Annotated Bibliography for Gender Related Books in 2004 -- By: Rob Lister

Journal: Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
Volume: JBMW 10:2 (Fall 2005)
Article: Annotated Bibliography for Gender Related Books in 2004
Author: Rob Lister

Annotated Bibliography for Gender Related Books in 2004

Rob Lister

Contributing Editor,
Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, Louisville, Kentucky

In this issue of the journal we profile some of the most significant gender-related books from 2004. Here is a brief reminder about the categories we are using and our intent in using them. Complementarian designates an author who recognizes the full personal equality of the sexes, coupled with an acknowledgment of role distinctions in the home and church. Egalitarian classifies evangelicals who see undifferentiated equality (i.e., they see no scriptural warrant for affirming male headship in the home or the church). Under the Non-Evangelical heading, we have classified important secular works and books that address the subject of biblical gender issues from a religious, albeit, non-evangelical point of view. This category also serves as our classification for liberal scholars wanting to retain some sort of Christian identity. Finally, under the Undeclared heading, we have listed those books that do not give sufficient indication of their fundamental stance for us to classify them more specifically.


Chanski, Mark. Manly Dominion in a Passive-Purple-Four-Ball World. Merrick, NY: Calvary Press, 2004.

Chanski argues that far too many men today are like the four-ball in billiards—passive and knocked around by their environment. By contrast, he contends that biblical manliness is to be marked not by passivity but by the exercise of assertive leadership. In developing this concept of “manly dominion,” Chanski’s book is marked by its breadth of biblical analysis and application to such significant areas of life as career choice, decision-making, churchmanship, and child raising.

Clarkson, Sally. The Ministry of Motherhood: Following Christ’s Example in Reaching the Hearts of Our Children. Colorado Springs: Water Brook, 2004.

Given her own experience with the hectic realities of a mother’s world, Clarkson knows how quickly even necessary daily tasks can eat up the hours of the

day, leaving a mom to feel that, at best, she has only just survived the day. As a result, in The Ministry of Motherhood—a companion to her earlier volume The Mission of Motherhood—Clarkson has mapped out a very intentional plan for mothers to use in strategically weaving the discipleship of their children into all the other facets of a given day. She writes in very congenial manner, employing a variety of personal anecdotes to illustrate her points. In all of this, it is ...

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