God's Leading Lady: Out of the Shadows and Into the Light
Contributor(s): Jakes, T D (Author)
ISBN: 0425190161 EAN: 9780425190166
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
US SRP: $ 15.00 US
Binding: Paperback: 336 pages
Pub Date: July 01, 2003
Annotation: In the tradition of Woman, Thou Art Loosed! and The Lady, Her Lover, and Her Lord, Bishop Jakes continues to uplift Christian women with this charge for them to step out of the shadows and take their positions onstage as God's leading ladies.
The stage metaphor is carried throughout; Jakes encourages women to master the art of improvisation (to put aside pre-arranged scripts... and go with what works in the moment) and to transcend life's outtakes (embarrassing failures).
The writing style is vintage Jakes, he poses rhetorical but energetic questions to the reader, shares personal examples from his own life and draws upon the models other women have provided for success.
He profiles several biblical women who knew how to step into the limelight: Deborah, Jael, Mary the mother of Jesus, Ruth, Sarah, Tamar and Eve all get juicy roles in Jakes's production.
He deals with some sticky biblical passages, arguing, for example, that the let wives be subject to their husbands verse in Ephesians has too often been taken out of context and used to suppress women and rob them of their voices.
Jakes also points to modern day leading ladies, such as radio magnate Cathy Hughes, television icon Oprah Winfrey and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt as role models.
Some of his self-help advice is cliched, readers are asked to decide, for example, whether their trials will make them bitter or better.
Overall, however, Jakes offers a fresh and compassionate summons for women to recognize their divine worth.
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