Created in the image of God, man and woman are designed to reflect God’s own nature and being. At the very heart of the Godhead—Father, Son and Spirit—we see the qualities that form the basis of our design as men and women. In the Godhead, there is perfect equality, diversity, unity and order, and it is these characteristics that shape our differences as well.
Carrie Sandom, along with a rising tide of like-minded Christians, is concerned about the growth of feminism in our society, our families and our churches—and the detriment this poses to all three. She clearly presents the problem and leads readers along the path to restore God’s design to its rightful place.
Just as relationships in the Godhead are equal yet diverse, working together in unity and order, so are these characteristics to be reflected in the way men and women relate to one another. Scripturally grounded, Different by Design presents a biblical context for the roles of men and women in marriage, the church and the workplace, with present-day implications for each.
About the Author:
Carrie Sandom is Associate Minister for Women and Pastoral Care at St John's Church, Tunbridge Wells, UK. She has served in women’s and student ministry for almost 20 years and is a speaker at this month's The Gospel Coalition’s 2012 National Women’s Conference.
Praise for Different by Design:
Different by Design traces God's specific design for men and women in the Bible from its revelation, rejection and masking, to its restoration in the lives of those who seek to apply it. With practical insights and scenarios, women especially will find this resource both biblical and culturally relevant.
Margaret Elizabeth Kostenberger ~ Adjunctive instructor of Women's Studies, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina
"Different by Design is an impressive outline of the Bible's teaching on the sensitive subject of gender. Carrie's faithful handling of the Biblical text and its application today combines depth and clarity with simplicity and grace. She argues convincingly that the differences between men and women go much deeper than the biological and, far from being oppressive, the complementary nature of their relationship is part of God's loving design for human flourishing."
Vaughan Roberts ~ Rector of St Ebbe's, Oxford and Director of Proclamation Trust
"Throughout the book, Carrie gives practical encouragements to live out our God-given roles, particularly in our families and churches, liberating us to be who God created us to be and inspiring us to do the work he created us to do. Males and females, whether single or married, will benefit from reading this book. May it help women, in particular, see the beauty and wisdom of God's design for our lives."
Keri Folmar ~ Pastor's wife from Dubai
Where to Buy:
Different by Design: God's Blueprint for Men and Women is available at any good Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below: