No Longer Silent: The Empowerment of Women in the Gospels

No Longer Silent: The Empowerment of Women in the Gospels

by Susan D. Matthews


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The story of Jesus of Nazareth has been called "the greatest story ever told," but what role do women play in that story? In No Longer Silent, author Susan Dehn Matthews attempts to highlight the women in the Gospels and provide the background behind those important women.

Matthews starts by noting that women in the Gospels were deliberately disempowered in order to maintain their presumed dependence, both in Scripture and in society. She then goes to the give voice to the minds and hearts of the women of the gospels who have been marginalized or ignored altogether. As she writes, "Each women whose story is recounted here is remarkable precisely because, through the power of an encounter with Jesus, she discovered within herself the Divine energy that allowed her to offer her unique gift to the world." Some of the women Matthews writes about include:

  • Elizabeth
  • Mary of Nazareth
  • Mary at the Wedding of Cana
  • The widowed mother of Nain
  • The woman accused
  • The mother of James and John
  • The sisters of Lazarus
  • The wife of Pilate
  • Mary Magdalene
  • Joanna

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780879464707
Publisher: ACTA Publications
Publication date: 10/28/2011
Pages: 251
Sales rank: 758,214
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Claire_Fraser More than 1 year ago
This book is truly an inspiring, creative breath of fresh air and unlike any other book about spirituality and women's experience I have read before. When I picked it up, I thought it might be just another book about religion that wouldn't really resonate with my everyday life, but figured I'd give it a try and see if it couldn't strike a chord after all. I needed a spiritual pick-me up and I wanted to read something that would give me a quiet moment in my day for reflection and a retreat from being constantly on the go. Boy am I glad I bought this book!! I was pleased to realize as I read on that this book didn't demand a deep knowledge of scripture nor did it make me feel like I couldn't relate to the historical context of those women's lives thousands of years ago. Instead, this book underscored the universal experience of womanhood, and gave me that sense of spiritual connection and reflection that I was looking for. Each chapter is only a couple of pages long, which is perfect for reading during a midday coffee break or just before bedtime. But the best part of this book is that I feel like I learn something when I read these women's stories, and the reflection questions that follow each chapter stay with you even after you put the book down. That's where the best value of this book comes in. Anything that stays with you, and gently challenges you to think at a deeper level than a 30 second commercial on TV is a wonderful thing. I even gave this book to a couple of friends for Christmas, and already they've told me how much they've enjoyed the first couple of chapters. I hope this author writes more books like this soon! Do yourself a favor and read this book!!
Boomer48 More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this imaginative series of meditations about women of the New Testament. Each woman encounters Jesus and her life changes. Absorbing and insightful, each short scene and accompanying questions draw the reader into rethinking familiar Biblical stories and applying them to her own life. Wonderful source of inspiration.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago