Since releasing in mid May of 2013, Let Her Lead has been in the top 10 of iTunes Religion and Spirituality, featured during Brady Boyd’s segment on CNN Sunday Morning, and garnered 5 star ratings on both Amazon and iTunes. We were lucky enough to chat with Pastor Boyd about the book and find out why his heart beats for women in the Church.
1. Why are you writing for Bondfire?
First, I really trust and admire the team at Bondfire. Rickly Christian and Patton Dodd are both publishing veterans who have tremendous ability to get the most out of their authors. I love the way they have challenged me to think differently and deeper on a wide range of topics. Second, I love the idea of getting my projects into the general market at such a quick pace. The e-book format allows for this better than traditional publishers. This current project, Let Her Lead, went from conception to print in less than four months. This is my first foray into this publishing world and I’m excited to see what happens in my writing career as a result.
2. Why are you writing this book? What inspired you?
My daughter, Callie, is twelve years old now, almost thirteen, making the ridiculously quick hop between girlhood and womanhood. This transition has got me thinking, not only about the twelve-year-old “woman” who now resides in my home but also about the world she will inhabit once she enters adulthood for real. What kind of interests will she hope to pursue? What kind of friends will she choose to have? What kind of bosses will she wind up working for? What kind of people might she lead? What kind of faith community will surround her? What kind of man will she marry someday? These are the questions that started me thinking about the world who will welcome her to the table.
My wife and I have always encouraged and challenged her to be strong and lead well. But when I looked around at the world I realized it wasn’t as well prepared to receive my daughter as she was prepared for it. I decided to write the book because of that very issue. I want everyone’s daughter to have a fair shot to lead. There are 30- and 40- and 50-year-old women who want to engage in leadership now. What I want for Callie is the same thing I want for them: to be seen and heard, acknowledged and valued, loved well and led well and learned from by both women and men.
3. Why should people read Let Her Lead? What do you hope we will take away?
At this writing, three out of ten seminarians today are women; follow the trajectory to its logical conclusion, and women will be the majority of seminary grads soon. And who knows what new realities that one actuality will usher in. We’ve heard the cries of more and more women to make room for them among leadership. I believe we should. Let Her Lead will help explain some biblical misconceptions and as well as help you understand how valuable women in leadership will be. This subject a hot button topic but I hope you’re able to read with an open heart and mind.