Recommended Biblical Equality Related Books
We recommend the following books to anyone seeking to understand what biblical equality is and why it is important for the future welfare of families, churches, and communities. This list of books is divided into two sections. The books in the first section discuss issues like what the Bible teaches about biblical equality, and how women and men should work together in equal partnership in the home and in the church. The books in the second section discuss domestic violence and abuse, and what the church should do about these issues.
By request, ASBE’s Co-President, Rev. Hugh McNally, has selected twelve books that he found most helpful. These twelve books are marked by üin the list below.
Biblical Studies on Gender Equality, Men and Women Living and Working in Partnership
Anderson, Lorraine Cleaves, Under One Steeple: Multiple Congregations Sharing More than Just Space, Wipf and Stock, 2012, (164 pages).
Armstrong, Jenny Rae, and Erin Armstrong, Called Out! Kingdom Living for Missional Teens, CBE, 2013, (57 pages).
Bailey, Kenneth E., Jesus Through Mediterranean Eyes: Cultural Studies in the Gospels, IVP Academic, 2008, (443 pages).
Bailey, Kenneth E., Paul Through Mediterranean Eyes: Cultural Studies in 1 Corinthians, IVP Academic, 2011, (560 pages).
Barton, Ruth Haley, Equal to the Task: Men and Women in Partnership, InterVarsity Press, 1998, (224 pages).
Bessey, Sarah, Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women, Howard Books, 2013, (256 pages).
ü Bilezikian, Gilbert (Third edition), Beyond Sex Roles: What the Bible Says About a Woman's Place In Church & Family, Baker Books, 2006, (270 pages).
Boldrey, Richard and Joyce, Chauvinist or Feminist: Paul's View of Women, Baker Books, 1976, (89 pages).
Boyd, Brady, Let Her Lead: Creating a Better Future for Women in the Church, Bonfire Books, 2013, (82 pages).
ü Brauch, Manfred T., Abusing Scripture: The Consequences of Misreading the Bible, IVP Academic, 2009, (293 pages).
Bushnell, Katharine C., God's Word to Women: 100 Bible Studies on Women's Place in the Church and Home, CBE International, 2003, (408 pages).
Carter, Jimmy, A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power, Simon and Schuster, 2014, (211 pages).
Coleman, Julie Zine, Unexpected Love: God’s Heart Revealed in Jesus’ Conversations with Women, Thomas Nelson, 2013, (256 pages).
ü Cunningham, Loren, and David Joel Hamilton, Why Not Women? A Fresh Look at Scripture on Women in Missions, Ministry, and Leadership, YWAM Publishing, 2000, (279 pages).
Dale, Felicity, ed., The Black Swan Effect: A Response to Gender Hierarchy in the Church, Kingdom Heart Publishing, 2014, (257 pages).
Dick, Dan R., and Barbara A. Dick, Equipped for Every Good Work: Building a Gift-based Church, Wipf and Stock, 2011 (165 pages).
Edwards, Bob, Let My People Go: A Call to End the Oppression of Women in the Church, CreateSpace, 2013, (90 pages).
Erickson, Millard J, Who's Tampering with the Trinity: An Assessment of the Subordination Debate, Kregel, 2009, (272 pages).
Evans, Mary J., Woman in the Bible: An Overview of All the Crucial Passages on Women's Roles, InterVarsity Press, 1983, (160 pages).
George, Janet, Still Side by Side: A Concise Explanation of Biblical Equality, Christians for Biblical Equality, 2009, (30 pages).
Giles, Kevin, The Eternal Generation of the Son: Maintaining Orthodoxy in Trinitarian Theology, IVP Academic, 2012, (270 pages).
ü Giles, Kevin, The Trinity & Subordinationism: The Doctrine of God & the Contemporary Gender Debate, InterVarsity Press, 2002, (282 pages).
Grady, J. Lee, 10 Lies Men Believe, Charisma House, 2011, (240 pages).
Grady, J. Lee, 10 Lies the Church Tells Women, Charisma House, Revised and Updated, 2010, (224 pages).
Grady, J. Lee, 25 Tough Questions about Women and the Church, Charisma House, 2003, (210 pages).
Grady, J. Lee, Fearless Daughters of the Bible: What You Can Learn from 22 Women Who Challenged Tradition, Fought Injustice, and Dared to Lead, Baker, 2012, (238 pages).
Grenz, Stanley J., Women in the Church: A Biblical Theology of Women in Ministry, InterVarsity Press, 1995, (284 pages).
Groothius, Rebecca Merrill, The Feminist Bogeywoman: Questions and Answers about Evangelical Feminism, Baker Books, 1995, (32 pages).
Groothius, Rebecca Merrill, Good News for Women: A Biblical Picture of Gender Equality, Baker Books, 1997, (272 pages).
Hanson, Mary Stromer, The New Perspective on Mary and Martha: Do Not Preach Mary and Martha Again Until You Read This! Wipf and Stock, 2013, (154 pages).
Hassey, Janette, No Time for Silence: Evangelical Women in Ministry around the Turn of the Century, Zondervan, 1986, (254 pages).
Hearn, Virginia, Editor, Our Struggle to Serve: The Stories of 15 Evangelical Women, Word Books, 1979, (191 pages).
Hedberg, Nancy, Women, Men, and the Trinity: What Does It Mean to Be Equal? Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2010, (127 pages).
Hiebert, Dennis, Sweet Surrender: How Cultural Mandates Shape Christian Marriage, Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2013, (267 pages).
Henderson, Jim, The Resignation of Eve: What If Adam’s Rib Is No Longer Willing to be the Church’s Backbone? Tyndale, 2012, (288 pages).
Howe, E. Margaret, Women & Church Leadership, Zondervan, 1982, (256 pages).
ü Hull, Gretchen Gaebelein, Equal to Serve: Women and Men in the Church and Home, Revell, 1987, (302 pages).
Hurley, Kate, Getting Naked Later: A Guide for the Fully Clothed, Samizdat Creative, 2013, (264 pages).
ü James, Carolyn Curtis, Half the Church: Recapturing God’s Global Vision for Women, Zondervan, 2011, (208 pages).
ü Johnson, Alan, F., General Editor, How I Changed My Mind about Women in Leadership: Compelling Stories from Prominent Evangelicals, Zondervan, 2010, (272 pages).
Keener, Craig S., Paul, Women & Wives: Marriage and Women's Ministry in the Letters of Paul, Hendrickson, 2009, (319 pages).
Kroeger, Richard, and Catherine Clark Kroeger, I Suffer Not a Woman: Rethinking 1 Timothy 2:11-15 in Light of Ancient Evidence, Baker Books, 1992, (253 pages).
Longman, Karen A., ed., Thriving in Leadership: Strategies for Making a Difference in Christian Higher Education, ACU Press, 2012, (336 pages).
ü Malcolm, Kari Torjesen, Women at the Crossroads: A Path beyond Feminism & Traditionalism, InterVarsity Press, 1982, (215 pages).
Mathews, Alice P., and M. Gay Hubbard, Marriage Made in Eden: A Pre-Modern Perspective for a Post-Christian World, Wipf and Stock, 2010, (284 pages).
McKnight, Scot, The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible, Zondervan, 2008, (236 pages).
McNally, Hugh, Men and Women – Partners or Rivals? A Biblical View of Male-Female Relationships: Study Guide on Biblical Equality, Atlantic Society for Biblical Equality (ASBE), 2012, (43 pages).
Miles, Herbert J., and Fara Harrington Miles, Husband and Wife Equality, Fleming A. Revell Company, 1978, (192 pages).
ü Padgett, Alan G., As Christ Submits to the Church:Biblical Understanding of Leadership and Mutual Submission, Baker Academic, 2011, (151 pages).
Pape, Dorothy R., In Search of God's Ideal Woman: A Personal Examination of the New Testament, InterVarsity Press, 1976, (370 pages).
ü Payne, Philip B., Man and Woman, One in Christ: An Exegetical & Theological Study of Paul's Letters, Zondervan, 2009, (512 pages).
Pierce, Ronald W., Partners in Marriage and Ministry: A Biblical Picture of Gender Equality, Christians for Biblical Equality, 2011, (120 pages).
ü Pierce, Ronald, and Rebecca M. Groothius, Editors, Discovering Biblical Equality: Complementarity Without Hierarchy, InterVarsity Press, 2005, (528 pages).
Read, John, Catherine Booth: Laying a Theological Foundation of a Radical Movement, Pickwick, 2013, (242 pages).
Smith, Christine A., Beyond the Stained Glass Ceiling: Equipping and Encouraging Female Pastors, Judson Press, 2013, (224 pages).
Smith, Marilyn B. (Lynn), Gender or Giftedness: A Study on the Role of Women, World Evangelical Fellowship Commission on Women’s Concerns, 2000, (88 pages).
Spencer, Aída Besançon, 1 Timothy: A New Covenant Commentary, Cascade Books, 2013, (178 pages).
ü Spencer, Aida Bescançon, Beyond the Curse: Women Called to Ministry, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2010, (223 pages).
Stackhouse, John G. Jr., Finally Feminist: A Pragmatic Christian Understanding of Gender, Baker Academic, 2005, (138 pages).
Stouffer, Austin H., 95 More for the Door: A Layperson’s Biblical Guide to Today’s Gender Reformation, Word Alive Press, 2008, (184 pages).
Strauss, Mark L., Distorting Scripture: The Challenge of Bible Translation & Gender Accuracy, InterVarsity Press, 1998, (240 pages).
Taylor, Marion Ann and Agnes Choi, Handbook of Women Biblical Interpreters: A Historical and Biographical Guide, Baker Academic, 2012, (608 pages).
Tidball, Derek and Dianne, The Message of Women: The Bible Speaks Today Series, IVP, 2013, (303 pages).
Tucker, Ruth A., Women in the Maze: Questions and Answers on Biblical Equality, InterVarsity Press, 1992, (276 pages).
Van Leeuwen, Mary Stewart, Gender and Grace: Love, Work & Parenting in a Changing World, InterVarsity Press, 1990, (278 pages).
Webb, William J., Slaves, Women & Homosexuals: Exploring the Hermeneutics of Cultural Analysis, InterVarsity Press, 2001
Wood, Beulah, The People Paul Admired: The House Church Leaders of the New Testament, Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2011, (134 pages).
Wooten, Barbara Boone, Destiny Denied: The Veiling of Women in the Traditional Church, Creation House, 2008, (304 pages).
Domestic Violence and Abuse, Healing of the Victims, and Human Trafficking
Allender, Dan B., The Wounded Heart: Hope for Adult Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Navpress, 1990, (301 pages).
Alsdurf, James and Phyllis Alsdurf, Battered into Submission: The Tragedy of Wife Abuse in the Christian Home, InterVarsity Press, 1989, (168 pages).
Belles, Nita, In Our Backyard: A Christian Perspective on Human Trafficking in the United States, Free River, 2011, (177 pages).
Cannon, Mae Elise, Social Justice Handbook: Small Steps for a Better World, IVP Books, 2009, (302 pages).
Gaddis, Patricia Riddle, Dangerous Dating: Helping Young Women Say No to Abusive Relationships, WaterBrook, 2000, (138 pages).
Grenz, Stanley J., and Roy D. Bell, Betrayal of Trust: Sexual Misconduct in the Pastorate, InterVarsity Press, 1995, (188 pages).
Hancock, Maxine, and Karen Burton Mains, Child Sexual Abuse: A Hope for Healing, Harold Shaw Publishers, 1987, (197 pages).
Heath, Elaine A., We Were the Least of These: Reading the Bible with Survivors of Sexual Abuse, Brazos Press, 2011, (196 pages).
Heitritter, Lynn, and Jeanette Vought, Helping Victims of Sexual Abuse: A Sensitive, Biblical Guide for Counselors, Victims, and Families, Bethany House Publishers, Revised edition, Baker, 2006, (272 pages).
Katz, Jackson, The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help, Sourcebooks, Inc., 2006, (296 pages).
Kroeger, Catherine Clark, and James Beck, Editors, Healing the Hurting: Giving Hope and Help to Abused Women, Baker Books, 1998, (255 pages).
Kroeger, Catherine Clark, and James Beck, Editors, Women, Abuse, and the Bible: How Scripture Can Be Used to Hurt or Heal, Baker Books, 1996, (255 pages).
Kroeger, Catherine Clark, and Nancy Nason-Clark, No Place for Abuse: Biblical and Practical Resources to Counteract Domestic Violence, Second edition, InterVarsity Press, 2010, (256 pages).
McNally, Jane, Abuse of Christian Women in India and Remedy: 12 Biblical Studies on Equality, ISPCK, 1997, (77 pages).
Miles, Al, Ending Violence in Teen Dating Relationships: A Resource Guide for Parents and Pastors, Augsburg Fortress, 2005, (176 pages).
Nason-Clark, Nancy, and Catherine Clark Kroeger, Refuge from Abuse: Healing and Hope for Abused Christian Women, InterVarsity Press, 2004, (178 pages).
Strom, Kay Marshall, and Michele Rickett, Forgotten Girls: Stories of Hope and Courage, 2009, IVP Books, (175 pages).
Vernick, Leslie, The Emotionally Destructive Marriage: How to Find Your Voice and Reclaim Your Hope, WaterBrook Press, 2013, (240 pages).
Weatherholt, Anne O., Breaking the Silence: The Church Responds to Domestic Violence, Morehouse Publishing, 2008, (124 pages).