Aaron’s Thoughts from the Inside: Housewife Theologian

Despite what that professional photo shoot may lead you to believe, I myself am not a housewife. (I’m not even the same model from the front cover.) However, while helping with Aimee’s book behind the scenes did give me an insider’s perspective, I think the most important thing I can say is that although I’m clearly not the target market . . . I really like this book. I like it in particular, even as a standout from many other books. And I couldn’t be more excited that it is coming out soon.

The reason I like this book so much, even though I am not a housewife, is the same reason I think you will like it even if you aren’t a housewife. Because while Aimee speaks from a housewife’s perspective, the topics she tackles should feel familiar to us all—to women especially, but not exclusively. They are things that tie us together as humans, no matter what our daily job is: what we think about, what our culture thinks of us, our successes, our failures, our sin . . . everyday experiences that may seem very small, but can be a springboard for us to think about truths that are bigger than all of us—if we take the time to let them.

That’s what Aimee helps us to do—she reminds us that the gospel, far from being a lofty idea set apart from everyday life, is woven together with it and leaves echoes of itself everywhere. When we wonder how we measure up in our neighbors’ eyes, the gospel reminds us to think bigger, about how God sees us. When we think about the roles society has stuck us with, the gospel reminds us of the exciting role we share in God’s kingdom. Looking for these excuses to think about God is theology, and that’s what Aimee’s book offers to us all. Do you know God? Does your life show evidence of both his grace and a fallen world? Then you are already a theologian. Aimee is here to help you make it intentional!

That’s why I am excited about this book—it speaks to what we all experience, and it has something better to offer us. I hope women everywhere will pick up this book and be encouraged to focus their everyday thoughts deliberately on God and his kingdom, becoming theologians wherever they are and whatever they do.

But, I have to admit, I’m also a little nervous about something. I hope nobody debating whether to read this book will look at the title and say, “I don’t like the word housewife. It implies a lot of things I don’t like, and I’m not sure this book is for me.” If those are your thoughts, let me assure you—Aimee knows that you don’t like the word. And she knows it has picked up some unfortunate meanings from a sinful culture’s unfair stereotypes, trying (and failing) to rob the word and the role it describes of godly dignity and potential. But, rather than running away from what society has done, Aimee is determined to be proactive and redefine the word. To take it back. I hope that, instead of “running away” from her book, you will read it and learn how to do the same!

(After all, if I can set aside my dignity enough to wear an apron and put books in my refrigerator, I’m sure you can set aside your dislike for the word housewife! Take it from someone who will never be a housewife, but is starting to realize what a theologian he is—it is well, well worth it.)

 

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New Series Release – Christian Answers to Hard Questions

 

When faced with hard questions, how do you even begin to answer? Partnered with Westminster Theological Seminary, P&R Publishing presents its new booklet series which kicks-off with 6 new booklets. Ranging from 32-48 pages, these booklets include biblical and scholarly reasoning from authors who have been addressing these hard questions for years. Written to equip and strengthen laypeople in their defense of the faith, Christian Answers to Hard Questions challenges contemporary opposition to Christianity with concise, practical answers. Be on the lookout for upcoming booklets in the series!

Christian Interpretations of Genesis 1 by Vern S. Poythress

Several interpretations of Genesis and scientific evidence endeavor to demonstrate harmony: among them young-earth creationism, mature creation, the day-age theory, the analogical-day theory, and the framework hypothesis. Vern Poythress explores which is best.

Christianity and the Role of Philosophy by K. Scott Oliphint

“The role of philosophy must be subservient to theology,” says Scott Oliphint, who demonstrates that it is only when we begin with God and his Word that we engage in true philosophy.

Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design by Gonzalez & Richards

What are creationism, evolution, and intelligent design really about? Has materialism displaced God as the best explanation for our existence? Jay Richards and Guillermo Gonzales serve up a guide for the perplexed.

Should You Believe in God? by K. Scott Oliphint

People increasingly demonstrate a disbelief in God. In a conversational style, apologist Scott Oliphint discusses why belief is still a preferable and more coherent position than unbelief and answers common objections to Christian belief.

 

The Morality of God in the Old Testament by G. K. Beale

Can God be morally good if he commanded the Israelites to exterminate the Canaanites? G. K. Beale tackles troubling passages in the Old Testament to show that Scripture can be true and God still good.

 

Was Jesus Really Born of a Virgin? by Brandon D. Crowe

Do you know why the virgin birth of Christ is a significant doctrine? Seven objections to the virgin birth are considered, along with an investigation of the relevant biblical texts.

 

Price: $4.99 per booklet Pages: Range between 32 and 48 pages each Binding: Paper
Series Editors: Peter A. Lillback and Steven T. Huff

NEW from Sam Allberry—Connected

Sam Allberry releases his second P&R title – Connected: Living in the Light of the Trinity.

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How is the doctrine of the Trinity really meant to be understood? Can it be applied to our everyday lives? Sam Allberry shows us that the Trinity really matters: in fact, this insight God gives us into himself has enormous implications for how we understand him and how we understand ourselves—as beings made in his image.

Have you been avoiding the mystery of the Trinity as complicated and unapproachable? Get connected instead to this foundational and life changing truth!

 

“As a pastor I am really happy when someone writes a clear and accessible book about the Trinity. I’m even happier when that person is Sam Allberry. . . It’s the kind of book that I want people in my church to read and discuss and take to heart.”

—Michael McKinley, Senior Pastor, Guilford Baptist Church, Sterling, Virginia

“Sam Allberry rightly points out how neglected the doctrine of the Trinity is, showing its importance clearly and warmly. I hope many will read this an be affected.”

—Michael Reeves, Head of Theology, Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship

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Other books by Sam Allberry available through P&R Publishing:
Lifted: Experiencing the Resurrection Life.

 

Sam Allberry studied theology at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, and is the associate minister of St. Mary’s Church, Maidenhead, UK. He is also the author of Lifted: Experiencing the Resurrection Life and Is God Anti-Gay?

 

 

 

Win an Autographed Copy of THE SCARLET BISHOP!

Free Book Fri­day is giv­ing you a chance to win a free auto­graphed copy of THE SCARLET BISHOP. 5 autographed copies of Jeremiah Montgomery’s second book in his Dark Harvest Trilogy will be given away. Plus, get to know Jeremiah Montgomery a little more by reading his exclu­sive author inter­view! To enter for a chance to win a free, autographed copy, click here. Sign up by Friday!

The Scarlet Bishop is the second book in The Dark Harvest Trilogy. You can find more information about Jeremiah’s first two books in the trilogy, The Dark Faith and The Scarlet Bishop on P&R’s website.

NEW RELEASE—Salvation by Grace

New P&R author Matthew Barrett releases new book, Salvation by Grace: The Case for Effectual Calling and Regeneration.

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Only monergistic grace (the Holy Spirit sovereignly uniting us to Christ) fully preserves the sovereignty, glory, and majesty of God in salvation. Matthew Barrett examines and defends monergism’s rich heritage of biblical support.

“Matthew Barrett’s work on regeneration represents scholarship at its best. His book is exegetically convincing, theologically profound, with significant pastoral consequences. The topic has not been explored in depth in recent scholarship, and hence this book is also timely.”

—Thomas R. Schreiner, Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

“’Salvation is of the LORD.’  All Christians would affirm this good news.  Yet only monergism carries it through to the end, without equivocation.  In this winsome and well-researched defense, Matthew Barrett clears away the brush—caricatures and distortions on both sides of the debate—­to expose the wonder of God’s amazing grace.”

— Michael Horton, Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California

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Matthew Barrett (Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is assistant professor of Christian studies at California Baptist University and executive editor of Credo Magazine.