Gender & Grace: Love, Work  Parenting in a Changing World, By Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen

Gender & Grace

Love, Work Parenting in a Changing World

by Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen

Gender & Grace
  • Length: 278 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.5 in
  • Published: May 03, 1990
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 1297
  • ISBN: 9780830812974

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  • Winner of a 1991 Christianity Today Critics' Choice Award (1st place; contemporary issues).

How are men and women different?

How does being a male or a female affect us at work? What are the roles of husband and wife in marriage and parenting? What does Christianity have to do with any of these things?

Sexual identity lies at the core of the crucial questions that everyone asks of life. Yet today those questions are harder and harder to answer. Traditions about the "real man" and the "woman's place" have been challenged. Scientists debate what nature actually dictates for male and female. And theologians engage in heated controversy over what the Bible really says about female submission and male headship.

In this sane yet provocative book, an informed social scientist and committed Christian thinker braves a jungle of confusion to offer unusual insight on the part genes, culture and faith play in making us the men and women we are -- and ought to become.

"All Christians who make the advancement of God's kingdom their highest priority will profit from this book."

Christian Home and School

"With unusual competence in both psychology and Scripture, Van Leeuwen brings fresh insights to crucial questions."

Alvera Mickelsen, board chair, Christians for Biblical Equality



Part 1: Understanding the Issues
1. Why Read This Book?
2. Male and Female in the Biblical Drama
3. How to Think about Sex and Gender

Part 2: Nature and Nurture
4. Genes and Gender
5. Hormones and Hemispheres
6. Nature, Culture and Common Grace

Part 3: Parents and Partners
7. The Persistence of Patriarchy
8. The Case for Co-Parenting
9. Marriage, Family and the Kingdom of God

Part 4: Achievement and Attraction
10. Gender, Work and Christian Vocation
11. Sexual Values in a Secular Age
12. All Things Made New



Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen

Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen is professor of psychology and philosophy at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. She taught at Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan) for many years, and she has been a senior editor of Christianity Today. Currently she is a contributing editor for Books & Culture. Van Leeuwen has written, cowritten, and contributed to several books, including The Psychology of Intergroup Relations (with L. Kidder, McGraw-Hill, 1975), The Person in Psychology (Eerdmans, 1985), After Eden (one of several contributors, Eerdmans, 1993), Religion, Feminism & the Family (co-editor, Westminster John Knox, 1996), The Family Handbook (co-editor, Westminster John Knox, 1998), and Women and the Future of the Family (with Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, Mardi Keyes and Stanley Grenz, Baker, 2000).