One female author.
Two books with female co-authors.
Thatâ€™s the â€œgenderâ€ count from the new books page at a major conservative, reformed, Christian book source on the net.
Blind spot? Evidence that most of conservative evangelicalism is a movement by men, for men, described by men, expressed by men?
As I understand it, there is no issue of authority for most complementarians anywhere except in the church. In Driscollâ€™s church, which takes a back seat to no one on the â€œhairy chestâ€ issues, Deacon Wendy Alsop is a high profile Bible teacher. No embarrassment. She could write a book or a blog…and we’d all be ok with reading it….right? No reason to avoid it? Right?
Ever do a gender count of a major Christian websites blogroll? Try mine. Or your favorite reformed hangout. Or yours.
What was the last book by a Christian woman, you, guys, read and benefited from? How many books from female writers have been part of your spiritual development?
Do we really believe that the Bible teaching of evangelical American men is as good as it gets?
Anyone want to admit that we tend to believe women arenâ€™t all that smart in Biblical matters? That a book on the Christian life written by a woman FOR a woman is great, but would Knowing God or Blue Like Jazz have done all that much if they were written by women? Could PDL have been by Beth Moore, and still been what it was? Why is Nancy Pearcey such a rare bird?
I remember reading The God I Love by Joni a few years a book. Sensationally exceptional book….and when I started recommending it to people, I was slightly embarrassed to have admit I read and liked it. I got past that, but it was there.
Iâ€™m carrying around The Beautiful Ache by Leigh Mcleroy. Interviews and podcasts have convinced it is a great book full of things I will love.
So why havenâ€™t I read it yet?
In addition to this post, you might want to look at this piece by Adam Ochuck and ask if Christian publishers are part of the problem women authors are “niche” and not mainstream?