19 February 2009

Leading Women Who Wound

Leading Women Who Wound: Strategies For Effective Ministry

My friend, Kelley Mathews, has co-authored a book that I think you'd like to know about. It's called, Leading Women Who Wound, and again, she teamed up with Sue Edwards for this one. What a great writing team they make. I have every book these two women have written (which amounts to a tidy little library by now) because they focus on a topic near to my heart-- ministering to women.

This newest book deals with the tough subject of women in ministry who don't interact with one another in godly ways. Setting the groundwork early on, Edwards and Mathews write, "The flesh is real-- even in Christians. We don't talk about these inner tensions because Christian women are supposed to be nice... As we mature spiritually, we learn to overcome, to celebrate with others, and to shackle our dark side. But everyone is at a different place in the process-- and emotionally immature and diseased women act out of their flesh. Expect it. To think otherwise is naive."

Using Jesus and the Apostle Paul as examples of ministers who often experienced conflict, these gals let us know we are in good company when we, too, get rubbed the wrong way, or worse. Sometimes much worse.

From criticism, to personal attacks, to church politics, Leading Women Who Wound discusses some of our motivations in female conflict, how to prepare to encounter conflict, how to spot wounding women, how to disarm the situation, how to love women, and how to make Biblical peace with a sister (not just brushing things under the rug, but moving the relationship to a new level). This is a good book!

Guess what: Kelley sent me an extra copy! If you lead a MOPS group, a women's Bible Study or a small group, if you'd like to gift your women's pastor with a useful book, if you're earning a counseling or seminary degree, if you just plain love women and want to see them grow in the image of Jesus, then leave your name in the comments section and I'll draw a winner on Friday, Feb 27th. Then you, too, can begin your own tidy little library of Edwards and Mathews books.*

* Be sure to visit their ministry website for loads of good resources, New Doors: Equipping Women for Biblical Leadership

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Blogger Amy said...

Sounds like an excellent resource to have Erin - I think the heart of the woman is certainly on the mind of the Creator.

1:16 AM  
Blogger Kelley said...

Thanks, Erin, for your kind review. You were certainly thorough and I appreciate the time you put forth to help us spread the word. :)

8:40 AM  
Blogger christianne said...

Hi Erin,

I'll put my name in the hat for the drawing. I've been part of a new ministry team for women's connecting events for the past year, and I gotta say: I encounter my own flesh in our planning meetings more often than I'd like to admit! I kinda think reading this book would help me dissect what God needs to change in ME!

Thanks for this review.

12:08 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Hi Erin...wow...that sounds like an awesome book--I'm so glad someone wrote on that. Put me in the hat--I'm just starting to work in my church's women's ministry and it's already a challenge!

8:15 PM  
Blogger Abby said...

I'm pretty sure I NEED help in this area. Pick me! Thanks for being so gracious with your resources. You're quite the equipper!

8:35 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Hi Erin,
I think I might need this book. Our women's ministry is in a tough spot and my gut reaction is (as always) to back up.

9:05 PM  

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