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This is a book on whether women can preach and specifically preach in the open air scene. As the author points out, sometimes among some who are theologically conservative, the line is blurred concerning whether women can engage in open air preaching while theologically they won’t allow women to preach at church or be a pastor, etc. This book is calling Complementarians to be consistent. The author, Tony Miano, approaches this topic with great humility and confesses that he use to be among the camp that thought it was appropriate for women to engage in open air evangelism. An open air preacher who has worked with Ray Comfort’s ministry, Tony does not engage in personal attacks of those who disagree but engages the issue with Christian conviction, gentleness and a winsome manner: I was touch to read his apology for misleading people in the past with his former position. I appreciated Miano’s call for the readers not to read with an open mind, but an open Bible; in other words, to be Bereans. The book is divided into two parts, with the first being the presentation of his case for why women should not be engaged in open air preaching. Chapter one takes us back to Adam and Eve with God’s creation and His intended roles for man and woman. He argues that gender roles were existent before the Fall. Chapter five is the meat of the book where Miano does word studies on the Greek word for preaching, woman, etc. Miano also analyzes the counter-arguments. Miano makes it clear that he’s not against women evangelizing and it was helpful that he delineated what women can do for evangelism in chapter eight He also has a moving story of what a man cannot do in evangelism that a woman can (you will have to read it yourself). Part two features various interviews of pastors and preachers on their view of women and whether they can preach. While I don’t want to take away from the main focus of the book, I also wanted to note other things I like about Miano’s work apart from the women preaching issue: I appreciated how the preface was evangelistic which reveal how Tony Miano is a true evangelist, since you can never know if a nonbeliever is reading this book. Miano has a very nuance definition of evangelism as well. As a former Marine radio operator, I also appreciated his analogy of the prayer warrior’s role in evangelism: “The praying saint is the radio operator of a platoon pinned down by enemy fire, calling in air strikes to protect and maybe even save his comrades in arms.” One gets to see what makes Tony tick: He desires to be biblical and raises the par of open air preaching above the stereotype that sadly can be far too typical: He stresses the importance of local church and the par for open air preachers to be raised! This will be the topic for his next book, “Should He preach?” Seeing how helpful this book is, I am already anticipating the next one.
NOTE: This book is provided to me free by Tony Miano without any obligation for a positive review. All opinions offered above are mine unless otherwise stated or implied.