The Sword is a delightful and unifying resource for education and biblical conversation between egalitarian and complementarian Christians. Kudos to Elaine Ricker Kelly for her wonderful concept!
It was a quick and inspiring read and is perfect
for anyone interested in cutting away barriers and building one another up in
conversation and even friendly debate about women's roles.
The book includes Elaine Kelly's system of 104
flashcards, which provide a simple and entertaining guide in directing the
egalitarian/complementarian conversation. The flashcards address opposition
without endorsing it. These thought-provoking cards work just as well with individuals
as with groups.
They are excellent for different age groups and work just as well in adult gatherings
as with teens or preteens.
Kelly stated her desire was to assist readers
in working out their own views about the role of women in the home, church, and
society. I believe her simple and engaging work will do just that. She absolutely
succeeded in her goal of creating flashcards as a fun way to engage in healthy
debate on what the Bible says about women’s roles in the home, church, and
society. She did a brilliant job of creating an inspiring and empowering
resource that either complementarians or egalitarians can comfortably use in
I loved it and whole-heartedly recommend it.
Elaine R Kelly writes inspirating and empowering fiction and non-fiction. She blogs on biblical equality, biblical interpretation, church history, women leaders, and the Christian feminist movement.