Books to read

Introduction to feminism/general feminism

Reclaiming the F Word – Catherine Redfern & Kristin Aune

The Equality Illusion – Kat Banyard

Feminism Is For Everyone – bell hooks

Feminist Theory – From Margin to Centre – bell hooks

The Women’s Room – Marilyn French

The Feminine Mystique – Betty Friedan

Backlash – Susan Faludi

Delusions of Gender – Cordelia Fine


Created or Constructed: The Great Gender Debate – Elaine Storkey

A Year of Biblical Womanhood – Rachel Held Evans

The Liberating Truth – Danielle Strickland

Discovering Biblical Equality: Complementarity Without Hierarchy – Ronald W. Pierce and Rebecca Merrill Groothuis

In Memory of Her: Feminist Theological Reconstruction of Christian Origins – Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza

I Suffer Not a Woman: Rethinking 1 Timothy 2:11-15 in Light of Ancient Evidence – Richard Clark Kroeger & Catherine Clark Kroeger

Faith and Feminism – Nicola Slee

Gender and Grace – Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen

General Christianity

Doing Contextual Theology – Angie Pears

Praying Like A Woman – Nicola Slee


Why Does He Do That? – Lundy Bancroft

Pornland – Gail Dines


Men and Masculinities: Key Themes and New Directions – Stephen M. Whitehead

The Masculinity Conspiracy – Joseph Gelfer

Fathers and Sons: The Search for a New Masculinity – Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen, Roy McCloughry & Elaine Storkey




  1. Good choice of reading materials there. Can I suggest adding “The Beauty Myth” by Naomi Wolf to the general feminism section? I think it is very relevant for Christians and Feminists.

  2. Thanks for this list. Sara Maitland is a feminist theologian and novelist who has been writing about women and Christianity since the 1970s. People might be interested to read ‘A map of the new country: women and Christianity’ (1983) or ‘A Big-Enough God: artful theology’ (1995), her novel ‘Virgin Territory’ (amongst others), and a number of short-story collections in which she considers women from the bible.

  3. I’m looking for suggestions of Christian fiction (books that are marketed as Christian fiction, not just writers with a Christian background) that are non-misogynistic or possibly feminist. Can you all help me out?

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