Saturday, March 30, 2013
Book Review - God's Good Design
Although Claire Smith was a young adult when she came to know Jesus, it wasn’t until she went to theological college that she noticed parts of the Bible that challenged her feminist views. Studying these passages led to radical changes in her life.
Too often we put these same passages in the ‘too hard basket’, or we make up our minds without taking a close look at them for ourselves. But we must let God’s word determine these issues, and not the culture in which we live.
Claire takes us through the same process she went through herself, looking closely at seven key Bible passages about men and women and how they should relate together in God’s purposes. Along the way she deals with many common objections, and applies the teaching of the Bible simply and practically to our relationships at home and in church.
The warmth and simplicity of the book means it will benefit every Christian—whether you have looked at these passages a thousand times, or you’ve never thought about them in your life.
About the Author
After working for some years as a nurse, Claire Smith spent many years at Moore College closely studying the Bible, completing a BTh, MA (Theology), and a PhD in New Testament. These days she spends her time writing and speaking at conferences. To relax, she writes letters to the paper and talks theology with the two men in her life–her husband, Rob, and their son, Nathanael (both avid musicians). She will also happily watch any sport on TV (although her favourite is rugby).
My Take on the Book
What it was interesting about this book was not that the author uses Scripture that we do not know, far from it, instead she uses Scripture that is quite familiar and allows us to be able to delve deeper into numerous translations of the Bible and helping the reader to be able to better understand what is being shared through these verses. She definitely makes you think very hard about each of the verses that she shares and has you sometimes truly question your own beliefs as well. I know that there were some things that she put out there that I did not agree with, but the author made a compelling argument for me to continue reading until the end. this book really does go into depth into the roles of men and women in the church and the authors background and research on this makes this book a book that holds much credence. You will definitely learn a lot from reading this book and whether you agree or not you will be the book with a much better understanding of gender issues within the church.
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