God's Daughters: Evangelical Women and the Power of Submission

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University of California Press, Oct 8, 1997 - Religion - 286 pages
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In recent decades, religious conservatives and secular liberals have battled over the "appropriate" role of women in society. In this absorbing exploration of Women's Aglow Fellowship, the largest women's evangelical organization in the world, R. Marie Griffith challenges the simple generalizations often made about charismatic or "spirit-filled" Christian women and uncovers important connections between Aglow members and the feminists to whom they so often seem opposed. Women's Aglow is an international, interdenominational group of "spirit-filled" women who meet outside the formal church structure for healing prayer, worship, and testimony. Aglow represents a wider evangelical culture that has gained recent media attention as women inspired by the Christian men's group, Promise Keepers, have initiated parallel groups such as Praise Keepers and Promise Reapers. These groups are generally newcomers to an institutional landscape that Aglow has occupied for thirty years, but their beliefs and commitments are very similar to Aglow's. While historians have examined earlier women's prayer groups, they've tended to ignore these modern-day evangelical groups because of their assumed connection to the "religious right."

God's Daughters reveals a devotional world in which oral and written testimonies recount the afflictions of human life and the means for seeking relief and divine assistance. A relationship with God, envisioned as father, husband or lover, and friend, is a way to come to terms with pain, dysfunctional family relationships, and a desire for intimacy. Griffith's book is also valuable in showing the complex role that women play within Pentecostalism, a movement that has become one of the most important in twentieth-century world religions.
 

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Contents

For Such a Time as This Aglow and American Culture
24
Released Restored Set Free Spirituality in Practice
55
Into Light and Lin Healing and Transformation
80
Unveiling the Heart Secrecy Openness and Intimacy
110
Free to Submit Discipline Authority ana Sacrifice
139
Submissive Wives Wounded Daughters and Female Soldiers Reinventing Christian Womanhood
169
Conclusion
199
Notes
215
Selected Bibliography
249
Index
271
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R. Marie Griffith is Lecturer in the Department of Religion and Associate Director of the Center for the Study of American Religion at Princeton University.

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