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Different by Design

By Carrie Sandom
August 2012 | Review by Ray Evans


Created in the image of God, man and woman are designed to reflect God's own nature and being. At the very heart of the Godhead-Father, Son and Spirit-we see the qualities that form the basis of our design as men and women. In the Godhead, there is perfect equality, diversity, unity and order, and it is these characteristics that shape our differences as well. Carrie Sandom, along with a rising tide of like-minded Christians, is concerned about the growth of feminism in our society, our families and our churches-and the detriment this poses to all three. She clearly presents the problem and leads readers along the path to restore God's design to its rightful place. Just as relationships in the Godhead are equal yet diverse, working together in unity and order, so are these characteristics to be reflected in the way men and women relate to one another. Scripturally grounded, Different by Design presents a biblical context for roles of men and women in marriage, the church and the workplace, with present-day implications for each.

  • Publisher: Christian Focus
  • ISBN: 978-1-84550-782-4
  • Pages: 240
  • Price: 8.99
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Book Review

Different by Design
Carrie Sandom
Christian Focus
240, £8.99
ISBN: 978-1-84550-782-4
Star Rating: 3/4

This book aims to clearly and straightforwardly explain the Bible’s teaching about God’s plan for the lives of men and women. The author uses the unfolding pattern of ‘salvation history’ to describe how His design ought to shape our lives.

She starts with the created dignity and equality, and the diversity and complementarity of the sexes. She then moves on to the human rejection of Gods’ pattern, with its many and sad ramifications, particularly as this has troublingly worked itself out in the ‘battle of the sexes’. She describes God’s wonderful rescue plan in Christ, and explores some of the implications of this for relationships in the home, the church, and the workplace. Her comments are direct, wise, and helpful. The book concludes with an eager anticipation of the eternal state in a renewed creation.

In today’s ‘equality and diversity ‘ culture with all its many confusions, this is a courageous and much-needed call to listen to God’s wisdom, a summons to embrace the differences between the genders that God has made, and a challenge to act faithfully, obediently, and truthfully before the watching world.

Warmly commended, especially to younger Christians who have to think all this through and work it out ‘against the flow’ of the dominant secular culture.


Dr Ray Evans

Grace Community Church, Bedford


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