testament. If that's the case and excluding women from eldership is such a key factor, why did Paul only restrict women's roles in three letters? Especially since, as Vallotton rightly points out, there is a long legacy of female leaders and prophets in the Old Testament that continues into the New Testament period.
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Kris did an amazing job addressing this sensitive subject. His research is thorough and inspiring. His insights are unique, while answering the frequent objections to this issue. At minimum, he will challenge your perspective. Ultimately readers will become a part of the answer. I really enjoyed this book.
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Really love most of this revelation of liberation Kris Valloton has shared. He lays out a great framework for a Spirit-inspired and location-specific understanding of the issue of women in the body of Christ. A hearty "Amen" to his willingness to leave behind the curse and press on to purpose!
I found a few things to be funky; I don't consider Wikipedia to be "real" sourcing - certainly wouldn't allow it is a high school paper, so he loses some scholarly credibility. I'm also trying to wrap my mind around his idea of an androgynous Adam and "wombman", and I'd hate that to become a focal point obscuring the greater message. I hope he doesn't lose too many with some of his more personal, esoteric takes on several issues.
That said, I love the call to be willing to look at things from God's point of view as opposed to generations of religious tradition and pre-Jesus context. "It was for freedom we were made free" - what will you do with your freedom. Well worth the read and invitation to a greater, fuller life!
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I choose to read this book because the topic is a 'hot potato' and I wanted to be challenged by a Kris as he has a ministry that I respect and have listened to for a few years.

Within my church context there is a high value placed on male headship. Women do lead and have leadership roles/titles in many other areas of our church life and occasionally preach but eldership which in our context is the most senior role is considered a male only role.

If you listen to Kris regularly or are aware of Bethel then some of his throw away comments, less thought out or researched points are easily glossed over which will allow you to enjoy both the heart and the spirit of this powerful book.

If your in a context like mine and have similar theological convictions to John Piper, Mark Discol and Wayne Grudem then you should read this book and allow the Holy Spirit to speak into your current way of thinking! He is the teacher of all truth. I might not agree with everything here but Kris really nailed the concept of co-reigning for me. My current theological box has been invaded by the Holy Spirit and He now doing a rewire. At this moment in time I'm encouraged to develop male headship that creates places for women to excel and be celebrated. I want to encourage women to stand side by side with men in the church for the glory of Jesus! Those with a complementarian theological stance should read this book with a posture to learn how to practice valuing womanhood as Kris describes it not a just being a homemaker.

Thanks Kris for an insightful book and I pray it starts the revolution your believing God for.
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Fashioned to Reign proposes a view of women that frees them to minister and lead in their respective communities and churches. Vallotton does a great job of addressing some of the more troublesome Scriptures which seem to contradict themselves. What is contextual? What is "for today?" How much authority should women have in leading and speaking out?

Vallotton sets out to truly free women from the current cultural mindset. In today's world, women are expected to lead like a man to be effective. But the author takes us on a journey to see how men and women can, and should co-lead (or co-reign) to be most effectual. This book is so jam packed with context and word study, analysis and history. Whether you agree with Vallotton's view or not, he certainly provides a well-researched point of view.

The most troublesome part of the book is set right from the beginning. Vallotton asks us to imagine with him what Eden was like. But part of his imagining is that woman was take out of man not just physically (in the rib), but emotionally and in her greatest essence. This leads him to the conclusion that Adam housed both strong male and female characteristics prior to Eve's creation. But upon her creation, those positive characteristics were separated, necessitating the co-reign of males and females. While I agree with the point his trying to make, the imagining is so "outside my box," I would hesitate to share this book with some people who man need to hear the main message.

Despite it's hiccups, Fashioned to Reign is written in an easily understood manner and addresses some key passages that are still troubling today. Once you get into the meat of this book, there is a lot to think on and process through. Whether you agree with it all, Vallotton does a wonderful job of paving the way for women to co-reign.

*Disclaimer: Chosen Books sent me a free copy of this book for review. All opinions are my own.
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