by Jonalyn Grace Fincher
What is a female soul, and what was God's purpose in creating it? Jonalyn Fincher seeks to define the "proper" Biblical woman's role in our modern world in Ruby Slippers: How the Soul of a Woman Brings Her Home and contrast it with the submissive image promoted in many of today's churches. Every woman is unique, she proposes, and thus no single list of rules and requirements can define who she should be; however, there are definite recurring traits that a Christian can have. Just as the daughter of a family may not have the exact same eye or hair color as her mother, a Christian woman may not have every single one of these traits. But the characteristics that she does have help create her own, unique female soul.
Women are not the inferior sex, Fincher continues, but a reflection of God's grace and goodness just as men are. God is a combination of masculine and feminine traits, something easily forgotten in a world that pictures Him as an old man in a long, flowing robe, and He is reflected in both men and women. Just as a man can be sensitive, a traditionally feminine trait, so too can a woman embody masculine traits. It doesn't make her any less of a woman. It may be that women are physically weaker but they also are the sole possessors of the God-given ability to create life. Like two sides of the same coin, man and women coexist to worship God and reflect His glory, and one is not naturally better or superior at doing so.
Using a combination of Biblical study, stories from her life, and the research of other apologists and theologians Flincher dissects femininity, the effect of Eden and the curse, Christian attitudes of women (past and present) and the characteristics of a female soul. She doesn't really tell how to be a better woman, but there are questions at the end of every chapter to prompt the reader to think it out herself.
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