Why millions of today’s most committed church members may be ready to bolt—and what to do about it
In talking with women around the country, Jim Henderson has come to believe that an epidemic of quiet, even sad resignation is developing among dedicated Christian women who feel overworked and undervalued in the church. As a result, many women are discouraged. Some, particularly young women, respond by leaving the organized church . . . or walking away from the faith altogether.
The Resignation of Eve is a field report on what women have to say about how they’ve been affected—both positively and negatively—by their experiences within the church. Listening to their stories is crucially important because, across the board, the research shows that women are driving changes in the church. What will happen if many of them resign?
It’s time to pay attention before it’s too late—time to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, who went out of his way to honor, elevate, and work through women wherever he went.
Containing personal interviews with women and surprising research from George Barna, The Resignation of Eve is a game-changing, conversation-starting book for women who have been engaged in the Christian church, as well as for their pastors and ministry leaders.
The blurb from the back cover of “The Resignation of Eve” piqued my interest. The book is a compilation of conversations the author has conducted along the subject line of the lack of women leadership and acknowledgment in today’s churches.
The precise of the book is intriguing and according to some of the statistics provided definitely a topic that needs to be discussed. However, reading through the book at times became disheartening. There seemed to be much emphasis on what women do in the church instead of why they do what they do in the church, regardless of status or acknowledgement. I would’ve like to see that aspect of this controversial subject matter explored more in-depth.
That aside, my compliments to author Jim Henderson, who did an excellent job interviewing the women. His questions were deep, thoughtful and at most times thought-provoking which required the women to give the same care to their responses instead of typical worn out pat answers.
I recommend this book. Not only because the topic is worthy of discussion among pastors, ministry leaders, men and women alike in the church but because it will also lead to the discussion of why women do what they do in the church and the inevitable follow-up question, “Would they do it anyway?”
Jim Henderson is acclaimed by USA Today for having “blazed a new path as an innovator, author, church evaluator, self-professed subversive, and leader in the creation of new ways to be publicly and persuasively Christian in the twenty-first century.”
Jim is a speaker, author, and producer. His most subversive act to date was buying an atheist’s soul on eBay and then sending him to attend and review several churches. On the heels of that project, Jim hired another atheist (Matt Casper) to join him at various church services and share his feedback. Together, they recount their unique findings in a book titled Jim and Casper Go to Church (Tyndale, 2007).
After twenty-five years as a pastor, Jim formed Off the Map, an organization that produced live events designed to help people recover the lost art of being “unusually interested” in others, especially Outsiders. Today, Jim’s company, Jim Henderson Presents, produces live events and television projects that look at the important role of religious spirituality in our lives. Jim is known for asking the questions others skip.
Jim holds a doctorate in transformational leadership and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today and on Fox News and This American Life with Ira Glass.
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