Saving Women from the Church: How Jesus Mends a Divide

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Susan McLeod-Harrison earned her Master of Divinity degree at Regent College (Vancouver, BC) and her Master of Clinical Psychology at George Fox University (Newberg, Oregon). She lives in Newberg where she continues her studies in clinical psychology at the doctoral level. She and her family love to spend time working in their organic garden and going to yard sales together.

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In the heart's deep places many women share the same questions: Am I respected and loved by God the way I would be if I were male? Can I be myself in the church? Is it okay to be strong and use my leadership gifts?

Creatively matching stories of contemporary women and biblical stories of the interactions between Jesus and women, Susan McLeod-Harrison exposes the cultural biases of Jesus' day that created a divide between women and men. And she shows Jesus' response: He shunned cultural or religious expectations when they denigrated or limited women, and acknowledged the full humanity and dignity of women.

Straightforward, unapologetic, and engaging, Saving Women from the Church shows how Jesus offers hope and healing to women who have been alienated, wounded, controlled, or troubled by the church. This book will improve your vision of the full image of God in women.

The author will donate her royalties to Women for Women International and to Christians for Biblical Equality.

About the Author Susan McLeod-Harrison earned her Master of Divinity degree at Regent College (Vancouver, BC) and her Master of Clinical Psychology at George Fox University (Newberg, Oregon). She lives in Newberg where she continues her studies in clinical psychology at the doctoral level. She and her family love to spend time working in their organic garden and going to yard sales together.

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Miriam Adeney (associate professor of global and urban ministries, Seattle Pacific University; teaching fellow, Regent College; adjunct professor, Fuller Theological Seminary): "Can we be honest? Here are the hard questions that real women ask. There are no easy answers. So where do we go with these questions? The book directs us to Jesus. Not a hackneyed, familiar Jesus, but a person so fresh I never would have imagined him this way."

Philip Gulley (Quaker pastor and writer): "The church is long overdue for another Reformation, and Susan McLeod-Harrison is leading the way. Why has the church relegated women to the back bench for so long? Why have men and women of good will tolerated it? For too many years, the Bible has been used as a weapon to denigrate and diminish our sisters. With solid exegesis and prophetic prose, Susan helps us see Jesus, ourselves, and the church with fresh eyes. This book is long overdue."

Elisa Stanford (author of Ordinary Losses: Naming the Graces that Shape Us): "In this creative and engaging book, Susan McLeod-Harrison offers a thoughtful, biblical approach to a misunderstood topic. Saving Women from the Church provides hope, healing, and insight to any woman with questions about God's view of women."

Angie Best-Boss (senior pastor, West Newton Friends Meeting; author of The Heart of a Shepherd: Devotions for New Pastors and Surviving Your First Year of Ministry: What Seminary Couldn't Teach You): "This is the book my heart was waiting for. I've needed this book a hundred times--as a young woman trying to discern my place in the church; as a seminary student desperately struggling to reconcile a rigid reading of Scripture with my calling to minister; and as a pastor wanting to somehow create a safe place for women, knowing how the church I loved had too often failed me. Saving Women from the Church offers solid biblical scholarship combined with thoughtful and compassionate narrative. The tender and reflective meditations for healing make this an excellent resource for any study group." ---

David M. Scholer (Professor of New Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California): "This very readable book offers genuine hope and guidance. The author writes with wholesome passion, utilizing well the findings and insights of biblical scholars on both the content of the New Testament and on the best methods of interpretation. It seems proper that a book supporting women's rightful place in the church and its ministries comes from a publisher in the Friends (Quaker) church tradition.

L.L. Barkat (author of Stone Crossings): "An easy read and a forthright addition to the world of books on women in the church." ---

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