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Head Covering: A Forgotten Christian Practice for Modern Times

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Have you ever wondered why some women cover their heads in church, while men remove their hats? Have you thought about what this practice means and where it came from? It's not something that was picked up from the surrounding culture. Instead, it comes directly from 1 Corinthians 11 (in the Bible) where this practice is explained in surprising depth. In fifteen consecutiv ...more
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Published November 12th 2016 by Head Covering Movement
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Aaron Ventura
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Few doctrines are more unpopular today than women covering their heads in church. And yet "in North America, head covering was practiced in virtually all churches up until the beginning of the 20th century." Some notable figures in church history that held to this view are: Augustine, Tertullian, Irenaeus, Chrysostom, Aquinas, Tyndale, Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox, and Charles Spurgeon, to name a few. More recently, R.C. Sproul, Joel Beeke, Dan Wallace, and others have followed in this ...more
Enoch Burke
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jeremy Gardiner's book Head Covering is of great value in articulating a cogent defense of the church's historical position on head covering.

The book contains 4 sections divided as follows: the biblical case for head covering (7 chapters), objections (3 chapters), practical application (3 chapters), followed by a conclusion.

Gardiner's book draws on exegesis of the text, church history, and plain logic to present a strong case for the use of head coverings. Some of his most pressing statements
Sean Higgins
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, women
I'm preaching through 1 Corinthians 11 and saw a positive review of this book on FB. The author's conclusion is obvious from the title of the book, and the fact that he started the Head Covering Movement is also a give-away.

Surprising to me, I really enjoyed the book. I appreciated the exegesis he presented, the tone he took, and the resources he cited. He made a very compelling case, and, if I were to change my position, it would be in his direction. I could see his point from the passage abou
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding and Well Written

This well researched teaching on head covering for women is brilliantly written. The reasoning behind this often overlooked practice is presented in a clear and easily understood way. Mr. Gardiner presents the case for modern head covering from early. Church fathers and practices. He explains that head covering is for all women of prayer and puts to rest the idea that the practice is no longer relevant. One important point brought in the book is that w a women prays w
Nathan Pace
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent book. It is very well researched and provides a careful exegesis of the 1 Corinthians 11 head covering passage. It also answers all common objections and offers practical application. I would encourage all Christians who have avoided studying this topic to once and for all take up the task of studying this section of Scripture. This book is an excellent place to start.
Nov 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
An unconvincing attempt at making temporary applications of biblical principles binding forevermore. Gardiner's book gets off to a bad start when he describes the view that women should wear head-coverings in worship as 'a neglected doctrine'. It is a 'doctrine', which for Gardiner must be weighty because 'there are not only one or two obscure verses, but the topic occupies fifteen consecutive verses.' Clearly, if the importance of a doctrine is now to be measured by the number of verses it occu ...more
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A challenging and thorough look at Paul's instruction that women should wear a headcover during worship - even in this modern age. It addresses concerns, objections, and counterarguments graciously and respectfully, with the Word and historical and linguistic support. I've been covering alone during church for over 6 years in a church (and in a region) where headcovering is not expected (nor is it discouraged! I have never felt ridiculed for it), and I found this an encouraging and refreshing re ...more
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion
I bought this book because I've been engrossed in studying the topic of head covering. I had been reading some of the early church fathers' thoughts, and perspectives from various places, pro and con. I also stumbled upon the Head Covering Movement Website which is how I ended up with this book.

This book is a good, accessible outline of why head covering is a practice for the modern church. Gardiner goes through a basic history of the practice, reasons for it, and then spends a few chapters cov
This book begins by exegetically going through 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 and gives a case for why women should wear head coverings today. The second part of the book goes through some of the objections and also practical questions for head coverings.

Gardiner handles the text and history surrounding the issue really well, making a very convincing argument.

My only complaint about the book is that it's not very polished, which is hardly worth mentioning.
Randi Uhler
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

In depth Scriptural study of much needed Christian subject. A must read by every Christian who wants to know more of God's Word.
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly researched wisdom for men and women learning about head covering.
Feb 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Ultimately unconvincing, but a good place to go for an introductory exposition of the conservative position on this question.
David Phillips
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Comprehensive & Practical

"Christian headcovering" has a lengthy history, yet often provokes strong emotions in today's world. Most of the quality literature available on the topic is article-length (often published within theological journals & Scripture commentaries). Rarely does this often-confusing subject receive a balanced & biblical book-length treatment, written for the average Christian. I'm grateful that such a book is now available.

Gardiner's book is comprehensive. It is both theologic
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Jeremy is the founder of the Head Covering Movement, a ministry focused on restoring the symbol of head covering during church gatherings. He is also the founder and operator of Gospel e-Books, a popular website that provides alerts for free and discounted Christian e-books. Jeremy lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with his wife and five children. They are active members at Fellowship Baptist Chu ...more

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