This book was not written for me. But, it could have been, once upon a time.
Let me explain. When I was growing up, the Lutheran Church did not ordain woman. As I approached young adulthood, that changed, but at the same time, I had begun to worship with a less Lutheran and more evangelical set. So, even while women were opening doors in my denomination, I was struggling with whether I thought women should be ordained.
The book Half the Church is not written to address the subject of ordination of women. Carolyn Curtis James addresses the issues of women's empowerment while side-stepping the issue of whether women can in fact be called to public ministry.
Make no mistake, she is passionate about empowering women, having been convicted about the de-valuing of women and girls in many parts of the developing world. Jumping off from the best-selling book, Half the Sky, by Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn, she notes that the key to empowering communities is actually valuing women's contributions, and empowering women. She also rightly recognizes that it is time for the church to understand that the call to do justice is part of the call to proclaim the gospel.