REVIEW: Reformation Women: Sixteenth-Century Figures Who Shaped Christianity’s Rebirth by Rebecca VanDoodewaard

This book was provided by Reformation Heritage Books for an honest review.

With the 500th anniversary of the Reformation coming this October there are a plethora of Reformation books out there, and many more coming out this year. This book showcases twelve women of amazing faith and courage who stood for the Reformed faith, even at times when it cost them their lives and/or livelihoods.  Everyone knows the famous Reformers (all of whom are men) but what about Anna Reinhard, Charlotte Arbaleste, Renee of Ferrara or Olumpia Morata? These are a few of the women that honestly I would be surprised if anyone reading this review has ever heard of. We all know the Luthers, Calvins, and Knoxs of the Reformation, but these women lived lives of parallel faith and many times were responsible for what made the men around them so great. They wrote letters, papers, books, took care of houses, strangers and aliens, all the while being mothers and sisters and daughters! These women are simply some of the most amazing women who have ever been a part of the church. We need to know these women. Read this book, get to know these women. This book is essential for both men and women as we celebrate the Reformation. Get this book! You need to know these women so that you can better know your Christ!

 

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Book review: Hope for the Same-Sex Attracted

Welcome to my book review website.

For my first review I want to review a book given to me by Bethany House Publishing Group entitled Hope For the Same-Sex Attracted. This is a short book written by pastor Ron Citlau of Calvary Church Chicago.

This book is broken into three parts: Obstacles, Gifts and Final Thoughts.

The Good: The discussion of Citlau’s view on sexual identity compared to those of other orthodox Christians was very insightful. In fact an entire book could be devoted to it, and I would read it as well. The list of obstacles was very well done and something I feel all Christians should read. Finally the gifts that God has given to us and to those who are same-sex attracted are very well done. There is very little in this book that I would not recommend.

The bad: (really not bad just the concerning). I am not sure what to make of several groups he recommends, not because they are not Christian churches or organizations but because I have concerns about their orthodoxy and some of the practices. These practices are in no way related to same-sex attraction or any affirming tendencies but other issues. So they are hardly worth mentioning. That said be aware that all groups no matter how much great work they do, there is always the drive to back up all we do with God’s Word, and this book seems to do this around 99% of the time with all of its recommendations and analysis. (please understand that this lack of specifics is due to me not wanting to throw any ministry or church or branch of churches under the bus because I have not actually investigated them but have heard they are sliding away from orthodoxy by people I respect, but it would be hearsay and not something I feel comfortable saying, does that make sense?).

Highly Recommended