What’s holding you back from living out your identity as a woman of God?
Many of us as women feel conflicted about Jesus’s calling on our lives because a woman trying to love God beyond her heart and soul, with her mind and strength, can be thought of as crossing some line or unspoken boundary.
Bible teacher Kat Armstrong challenges us to ask, “Why am I allowing limitations on my pursuit of Jesus’s calling?”
In No More Holding Back, Armstrong debunks five common myths about women:
Women Can’t Be Trusted to Learn and LeadI Don’t Have a Lot to OfferMy Greatest Joy Is Marriage and Highest Calling Is Motherhood Chapter I Am Too Much to HandleLeading Ladies Don’t Fit in Supporting Roles
No More Holding Back invites us to discover the joy and freedom of being all in for Jesus.
Armstrong, cofounder of Christian networking organization Polished, explores how women can perform and thrive outside the confines of traditional roles in her convincing debut. Armstrong begins by describing how she believes the church upholds a patriarchal society that keeps women from leadership roles and relegates their influence to home and family life. Armstrong calls the Christian church's obsession with marriage and motherhood dangerous, as it places unnecessary pressure on women to concentrate on family: "If we look closely again at Jesus's priorities, there is nothing that speaks to a particular role of wife or mother, husband or father, boss or subordinate." In careful readings, Armstrong mines scripture to demonstrate how women were just as influential as men in receiving and preaching the word of Christ, including a novel portrait of what a "Proverbs 31 woman" whose "passion for her work, success on the job, or willingness to follow Jesus is not a negative" looks like. The final section includes a call to reject misogynistic ideologies by helping women take on the agency, authority, and entrepreneurship normally championed as the domain of men by Christians. Readers interested in considering and reforming how Christianity regards women will find great value in Armstrong's passionate work.