A Fierce Generation Taking Its Place in the World
God has gifted women with beautiful and unique calls on their lives. Unfortunately, many never step into their roles because of doubt, discrimination, fear, and insecurity. But in a world fraught with gender and relationship issues, the gifts and voices of women are needed more than ever.
In this fully revised and updated edition of her breakthrough book, Women of Destiny, bestselling author and speaker Cindy Jacobs reveals the biblical foundation for women in ministry and leadership. Through sharing her own story, successes, and failures, she speaks to the doubts, fears, and insecurities women have about stepping up and speaking out.
She shows how to navigate discrimination with grace, strength, and
confidence, and she empowers women everywhere to press into God
to discover their unique purpose. Whether you step across the street or into a new role altogether, you can serve God faithfully, love others boldly, and change the world around you.
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Jacobs believes God wants to pour out His Spirit on men and women to be a prophetic voice for this generation. Yes, women! “God is speaking to the prophets all around the world that an army of women is coming who will be evangelists to their cities and who will perform mighty signs and wonders.” (263)
She has written this book to encourage women feeling such a call. She wants women to reach their highest potential in church and ministry. She gives many examples of women in powerful ministry. She identifies the obstacles women face and the potential controversies. She shares much from her own experiences too.
About midway through the book, Jacobs tackles those pesky questions about what the Bible says regarding women in ministry and leadership. She does a good job of reviewing Scripture passages and biblical examples of women used by God. It is clear there were women deacons and elders in the early church. She clarifies many troublesome passages, thoroughly investigating the original Greek and the bias male translators often show. Jacobs even includes in an Appendix an article from 1894 advocating women in ministry indicating that women in ministry is not some new idea. There were many women in ministry over a century ago and it was not nearly as controversial an issue as it is now.
This is an excellent book for women who feel called to ministry yet are hesitant because of their gender. Jacobs addresses all those issues of “authority” and “keep silent” and much more. You will be encouraged to rise up and take your place in the advancement of God’s kingdom.