NLQ’s Recommended Reading List

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Top picks:

Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy… by Kathryn Joyce

Quivering Daughters by Hillary McFarland

Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Reli… by Janet Heimlich

Woman Submit! Christians & Domestic Vio… by Jocelyn E Andersen

No Will Of My Own: How Patriarchy Smothers … by Jon H. Zens

Trusting Doubt: A Former Evangelical Looks … by Valerie Tarico

Not Under Bondage: Biblical Divorce for Abu… by Barbara Roberts

Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of A… by Lundy Bancroft

Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse, The: Recog… by David Johnson

Families Where Grace Is in Place by Jeff VanVonderen

Sex & God: How Religion Distorts Sexual… by Darrel Ray ED.D.

View the full list of NLQ recommended reading …

NLQ Recommended Reading …

Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment‘ by Janet Heimlich

Quivering Daughters‘ by Hillary McFarland

Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement‘ by Kathryn Joyce


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  • Calulu

    Triumph by Caroline Jessup has many good chapters on recovery.

  • Sarah

    The Wimp Factor by Stephan Ducat; it explains that some men feel the need to prove their masculinity by following patriarchal beliefs.

  • I highly recommend “Jesus, Interrupted” by Bart Erhman. It talks about who wrote the books of the New Testament, when they were written, how they were changed over the years, how the canon was formed. It also discusses the contradictions of the New Testament.

    I’m recommending it here because according to Biblical scholars, our current English version of the Bible has passages that were inserted by later scribes, that are not present in the oldest and best manuscripts. Some of these passages are the ones used to abuse women today, such as “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent” (1 Tim 2:12), and “women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission” (1 Cor 14:34). Very interesting!

  • “Jesus, interrupted” is a highly criticised book in academic circles. Here is only one example:

    It is mystifying however why he would attempt to write a book like Jesus, Interrupted which frankly reflect [sic] no in-depth interaction at all with exegetes, theologians, and even most historians of the NT period of whatever faith or no faith at all. A quick perusal of the footnotes to this book, reveals mostly cross-references to Ehrman’s earlier popular works, with a few exceptions sprinkled in…. What is especially telling and odd about this is Bart does not much reflect a knowledge of the exegetical or historical study of the text in the last thirty years. – New Testament scholar Ben Witherington

    You are all thinking adults and could read what you want, but I advise readers of this book to, at the very least, type Jesus interrupted apologetics into a search engine and hear out some views of it.

  • But I have to add, respected egal scholar Phillip Payne also believe 1 Cor. 14:34-35 is an addition. But that don’t mean that the thousands of old Bible manuscripts are all wrong on all those other things where they agree, this is a problem with one passage that is not placed the same in them all, and has markings that may indicate later addition or quotation marks.