February 26, 2009

Radical Womanhood by Carolyn McCulley

This is quite possibly the best book written for Christian women that I've read to date. As someone who prefers classics, saying that about a book that was published in 2008 hopefully says a lot.

In Radical Womanhood: Feminine Faith in a Feminist World, Carolyn McCulley presents a historical overview of feminism as it relates to the church as well as related biblical truth. Each chapter is also complemented with at least one testimony.

Carolyn McCulley herself used to be a feminist, but has come to a more biblical understanding of womanhood since becoming a Christian. In this book, she is not railing against feminism, though she is quick to point out why much of feminism is incompatable with the Bible.

I think this book would be worth a read for the chapter "Mommy Wars" alone. Though I'm not a mother, I found this chapter to be the most eye-opening, and I've even studied this issue in seminary. McCulley's early interest in feminism and her education and research on the topic accompanied with her current walk with God makes her the perfect candidate to write this book. She takes an educated look at the topic, yet brings it to the level of any woman, regardless of her education.

On an additional note, I found it really encouraging that this book was written by a single woman.

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