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God Speaks to Us, Too: Southern Baptist Women on Church, Home, and Society Hardcover – April 1, 2008
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"If anyone ever thought Southern Baptist women were meek, mild, and uniformly submissive, this book assures them that they have another thing coming. Susan Shaw found that while some of the women she interviewed believed they should submit to their husbands in theory, most believed strongly in their ability and responsibility to think and act for themselves."―Susan Willhauck, Wesley Theological Seminary
"Dr. Shaw presents a thought-provoking glimpse into the professional lives and personal thoughts of women who have 'succeeded' in professions previously preserved only for men within Southern Baptist life. Paying attention to the internal as well as the external struggles of these professionals, she gives the reader a well-rounded analysis of the grit, determination and commitment of these women to following what they perceive as God's call on their lives, no matter what the consequences. Any person who is wrestling with questions about the role of women, professionally, within conservative, evangelical faith systems will find this book informative. For those women who are currently in the struggle for professional acceptance within conservative evangelicalism, Shaw's work will provide inspiration and encouragement. The struggle is worth the prize."―Rosalie Beck, Department of Religion, Baylor University
"Shaw demonstrates to the reader how these women reconcile their personal attitudes with conservative doctrine and how they are influential players within their churches and families."―Tennesee Historical Commission
"This work serves as a spiritual balm, showing that there are many options available to women who have discovered how unlikely age-old patriarchy is to budge."―Christian Ethics Today
"God Speaks to Us, Too is not just a book for scholars, though it is an important contribution to the fields of women's- and religious studies. Compelling and accessible enough to be read by ordinary Southern Baptists as well, the book is likely to find a broad audience."―Journal of Baptist Studies
"This volume will be of greatest interest to women who, like those interviewed, are or have been active in Southern Baptist churches and ministries. The light, conversational style and graciously sympathetic interviewing will make the book attractive to public library or church library patrons. Recommended."―Choice
"Shaw offers an excellent perspective on the role gender has played in the reconstruction of Southern Baptist identity."―Journal of Church and State
"Shaw's combination of humor, self-reflexivity, extensive Baptist history, and attention to the unique aspects of southern culture that construct Southern Baptist women's identities makes God Speaks to Us, Too a solid read for anyone interested in women and religion."―
"Susan Shaw has put together a rich new primary source of material revealing the minds, words, and experiences of 159 women who grew up Southern Baptist during the twentieth century."―Baptist History and Heritage
"Shaw's combination of humor, self-reflexivity, extensive Baptist history, and attention to the unique aspects of southern culture."―Church History
"The book's conversational style is reminiscent of a memoir rather than a dry academic tome. In eminently readable prose, Shaw effectively converys the ideas and opinions of a myriad of Southern Baptist women whose voices have too long been underrepresented in studeis of southern religion."―Journal of Southern Religion
About the Author
Susan M. Shaw is associate professor of women's studies at Oregon State University. She is the author or coauthor of several books, including Girls Rock! Fifty Years of Women Making Music.
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Shaw speaks with authority, laced with immense sensitivity!
While no longer a Southern Baptist, despite two decades working for it's various mission boards, I was honored to be allowed to tell some of my story. As one of the older participants, the book raises many memories and emotions for me. Yet I feel connected to so many of the other women who have struggled painfully with the identity crisis and personal losses created by fearful men who have manipulated the system and scripture in order to preserve power and privilege.
I beg to differ with one of the original descriptions of this book: After hearing far too many stories of collusion with clergy sexual abuse and other forms of oppression in the SBC, I no longer respect the leaders; and long ago, I ceased to be influenced by them.
However, thanks to Susan Shaw, parts of our individual stories, as well as the very important collective story, will live on. It needs to be told so that the next generation--both male AND female--will realize that they have many options, as well as obligations for accountability, whether they choose to stay or to leave this "established church of the South."
Dee Ann Miller
the Southern Baptist Convention. Her extensive use of direct quotes, her selection
of photographs, and her summary statements create for this particular group of
women a picture of what we have experienced. It is positive, and not a whining, "poor me"
kind of presentation. I'm grateful that it is available.