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  1. Close your eyes and imagine a glorious typical Sunday morning—typical but without women. Most Sunday school rooms remain dark. A few men arrive with their sons but not many. Musicians struggle to lead worship without background singers. Ushers and offering counters are at full strength minus bulletins and pre-service coffee. The children’s ministry is non-existent. “Won’t happen,” you say. Perhaps, but Jim Henderson offers up the possibility in The Resignation of Eve.

    Females make up the majority of weekly churchgoers and volunteers. Yet since 1991, their attendance has declined dramatically, and the percentage of unchurched women has increased dramatically. Using statistics, interviews, and extensive research author Jim Henderson dives into the subject of women in the church.

    Between 1991 and 2011,
    1) Adult women attending church during any week has declined by 20%.
    2) Women attending Sunday School has plummeted by 29%.
    3) The percentage of remain who are characterized as “unchurched” has risen by 94% during this period.
    4) More than a third of all women are now unconnected from the church.
    5) Most weekly church attenders are women (53%) – and they bring their families.
    6) Most church volunteers are women (57%).
    7) Women are the majority in terms of attendance of adult Sunday school programs (59%).
    8) 60% of those who attend small groups or Bible study are women.
    9) Due to the demographic data compiled (Barna 2000 study) about the median age (56-59) of women contributing (in every sense) to the Church – women’s active participation in the future of the Church has been characterized as a “dying breed.” (p.252).

    What if Adam’s rib is no longer willing to be the church’s backbone?

    I found this book to be extremely challenging and riveting in all of the good ways. It made me think, it made me reevaluate, and it challenged my thinking. Henderson’s use of personal interviews made this possibly controversial subject seem approachable and real. This is a book to devour. Don’t keep it to yourself. Share it with your pastor, with other women, with anyone willing to read. Take time to ask the hard questions. The book is a book that will get you thinking not a definitive answer book. Therefore I won’t end my review with a definitive thought on the book other than to say you need to read it.

  2. I checked this book out from the local library because the title strikes me as humorous! It STILL does … LOL! I read the permise of the book and I’m intrigued. I think part of the issue is that women’s needs aren’t being met, children aren’t safeguarded, and women are seen only as “money”. I actually heard E. Dewey Smith (pastor of Greater Travelers Rest Church in Georgia) say during one of his sermons that his sister (his blood-borne sister) had been attacked by the man with whom she was living. He’d hit her because she’d told him that his male part was smaller than someone else. He HIT her. She called Smith and, apparently Smith asked the guy why he hit her, the guy told him, and then Dewey admitted to the congregation that he told the man to “hit her again”. He even laughed about it during his sermon! Domestic violence isn’t funny! It is NOT a joke! E. Dewey didn’t recognize that … nor did he recognize the beauty in his own sister! If SHE can’t depend on him as her blood-borne brother, how can the women in the church depend on him as a blood-washed brother in Christ? The world already attacks women enough, the church doesn’t need to add to it or encourage it!

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