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"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." Matthew 5:14-15

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Half the Church by Carolyn Custis James

Half the Church - Recapturing God's Global Vision for Women by Carolyn Custis James addresses various issues that women face all over the world due to their gender - sex-trafficking, marginalization and oppression. Throughout her book, Carolyn James covers three core issues:
  • What message does the church offer women in the 21st century?
  • What will the church do to address the rampant suffering of women throughout our world?
  • What message are we sending to the world by how we value and mobilize our own daughters?
Genesis 1:26-27 says: "Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them."(NIV)

In her book, Carolyn James states, "Page one of the Bible shatters every negative value statement the world has ever made about women by offering up the most exalted view of women anyone could imagine." She goes on to discuss the topic of being 'image bearers' of God and what that entails. I found this book to be insightful and thought provoking.

Check out the book's video trailer here:

This book was provided for review by Zondervan Publishers.

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