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If Eve Only Knew: Freeing Yourself from Biblical Womanhood and Becoming All God Means for You to Be

by Kendra Weddle Irons and Melanie Springer Mock

“She is a godly woman.” “True love waits.” Are these phrases and many others about gender truly based in scripture, or based on dusty, outdated stereotypes? And how do these perceptions repress people, especially women, from fully expressing their faith?

If Eve Only Knew offers a fresh perspective on gender and the Bible, destroying trumped-up, captive-creating messages with the freeing proclamation grounded in Jesus’ ministry and found everywhere in scripture: that we are all created in God’s image, and by relying on our gifts and skills—rather than on gender designed roles—we become all God means for us to be.

“Whether you are new to egalitarian readings of the Bible that set women free, or whether you are a long-time Christian feminist who is unaware of the hugely popular attempts to keep women in their subordinate roles, If Eve Only Knew will supply you with hundreds of fresh insights. Like the Gospel’s Canaanite woman who convinced Jesus that he needed to expand his mission, Kendra Irons and Melanie Mock present expansive challenges to contemporary Christianity. Don’t miss the excitement!”
Dr. Virginia Mollenkott, Professor Emeritus, William Paterson University; author of Sensuous
Spirituality: Out from Fundamentalism and other books.

Read what people are saying about If Eve Only Knew.

“In If Eve Only Knew, Melanie Springer Mock and Kendra Weddle Irons give us all a great gift by helping us see our faith tradition with new eyes and along with it, our place within that story. They provide we who claim Christ a better lens by which to penetrate decades, sometime centuries of  unhealthy, unhelpful teaching on gender and into the true richness of our shared humanity as those made in God’s image.”

— John Pavlovitz, pastor and Huffington Post writer

If we ever question the great need for our work as Christian feminists, this book will re-energize and inspire us. In If Eve only Knew, Dr. Kendra Weddle Irons and Dr. Melanie Springer Mock deconstruct evangelical popular culture’s messages that girls and women, as descendants of Eve, are sinful, weak, deceitful, and inferior, and that our hope is through being pure, passive, “pink” princesses who find the right man to marry and to please through serving him and his children. At the same time, Kendra and Melanie construct positive messages with convincing biblical support, empowering us to be all we’re created to be in the divine image.”

— Rev. Jann Aldredge-Clanton, PhD, author and hymnologist

“I regularly follow the Ain’t I A Woman? blog, so was pleased to learn its writers planned to expand the themes of the blog into a book. But If Eve Only Knew is much more than the typical blog-turned-book, and that’s very good news for the evangelical gender-roles conversation. Kendra Weddle Irons and Melanie Springer Mock not only wade deeper into the muck of evangelical Christian popular culture and its gender messages, they bring the conversation back to solid ground with substantial biblical exegesis. In addition to naming current trends in the broader “biblical womanhood” and “biblical manhood” movements (purity culture, patriarchy, Proverbs 31 ministries, Christian masculinity, the silencing of women’s voices in the church), the book offers sound interpretation of biblical texts—interpretation that reaches beyond typical evangelical Sunday school answers—while avoiding overly dense language and exposition.”

— Paula Hampton, Amazon.com reviewer

Kendra Weddle Irons and Melanie Springer Mock lay out the big picture view of evangelical Christianity’s long patriarchal hold on the minds, bodies and voices of girls and women. In an important indictment of the culture of shame and silence, the authors trace the detrimental effects of (often for-profit) enterprises such as complementarian gender binaries and the purity movement on both women and men. Raised fundamentalist evangelical, I found myself relating deeply to each scenario, considering my own history and journey, and cheering the series of insights that call out the religious infantilization, oppression and abuse of females in the United States. If Eve Only Knew is a crucial text for everyone who values and upholds the freedom, equality and justice of the Gospel of Jesus.”

— Jennifer D. Crumpton, author of Femmevangelical

Also by Melanie Springer Mock

The Spirit of Adoption: Writers on Religion, Adoption, Faith, and More

The Spirit of Adoption: Writers on Religion, Adoption, Faith, and More

Cascade Books, 2014

Melanie Springer Mock, Editor

The Spirit of Adoption explores many of the complexities inherent in adoption and its relationship to spirituality, challenging us to move beyond the common mythologies about adoption to consider the more difficult questions adoption raises about the nature of God, family, culture, loss, and joy.

Rather than hearing from experts in adoption, this collection uses the narratives of birth parents, adoptive parents, and adoptees themselves, bearing witness to the ways adoption shapes its participants’ spiritual lives. By allowing others to narrate their spiritual journeys through adoption, we hope to proclaim that adoption can be a wonderful, powerful, hopeful experience, and one that is difficult, painful, despairing–and that these paradoxes of adoption might be held together in God’s hand.

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Just Moms

Barclay Press, 2011

Melanie Springer Mock, Co-Editor

Conveying the principles and the practice of justice to young children is no small task. In this poignant, honest, and sometimes witty collection of stories, 27 women share their adventures and misadventures modeling social-justice principles for their children and communities.

Just Moms is about moms bending their own rules and redefining success as they work to raise kids who value peace, equality, truth, simplicity, and love. This book is for you if: You teach nonviolence but your preschooler has shot you with a gun fashioned out of a stick; You try to practice contentment but have found yourself drained by the demands of raising special-needs children; or You believe in simplicity but have let your kids cajole you into increasing their collection of useless trinkets.

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Writing Peace: The Unheard Voices of Great War Mennonite Objectors

Writing Peace: The Unheard Voices of Great War Mennonite Objectors

Pandora Press, 2003

Melanie Springer Mock, Author

For the first time, Mock reveals the diaries of several Mennonite conscientious objectors from the First World War. This edition uses historical, biographical, and literary approaches to understand these diaries and their significant role in telling the historical narrative of the Mennonites and of wartime in America. Melanie SpringerMock’s first book is #40 in the Studies in Anabaptist and Mennonite History Series.

“Writing Peace presents an extremely readable and digestible account of this slice of American history, as seen through the eyes and words of four young Mennonite men. This is my kind of history—’the facts’ presented in a vibrant, accessible style that can appeal to anyone.” – Sara J. Keckeisen writing in Mennonite Life

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Also by Kendra Weddle Irons

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by Kendra Weddle Irons
UPA, 2007

Preaching on the Plains is about women unknown or almost forgotten. By sharpening the focus on rural Methodist pulpits during the Dust Bowl and World War II, this study brings to life women who preached and provided leadership when Kansas faced one of its most difficult eras. What propelled these women to step into roles usually deemed appropriate only for men and how did their congregations respond to their initiative?

At the center of this hidden history is Mabel Madeline Southard, a vanguard evangelist who sought ecclesial equality in 1920 and 1924 at the Methodist Church’s quadrennial meetings. Additionally, she protested against alcohol with Carry Nation in the famous Topeka raid, worked on the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union lecture circuit, and formed an international organization for women preachers. Others also stepped forward, meeting the needs of struggling congregations and thereby prompting congregants and the church to reexamine the assumptions made about women in the pulpit. Against a backdrop of Kansas and Methodist histories, Professor Weddle Irons reveals ten brave women, each with a unique message and calling, each no longer forgotten. Order here on Amazon.