Meryl James-sebro Announces Release of ‘Genderstanding Leadership: Power to the Pew!’

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New book challenges women to a more central role in church leadership.

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“I want to help women to recognize and fulfill the Kingdom purpose for which they have been divinely prepared and placed,” says James-Sebro.

“This book is intended to draw the attention of religious institutions to the studied inaction with which the Christian Church is dealing with domestic violence and other forms of gender-based violence,” says Meryl James-Sebro, author of “Genderstanding Leadership: Power to the Pew!: Women a Key Force in Bringing Relevance to 21st-Century Christianity” (published by WestBow Press). “More critically, it gives women a platform for greater responsibility in leading a strategic partnership with men to deal with life-saving gender issues, on which the Church is maddeningly silent.”

Readers are taken into the Bible and shown through multiple powerful women, such as Vashti, Esther, Abigail, Deborah, Jael, Rhoda and many others, that women are divinely intended to support the leadership role, but are being cheated out of this role by the current Christian church. James-Sebro also attempts to illustrate that the silence surrounding the church regarding women’s issues in-turn makes the church appear to condone femicide, rape, incest and other forms of gender-based violence.

“I want to help women to recognize and fulfill the Kingdom purpose for which they have been divinely prepared and placed,” says James-Sebro. “I want men to understand the crime and sin of gender inequality and its negative impact on the entire society, women, men and children. There is an urgent need and Biblical responsibility for women and men to work together to address gender inequality and violence against women.”

An excerpt from “Genderstanding Leadership: Power to the Pew!”:

“No matter what the approach or strategy, some attempts must be made to ensure that women’s viewpoints, concerns, and perspectives are more strategically integrated and deeply reflective of what the Christian Church represents. At this critical point in world history, no longer should Christian women sit silently in Pews with tight jaws, allowing themselves to be irritated or insulted by misogynistic language, ideas , and stories from the pulpit that neither represent nor promote true followers of Christ.”

“Genderstanding Leadership: Power to the Pew!”
By Meryl James-Sebro, Ph.D.
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 156 pages | ISBN 9781449797331
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 156 pages | ISBN 9781449797324
E-Book | 156 pages | ISBN 9781449797317
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Meryl James-Sebro is a Christian development anthropologist and gender specialist. Her work focuses on poverty eradication, with special emphasis on mainstreaming gender, violence against women, faith traditions and youth and entrepreneurial development. James-Sebro is the managing director of FirstWorks International, an international consultancy that focuses on poverty eradication linked to gender and socio-economic development. James-Sebro is also the author of two additional books: “Revealing the Power of Gender Mainstreaming: Enhancing Development Effectiveness of Non-governmental Organizations in Africa,” and “Genderstanding Jesus: Women in His View.” She and her husband, Anthony Sebro, Sr., reside in Columbia, Md.

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