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The Modern Magnificat: Women Responding to the Call of God Paperback – November 13, 2012
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"Why are you concerned about something small in your brother's eye and do not notice your own blindness." "How can you be so hypocritical? Cure your own blindness so you can see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye." (Matthew 7:3, 5; paraphrase)
The Modern Magnificat: Women Responding to the Call of God is a totally engaging read that is also very painful to experience. When someone is told by a church that they are "the best person for the job, but we are not ready to hire you because you are a woman," this is certainly an indictment upon that church. When it happens over and over again, it is an indictment upon our faith and our traditions.
Each of the 23 women contributors (including the editor herself) very openly and honestly shares their struggles, heartaches, and victories. You will want to experience their stories for yourself.
These short faith stories offer a glimpse into the transformation of the living church, as it frees itself from one more self-imposed shackle. As much as they are stories of a group of women of God, they are a window into the church, its biases, and how a group of women faced these hardships to serve Christ.
While pushing past conservative church leaders determined to block their path, each of these woman had to question and re-examine their own learned beliefs about the role of women.
These are quiet stories. The tellers have made peace with their faith, their detractors, and accepted their call as God's leaders.
I am glad that I was able to push aside my love of Jennifer to meet this group of women and to share in their walk.
The Modern Magnificat is one of those books that once I started reading, I kept going. Each story was so personal and passionate and unique. This was a reading project that began as somewhat of a social duty for me, but ended with a renewed sense of calling to the ministry and genuine excitement about how God calls all sorts of different people to serve the church.
I approached this book in terms of WOMEN in ministry. But I would recommend it to anyone who loves the church, and particularly to professional ministers, as a book about CALLING and MINISTRY. The fact that these are the stories of women is an extra bonus.
**I received an advanced pdf copy of the book to review.