Redeeming The Feminine Soul carries a message that all women desperately need in the 21st century. Julie Roys writes especially for Christians because the liberating purpose in true femininity is most clearly seen in the metaphor of the Church as the Bride of Christ. However, any woman, no matter her worldview, can find freedom in Julie’s message that femininity is good and right, and that motherhood and homemaking are good and right choices for women.
The author celebrates the cultural shift that made it possible for women to follow any career path they choose without artificial sexist barriers to obstruct them. However, she also points out the strong tendency in second and third wave feminist theory to elevate the masculine over the feminine. She justly criticizes the clear favoritism for women who choose careers and manifest behaviors that are more often associated with men than with women. She notes how this unspoken “misogyny” diminishes the priceless contribution women have made for generations in the care of their families and how it blatantly discriminates against those women who find fulfillment and contentment in loving, nurturing, and preparing the next generation of humanity.
Redeeming The Feminine Soul offers a much needed course correction to the latest iteration in feminist theory which seems to be spiraling into a world of fantasy. Even though Julie’s premise and arguments are based in her Christian worldview, she still has a message of hope for any woman who is unable to connect to anti-realism concept of gender fluidity. Her book is for the woman who wants to live in a society that recognizes and values the feminine soul and does not try to force everyone into either a masculine or non-gendered mold.
I highly recommend this book to Christians in both egalitarian and complementarian traditions. Julie Roys invites us into a conversation about God’s purpose in creating an image in humanity that is male and female. Not male. Not female. Not androgynous. As we seek a deeper understanding and appreciation for the feminine in that image, we will come to a deeper understanding and appreciation of the One who created us male and female in the image of God.