I read this book right-through on my return from my travels round the world, as I looked for a way to re-connecting with living a life more real for God for the previous 6 weeks spiritual study/sermons has pretty much gone out the window as I gorged myself on Latin American scenery – and I was feeling the worse for it. How can I possibly lead others when my own spiritual discipline is so poor BUT it’s never too later and life with Christ is a daily re-commitment – there’s no point bemoaning what I haven’t done before, just focus on what I can do now!
Barton has a particular, and active, way of reading this book in mind. Thankfully, she “gives permission” for those who need the book as one to do so to get the overview needed, but asks that you commit to “read it a second time more slowly, engaging in the spiritual practices and allowing God to speak deeply in your life.” I’ve yet to start the second stage!
With compassion and insight Ruth Haley Barton identities the pressure exerted on Christian women – by church, culture and from within – and the radical call of Christ to each of us to be free. Exploring eleven freedoms available in Jesus, she shows how Christian women can respond to the genuinely liberating call of Christ on their lives.
- Finding our Identity in Christ
- Say Yes to God’s Purposes
- Serving God in the Way that He calls
- Living in Truth
- Escaping the Tyranny of the ‘Never-Enough’ World
- Cultivating a Marriage that Works
- Embracing our Sexuality
- Experiencing the Transformations of Motherhood
- Finding God in the midst of Difficulty
- Reaching Across Generations
- Being Christ in the World
p.43 [We should record our own discoveries as we work our way through the Scriptures, coming up with our own version of the following:]
One woman has written down brief statements that reflect what she has learned about God’s view of her, and she repeats them to herself daily:
- I am complete in Christ
- I am a worthwhile person just as I am
- I stand alone before God as a whole person
- I have talents and abilities that God gives because he expresses himself through me
- I can love others and give good things to them because God’s love is poured out in my heart.
- I have self-esteem and integrity on my own because I am just as God intended me to be.
Prepared for use as an Oak Hall leader.
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014; second edition in process) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.