Women today inhabit and excel in every profession, yet many Christian women wonder about the value of work outside the home. In communities where the traditional family model is highly regarded, many working women who sense a call to work find little church or peer support.
In A Woman’s Place, Katelyn Beaty, print managing editor of Christianity Today and cofounder of Her.meneutics, insists it’s time to reconsider women’s work. She challenges us to explore new ways to live out the Scriptural call to rule over creation—in the office, the home, in ministry, and beyond.
Starting with the Bible’s approach to work—including the creation story, the Proverbs 31 woman, and New Testament models—Beaty shows how women’s roles in Western society have changed; how the work-home divide came to exist; and how the Bible offers models of women in leadership. Readers will be inspired by stories of women effecting dynamic cultural change, leading institutions, and living out grand and beautiful vocations.
Far from insisting that women must work outside the home, Beaty urges all believers into a better framework for imagining career, ambition, and calling. Whether caring for children, running a home, business, or working full-time, all readers will be inspired to live in a way that glorifies God.
Sure to spark discussion, A Woman’s Place is a game-changing look at the importance of work for women and men alike.
What People Are Saying:
"Katelyn has written a powerful and prophetic book that speaks to the angst that so many women feel. In it, she provides a strong theological foundation that encourages us all to step into all that God has called us to do. She shows us the sacred value of work and that biblically and historically, women have always been involved in God's mission." - Christine Caine, founder of Propel Women and A21 Campaign
"I loved this book, and I wish I could put it in the hands of every woman I know." - Sarah Bessey, author of Jesus Feminist and Out of Sorts
"A Woman’s Place brings reflection on Scripture and an informed mind to help answer the question implied in the title—a woman’s place is to be an agent of shalom working with dignity and strength in all spheres of God’s redemptive plan for a flourishing creation." - John Ortberg, senior pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, Nancy Ortberg, CEO, Transforming the Bay with Christ
"Citing theologians and Christian thinker with various opinions about women treating vocational jobs as their callings, Beaty situates her main argument around Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In and considers how Christian women should balance responsibilities toward their families, their faith, and their own career ambitions...Readers will be treated to in-depth study from a scriptural perspective as Beaty traces the history of women and work through the ages. Beaty's work is certain to generate lively discussion and some personal soul-searching." - Publishers Weekly
"With adroit hands and an authentic heart, Katelyn Beaty opens our eyes to the central place work has for every image bearer of God... While the focus of her writing serves as persuasive apologetic for the goodness and rightness of a woman's place in the workplace, it is a must read book for both women and men." - Tom Nelson, president, Made to Flourish
"We think this is one of the finest books of the year." - Byron Borger, Hearts and Minds Bookstore