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Radical Womanhood: Feminine Faith in a Feminist World Paperback – October 1, 2008
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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
From the Back Cover
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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I wasn’t sure which Christian-based book on feminism to pick up. After reading reviews and reading excerpts on Radical Womanhood, I headed to Amazon and purchased it. Before going any further in my review, I want to say that this book is informative for all women regardless of age and marital status. While marriage, divorce, and motherhood are a large part of the book, I was still able to learn and apply certain things to my life as a single woman in my late twenties.
This is as much as a historical book as a theological one. Author Carolyn McCulley does a good job giving us historical details on the origins of feminism, including backgrounds on famous feminists, the three waves of feminism (who knew, right?), and how the different waves have affected society and the church as a whole. McCulley takes common themes discussed by feminists and she cites Scripture where God specifically talks about these themes. Some of these themes include submission; abortion; definition of marriage and the husband and wife’s roles within marriage; and women’s roles in the home and church. I found it very interesting to read how much feminism has evolved and how much of it was shaped by other historical occurrences, such as the Industrial Revolution, the Second Great Awakening, and World War II. At the end of the book, McCulley offers further resources for abuse. Sadly – because of human’s sinful nature – some men do defy God’s command to honor women by abusing them. This is an important section of the book that may help women who have been abused.
I usually don’t have lengthy reviews with tangents, yet I feel I must insert this tangent. In Chapter 3, McCulley discusses submission and how it is present in the Divine Trinity. Yes, you read correctly! She quotes Wayne Grudem as he says that headship and submission always was with “the eternal nature of God himself.” She states, "The three divine persons of the Trinity are equal in nature, but different in role" (p. 61). I never before thought of submission being present in the Trinity, but it really stayed with me and helped me understand that submission is not a sign of weakness or lesser value.
Overall, I recommend this book to those wanting to learn more about the rise of feminism. I also recommend to those who want to know more on what the Bible says about being a Godly woman. There is nothing preachy or fluffy in this one. I recommend especially to young women as they may be confused on where they stand on being a woman in today’s society. Many women in mainstream media have taken feminism to the extreme and have distorted women’s image. As McCulley states in her book, “There is a difference between restoring God-given rights to women and setting women above both men and God” (p. 32). This is what many women today have done and I fear it has negatively impacted many young women. And as author McCulley says, the overall cause of this twisted form of feminism is sin of both men and women. I continue to pray that with God’s grace and redemptive powers that we will be able to turn messy affairs around and men can respect women and women can respect men and live as they should – lovingly with equal but different roles. After all, we both share the privileged status of being created in the image of God.
It also gives some history of Feminism which was good to know (being young and not being from those generations). Some of what was accomplished was good, but some has had a very negative impact on the lives of women around the world, and on societies around the world. You'll want to read it from the perspective of a feminist who has since realized the difference between a societal dream woman and real women.