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About Aimee Byrd
Aimee Byrd lives in her hometown in Frederick, MD with her husband, Matt, one teen, one young adult with her foot out the door, and has one daughter in grad. school. A former coffee cafe owner, Aimee now uses many of her conversational barista skills in writing and speaking opportunities. Visit Aimee's blog: www.aimeebyrd.com and connect with her on Twitter @aimeebyrdPYW
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Since the Reformation, Protestants have confessed that the church is reformed and always reforming. But do we really believe this? Why, then, are we so shocked to hear that the church itself needs a sexual reformation? That the church has been fighting to uphold biblical distinction between the sexes against a culture that is rapidly and aggressively challenging this, is certainly one reason. But in trying to be faithful to the beauty of God's design for man and woman, the church has instead latched onto a pagan, Aristotelian concept of man and woman--that woman is by nature inferior to man--which robs us of the dignity of personhood as man and woman created in the image of God.
Much of the evangelical teaching on the sexes is based on cultural stereotypes and an unbiblical ontology of male authority and female subordination. While some try to correct this, they often flatten the meaningful distinctions in the feminine and masculine gift. We end up missing the beautiful message that our bodies, and our whole selves as men and women, tell: the story of the great joy in which Christ received his gift of his bride, the church. Having taken on flesh, he is bringing her to the holy of holies, ushering her behind the veil, and securing communion with his bridal people in sacred space. He gave himself as the ultimate Gift and he loves us to the end. We see this highlighted in the book placed right in the middle of our Bibles. The Song of Songs enfleshes our hope as it poetically sings the metanarrative of Scripture.
In this book, Aimee Byrd invites you to enter into the Song's treasures as its lyrics reveal a typology in God's design of man and woman, one that unfolds throughout the canon of Scripture. The meaning of man and woman extends beyond biology, nature, and culture to give us a glimpse of what is to come. Our bodies are theological. They are visible signs that tell us something about our God. This often-ignored biblical book has much to teach us about Christ, his church, man, and woman. It teaches us the whole point of it all. And what it teaches us is not a list of roles and hierarchy, but a love song. We are ripe for a sexual reformation in the church, and recovering a good theological anthropology is imperative to it. We desperately need to peel away the Aristotelian mindset of man and woman that still pervades much of the teaching on gender and sexuality in the church today.?The Holy Spirit is speaking to us in his Word to bring about a sexual reformation. He invites us to sing an eschatological song. In doing so, we find ourselves in it. We participate in it. We find beauty in it. We persevere by it. It changes us.
This book dismantles every mistruth that you've heard about the role of women in the Bible, her place in the church, and the patriarchal lie of so-called “biblical manhood and womanhood.” In its place, Aimee Byrd details a truly biblical vision of women as equal partners in Christ's church and kingdom.
The church is the school of Christ, commissioned to discipleship. The responsibility of every believer—men and women together—is being active and equal participants in and witnesses to the faith. And yet many women are trying to figure out what their place is in the church, fighting to have their voices heard and filled with questions:
- Do men and women benefit equally from God's word?
- Are we equally responsible in sharpening one another in the faith and passing it down to the next generation?
- Do we really need men's Bibles and women's Bibles, or can the one Holy Bible guide us all?
The answers lie neither with radical feminists, who claim that the Bible is hopelessly patriarchal, nor with the defenders of “biblical manhood,” whose understanding of Scripture is captive to the culture they claim to distance themselves from.
Recovering from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood presents a more biblical account of gender, marriage, and ministry. It explores the feminine voice in Scripture as synergistic with the dominant male voice. It fortifies churches in a biblical understanding of brotherhood and sisterhood in God's household and the necessity of learning from one another in studying God's word.
Until both men and women grow in their understanding of their relationship to Scripture, there will continue to be tension between the sexes in the church. Church leaders can be engaged in thoughtful critique of the biblical manhood and womanhood movement, the effects it has on their congregation, and the homage it ironically pays to the culture of individualism that works against church, family, and a Christ-like vision of community.
Society says we are merely sexual beings and should embrace this, and in the church we use this same view as an excuse to distrust and avoid each other! We shy away from healthy friendship, and even our siblingship in Christ, in the name of purity and reputation . . . but is this what we are called to do?
Aimee Byrd reminds us that the way to stand against culture is not by allowing it to drive us apart—it is by seeking the brother-and-sister closeness we are privileged to have as Christians. Here is a plan for true, godly friendship between the sexes that embraces the family we truly are in Christ and serves as the exact witness the watching world needs.
Writing to concerned women and church officers, Aimee Byrd pinpoints the problem, especially the commodification of women’s ministry. She answers the hot-button issues—How can women grow in discernment? How should pastors preach to women? What are men’s and women’s roles within the church?—and points us in the direction of a multifaceted solution.
After all, cultivating resolved, competent women will equip them to fulfill their calling as Christ’s disciples and men’s essential allies. If we want to strengthen the church, we must strengthen the women in it!
“Aimee Byrd is asking the right questions. . . . [She] steers the discussion about women and the church back to its rightful place by uniting a high view of Scripture and a high view of women.”
—Karen Swallow Prior, professor of English, Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia
“Women are our most committed resource for doing the work of the kingdom, and they deserve our best thinking and support. . . . Aimee Byrd writes with wit and wisdom, biblical clarity and theological maturity.”
—Liam Goligher, senior minister, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia
“Aimee Byrd fearlessly takes on a range of problems that are not often addressed. . . . May all those who need to hear her message give it heed.”
—Kathy Keller, author, Jesus, Justice, and Gender Roles
Aimee Byrd is a Bible study teacher and author of Housewife Theologian and Theological Fitness. She also speaks at women’s retreats, blogs about theology and the Christian life, and cohosts The Mortification of Spin podcast. She is married with three children, lives in Maryland, and is a member of New Hope Orthodox Presbyterian church.
While striving to find meaning amid the mundane and ordinary, many women find themselves swallowed up by culture’s expectations, trying to escape the labels that trap and define them. But Aimee Byrd is determined to reclaim terms like housewife, which have divided many women, to unite them instead in their common calling.
What is this calling, and how can women rise above what the world offers? By taking back another term—theologian—and knowing God intimately. Aimee will help you evaluate your Christian life and see your world from a different perspective.
Faithful Christian living in the everyday might not sound challenging, but, as author and blogger Aimee Byrd shows us, it’s actually a real workout! Knowing God takes effort—just like any relationship.
Aimee invites us to join her in some theological fitness training as she unpacks our call to perseverance in the book of Hebrews and explores the great metaphor that physical fitness lends to theology. Learn about the “fighting grace” God has given you, discover how you are equipped to live a life of Christ-focused obedience, and get ready to embrace your faith in a fresh, invigorating way.
“What a gem this book is—so full of encouragement and so honest and genuine. . . . Wonderfully practical and readable . . . grounded in good theology.”
—Thomas R. Schreiner, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“In this Scripture-saturated book we are rightly warned of the rigors as well as promised the rewards of holding fast to Christ when we feel the burn and want to give up.”
—Nancy Guthrie, Author, Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament
“Aimee Byrd is the very best kind of theological sensei. . . . She shows how to gain and maintain theological fitness—and how to find great enjoyment in the exercise.”
—Phil Johnson, Grace to You radio program
“Aimee drives the point home vividly in her distinctive, memorable, and popular style. Challenging yet enjoyable and valuable.”
—Fred G. Zaspel, Reformed Baptist Church, Franconia, Pennsylvania
Aimee Byrd is just an ordinary mom of three who has also been a martial arts student, coffee shop owner, and Bible study teacher. Author of Housewife Theologian, she now blogs about theology and the Christian life and cohosts The Mortification of Spin podcast.