In this work Dr. Brand seeks to contribute a unique complementarian expression of Reformed spirituality, in order to stimulate a spiritual renewal in the contemporary Reformed tradition. Using a distinctively feminine approach, in a theological arena largely monopolized by male theologians, the author anchors corporate and personal spirituality upon the unio mystica, so returning to a Calvinistic appreciation of the Christian life.
Grounding Reformed spirituality on the "marital union" between Christ and the church, a corporate portrait of the church is explored. Critical of the neglect of women in Reformed church life and practice, the author calls the tradition to reform; proposing an intentional complementarian use of women that can practically and spiritually profit the whole church body. The book culminates with an initial tracing of a "Reformed feminine spirituality" which is pastorally relevant to women, as well as encouraging a renewed experiential enjoyment of Christ for both men and women.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"I know of no book quite like this. Brand presents a highly effective blend of doctrinal theology and spirituality that is biblical, contemporary, historical, and pastoral. She investigates the doctrine of union with Christ and its implications for Reformed feminine spirituality, and does so from a position that heartily respects the text of Scripture and the tradition of interpretation within which she works. This is not a book of interest only to women; it should be read widely." --Robert Letham, Wales Evangelical School of Theology
Natalie Brand Robert Letham
Natalie Brand earned her doctorate from the University of Wales, Trinity St David. She supervises in Historical/Systematic Theology at Wales Evangelical School of Theology (WEST) and lectures in female spirituality.