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Radical Womanhood: Feminine Faith in a Feminist World

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Radical Womanhood seeks to equip new believers and long-time Christians alike, exposing the anti-God agenda of the three waves of feminism to date and presenting the pro-woman truth of the Scriptures. Most books on this subject assume an awareness of Christian lingo and spiritual maturity. Radical Womanhood has the narrative approach appreciated by post-modern readers, but ...more
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Published October 1st 2008 by Moody Publishers
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Jun 11, 2009 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Radical Womanhood: Feminine Faith in a Feminist World wasn’t exactly what I expected. I thought there would be a greater emphasis on what radical womanhood from a biblical standpoint looked like. That being said, this is an amazing book and wonderful resource for understanding how feminism has shaped our culture and altered Christianity in America.

This is a must-read for women, whether Christian or not. This book goes beyond the surface of what we think feminism is or was (burning bras, anyone?)
Lauren Albrecht
I've had this book on my shelf for at least 5 years, so I finally took the plunge to read it. I'm glad I waited as long as I did. This book gave an interesting overview of feminism through time from an extremely conservative Biblical perspective. From what I've been learning lately, I can't say I agree with everything she said regarding women in the church (which wasn't a lot, to her credit) and her biblical perspective of the role of women through time. All in all, I was most intrigued by her s ...more
Jul 26, 2014 Kelsey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The beginning of radical womanhood I found very insightful ( perhaps 70 pages). Though the book had many good points (such as thinking ahead to when you're 45) I found it leaned toward the belief that women should work in the home and not become professionals. Overall, it was a helpful read though and found I learned a lot about feminism's effect on our culture along with its history. I'd recommend it when in conjunction with other books on womanhood.
Aug 18, 2012 Jenny rated it liked it
This book was in opposition to my perspective as a female minister, but I appreciate the way she wrote and explained her interpretation of scripture as well as the extensive history of the feminist movement. She also supports the full equality of women, which is a positive stance in spite of the often harmful and repressive repercussions of this theology. It hopefully will stimulate positive dialogue on both sides of the issue.
Apr 17, 2016 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I rate this 3.5 stars. This book was recommended in The Excellent Wife by Peace.

From the summaries and reviews I read of this book beforehand, I expected something along the lines of a "how to," as in "how to nurture your feminine model of faith in a feminist world." Unfortunately, this book is more of a history of feminism.

McCulley's warning near the beginning about "hanging in" through the history is apt - there is a lot of history recorded, which becomes tiresome despite her engaging writing
Alexis Neal
I really, really liked this book. I know next to nothing about the history of feminism, so I really appreciated the opportunity to learn about how feminism has affected the way we in the church view femininity. I grew up in a generation that took a lot of feminist ideas for granted. We've always had the vote, always been able to own property. But we've also always had it drilled into us that "anything [they] can do, [we] can do better"--that any gender distinction is sexist. And while bible-beli ...more
Mandy J. Hoffman

Radical Womanhood could radically change your thinking on what it means to be a woman!

Carolyn McCulley has written an eloquent and comprehensive, yet straight-forward and simply-stated book on how the feminist movement has altered womanhood and the role that women have in our culture today. This book is both informative as well as challenging. I greatly enjoyed how Carolyn would share the background of the feminist movement and how it has impacted a specific aspect of womanhood before
Sep 14, 2011 Stacia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is primarily a historical overview of the three waves of feminism, with life stories of Christian women throughout. I've never studied the feminist movement before and feel like this was a great overview.

As a Christian woman I have been thankful for my right to vote and own property, but I've never identified with the feminist movement. As I've grown older and become more aware of the Biblical teachings of womanhood, I've become more and more aware of how feminism has impacted the chu
Jun 07, 2010 Bethy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, finally, here's a shot, from what I remember (I'll have to re-read it one day and re-review it!):

McCulley reviews the three waves of feminism and their influence on American culture and the church in America. The history of feminism is just a part of the book, not the main focus, although I found it really cool to read about. She holds a complementarian view of manhood and womanhood (men and women are equal in essence and worth, but they have different roles for which they were designed). Wh
Jan 03, 2011 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am in the middle of this book and I am so excited to finish. I am so glad to have a better knowledge base for discussions with more liberal minded friends who I love and appreciate, but do not necessarly agree with. I am most remembering the statement that the first 2 waves of feminisim had very valid offenses to battle....rights to vote and hold property and fair equal standing in church and society (both biblical) but the third wave that most of us under 40 remember and have been most influe ...more
Jun 11, 2014 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really interesting and helpful. It's not at all what I was expecting, not a "Christian living" book as much as a history of feminism a perspective of biblical femininity. Not particularly well-written (reads like a well- written research paper ), but I loved her perspective and content.
McCulley was a devout feminist before becoming a Christian. After her conversion she began looking at the movement from a Biblical point of view.

She gives a thorough overview on the history of the feminist movement including the fact that there have actually been three waves of feminism throughout history. McCulley then examines the movement through the lens of the Bible. I was particularly struck by her view that sin is the root of the movement. Men were sinning against women and feminism was
Dec 02, 2015 Lisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I expected to like this book but was disappointed. I wrote a review here:
Dec 23, 2008 Carrie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I enjoyed this book very much and would recommend it, I am only giving it 3 stars because my expectations for it were so high and it didn't quite meet them. I was expecting more of a deep historical analysis of how feminism has changed over the years and how it is has affected our culture and the Christian church, similar to Nancy Pearcey's wonderful book on worldviews, "Total Truth." I guess I just wanted more meat out of the book and I think this author is capable of delivering it. St ...more
Jeanne Grunert
Mar 28, 2013 Jeanne Grunert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, it's a long overdue look at the three phases of feminism and the implications for Christian women. I like how she clearly explains how damaging divorce is to society and I loved the historical perspective on the role of women in ancient times (they were not slaves but equals). On the other hand, the author's Evangelical tone was occasionally difficult for me as a Roman Catholic woman to read and understand. All in all, I would recommend thi ...more
Erin James
Feb 24, 2015 Erin James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting and thought provoking look at the history of feminism from a biblical perspective. I enjoyed reading it!
May 24, 2009 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I grew up during the second wave of feminism and imbibed it along with the air I breathed. It's interesting to step back and see the long progression from 19th century beginnings, the good things accomplished and the bad,(mostly)unintended consequences for the family and the church. I'm encouraged to see many women who want to reclaim womanhood the way God designed it. I highly recommend this book to all women--whether you agree with it or not, it will give you a historical perspective and make ...more
The Gatekeeper
Apr 05, 2009 The Gatekeeper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women and teen girls
Recommended to The Gatekeeper by: my dad
Even though I've seen the influence of feminism constantly ever since I learned to read, I didn't know that much about its history or the specific beliefs behind it until I read this book. It's good to see biblical womanhood contrasted with our culture's view of womanhood. I especially liked the stories Carolyn McCulley put in between each chapter. They were all really encouraging testamonies to God's grace. I did skip the second-to-last chapter because it was more for adults, but the rest of th ...more
Jessica Fulk
May 12, 2015 Jessica Fulk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting more guidance in how to live out biblical womanhood, found more of a history lesson about worldly feminism, which I did need, but still, a tad disappointing. To date, What's the Difference?: Manhood and Womanhood Defined According to the Bible , has been the most helpful in this area of my spiritual life.
I am not quite sure what I thought of this book. After reading the Feminist Gospel it was not like it, a lengthy review of the history of feminism, but it did have some history in it. There was some practical application as well, but not as much as I would have hoped. I think it is worth reading if you have questions about feminism and what the Bible says for an overview of the issues of feminism, how Scripture addresses those issues and some practical application.
Alyssa Cottrell
Jul 26, 2016 Alyssa Cottrell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book was really helpful in understanding feminism and what the Bible teaches in contrast. There were so many historical details and results of feminist movements that have taken over our culture that I have never really noticed, but thanks to this book I've started to pick up on them in movies and news, etc.
A good starting point and overview in redeeming womanhood culturally. 4 stars due to being a dry read at times.
Nov 11, 2011 Shela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I am very grateful for women who stand up for Biblical truth. Carolyn McCulley takes us back into history showing the truth about feminism and how it has affected our culture today. She doesn't stop there but challenges women to live like Christ and not fall for all the worlds schemes. I didn't want to put it down!!
Nov 02, 2010 Jaclynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
An expose' of feminism and how it has crept subtly or not so subtly into our world, replacing what God meant womanhood to be.
And who better to tell it than someone who has been on both sides of the coin?
Also filled with personal life changing stories of those who have found what it means to be a true woman.
Grace Kenganzi
Now I understand why this book is popular and unpopular in equal measure.
Nov 07, 2010 Judi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good book by a former feminist. The history of the feminist movement that is presented in the book is very interesting, especially since I am old enough to remember much of that which the author writes about in the book. She does a good job of debunking feminism yet affirming women.
Mar 12, 2009 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel like this book was written for me. It is what I longed for in college. I learn so much about women's history in college but didn't know how to interpret it with a biblical perspective. McCulley does exactly that. It's a mix between a history lesson and theology. Please read this book!
Feb 27, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This took me a while to get through, even though it's not a long book, the information is dense. There is a lot of history to absorb and consider. Still, a good read and I'm glad I took the time to finish it. Would definitely recommend to the many Christian women I know and love.
Mandy McBride
Pleasantly surprised. Honestly was expecting contemporary Christian un-winsome perspective on the topic. Mostly I enjoyed her presentation of the history of feminism. Inspired me to read some of the original works of women like Simone de Beauvior, etc.
Angela Sellers
Mar 09, 2010 Angela Sellers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: motivational
This book brought me through the different events that led to feminist movements. It made me realize, even though i'm not really a feminist, how much we woman have benefited from these movements. It taught me that being a biblical wife does not make me weak.
Stacy Griffith
Apr 10, 2016 Stacy Griffith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good overview of feminism and how it has shaped our culture and impacted Christianity in America. Affirmed principles, responsibilities, and benefits of biblical womanhood. Good to be reminded. Would love to have Rachel and Anna read this.
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Carolyn McCulley is the author of Radical Womanhood: Feminine Faith in a Feminist World (Moody, 2008) and Did I Kiss Marriage Goodbye? Trusting God with a Hope Deferred (Crossway, 2004), as well as hundreds of articles for publications, including Christianity Today,, and the Washington Post. She is also a contributor to Sex and the Supremacy of Christ and the ESV Women's Devotional B ...more
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