Breaking Women Stereotypes: J. Lee Grady’s New Book
By Marie Cauley
Many women feel restrained from spreading God’s Word and accomplishing all He has planned for them because of old stereotypes. Some men, even pastors, take certain passages of the Bible out of context to prevent women from speaking up and doing their part; they believe that women should stay in the background while the men stand tall in the forefront.
J. Lee Grady challenges this stereotype in Fearless Daughters of the Bible with plenty of Scripture references to back him up. Through 15 chapters, filled with women in the Bible who stood up and did what God called them to do no matter what men might say, Grady shows what God really wants for His daughters. He wants them to face their fears to lead, worship, mentor and surrender to Him, among many other things. This book proves that God did not only call men to fulfill His wishes.
Grady is the father of four daughters himself, so he has plenty of experience in raising godly women. He has also been mentored by a few very strong, spiritual women, explaining why he is able to convey God’s plans for women so clearly.
Throughout this book, I found myself getting stronger in my own faith and some of my fears began to subside. Along with the Biblical women, Grady writes about women of more current times who display the same courage as their Biblical counterparts. It made me realize that God has many plans for me to represent Him well – and that even one woman can cause many positive changes in the world.
I consider this a must-read if you are afraid or unsure of what God’s purpose is for you. Through these stories and Scripture passages, you will find the strength to do what God asks of you. And you will no longer be frightened to step up and say, “Here I am, Lord. Send me!”