Friday, May 13, 2011

Newly Hatched Book Review

( A woman's path to transformation in Christ)
Ruth Haley Barton

From the jacket this looked to be a good read on developing ourselves in Christ. Unfortunately, after getting into the book I realized that the author was desperately trying to meld feminism and Christianity.
On several occasions she spoke of how 'she' could become the best in Christ. There was a lengthy, albeit wrong, discussion of headship and submission. Understanding the hierarchy of creation was a self-esteem killer for women. She even goes so far as to say that men and women are totally created equal in creation, explaining that men must come from a woman to live and women were made for the man to live. (I didn't get that all)

I think my brain shut off when the concepts went from non-scripturally supported to out-there cosmic. In the chapter on embracing our sexuality she writes..."The sexual and spiritual parts of ourselves lie so close together that it is hardly possible to arouse one without the other. Since sexuality is such an important aspect of our bodily self, it too can become a means of encountering God."

So...Here's the breakdown on a scale of 0 -10 eggs.

Good read - 2
Supported by facts/evidence- 2
Easy read - 5
Would recommend to a friend.- 0
Helpful for growth - 1

total - 10 (out of a possible 50)

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