The Lord offers life-transforming hope to every woman who will listen.
– Elyse Fitzpatrick & Eric Schumacher
About the Episode
In this episode of the Hope + Help Podcast, Christine Chappell interviews authors Elyse Fitzpatrick & Eric Schumacher via Facebook LIVE about their book, Worthy: Celebrating the Value of Women. During the conversation, Elyse reflects on various narratives in the Scriptures that offer hope to women who feel burdened, broken, or beaten up by their past, and highlights key examples of how the Lord used women throughout redemptive history. Eric shares how his approach to shepherding women in the local church has been shaped over the years and considers practical applications for how male ministry leaders might view women in their congregations as partners in the gospel. Together, Elyse & Eric shine a light on the heart of God toward women, explaining how the Scriptures prove not only their necessity for human flourishing, but also for kingdom expansion.
About the Guest
Elyse Fitzpatrick is a nationally sought-after speaker and author, speaking at such events as The Gospel Coalition and Nancy Leigh DeMoss's Revive Conference. Along with her husband, Phil, Elyse is a member of Valley Center Community Church, a reformed congregation in the community of Valley Center. VCCC is a member of FIRE, the Fellowship of Independent Reformed Evangelicals. She holds an MA in Biblical Counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary. She has authored 22 books on daily living and the Christian life. Elyse has been married for over forty years and has three adult children and grandchildren.
Eric Schumacher is a pastor, songwriter, and author whose work has been featured by the Gospel Coalition and elsewhere. He has a BA in communications and an MDiv from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Eric and his wife, Jenny, have five children and live in Iowa.
More Resources from Elyse & Eric
What does the Bible say about the value of women? Does the Bible teach that women are as valuable as men or does it portray them as somehow more flawed, more suspect, or weak and easily deceived?
Beginning from Genesis and working all the way through the storyline of the Bible, Worthy demonstrates the significant and yes, even surprising, ways that God has used women to accomplish His kingdom goals. Because, like men, they are created in His image, their lives reflect and declare His worth. Worthy will enable and encourage both men and women to embrace this true and lofty vision of God's creation, plan, and their value in His eyes.
Bestselling author Elyse Fitzpatrick and pastor Eric Schumacher together invite women to embrace a transformative and empowering view of their Maker, themselves, and the church. But this isn't only a book for women. It is also a book for men, especially leaders, who want to grow in their understanding of God's perspective on women, people who normally make up the majority of their congregations; men who might be wondering if they've missed something amid the abuse scandals that are rocking the church. Might the headlines they're reading today about abuse have their roots in a denigration of the value and worth of women? Worthy: Celebrating the Value of Women will help every reader see the value, place, and calling of women through study questions and a "Digging Deeper" section that will help men and women discover how to cherish, value, and honor one another for God's glory.
Related Resources from IBCD
- Women and the Word (Caroline Newheiser)
- Safeguarding Women, Protecting Pastors (Elyse Fitzpatrick)
- Am I My Sister's Keeper? (Elyse Fitzpatrick)
- "Because He Loves Me" Audio Series (Elyse Fitzpatrick)
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