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224 pages
Feb 2005
Tyndale House Publishers

The Myth of the Submissive Christian Woman

by Brenda Waggoner

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The Myth of the Submissive Christian Woman -- just reading this title may start your argument motor running. That would be O.K. with author Brenda Waggoner, since her aim is to make you do some hard thinking, meditation on what the Bible really says about submission with integrity, and its impact on the life of today’s woman.

The Myth is actually more than ten myths, all drawn from real life. Used to introduce the facets of Biblical submission, these myths present a range of human error, from ‘there is a clear cut, human formula for submission,’ to ‘my duty is to correct others,’ and ‘I can inspire others with my own perfection.’ Each chapter looks at a facet of submission. After defining the myth, she discusses God’s truth about the matter backed with relevant scripture, thought-provoking discussion, and examples; Waggoner draws from some of God’s submissive, triumphant people, including Mother Teresa, Dallas Willard, Amy Carmichael, and G. K. Chesterton. Also pulling examples from common people, Waggoner helps you hear God’s call on your life. Each chapter ends with suggestions for reflection and action to take.

Targeting contemporary women, licensed counselor, author, and speaker Brenda Waggoner draws from personal, professional, and spiritual experience to present The Myth of the Submissive Christian Woman. This friendly, scripturally-based, plainly-stated book encourages reader participation, giving much food for growth and thought. It is presented for both individual and group use. – Donna Eggett, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

Walking with God without Being Stepped On by Others

God didn’t call you to be a doormat!

Yes, Scripture calls us to die to self—self-absorption, self-centeredness, self- righteousness, and self-indulgence—but nowhere does Scripture tell us to abandon all of the wonderful God-given gifts and talents that make us who we are.

In The Myth of the Submissive Christian Woman, author Brenda Waggoner dispels the myth that biblical submission requires that women reject who they are and become passive in their relationships with God and others.

Along the way, the author shatters the misconception that good manners, niceness, and passivity equal godliness and reveals that true biblical submission does not mean submitting to everyone else’s wants, needs, and opinions while ignoring your own. Instead, it means living truthfully by putting God first, submitting yourself to his will, and living your life according to what he desires.