Women of Destiny: Releasing You to Fulfill God's Call in Your Life

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The time has come for Christian women to embrace the destiny God has planned for them from the beginning, a plan Cindy Jacobs uncovers in this revised edition of her popular book Women of Destiny. Readers will find a biblical and balanced approach to gender issues and relationships, as well as trustworthy guidance for finding their ultimate purpose. This breakthrough book has empowered a generation of Spirit-filled women to take the path of freedom and reconciliation, where they work for the kingdom side by side ...
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The time has come for Christian women to embrace the destiny God has planned for them from the beginning, a plan Cindy Jacobs uncovers in this revised edition of her popular book Women of Destiny. Readers will find a biblical and balanced approach to gender issues and relationships, as well as trustworthy guidance for finding their ultimate purpose. This breakthrough book has empowered a generation of Spirit-filled women to take the path of freedom and reconciliation, where they work for the kingdom side by side with men. Now a new generation of women can serve God in the fullness of their unique identity.
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Women of Destiny is one of the most anointed, inspirational and informative books I have ever read—period. Every pastor should read this outstanding book.
Ché Ahn
President, Harvest International Ministry, Pasadena, California

Cindy Jacobs brings clarity and insight to the controversy surrounding a woman’s place in ministry. Delicately, yet boldly, she presents a fresh, historical and biblical interpretation of God’s Word on the issues facing today’s woman of destiny.
Beth Alves
President, Increase International, Bulverde, Texas

I can’t think of anyone more qualified today to write about the importance of women in ministry than Cindy Jacobs. Women of Destiny lays a solid theological basis for women in ministry and will encourage thousands to join in the harvest.
John Arnott, Sr.
Founding Pastor and President, Catch the Fire, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Cindy Jacobs has written a powerful book that will impact the whole Church, particularly in its attitudes toward women in ministry. I highly recommend Women of Destiny to men as well as women, especially to pastors who can strategically encourage gifted women to become all that God has destined them to be.
Luis Bush
International Facilitator, Transform World Connections

In Women of Destiny, Cindy Jacobs handles sensitive controversies with wisdom and love. She deals with practical issues in a straight-forward manner and addresses spiritual issues with confidence and authority. Her book lays another foundation stone in the road for women who would find and live out their biblical destiny.
Frank Damazio
Senior Pastor, City Bible Church, Portland, Oregon

Every woman who is struggling with God’s call on her life should read Women of Destiny. Every man who questions a woman’s call need only read it with an open heart and mind. A vital contribution to the literature of gender reconciliation, this book is biblically sound and long-awaited.
Joseph L. Garlington, Sr.
Chairman, Reconciliation! Ministries International, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Women of Destiny is destined to greatly bless the Body of Christ. Of all that has been written or said on the subject, Cindy Jacobs comes closest to expressing God’s true thoughts concerning His own creation called “woman.” Thank you, Cindy, for lovingly and boldly co-laboring with Christ in setting all of God’s creation free.
Bill Hamon
Founder and President, Christian International Ministries Network, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

As the Holy Spirit labors over the Church to bring forth reconciliation among believers, our focus has been on racial or denominational issues that separate God’s people. All the while, however, the greatest single issue of unbiblical discrimination has been the widespread posturing against women in ministry. Cindy Jacobs’s voice deserves to be heard—and taken seriously. It just may be another gentle whisper of the Spirit saying, “Open your hearts wider.”
Jack W. Hayford
Founding Pastor, The Church On The Way, Van Nuys, California, President, The Kings University, Los Angeles, California

Women of Destiny is bursting with passion for people and for the advance of the kingdom of God. Women will be affirmed and men will be challenged. I am grateful for Cindy’s contribution to the growing body of literature on gender equality in Christian ministry and leadership.
Dr. Gary D. Kinnaman
Author and Speaker, Gilbert, Arizona

Women of Destiny is an open door of opportunity for the Church. Step through and re-learn what God’s plan for every woman has always been. Cindy Jacobs provides illustrations from Scripture, history and her own personal life to illuminate God’s desire for His daughters.
Dennis D. Lindsay
President, Christ For The Nations, Dallas, Texas

In Women of Destiny, Cindy Jacobs bares her soul and shares her own struggles in answering God’s call on her life into ministry. She speaks to women in the pews—those who may not take the time or have the inclination to study the theological questions regarding the role of women in ministry—and encourages them to accept God’s call on their lives.
Lorry Lutz
Author and Senior Associate of Women of Global Action, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Cindy Jacobs has done it again! She has produced what we’re sure will become a classic—a book that releases women to the higher destinies for which God has created them.
John and Paula Sandford
Founders, Elijah House, Post Falls, Idaho

In Women of Destiny, Cindy Jacobs has dared to bring up the “woman” issue, which churches have swept under the carpet for generations. Fine-tuned through careful research, she has written a classic that should be read by men as well as women. It’s liberating for both sexes.
Quin Sherrer
Author of A Mother’s Guide to Praying for Your Children and A Woman’s Guide to Spiritual Warfare

We loved this book! Women of Destiny gives scholarly answers to questions about the role of women in ministry. This timely book is critical to the Church as it moves into the 21st century.
Eddie and Alice Smith, Co-Founder and President, U.S. Prayer Center, Co-founder and Executive Direction, U.S. Prayer Center, Houston, Texas

In Women of Destiny, Cindy Jacobs writes with passion about the biblical case for women in ministry. This is an important book.
Vinson Synan
Dean Emeritus, School of Divinity, Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Women of Destiny is an honest, insightful and scripturally sound book that erases any need for women to view themselves as second-class citizens in the church.
Iverna Tompkins
Author, Speaker and Co-founder, Women of the Word, Phoenix, Arizona

God has a wonderful plan for every woman. Cindy Jacobs helps women to throw off the shackles of despair, discouragement, guilt and shame to walk in the freedom that God has designed for them.
Elmer L. Towns
Author of What’s Right with the Church and Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough, Vice President and Dean, School of Religion, Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia

In a day when there is considerable confusion over gender issues in the church and in the home, Cindy Jacobs cuts through the fog like a spiritual laser beam. No other book I know on this subject matches the superb combination of biblical and pastoral integrity of Women of Destiny.
C. Peter Wagner
Author of Praying with Power and Your Spiritual Gifts Can Help Your Church Grow, Former Professor, Fuller Theological Seminary, Colorado Springs, Colorado

With balance, sensitivity, wisdom and integrity, Cindy Jacobs brings great insight to a very controversial subject. Lay aside your paradigm for a time and allow Women of Destiny to further enlighten you to God’s plan for all of us—both women and men.
Dutch Sheets
Author of The River of God and Intercessory Prayer, Director, Christ For The Nations Institute, Dallas, Texas

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800796723
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/2/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Cindy Jacobs has a worldwide intercession ministry. She and her husband, Mike, are the founders of Generals International, working to achieve social transformation through intercession and prophetic ministry. The author of several bestselling books, her television program, God Knows, is seen in the U.S. on God TV as well as around the world. Cindy and Mike are the parents of two grown children and reside in Dallas, Texas.
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Table of Contents

Foreword John Dawson 11

Foreword Jane Hansen Hoyt 15

Acknowledgments 17

Introduction: The Role of Women in the Church 19

1 The Journey 23

God wrote into the fabric of your life a specific plan. Part of discovering that plan is surrendering to His will.

2 Secret Pain 41

Undealt-with pain can destroy your destiny. You must deal with your "beasts in the basement."

3 Dear God, I Need a Friend 61

God wants to be Lord of your friendships. God-ordained friendships cultivate greater fruit in the lives of both parties.

4 Women of Destiny 81

God has ordered the seasons of your life to equip you for your destiny. If you are being pulled back right now, He is only refining you for greater impact when you are released into your call.

5 Heroines of the Faith 105

God's hall of faith provides many heroines who have paved the way for you. God could be calling you to pattern your life after one of them.

6 Moms and Other Great Handmaidens of Faith 121

Godly mothers and other unsuspecting women have changed nations through the lives they have affected. Your role as a woman carries great influence.

7 Gender to Gender 145

The complete image of God will only be manifested in its full expression when men and women stand side by side in the Church.

8 The Woman Question 169

What is the role of women in the Church? Do we really believe God's Word, which says that there is neither male nor female?

9 Domestic Authority (Headship and Submission) .203

God has set up headship within the home, but not every man is head over every woman in the Church.

10 Oh, Those Difficult Passages 223

Exploring difficult passages within their context and culture rather than our own biases helps us to rethink the role of women in the Church.

11 Anointed to Serve (Spiritual Authority) 243

If God has called you to ministry, He will equip you and anoint you for the task.

12 The Cultural Reformation 265

Jesus came for the lowly, the oppressed and the downtrodden. He went out of His way to proclaim their worth. The good news of Jesus Christ wrought a cultural reformation that continues to reshape our understanding today.

Afterword 287

Appendix A Gender and Leadership 289

Appendix B Generals International Policies 309

Appendix C Women and Justice Issues 313

Recommended Reading 319

Scripture Index 323

Subject Index 327

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