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Male & Female: Embracing Your Role in God’s Design

by Christa PetzoldJonathan Petzold

Item #: 124607 / 2021 / Paperback / 168 Pages


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Men and women alike have a fascination and eagerness to discuss sex and gender, but those discussions can be uncomfortable, and for some, can bring up painful memories and assumptions. Perhaps the reason this topic is so alluring and so challenging is because it strikes close to home. Our identity as a man or a woman goes to the core of who we are. Our experiences in the world cannot be separated from our sex, and not all our experiences have been good.

This is not a book written to defend “traditional” values or to lay out a set of superficial behaviors for “godly men and women.” Our goal is rather to discover the biblical framework for masculinity and femininity so that we can apply it in our lives and relationships. At the end of this book you may have a better understanding of your personal response to issues of gender, sexual orientation, and your God-given role as a man or a woman.

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Clear Instruction on a Complex Topic

This book gives a clear and biblical view of the roles of men and women. The authors spoke of the headship and helper roles but made it clear that a helper is not inferior. That, in fact, the same Hebrew helper term is used both for women and for God. I thought the chapter on women in the church gave an excellent explanation of why some denominations do not ordain women but that does not lessen their roles in the church or make them less valuable. The last chapter, "A Compassionate Response to Homosexuality" outlined a helpful response to a very controversial subject. This book would be an excellent resource for an adult Bible study, guiding people to think deeply and discuss the complex topic of male and female roles in our confusing world.

I didn't want to set it down once I had started!

A book that is easy to read and Biblically based! The perfect book to read if you want to understand what the Scriptures say about masculinity and femininity and how to embrace the way you were created in the image of God! If you need some encouragement to embrace your role as a man or woman, read this book!

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Our roles as male and female according to God's plan

This is a great book that teaches about the distinguishing roles of both male and females according to God's design for us. Each chapter dives into a different aspect of these roles and who we were created to be. If ever I had a question about something addressed, it was always answered in the following paragraph! Their dedication to teaching others about so many aspects of gender roles is evident as they anticipated all the questions one might wonder about in response to all the material they teach throughout this book. Everything is explained using scripture. The discussion guide at the end of this book includes questions and answers for each chapter which would make it a great book for a Bible Study.

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All Families Should Read This Together

In our postmodern age, when increasingly our culture rejects truth for its own version of "truth", the Petzolds book brings us back to the eternal truth that we have been given in Scripture, inspired by the Holy Spirit, fulfilled by Jesus, and promulgated through the ages by our Father in heaven. As Jesus says in John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." This truth starts in the Garden, where man falls into sin because of pride, a rejection of God's will, and through passivity, man rejects his role in God's creation as head, by rejecting Jesus as our head. This book calls us back to the Garden, it calls us back to dependence on Jesus, and back to our identity as men and women, created in God's image, for the purpose of serving Him. The Petzolds remind us that our identity is rooted in our baptism, and through the work of the Holy Spirit, we can be confident of our salvation, of our identity as men and women, and of our God's promises for us. The Petzolds do not try to comfort us with platitudes, empty promises, prosperity, possessions or status. They call us to repent and trust in God's promises. They call us to live out our roles as head and helper in a world full of confusion and disorder. Through our roles as men and women, and through our vocations, we can bring good order to our marriage, family, church, community and to our neighbors.

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A Must Read for Everyone

Wow. This book is beautiful and honest and an easy read. I wish that everyone within the church would read and have this at their disposal. It addresses gender roles and the created order, marriage and singleness, female ordination and homosexuality, all in nearly 100 pages. And all of which is faithful to Scripture and the entirety of the revealed Word. Thank you for this book!

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A Biblical Perspective on Vocations and Relationships

Male & Female pushes past the stereotypes of men and women and rejects the tantalizing bait of social and political hot topics surrounding gender and sex. Instead, the authors simply look to the Bible for answers on God’s design and purpose for men and women. By focusing on Biblical interpretation, rooted in sound theology, the authors are able to discuss our vocations as men and women and God’s design for our relationships, especially marriage as a reflection of Christ and His Church. They also don’t shy away from the brokenness of our sinful world, and so their book offers us hope for discerning how to live in hurting relationships and an imperfect world. Written for all people, whether married or single, this book points us to Christ and offers a clear, Biblical perspective on several topics surrounded manhood and womanhood. It will be a blessing for individuals to read and also provides helpful questions (and answers!) for groups that are ready for in-depth and thoughtful discussion.

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