Recent Books by Baptist Women

Anatomy of a Schism: How Clergywomen's Narratives Reinterpret the Fracturing of the Southern Baptist Convention by Eileen Campbell-Reed

Anatomy of a Schism is the first book on the Southern Baptist split to place ordained women’s narratives at the center of interpretation. Author Eileen Campbell-Reed brings her unique perspective as a pastoral theologian in conducting qualitative interviews with five Baptist clergywomen and allowing their narratives to focus attention on both psychological and theological issues of the split. The stories she uncovers offer a compelling new structure for understanding the narrative plot of Southern Baptists at the close of the twentieth century. The narratives of Anna, Martha, Joanna, Rebecca, and Chloe reframe the story of Southern Baptists and reinterpret the rupture and realignment in broad and significant ways. Together they offer an understanding of the schism from three interdisciplinary perspectives–gendered, psychological, and theological–not previously available together. In conversation with other historical events and documents, the women’s narratives collaborate to provide specific perspectives with universal implications for understanding changes in Baptist life over the last four decades. The schism’s outcomes held profound consequences for Baptist individuals and communities. Anatomy of Schism is an illuminating ethnographic and qualitative study sure to be indispensable to scholars of theology, history, and women’s studies alike.

Strength for the Journey Feminist Theology & Baptist Women Pastors by Judith Anne Bledsoe Bailey

Strength for the Journey: Feminist Theology and Baptist Women Pastors “is an important contribution to the growing scholarship on Baptist women. To the mix of feminist historical and sociological analysis of women in Southern Baptist life, Judith Bailey adds an examination of the influences of feminist theology on the experiences of Baptist women pastors. She recognizes the contested terrain of these intersections of Baptist, women, pastor, and feminist, and notes that sometimes even these Baptist women who have broken ground in ministry hesitate to identify themselves as feminist although they recognize the contributions of feminism and feminist theology to their ministry. Using these women’s words to make her case, Bailey shows how these women have developed a strong sense of self and a deep and profound commitment to a calling of which they are sure. This book is a significant resource for people interested in Baptist history, women’s studies, feminist theology, and ministry.”
— Susan M. Shaw,
Director of the School of Language, Culture, and Society and Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Oregon State University

Preacher Breath: Sermons & Essays by Kyndall Rae Rothaus

“The ancient prophets and teachers of Israel were poets . . . or at least the ones we remember best and quote most often and hold most dear were. Jeremiah . . . Isaiah . . . Miriam . . . Judith . . . even King David himself. Who ever used language with more care than they? Who ever more completely allowed the precision and rhythms of language to become their truth as well as its vehicle? Who ever taught us more persuasively than they always, when in sacred conversation, to yearn for the beauty of the nuance and the gripping power of the ordinary turned to holy use. Who ever, indeed? Yet Kyndall Rothaus has understood these things since the first moments of her call to ministry. She has understood them, and she has employed them well. Preacher Breath is in part the story of that understanding, and, in part, it is the proof of it. Enter these pages with expectation. You will not be disappointed.”
—Phyllis Tickle
Founding editor of the Religion Department of Publishers Weekly
Author of The Great Emergence and The Age of the Spirit

Being Called Chaplain: How I lost my name and (eventually) found my faith by Stacy Sergent

Being Called Chaplain is the story of Stacy’s first year as a chaplain. It chronicles her journey as she is confronted by the tragedies of life and as she loses and then regains faith. “Stacy’s story is for anyone who has ever questioned their faith, God, or what they believe at all. Her honesty in doing it while serving as chaplain to those in dire situations is a gift that frees us to accept doubt as an integral part of faith.”
–Carrie Nettles

Manners and Money: A Manual on Preaching Etiquette by Lynn Brinkley

” I have the rare privilege of serving in two diverse contexts: an African-American National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. church and a predominantly Caucasian divinity school. I have often been called a “cross-cultural preacher” because of my unique and frequent experiences serving and preaching in both arenas. Through my personal observations and opportunities preaching crossculturally, I can honestly state that a manual on preaching etiquette is needed for all contexts. This manual begins with an introduction on the history of etiquette and why it matters. Part one provides an exegetical analysis of key passages of scripture that deal with preaching etiquette. Part two suggests that if greater attention is given to matters of preaching etiquette, the ministry of preaching will be done decently and in order, and those charged with proclaiming God’s word will be better equipped to serve in a spirit of excellence. Part three addresses matters of hospitality and honoraria viewed from studying 1 Corinthians 9:3-14, 3 John 5-8, and 1 Timothy 5:17-18. Following some personal reflection, I offer guidelines on conducting a seminar on preaching etiquette.”
– Lynn Brinkley

Related Books


Courage and Hope: The Stories of Ten Baptist Women Ministers by Pamela and Keith Durso, editors

This is a collection of essays about Baptist women who have served in the ministry for over thirty years. Among these women are pastors, church staff members, missionaries, mission organization leaders, and professors. Each story offers insight into its subject’s calling, ministry experiences, obstacles, and the mentors and encouragers who supported her.
Religious Institutions and Women’s Leadership: New Roles Inside the Mainstream by Catherine Wessinger

This book documents the movement of women into positions of leadership and ministry in mainline American Judaism and Christianity and evaluates how this trend will reshape traditional religions in the U.S. The contributors compile data formerly found only in diverse scholarly and denominational publications to offer an enlightening interdenominational, interdisciplinary comparison of women’s struggles for a central role in mainstream religious leadership and ministries.

Women and Christianity, Volume 1: The First Thousand Years by Mary T. Malone

This books brings to light both the persistent courage and the innovative quality of women’s lives. Malone’s perspective not only offers a critical analysis of previous conventional histories, but emphasizes the importance of women’s contributions to the creation of Western culture.
Women & Christianity: From 1000 to the Reformation (Women and Christianity) by Mary T. Malone

Women & Christianity: From the Reformation to the 21st Century (Women and Christianity) by Mary T. Malone

WOMEN IN CHRISTIAN HISTORY: A Bibliography by Carolyn Blevins

For much of Christian history, the role of women in the life of the church both local and universal has been downplayed, overlooked, or simply denied. Such a state of affairs of course also denies the testimony of the church’s Scriptures regarding the key role women played in Jesus’ own ministry and that of the early church. The reach of this bibliography is wide, from the earliest church to present times, across every ethnic and national boundary, and throughout virtually every segment of the church, Catholic and Protestant and stripes in between and beyond.

 The World Is Waiting for You: Celebrating the 50th Ordination Anniversary of Addie Davis , edited by Pam Durso and LeAnn Gunter Johns

This is a remarkable collection of sermons. The Baptist world has been needing these voices for a long time, and thankfully these are women who could not wait to proclaim the Gospel. They offer a more comprehensive view of God, who has been urging them to speak all along. —Molly T. Marshall, president Central Baptist Theological Seminary Shawnee, Kansas Hope for the church and the world is alive and well in the words of these gifted women. Keen insight, delightful observations, profound courage, and a gift for communicating the good news are woven throughout these sermons. The Spirit so evident in Addie’s calling clearly continues in her legacy. —Dorisanne Cooper, pastor Watts Street Baptist Church Durham, North Carolina. Contributors include: Gwen Brown, Molly Brummett, Caroline Lawson Dean, Pamela R. Durso, Griselda Escobar, Angela Fields, Nicole Finkelstein-Blair, Karen Hatcher, Kimberly Schmitt Holman, Erin James-Brown, LeAnn Gunter Johns, Andrea Dellinger Jones, Martha Kearse, Veronice Miles, Heather Mustain, Bailey Edwards Nelson, Teresa Pugh, Kyndall Rae Rothaus, and Shelley Hasty Woodruff.

This is What a Preacher Looks Like, edited by Pam Durso“This Is What a Preacher Looks Like” was a hit catchphrase long before any idea of a book ever existed. When Baptist Women in Ministry created T-shirts to celebrate their 25th anniversary, few could have predicted how popular the bright aqua-colored shirts would become! Yet, no one should be surprised about the giftedness of Baptist women preachers. From the first days of Baptist beginnings—as early as the 1630s—Baptist women preached throughout England. Their voices are soft and loud, prophetic and pastoral, humorous and sincere. They are African American, Asian, Latina, and Caucasian. They are sisters, wives, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and friends. This Is What a Preacher Looks Like: Sermons by Baptist Women is a collection of sermons by thirty-six Baptist women. Just imagine—the work of thirty-six Baptist women preachers in one volume. Yet, the truth is that this book could have contained sermons by 836 Baptist women, all preaching the word of God!

And Your Daughters Shall Prophesy: Sermons by Women in Baptist Life by Karen Massey   This book of sermons seeks to record the words, insights, and experiences of several women ministers and preachers so as not to become part of the lost generations of women who have gone before them. This book is practical in its arrangement for classroom use or group readings.

Putting Women in Their Place: Moving Beyond Gender Stereotypes in Church and Home by Audra and Joe Trull Twelve respected authors address key questions for Baptists desiring a biblically based and theologically sound discussion of gender issues. For students and teachers, laity and clergy, this text will serve as a basic introduction of the proper place of women in church, home, and society.


your sons and daughtersYour Sons & Daughters Will Prophesy : A Four-Week Curriculum from the Network for Ministerial Excellence

The goal of this curriculum is to help churches become more open to calling a woman as a senior pastor. The sessions are designed to help congregations deal with the issues openly and honestly and to draw personal conclusions based on study, prayer and honest discussion.

Creating With God: The Holy Confusing Blessedness of Pregnancy by Sarah Jobe “Creating with God is a boldly truthful, sometimes funny, and deeply spiritual account of where babies come from and where babies take us. Jobe reads the Bible through the lens of her back-to-back pregnancies and finds that God shows up in pregnancy when we least expect it. Weaving together biblical reflections, her own story, and the stories of the moms around her, Jobe reveals the ways in which pregnancy is at the heart of God’s work in the world. She invites her reads to see the image of Jesus in pregnant women, feel God abiding in the work of pregnancy, and to consider the ways that pregnancy can train us in the very practices we need to live a life of faith.”
Women in Ministry: Four Views (Spectrum Multiview Book Series Spectrum Multiview Book Series) edited by Bonnidell Clouse and Robert G. Clouse “Should women teach men? Should they exercise authority over men? What about ordaining women? Even those who agree that Scripture must determine our answers do not agree on what it teaches. And too often differing sides have not been willing to listen to one another. Here in ove volume are the views of four deeply commited evangelicals that focus the discussion on the issues. Robert Culver argues for what might be called the traditional view that women should not exercise authority over or teach men. Susan Foh suggests a modified view which would allow for women to teach but not to hold positions of authority. Walter Liefeld presents a case for plural ministry that questions ordination as a means of conferring authority. Alvera Mickelsen defends the full equality of men and women in the church. What makes this book especially helpful is that the writers all respond to the other essays, pointing out weaknesses and hidden assumptions.”
The Girlfriends’ Clergy Companion: Surviving and Thriving in Ministry by Melissa Lynn DeRosia, Marianne J. Grano, Amy Morgan, and Amanda Adams Riley  “As increasing numbers of young women are discerning a call to ministry, entering seminary, graduating, and searching for the call to a parish or other ministry setting, they need to be aware of the realities that face them. The Girlfriends’ Clergy Companion is about the nitty gritty of ministry for young female clergy-how to maintain a sense of personal style, what it’s really like to be a solo pastor, how to date, what to do when they’re ready to quit. The authors met in 2008 at a gathering of young women who serve as pastors. Since then, they have been meeting monthly to develop a ‘young girlfriends network’ and to support one another in their ministries. In their conversations, they heard one another talking about what they wished they had known before beginning ministry. Those yearnings gave rise to this book. The authors discuss the call process and the ministry situations in which young women most commonly find themselves serving as a solo pastor and as an associate. Additional chapters explore personal style, the single life, relationships, children, and self-care, as well as challenges pastors, particularly new pastors, often face. Each chapter ends with ‘The Girlfriends’ Checklist,’ a summary of strategies to help young women be happier and more effective ministers.”
Beyond the Stained Glass Ceiling: Equipping and Encouraging Female Pastors by Christine A. Smith “The reality of a stained glass ceiling is familiar to most women called to the pastorate. Despite being more likely to be seminary educated, female clergy constitute less than 10 percent of Protestant leading pastorates—and those who do hold such pastorates are generally paid less than their male counterparts. In light of such statistics, Pastor Chris Smith explores how to overcome the challenges in breaking through the stained glass ceiling—and she goes a step further. She shares the lessons learned and best practices of the success stories—those women who are currently serving in solo or senior pastorates. Based on a national survey of female clergy, this volume is rich in insights based on data as well as personal anecdotes—insights that will empower not only women called to the pastorate but also their male colleagues and denominational leaders who want to support them.”
Beyond Sex Roles: What the Bible Says about a Woman’s Place in Church and Family  by Gilbert Bilezikian

This biblical and theological study offers an accessible examination of the key texts of Scripture relevant to understanding female roles, affirming full equality of the sexes in family and church. This third edition has been revised throughout. Pastors, church leaders, students, and those interested in issues relating to gender and church life will value this classic work on the egalitarian viewpoint.



What Paul REALLY Said About Women: An Apostle’s Liberating Views on Equality in Marriage, Leadership, and Love by John Temple Bristow

For any person who reveres Scripture but who struggles with traditional interpretations of passages concerning women and who fears that a desire for equality between the sexes is a violation of Biblical principles, this book is a must.



10 Lies the Church Tells Women by J. Lee Grady

The gospel was never intended to restrain women from pursuing God or to prevent them from fulfilling their divine destiny. In his revised and updated book, which includes testimonials, Grady boldly proclaims the truth of the gospel—that men and women are appointed by God and empowered by Him. Readers will discover: why Jesus went out of His way to minister to and disciple women; how the apostle Paul, who told women in Corinth to “be silent,” also empowered many women to be church leaders; How “the Proverbs 31 woman” has been misinterpreted to deny women opportunities in the workplace; and how the gospel of Jesus empowers women to claim their spiritual inheritance.


Why Not Women : A Biblical Study of Women in Missions, Ministry, and Leadership by Loren Cunningham and David Joel Hamilton

This book provides a detailed study of women in Old Testament writings, Jesus’ ministry, and the letters of the apostle Paul; historical and current global perspectives; an exploration of the value and roles of women in Greek and Roman history and literature, Jewish rabbinic literature, the early church, current cultures, and the church today; an examination of the fruit of women in public ministry; and a hard-hitting revelation of what’s at stake for women, men, the Body of Christ, God’s Kingdom, and the unreached.


Women in the Church: A Biblical Theology of Women in Ministry by Stanley Grenz and Denise Muir Kjesbo

Studies of key biblical passages on women’s roles in the church fill entire bookshelves, if not libraries. But in Women in the Church, Stanley Grenz and Denise Muir Kjesbo offer the first in-depth theological study of this issue–one of the most bitterly contested issues of our day. Carefully considering the biblical, historical and practical concerns surrounding women and the ordained ministry, this book will enlighten people on all sides of the issue. But Grenz and Kjesbo make no secret of their bold conclusion: ‘Historical, biblical and theological considerations converge not only in allowing, but also in insisting, that women serve as full partners with men.’ Thorough and irenic, Women in the Church bids to take an intense discussion to a new plane.

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