Book review – Women in God’s Mission: Accepting the Invitation to Serve and Lead

Reviewed by Eunice Au

Mission Round Table Vol. 14 No. 2 (May-Aug 2019): 6​​​​​​​

In this book, the author shares research she has gathered from personal interviews of women from approximately thirty nations. Each was selected because they were respected by colleagues and were able to serve and lead with excellence and integrity in God’s mission. Lederleitner brings the voices of these women to the dialogue about leadership in God’s mission without the stridency of a doctrinal debate about the role of women in leadership. She simply recognizes these women who have accepted God’s invitation to serve and lead and brings their perspectives into the conversation.

The book includes chapters on appreciating these women’s stories, exploring the influence of a faithful, connected leader, acknowledging the realities of gender discrimination, and considering what women need to do their best work. She concludes by focusing on what this research could mean for the future. For readers who would like to pursue these areas further, the book includes research details and methodology, end notes, and a bibliography.

I found this book a compelling read that lay people will find easy to digest as it is organized into logical and helpful sections. I appreciate the honest discussion on the challenges of gender discrimination that refuses to blame or accuse others. My favorite part was a short and meaningful chapter on the role that husbands who act like Jesus play in helping married women do their best work.

Women in God’s Mission: Accepting the Invitation to Serve and Lead
By Mary T. Lederleitner
Downers Grove: IVP, 2018

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