04 May Book Review: How I Changed My Mind about Women in Leadership: Compelling Stories from Prominent Evangelicals
There are quite a number of books now on the topic of women in leadership and it is helpful to be familiar with some of the content! We have posted a bibliography of books with a short summary of each (see below), but we will also give a more in depth look at specific ones. Our team has read many books on the topic of women in leadership—both in and both of the church—and we will share our opinions on these.
Since I(Dianne) always enjoy personal stories, this month I chose the to spotlight a book filled with compelling stories from BOTH men and women and how they changed their mind about women in leadership. This book does not cover all the theological bases. Other books do that very well. However, it is a fun and encouraging read and I love how it features men along with women since one of our main goals as the Women in Leadership team is to build healthy male-female working relationships. Read all or some, but do read! You will be encouraged and challenged by these journeys.
Alan F Johnson, General Editor
Stuart and Jill Briscoe
Bill and Lynne Hybels
I Howard Marshall
John and Nancy Ortberg
Ruth Haley Barton
Book Description: This book features a number of autobiographical accounts as to how various persons have come to change their minds about women in leadership. Well-known Evangelical leaders—individuals and couples, males and females from a broad range of denominational affiliation and ethnic diversity—share their surprising journeys from a more or less restrictive view to an open inclusive view that recognizes a full shared partnership of leadership in the home and in the church based on gifts not gender. This book offers a positive vision for the future of women and men together as partners of equal worth without competitiveness in the work of equipping this and the next generation of Christian disciples for the ‘work of ministry’ and service in the Kingdom of God.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dianne Leman After being miraculously healed of infertility, Dianne and her husband Happy left their successful careers and began The Vineyard Church of Central IL. Together, they have led for over 35 years, seeking to share Jesus’ love and the Holy Spirit’s power—here, near and far away. They ‘survived’ raising five children, 4 sons and a daughter, who have now given them 5 wonderful in-laws and 16 beautiful grandchildren. Dianne serves on the VUSA Executive Board and leads the Women in Leadership Network as well as the Vineyard Spiritual Renewal Team. Whether it’s sipping a strong Starbucks, praying for a sick friend, watching a good football game, preaching a message, mentoring a college student, or just playing with the kids, Di is still learning to know, love and follow Jesus. Website.