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UNSilenced: Giving a Voice to Women Silenced by Ignorance Paperback – August 5, 2016
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"Alan Garrett helps bring clarity to passages of scripture that have been confusing to many." -Jaime Pierce/Pastor/Sacramento, CA
"More than a good read, Alan lays down a foundation of sound doctrine leading the reader to a healthy perspective of women in the church." - Dean Deguara/Local Team Church pastor/Jesus Culture Sacrmento
About the Author
Alan Garrett is a pastor and author who has a passion for training and equipping others. He has a BA in Religious Studies (Greek Emphasis) from Westmont College, a MS in Special Education from National University, and a Resource Credential from Fresno Pacific University. He is an ordained minister through the River International Revival Network and has been in church leadership for over 30 years. Leadership experiences include church planting with the Association of Vineyard Churches as well as leading missions teams, ministry teams, and evangelistic teams. He and his wife, Marialice attend Jesus Culture Sacramento.
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Alan Garrett does an outstanding job of addressing the issue with scholarly dedication. Garrett's writing tone is one that addresses the topic with an openness to discovery. There does not appear to be an agenda from the beginning point, which is valuable in a culture that grows increasingly dualistic in all matters. Alan is careful to use his scholarly background in the biblical languages to make a great textual criticism of all the passages and contexts where women leadership is addressed.
This book walks through examples of "leading ladies" in both the Old and New Testaments before he sets a full background and context for really understanding the passages addressing women as leaders in the church. Garrett takes great care to address the language of Paul where most critics begin, but he uses that care to place Paul's writing into the proper textual and contextual criticisms to reveal a different perspective that really liberates the shackled voices of so many women in our churches.
If you are a woman who seeks be a ministry leader, but have been silenced by ignorant approaches, this is a great book for you to look into.
If you are a man who seeks to see more women step into leadership roles in and around your church, this is a great book to look into.
If you are man who still believes women are to [remain] silent in church, first of all, you are an ignorant person. Secondly, this is a great book for you to look into for perspective. Feel free to disagree with everything Alan says, but only disagree after you have truly read the whole thing. It is a great and thorough look at these issues.
My only question was why a guy would write this book.
Marialice, Alan's wife, answers that quite succinctly in the last chapter; a man needed to write this book to help validate women in the eyes of the often male dominated world of the church. (My favorite chapter)
UnSilenced is a well-researched, well-thought out, articulate and professional book. I believe everyone should read this book as it offers a look into historical (cultural) context behind Bible verses that are now-a-days often translated with the bias of religion and tradition. This book set me free in so many ways, especially when Alan -with the consultation of professionals (as cited in the book) - tackled the truth behind equality in marriage- we were always meant to be equal and the word Paul used for "head" doesn't mean "authority" at all, and was never (anywhere in Greek Language) used to mean "authority figure." (There is an even BETTER translation than "source" as well!) Purchase the book to find out what it is-because everyone should read the entire thing! It's just that good.
As a woman in the church, I have felt looked down upon (by God and man) for years, but this book, written by a man, has finally been the fresh breath of air I needed to feel liberated and now I see that I am just as respected, honored, and trusted (by God) to lead as a man is in the church.
Furthermore, it is BEYOND OBVIOUS that Alan did not just throw this book together but rather, spent much time researching this topic. It thoroughly covers many beliefs held by complementarians, and dives head-first into cultural context, Greek Language, and why, in other areas of scripture Paul *seems to* contradict himself. This book covers everything from Eve being made second - so arguably, Adam should have obeyed the fish that was made before him by that logic- to women as elders, pastors, and fulfilling any other calling a man can hold, and everything in between.
I learned so much from reading this and it set me free on so many levels! I applaud Alan and his dedication to liberating women! This book means the world to me.
I strongly urge everyone to pick up this book and read it! It's just that good. Getting copies for all of my friends for Christmas.