Yesterday evening on a whim, I put up a post on facebook and twitter asking for help with a title for a book on women. I was totally delighted with the incredibly creative responses I received.
Let me back up a bit.
A few years ago, I realized that many women in leadership do not have mentors or peer accountability relationships. The other leaders in their area are men, and cross gender relationships are deemed inappropriate. So I pulled together a group of women leaders–mostly apostolic and prophetic–and we’ve been meeting together for several years via conference call. Naturally over time, the conversation turned to the situation of women in the church and we found ourselves with a passion to do what we could to redress the marginalization of women.
As the conversation continued, we realized that we could not do this alone–if we, as a group of women, tackle the issue, we will be perceived as raging feminists. But if we include men who are willing to stand with us, it has the potential to become a Kingdom movement. So we asked some men who we know sympathize with our position to join us.
The upshot of all this is a book–one that tackles the gender debate and examines what could happen if women were empowered to do anything and everything the Lord is calling them to. There are multiple contributors, each handling a different aspect of the issue.
What could happen if both men and women co-labored together for the sake of the Kingdom? What if the barriers that prevent women from fully using their giftings were torn down? What characteristics do women bring to leadership? What might happen in terms of harvest?
The book has been using the working title of The Role of Women: Fifteen questions crucial to the future of the church. However, this seems lacking in imagination–hence yesterday evening’s request for help. (Another thought I’d had–The Hemiplegic Bride (hemiplegia being a medical term for paralysis down one side of the body such as happens after a stroke). But is this too technical?)
I received more than thirty suggestions–many of them excellent. Here are a few of them. I’d love to have some input from you as to which you think is the best. If we choose a title you suggest, (actually a publisher has the final say on titles), I’ll send you a free copy of the book when it comes out. And if you have any more ideas, let me know.
- The Better Half: Restoring the Role of Women in the Body of Christ
- Ladies of the Light
- Modern Day Junias (there were several suggestions using Junias)
- Aslan’s Daughters: Lionesses in ministry
- The Church’s Buried Treasure
- Seen But Not Heard: A Travesty
- And Your Daughters Will Prophesy: Eve in the Last Days
- Women: Can’t Live Without Them
- “She Said…”
- All About Eve
- For Christ’s Sakes, Choose Her
- Who me? But I’m a Woman
- Church Lady
- Silence of the Ewes
- Where is the God of Deborah?: sub-title How an army of women are advancing the Kingdom of God around the world
- Paul has Left the Building
- The Other Half
So what do you think?
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