(Book Review) enGendered


Reviewed by:  Rylie Harrison, a professional writing major at Taylor University, Upland, IN.    


Introduction

Title: enGendered

Author: Sam A. Andreades

Publisher: Weaver Book Company

Publication Date: 2015

Format: print

Length:n252 pages

OVERVIEW

New York City pastor Sam Andreades tackles one of the most controversial arguments in American culture today: the role of gender in life and relationships. Andreades systematically takes the reader through the Bible, finding and interpreting passages that relate to gender relations, starting all the way back at the creation of mankind as male and female. In addition, Andreades illustrates how these biblical principles appear in modern culture through interviews with and references from several expert sources, as well as his own original research. Using scriptural citations to lay a foundation for what God’s plan is for sexual identity, marriage, family, and community, and then offering contemporary research related to the psychological, sociological, and physiological aspects of gender focus, the author presents a strong case for sustaining traditional moral and Christian values as related to gender identity.

The book uses layperson’s language in dealing with many of the questions and issues modern Christians struggle with when it comes to gender relations. From broad concepts to specific details of daily life, Andreades does a good job of providing the reader with biblical answers to these questions.

ASSESSMENT

Rating (1 to 5)

4 stars

Suggested Audience

This book would be beneficial to adults of all ages. It hits on specific principles of value for both men and women. Whereas the book does focus more on gender in regard to relationships, there are also good bits of information for singles.

Christian Impact

From the outset, Andreades establishes a God-focused mindset through which he approaches his topic. This high view of God and understanding of His character allows for an intimate glimpse into mankind as His creation that would otherwise be impossible. Whereas a few statements could be considered a bit of a stretch, Andreades does a good job of sticking to scripture and grounding his interpretations within the context of the time period and the rest of the Bible’s teachings.
While many folks today might not be very keen on speaking the truths of the Bible for fear of offending someone, Andreades presents the principles of the Bible in a direct way, all the while maintaining a tone of love and humility. In this world where gender and its roles are constantly under scrutiny or attack, this book provides standards that celebrate gender differences and the original intent of those distinctions.

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