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God Speaks to Us, Too: Southern Baptist Women on Church, Home, and Society

by Susan M. Shaw

Availablecloth$70.00x 978-0-8131-2476-6
322 pages  Pubdate: 04/18/2008  6 x 9 x 1  13

How can women find strength, courage, and motivation in a religious denomination that believes in the necessity of a wife’s submission to her husband? In God Speaks to Us, Too, Susan M. Shaw shows that Southern Baptist women are surprisingly more complex and rebellious than outside observers might think they are. She presents the views of more than 150 women, often using their own words, and finds in them an unshakable belief that God speaks as directly to them as to any pastor or denominational leader. Although these women respect their leaders and are influenced by them, ultimately they recognize that their beliefs and practices are determined by their own choices, and with God’s guidance.

Susan M. Shaw is associate professor of women’s studies at Oregon State University. She is the author or coauthor of several books, including Girls Rock! Fifty Years of Women Making Music.

If anyone ever thought Southern Baptist women were meek, mild, and uniformly submissive, this book assures them that they have another thing coming. Susan Shaw found that while some of the women she interviewed believed they should submit to their husbands in theory, most believed strongly in their ability and responsibility to think and act for themselves. -- Susan Willhauck, Wesley Theological Seminary

Dr. Shaw presents a thought-provoking glimpse into the professional lives and personal thoughts of women who have 'succeeded' in professions previously preserved only for men within Southern Baptist life. Paying attention to the internal as well as the external struggles of these professionals, she gives the reader a well-rounded analysis of the grit, determination and commitment of these women to following what they perceive as God's call on their lives, no matter what the consequences. Any person who is wrestling with questions about the role of women, professionally, within conservative, evangelical faith systems will find this book informative. For those women who are currently in the struggle for professional acceptance within conservative evangelicalism, Shaw's work will provide inspiration and encouragement. The struggle is worth the prize. -- Rosalie Beck, Department of Religion, Baylor University

Shaw demonstrates to the reader how these women reconcile their personal attitudes with conservative doctrine and how they are influential players within their churches and families. -- Tennesee Historical Commission

This work serves as a spiritual balm, showing that there are many options available to women who have discovered how unlikely age-old patriarchy is to budge. -- Christian Ethics Today

God Speaks to Us, Too is not just a book for scholars, though it is an important contribution to the fields of women’s- and religious studies. Compelling and accessible enough to be read by ordinary Southern Baptists as well, the book is likely to find a broad audience. -- Journal of Baptist Studies

This volume will be of greatest interest to women who, like those interviewed, are or have been active in Southern Baptist churches and ministries. The light, conversational style and graciously sympathetic interviewing will make the book attractive to public library or church library patrons. Recommended. -- Choice

Shaw offers an excellent perspective on the role gender has played in the reconstruction of Southern Baptist identity. -- Journal of Church and State

Shaw’s combination of humor, self-reflexivity, extensive Baptist history, and attention to the unique aspects of southern culture that construct Southern Baptist women’s identities makes God Speaks to Us, Too a solid read for anyone interested in women and religion. -- Church History

Susan Shaw has put together a rich new primary source of material revealing the minds, words, and experiences of 159 women who grew up Southern Baptist during the twentieth century. -- Baptist History and Heritage

Shaw’s combination of humor, self-reflexivity, extensive Baptist history, and attention to the unique aspects of southern culture. -- Church History

The book's conversational style is reminiscent of a memoir rather than a dry academic tome. In eminently readable prose, Shaw effectively converys the ideas and opinions of a myriad of Southern Baptist women whose voices have too long been underrepresented in studeis of southern religion. -- Journal of Southern Religion