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Designer Women: Made by God [Paperback]

By Ruth Tuttle Conard (Author)
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Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 14, 2008
Publisher   Authentic
ISBN  1934068756  
EAN  9781934068755  

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Come and walk beside ten women of the Bible on their life journeys. Women like us, even though their customs and times are very different from ours. Look closely at the choices they are given and the opportunities taken or lost. They become confused, weary and lost, wondering about the outcome of their actions. They dance for joy, weep over the good, see visions, dream dreams and risk their lives for the kingdom. Can't you see your own life reflected in theirs? You will see God draw near to each one whether married or single, slave or free, risqu or righteous, regardless of age. He gifts each one uniquely, guiding each one forward, forgiving and restoring, seeing each one as a special design . . . a designer item from the very house of her Maker, God! They are made in the imago dei, in Gods very image. For that very reason, God also longs to see you go forward. These stories, interspersed with examples from the authors life, will encourage and challenge you. Within these pages, based on God's own Word, you will find freedom to follow Christ wholeheartedly, according to your Holy Spirit gifting. Freedom to speak the truth, ask forgiveness, make choices, take new steps, follow with passion the Lover of your soul. Freedom to live joyfully within your own context, standing tall as a pillar designed for a palace, because your designer is God, your intentional, loving Creator.

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Inspiring book and Author!  Sep 24, 2009
Inspiring book and Author! Ruth shares an intimate soul searching honesty with readers in her passion for Christ. An encouragement for women today to relate to biblical women of our past in applying their God gifted qualities and his truths to our present day lives- helping us to grow spiritually and better serve in Gods ministry. Ruth writes with such grace and provides valuable insight to Gods word.. I highly reccommend reading Designer Women- Thank you to Ruth.
God's view of women  Aug 4, 2009
I was honored to be in a class under Mrs. Conard where she taught this book. She and her book introduced us to ordinary, everyday women throughout the Bible whose lives were radically or quietly used by God. We were taught to place ourselves in each of these women's places and to view their circumstances through the time and place they each lived. While there does not appear to be much teaching in the church specifically on women, God's word has plenty to say about our position and worth in His eyes. This book wonderfully illustrates this to us along with our gifts and how we also can be used today within the world we live. I encourage you to read this book slowly and to really contemplate the life of each women. You also can be used by God!!! You have a mission and a purpose. This book will help lead you to it.
One of the best books on this subject I've read  Jul 24, 2009
The issue of women in ministry can be a divisive one and there has been much written on the subject from very disparate perspectives. Ruth Tuttle Conard, rather than argue whether women should or not, skips the argument and instead goes straight to the fact that women are used by God throughout history.

Conard looks at ten (11 actually) women from the Bible and the extraordinary way God used them in their unique settings, circumstances and personalities to be part of His plan. As she says, "These women, as leaders and strong examples in varied facets of life, did not act because there were no good men, but rather because they were good women, created in God's image, gifted by God and working in obedience with their Maker."

Conard's tone throughout this book is warm, supportive and reminiscent of a chat across the kitchen table. She has faced the "hoops" that many women in the church face when trying to exercise their gifts and still is confident in God's desire to use women to advance his kingdom. Too often, it is easy to become strident or militant when defending a woman's place in the church, but Conard avoids that pitfall and focuses on the qualities of the women God used in extraordinary ways through the Bible. She encourages modern women to develop those same qualities to prepare for God's opportunities and in the last chapter recommends some tools to do just that. She also footnotes her work for those who want to study further.

Conard does take a brief look at some of the "problem" passages of the Bible, that are frequently used to downplay or dismiss women in ministry or leadership and, again, provides some recommended titles for those that want to explore further. But as she so excellently points out, " there are some who will probably keep laboring over the minutiae of certain words and customs and never come up with the perfect answer to all of this. ... What is extremely fascinating to me is that this continual battle over women does not seem to have caused any problem for God and how he designed his daughters. ... God is still creating baby girls, all over his world, who grow, confess Jesus as Savior, and are given spiritual gifts from the complete list of gifts, as the Spirit wills, even while men and women continue to say that it just isn't possible!"

Highly, highly recommended.
Designed By God  Jul 24, 2009
Ruth Tuttle Conard states that she has always been somewhat confused by the roles women were expected to play within the confines of the modern church. Using Biblical texts, male leaders have placed highly talented and motivated women into very small roles or silenced their wisdom so completely that they have felt lost or have even walked away from the church completely. Is this what God intended?

Using the examples of ten women of the Bible, Conard examines the way God designed us, our spirituality, and our roles in his kingdom. She looks at the way Eve was designed to be loved, how Ruth was designed to take charge, and how Zelophehad's daughters were created to speak up in a time when women were expected to remain silent. The New Testament demonstrates how women were designed to worship, to embrace, to persevere, and to serve.

This book encourages the reader to evaluate her unique design and to determine her gifts. How has God designed her to uniquely serve this generation? Is she living up to that expectation?

I would highly recommend this book for any woman in the church who isn't sure how she fits in, what her gifts are, and if she fits into the mold that the church expects. It helped set me free from man's mold and to understand that God's mold is the only one that I should seek to fill.
Profound and needed in Today's church  Jul 7, 2009
Anti-feminists have gone back to the beginning of human existence in an attempt to prove their superiority over women. They claim that since God made woman from a man's rib, she is forever his slave. They like to forget men were made out of dirt. Book after book has been published to prove the right to domineer over women; chocked full of bible scriptures to prove a faulty idea right. Where are the other books, the ones that prove all those men wrong and use the Bible to set the record straight? Designer Women is such a book.
Ruth Tuttle Conrad reminds us all that women are made in God's image, imago dei, just as men are and therefore are as equal to the gifts and joys of God as any man. Conrad has been at the work of figuring out women's relationship with God, especially her own, almost all her life. Unsatisfied with the patronizing answers of all male preachers, she has studied the Bible herself and found very different answers.
Designing Women serves to empower women by reminding them of women in the Bible who served God and was as well-treated and respected as any man by the God who loves us all. The book tells about eleven women and how their obedience served God's will. For example, Zipporah circumcised her own son to save her husband's life and fulfil God's design for her. Ruth left her own people to help the person she loved and God rewarded her beyond understanding.
These tales are wonderful not only because of the inspiriting messages, but also by how Conrad takes the Bible and uses it to prove that women are also God's precious children. She used the ancient texts and translates the truth, often forgotten. Eve is called ezer in the Hebrew texts and this word is only ever used to mean the person is equal or superior to those she aids. When the Holy Spirit filled the followers at the Pentecost, women as well as men spoke in tongues. Conrad goes to great lengths to correct years of repression and does very well.
Even more inspiring is how she uses her stories to encourage women of today. She relates these long ago women to us, showing how they were basically as we are now, struggling in life and seeking God. Conrad also fills the text with reassurances. God loves us all and has a mission for each of us. We are not alone. No matter a woman's faith, we all need those reassurances.
Read this book with a group of women and revel in your power. Be inspired and uplifted, share with your sisters and pledge to live the life God wants of you.


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