Designed for Joy: How the Gospel Impacts Men and Women, Identity and Practice
Jonathan Parnell & Owen Strachan
“Male and female he created them.” —Genesis 1:27
It’s one of the most important—and controversial—topics of our time.
God created men and women in his image—equal in value and complementary in roles. These distinctive roles are not the vestiges of a bygone era, but integral to God’s timeless good design for humanity.
Designed for Joy includes fresh contributions from fourteen young leaders, casting a unified vision for Christian manhood and womanhood. Whether discussing the significance of gender, the truth about masculinity and femininity, the blessing of purity, or the challenge of raising children in a confusing world, this practical resource challenges us to embrace God’s good design—for his glory and our joy.
About the Editors
“A fresh and engaging look at the rich, biblical teaching on gender. The world has lied to our generation: freedom and power are not found by throwing off the created order, but in recovering it. This book renewed in me an excitement to teach these concepts to a rising generation!”
J. D. Greear, Lead Pastor, The Summit Church, Durham, North Carolina; author, Gaining By Losing
Table of Contents
Introduction: How Does the Gospel Shape Manhood and Womanhood?
- Being a Man and Acting Like One
- Masculinity Handed Down
- The Happy Call to Holistic Provision
- The Feminine Focus
- The Nature of a Woman’s Nurture
- What Is Submission?
- Every Day Godward
- Discipline for Our Good
- Training Our Kids in a Transgender World
- Good News for the Not-Yet-Married
- Purity We Can Count On
Grant and GraceAnna Castleberry
- My Recovery from Feminism
- Immature Manhood and the Hope of Something Better
Afterword: The Glad Conviction