I don’t know what I was thinking when I requested this book to review. I was intrigued by the title A Conversation with God for Women, I thought the cover was very lovely (white with cherry blossoms, I love cherry blossoms) and it looked like it could be promising. I am ultra conservative, just to warn you, so I was a mite bit concerned that this book would be a bit more liberal and would state things about women’s roles and such that I could not agree with.
I opened the book and was interested to see the first scripture quoted was out of the Message version. Then, a few pages later was a quote from the CEV and several other versions. That always sends up flags when the author is trying to make a point and to back it up using scripture uses different translations (or paraphrases as in the case with the Message) to prove it. You can say anything with scriptural support using multiple translations. Proof texting as the practice is called is bending scripture to fit your views. Then, reading the introduction the format was explained. A question is asked, then God, Jesus and sometimes some other Biblical figure answers it in a conversational tone. Um, that was beyond a bit uncomfortable seeing God “speaking.” It was like words were being put into His mouth. God has spoken, in the Bible, where all the answers to the questions presented in this book are truly answered (while I’m on the subject, why look up the answer to a question in a book that references the original when you can go straight to the Bible and see for yourself exactly what God had to say. If you need help, there are a lot of great commentaries out there for help).
Theologically, the author took the very common, middle of the road, let’s not step on any toes and offend anyone stance. The answer to the question about women in ministry really was circular. “God” answered at first by talking about churches permitting and not permitting women in the pulpit and the worry and division it causes. Then illustrated that women can minister by bringing up the prophetess Huldah (special situation, and prophetesses are not preachers all the time.)
Also, in the question about if all sins are the equal, “Jesus” says they aren’t basically. That sins of the heart (lust, evil thoughts) are lesser sins and aren’t being committed against anyone and really for the sake of the book not hurting anyone. Um, please, look it up in the Bible. A sin is a sin is a sin, no matter what kind. And it is sin that separates us from God. Little sins don’t separate us a little bit, they separate us totally.
I can not in good conscience recommend this book to others. Please, if you have questions, get yourself a Bible, a good commentary and a concordance. Go straight to the source, not a book about the true source and answer for your questions.
I received a copy of Conversations With God for Women by Marcia Ford from Thomas Nelson as a part of their Book Sneeze program. All opinions are mine and mine alone and no other compensation was received..