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Like an intravenous drug coursing through the vein of an unconscious patent, feminist thought has thoroughly permeated our culture.  In this insightful, engaging, and relevant book, Carolyn McCulley encourages us to wake up and become radical - to live as biblically savvy women in the modern world.  It's an excellent read and a stirring challenge!  
-Mary A. Kassian, Distinguished Professor of Women's Studies, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, author of The Feminist Mistake

Few voices are speaking the truth contained in these pages - but so many need to hear it.  Amidst our culture's radical confusion about womanhood, Carolyn teaches the radical truth of God's wise and gracious design for women...Women young or old, married or single, will be instructed and inspired by this book.

- C.J. and Carolyn Mahaney, Sovereign Grace ministries, authors of The Cross-Centered Life and Feminine Appeal

As a young woman, Carolyn McCulley eagerly embraced many of the tenets of our "feminist world."  A personal encounter with Christ radically changed her life and led her to pursue what it means to live as a redeemed woman.  This book is the fruit f her journey.

- Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Host, Revive Our Hearts radio program, author of Lies Women Believe

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Radical Womanhood is not for the weak.

How can we understand the delicate balance of cultural influence, historical perspective, and biblical authority when it comes to our role as women in the home, workplace, church, and culture?  In what ways have the three waves of feminism hindered God's vision for women?  And, ultimately, how do we understand where to go from here?

Written by a former feminist who now finds herself embracing the distinctions between men and women, Radical Womanhood will equip women from all different perspectives and backgrounds to understand what it means to be a woman.  Far from taking a combative approach toward understanding the complexities of the female identity, Radical Womanhood presents the pro-woman truth of the Bible.  biblical womanhood is not for the weak - Carolyn will show you how to be radical.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802450849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802450845
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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By Tawn O'Connor on April 15, 2009
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Carolyn McCulley's new book, Radical Womanhood: Feminine Faith in a Feminist World, speaks to women about biblical faith in clear, grace-filled language informed by her passion for God, commitment to Scripture, and former feminist background. It's the book Carolyn wishes had been available when she was a new Christian, struggling to understand Scriptural teaching that contradicted the "patriarchy and its oppression of womyn" worldview she'd embraced throughout her twenties.
The book contains thoroughly-researched chapters on the history of feminism and its effects on women and the culture today. Carolyn describes women's struggles against injustice without losing sight of the struggle that we all face--against sin in our own hearts. "As a movement, feminism arose because women were being sinned against," Carolyn writes. "I think that is a fair argument. But feminism also arose because women were sinning in response...The glorious hope we have is that Christ came to rescue us from this spiral of sin and sinful response."
Each chapter is followed by personal accounts from women who have trusted God in the most heartbreaking situations: abuse, adultery, abortion, a husband's career-destroying secret. All the stories highlight the grace of God to individual women who found strength and hope in Christ's redemptive work on the Cross, expressed through Scripture and the loving care of other Christians. Their journeys are sometimes long, and painful. Carolyn does not apply Scripture like a Band-Aid. But she does magnify the sufficiency of God's Word, ministered with compassion and grace, to address pain and suffering in this fallen world.
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As a faithful reader of Carolyn McCulley's (excellent!) blog, RadicalWomanhood ([...] I had high expectations for this book. Carolyn met them all with ease.

- Her research (and citations) demonstrate her commitment to journalistic integrity and her years of experience as a writer and editor. It was refreshing and informative to read actual historical information and logical, persuasive arguments. I learned much--especially about the lives of feminist leaders, how feminist ideals have impacted the evangelical church, and how our current "raunch culture" developed over the last twenty years.

- Carolyn writes from a position of humility--and this is particularly important because this topic is so prone to bring out the worst in harsh rhetoric and personal, graceless attacks. But not with Carolyn McCulley. Even though she obviously feels strongly about this topic, she is unfailingly winsome in her presentation of all sides of the arguments.

- The Gospel of Jesus Christ is clearly proclaimed and lived out in the pages of this book. Carolyn clearly explains and illustrates how the root of all of our destructive behavior lies in our hearts--we are sinners. And then she repeatedly points to the One Who can rescue us from ourselves. No surface-level explanations and works-based "solutions"--just a consistent call to remember The Cross; to remember the Gospel--the indicative (Who God is and all that He has already done for us in Christ).

I would not hesitate to recommend this book to anyone seeking to learn more about the topics of feminism (especially its impact on the Christian church), biblical manhood and womanhood, complementarianism, and "the mommy wars."

Well done, Carolyn McCulley!
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I thoroughly appreciated this interesting and thought-provoking book. Radical Womanhood gives a great overview of the history of both Christian and feminist thinking regarding the identity and function of women, and how the various shifts in thought have affected modern thinking.

This is an extremely valuable resource for Christian women seeking a biblical understanding of the value and role of women within the home, the church, and society as a whole. Many books on biblical womanhood approach this subject with a practical-application or devotional approach. This book is different in that the bulk of the text concentrates on an historical overview of how our modern culture came to embrace the views of women that dominate much of our thinking.

Distinguishing between the three historical "waves" of feminism, the author draws from the writings of influential leaders of those movements, as well as the church's response. There is humble acknowledgment of the church's failure to respond biblically to some of the complaints brought by feminists seeking to end abuses against women, but careful delineation noting when the feminist cause veered into serious error and charted a course at odds with scripture.

Biblical principles like male headship in the home and the admonition for women to submit to their husbands make many women bristle - even women who do not consider themselves feminists. This book sheds light on both the reasons for this reaction, as well as explaining what those admonitions actually look like within a framework of biblical context. Clearly, christian women are the target audience of this book, and I heartily recommend it for any christian woman. But men also could find this book a valuable resource on understanding the influence of feminism on our culture. Even secular feminists interested in truly understanding the perspective of Christian women who embrace these ideas would greatly benefit from this book.
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