In today’s post, Dr. Bev Hislop, Professor of Pastoral Care at Western Seminary, provides a list of seven key books that address the topic of shepherding women. Note that the last two books were written by Dr. Hislop, who penned them due to a lack of available resources on this critical subject.
PREACHING THAT SPEAKS TO WOMEN, Alice Mathews, Ph.D.
How can a pastor more effectively minister to both men and women? How do the ways in which women understand sermons differ from those of men?
“Sermons are not addressed to ‘Occupant’ or ‘To Whom It May Concern.’ ….Effective preachers know their Bibles and they know their particular audience” says Haddon W. Robinson (Forward, p.7).
Mathews invites preachers to consider how gender affects the way sermons are understood and advocates effective preaching that does not ignore women or merely typecast women in narrowly defined roles.
WALKING WITH GOD THROUGH PAIN AND SUFFERING, Timothy Keller, D. Min.
The hard questions, the challenges to one’s faith in the midst of pain and suffering continually surface in shepherding women and men.
Keller’s comprehensive style in this invaluable resource begins with the cultures of suffering, including the secular view, various cultures and religions. The problem of evil and various theodicies seen from a Christian perspective are highlighted. A more comprehensive perspective of pain and suffering—the big picture—is highlighted from studying Biblical characters who suffered, such as Joseph, Job, and Jesus.
The final section of Keller’s work includes the valuable responses of walking, weeping, trusting, praying, thinking-thanking-loving, and hoping in the midst of pain. This extensive practical section is well summarized in the Epilogue: “If we know the biblical theology of suffering and have our hearts and minds engaged by it, then when grief, pain and loss come, we will not be surprised and can respond in the various ways laid out in Scripture. Here they are organized into ten things we should do.” The price of this book is worth the 3-page summary of these ten things.
GROWING STRONG DAUGHTERS, Lisa Graham McMinn, Ph.D.
How can we help shape our daughters to be confident and gracious, empowered to become the women they are meant to be? Today women enjoy more opportunities than in any previous century. Yet they are still pressured to be beautiful, thin, and sexy. In this sort of environment, our daughters get mixed messages about what a strong woman really is. How can we work to create a social environment that nurtures strong, confident godly girls?
This helpful book is filled with strategies and personal insights to guide you in growing a strong, capable daughter. McMinn discusses topics such as how you can teach your daughter to:
- be confident as well as interdependent
• feel confident in her ability to think and speak for herself
• have a healthy perspective toward her body and sexuality
• develop strong relationships with boys, both parents, and a future mate
McMinn thoughtfully examines these issues, reminding us of our God-given responsibilities to “grow” the next generation of women. Her personal insight, life experience, and careful research combine to make this book helpful for all who are involved in raising and nurturing girls – whether parents, teachers, church leaders, or civic communities.
IN THE COMPANY OF WOMEN, Brenda Hunter, Ph.D.
Hunter’s insights into the impact our mothers made in our lives may be life changing for readers. Her descriptions of “Mother Love” and “Mother Woe” bring discernment into current patterns, while enhancing insights into moving forward. Relationships with sisters and daughters are also strategic in a woman’s ability to establish and maintain meaningful relationships with others. Hunter also includes conflict, the art of friendship, and “When Men Aren’t Enough.” This chapter includes a long list of what men uniquely give us, the differences, and a main section from a male perspective on these topics—a highly valued segment of the book.
Insights on how mentoring provides what is often missing in our relational experiences is so valuable and relevant to the church. The Body of Christ is family and the impact we can make in the lives of women is greatly enhanced as seen through Hunter’s work. This contributes practically to the injunctions of Titus 2:3-5.
Whether a woman is single or married, employed or parenting full-time, Hunter gives her tips for building stronger, closer relationships with her mother, sisters, daughters, friends, mentors and peers throughout every phase of her life.
DAUGHTERS OF THE CHURCH, Ruth A. Tucker, Ph. D. and Walter Liefeld, Ph.D.
This is undeniably a classic work of documented stories of women and ministry from New Testament to modern times. The well-illustrated faithful and significant service of women throughout the history of the church is inspiring. If a woman ever doubted there was a place for her in service to Jesus Christ, this overwhelming compilation of stories may prompt her to more seriously open her heart and mind to God’s design on her life.
SHEPHERDING WOMEN IN PAIN, Bev Hislop, D. Min. plus 16 contributing authors
Brittany is coming to see me at 4:30 today. She wants to talk about the uncovered secret of pornography in her home. She sounds desperate. What will I say?
Cindy wonders if there’s such a thing as spiritual abuse. She’s done with church, she says. She wants to come talk with me. What do I know about this? How can I prepare in a few hours?
Sixteen contributing authors concisely give shepherding insights into their area of expertise: depression, infertility, terminal illness, physical disabilities/chronic pain/aging, addictions, abortion recovery, eating disorders, incarceration, homelessness, suicide, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, divorce, pornography, spiritual abuse, and same sex-attraction. In addition, insights are given on: How can I stop the pain? When will life be normal again? What does healing look like? Where is God in the pain?
SHEPHERDING A WOMAN’S HEART, Bev Hislop, D. Min.
In the decadent society of Crete, Paul’s injunction to Titus was to penetrate that culture by focusing on developing church leadership and teaching older men, older women and younger men – with one people group obviously missing. The younger women were to be trained by the older godly women—older women who exhibit godly characteristics similar to godly older men. Paul’s message is clear. Godly character in relationships can have a powerful impact on a decadent culture, such as Crete—or your/our city!
This book was written because of the absence of literature to provide essential understanding of effective shepherding of women. When church leadership takes this injunction seriously, do they have the understanding and tools needed? How does the metaphor of “shepherding” translate to our century, in this culture, specifically for women?
This resource is not about event planning . . . rather impacting our culture by training godly women effectively. What are the reasons we need it, the reasons to give it, the people who need it, and the people who give it? Biblical understanding of the essential nature of a woman, internal and external womanhood, and insights from the Master Shepherd conclude with very practical guidelines for shepherding a woman’s heart effectively.