My book will be published on 20 March 2014 by SPCK – you can preorder it here and from other booksellers. I don’t particularly enjoy self-promotion, but I think I need to swallow my pride and do some more of it over the next few weeks! We asked some people for commendations for the cover and it’s been very affirming to have such positive comments back.
‘Jenny Baker’s Equals is as lively as it is profound, and as practical as it is idealistic. She paints a powerful vision of a world where both women and men are strengthened and freed by the practice of true equality, and offers us positive and encouraging examples and ideas to help us imagine how to get from here to there. This book won’t just make you want to change your life, it will tell you how.’
Steve Holmes, Senior Lecturer in Theology, University of St Andrews
‘In this very practical and readable book, Jenny Baker clearly presents her case that gender equality is not about eliminating difference, nor about diminishing men in order to promote women, but about rethinking traditional roles so that every person fulfills their true potential. With her characteristic warmth and wisdom, she offers research and experience, stories and statistics, to show that at work, in society, at home, and in the Church, egalitarian relationships are not a threat, but the promise of a better world in which men and women flourish.’
Maggi Dawn, Author, and Professor of Theology and Literature, University of Yale.
‘Jenny is without a doubt one of the foremost thinkers and commentators on the issues of faith and gender. You may not agree with all she says but I guarantee that you will be hugely challenged and enriched by engaging with this book. Whatever your stance on this key area you simply must read this much needed contribution to the debate.’
Carl Beech, International Director, Christian Vision for Men
‘Jenny Baker doesn’t just teach on equality – she thoroughly lives it out. This book provides a much needed challenge for Christians to re-think the complex issues of gender and to restore people to their God-ordained equality and freedom.’
Vicky Beeching, researcher, writer and broadcaster
‘This is a bold and beautiful book on a key issue. Jenny has read widely and reflected deeply, and draws on insights from many different disciplines to argue that when women and men regard one another equally, both are enabled to reach their full potential – an idea that is backed up by loads of practical examples, all of them illustrated by personal stories and informed by her own Christian faith.’
John Drane, writer and theologian
‘What I love about Jenny is how honouring and encouraging she is towards both men and women equally. This book displays that heart and is empowering for us all as we work out how to increasingly join in with God’s plan for the world and life together It’s one of those books that’s worth buying two copies and giving one away, preferably to someone younger than you in faith and life. My hope is that we can see future leaders catch on early to the freedom and fullness of living in equality that Jen so brilliantly articulates.’
Miriam Swaffield, student mission developer, Fusion