On Purpose: Understanding God’s Freedom for Women through Scripture Offers a Fresh Perspective
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On Purpose by Julie Zine Coleman : The Golden Scrolls 2022 Book of the Year
(Advanced Writers and Speakers Association)
In her new, much-anticipated book, On Purpose author Julie Zine Coleman offers an extensive look at Scripture previously interpreted to limit the role of women in the church. Written with no agenda other than delving deep into the Bible, each chapter focuses on a single passage, taking into consideration what it meant to the original recipients, understanding the author’s intent through context, and applying its true meaning to today.
With each chapter, Coleman thoroughly reveals how the timeless principles in the Bible teach freedom for women, and when rightly understood, are a wakeup call for the church. It is time to take a fresh look. Because if we are limiting women unnecessarily, we are handicapping God’s church, keeping it from functioning in the way he designed it. We would be endeavoring to walk on only one leg, when God has given us two.
In On Purpose, Coleman vulnerably includes some of her own past experiences, as well as others. These stories demonstrate what can happen when well-intended interpretation goes bad. However, when viewed correctly, the Bible provides truth that can be applied in any culture at any time.
Julie Coleman is managing editor for Arise Daily Devotionals and a long-time writer and speaker. She holds a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Capital Bible Seminary, and her previous books include Unexpected Love: God's Heart Revealed Through Jesus' Conversations with Women. Coleman lives near Annapolis, Maryland, where she and her husband raised four children. More information can be found at juliezinecoleman.com.
What Others Are Saying
“Finally, a book that brings us truth in a way that empowers women and restores unity and harmony between the genders. This book is filled with biblical research that will open your eyes and heart to God's will for women and men. While some of Coleman's research may initially surprise you, it will also be an aha moment that will bring good news to today's women and men.”
—Monica Schmelter, TV host for TCN’s “Bridges,” author, and speaker
On Purpose Wins AWSA's Golden Scroll Awards Book of the Year
August 16, 2022
GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Kregel Publications is pleased to announce that On Purpose by Julie Zine Coleman has won the AWSA Golden Scroll Awards Book of the Year for 2022.
On Purpose is a serious study of the verses in the Bible that are often interpreted to demarcate the role of women in the church, at home, and in the workplace. Each chapter focuses on a single passage, considering what it meant to the original recipients, understanding each author's intent, and applying the passage's true meaning in today's cultural setting. "Julie Coleman's On Purpose is a delightful contribution to the growing resources for women called to, and gifted for, Christian leadership. It is at once biblically faithful, academically sound, gracious toward those with whom she disagrees, and accessible to a broad readership. The timeless principles she draws from the ancient texts are indeed good news for today's church." -- Ronald W. Pierce, professor of biblical and theological studies at Biola University The Golden Scroll Awards were announced at the Golden Scroll Banquet on Sunday, August 14, at the Lexington Convention Center in Lexington, KY. The entire list of winners will be viewable at www.AWSA.com.
Julie Zine Coleman
Julie Zine Coleman helps others to understand and know an unexpected God. A popular conference speaker, she holds an M.A. in Biblical Studies. She serves on the pastoral team at New Hope Chapel in Arnold, MD.
Julie is also the managing editor for Arise Daily, an online devotional written by members of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. Her greatest passion is to teach the tools necessary to thorough Bible study that will lead to good interpretation.
Both of her traditionally published books received awards:
Unexpected Love: God’s Heart Revealed through Jesus’ Conversations with Women (Thomas Nelson) The 2014 Golden Scrolls Non-Fiction Book of the Year
On Purpose: Understanding God’s Freedom for Women through Scripture (Kregel) The Golden Scrolls 2022 Book of the Year.
Julie is warm, enthusiastic, and well-received by broadcast audiences, interviewing on shows like:
TV: The Harvest Show (LeSEA), Bridges (TCN—6 shows total), and Julie and Friends (TCT)
Radio: Moody Radio’s Midday Connection, many local stations across the country
Podcasts: Popular shows like Bare Marriage (Sheila Gregoire), Flourish-Meant (Tina Yeager) and many others
More can be found at juliezinecoleman.org and Facebook.
Suggested Interview Questions for Julie Zine Coleman
On Purpose: Understanding God’s Freedom for Women through Scripture
On Purpose: Understanding God’s Freedom for Women Through Scripture starts with your informative introduction. Tell us more about how you decided to write this book.
This topic is one that can seem a bit taboo; was the book difficult to write, knowing the responsibility of this message and what it means?
Each of the 10 chapters focuses on a different passage; why did you decide to go passage by passage?
The book contains footnotes and an extensive bibliography, talk about your research process for the book.
Introduce us to your husband Steve, and talk about his support in your life, and in writing On Purpose.
Even with all your biblical study, a master’s degree, and being a teacher, you say that your own understanding of God’s word on this matter has morphed slowly over the years. Can you talk more about that?
In the book you state, “my passion for the subject of this book comes from a concern that we have gotten it wrong.” Can you explain that statement?
It can seem like, when one is reading Scripture, that women are often depicted as 2nd class citizens. How do you address this in the book?
In the last chapter, you talk about the definition of a godly woman. Do you think this chapter might surprise some readers? Why?
Would you encourage church leaders to read On Purpose?
What is the biggest misconception you would like to address when it comes to freedom for women through Scripture?
What message do you most want readers to take away from this book?