Review | Fashioned to Reign by Kris Vallotton
Fashioned to Reign by Kris Vallotton
Empowering Women to Fulfill Their Divine Destiny
Chosen | August 2013
In Fashioned to Reign, Vallotton presents a biblical perspective on the role of women. It is thoroughly grounded in scripture and addresses teaching found frequently in the church that has oppressed women over centuries, either through limiting their roles or by allowing them equality based only on embracing masculine traits. Rather than being condemnatory or confrontational, this book simply presents a biblical view of what a woman is and where she is called to be. Vallotton includes snapshots of women who he has seen embrace both their call as powerful beings and their own unique design. It is written in a way that calls others to embrace their own design and call, which also encourages men into championing them as they do. As expected by anyone who has read one of the author’s previous books, he writes with clarity and has a particular gift in bringing life and humor without taking anything away from the sincerity of the issue or the emotion that the topic provokes. However, this book will not be embraced by all. Although it is not overtly confrontational, it challenges much of what has been taught over previous centuries and will upset some who cling to misinterpretations of passages of scripture that has resulted in limiting the role of women in the church.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that because this book focuses on empowering women that it’s a book just for those with a Y chromosome! For women, this message will liberate those who have been oppressed by misuse of scripture and convict those who have themselves use it to hide behind and avoid stepping into certain roles. For both genders it calls the reader to a place of deeper understanding and revelation of scripture and God’s design for men and women. For men I believe this book is incredibly helpful for learning how to legitimize and empower the women in their lives, whether that be in a family, work or a social context.
I’m blessed to have been in a church which does empower its women. That wasn’t always the case, however, and I deeply enjoyed diving into the Bible with Kris as my guide to find out what God really says about men and women. It has enhanced my understanding of who I am as a woman and inspires me to instill that in the young women around me. This book is about truth and therefore would be great written by anyone. However, I realized that the fact it was written by a man and it is a man calling me into my divine design, it brought a deeper level of healing than I’d anticipated as well sending me on a journey digging deeper into God’s heart.
I admit that as someone who has enjoyed Kris’ ministry and writing before, and being a female, I expected to enjoy this all along so I am perhaps a little biased. Even with that in mind, this book exceeded my expectations and I recommend it for all women and anyone who knows any women! My only wish is that I could have had access to it when I was back in highschool writing A-level theology essays on Paul’s teaching about women!
I’m excited about what a book like this means for women worldwide and for what the church will look like when we truly begin to accept and embrace what God really says about women.