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In this work, Dr. Brand contributes a unique complementarian expression of Reformed spirituality, in order to stimulate a spiritual renewal in the contemporary Reformed tradition. Using a distinctively feminine approach in an arena monopolized by male theologians, Brand anchors corporate and personal spirituality upon the unio mystica, returning to a Calvinistic appreciation of the Christian life.
Grounding Reformed spirituality on the “marital union” between Christ and the church, a corporate portrait of the church is explored. Critical of the neglect of women in Reformed church life and practice, the author calls the tradition to reform; proposing an intentional complementarian role for women that can practically and spiritually profit the whole church body. The book culminates with an initial tracing of a “Reformed feminine spirituality” which is pastorally relevant to women, and encourages a renewed experiential enjoyment of Christ for both men and women.
In the Logos edition, this Complementarian Spirituality is enhanced by amazing functionality. Scripture citations link directly to English translations, and important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.
I know of no book quite like this. Brand presents a highly effective blend of doctrinal theology and spirituality that is biblical, contemporary, historical, and pastoral. She investigates the doctrine of union with Christ and its implications for Reformed feminine spirituality, and does so from a position that heartily respects the text of Scripture and the tradition of interpretation within which she works. This is not a book of interest only to women; it should be read widely.
—Robert Letham, lecturer, Wales Evangelical School of Theology
Natalie Brand earned her PhD from University of Wales/Trinity St. David in 2010. She teaches female spirituality and supervises doctoral students at WEST (Wales Evangelical School of Theology) in partnership with Chester University.