Aug 30

“The Big Blue Book” is No Longer Blue

2006 at 3:18 pm   |   by Carolyn Mahaney

1581348061 My husband returned home from Chicago last night where he was participating in The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) board meeting for several days. He came back bearing gifts, one of which I am holding in my hands right now (well actually, it’s lying on my lap since I am typing). It’s a brand new book. Or should I say, it’s a brand new version of the classic book—Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. If you don’t have “The Big Blue Book”—as the first one is affectionately referred to—then you must get this one, now with an attractive gold and brown cover. Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood is edited by John Piper and Wayne Grudem, and published by our dear friends at Crossway, Lane and Ebeth Dennis. (They are the brave souls who took a huge risk to publish my two books—Feminine Appeal and Girl Talk, and CJ’s book, Sex, Romance and the Glory of God. We are forever in their debt.)

To whet your appetite for Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, here is a quote taken from the Preface (2006) written by J. Ligon Duncan, Ph. D. Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church and Randy Stinson, Ph. D. Executive Director, Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood:

“Two decades ago few would have believed that American women today (some of them mothers and wives) would be fighting in the American armed forces in the deserts of Iraq. Although there are occasional protests against this newly regnant egalitarianism—even at the secular level—there is no question that the culture is predominantly egalitarian. Against this backdrop, the re-release of Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: A Response to Evangelical Feminism (RBMW) is most timely, and it will continue to serve a vital role in shaping current evangelical attitudes about gender roles in the church and home.”

This book isn’t just for pastors or theologians. It’s vital that each of us ordinary women thoroughly understand and hold fast to a biblical view of womanhood in face of the relentless egalitarian pressure of our culture. Read this book and you will be informed, and inspired to the high calling of womanhood.