Removing the Veil: Revealing God’s Truth for Women

Beginning with Proverbs 31, author Margaret English began studying specific Scriptures regarding women. Ten years later, her journey into the Bible’s passages pertaining to women led her to write Removing the Veil: Revealing God’s Truth for Women. In Removing the Veil, English uses exegetical work to uncover God’s way for men and women to serve as leaders in the church and in society. By exploring women’s roles in the Church, English celebrates women’s gifts and callings and then encourages them to go out and use them. Removing the Veil is divided into three sections:

  1. Unveiling Our History
  2. Unveiling Our Hearts
  3. Unveiling Our Hope

What others are saying:

A quiet revolution is taking place today as more and more women realize who Jesus destined them to be. Removing the Veil is a part of this revolution. Those who study the biblical truths outlined in this well-researched book will find true freedom from the cultural and religious mindset that have kept so many women in spiritual bondage. —J. Lee Grady, author of 10 Lies the Church Tells Women

. . . This thoughtful, passionate, and well-researched book offers tremendous insight into this critical leadership consideration. —Samuel S. Hemby, Ph. D., Southeastern University

In writing Removing the Veil, Margaret English has validated every woman active in Christian ministry and every woman called to it. Through her historical study and her exposition of biblical passages, she clearly shows that God’s design from the beginning has been for men and women to work side by side to advance His kingdom, and that God did not set limitations on what roles women could play in accomplishing this work. . . —Maureen D. Eha, Features Editor, Charisma magazine

So grab Removing the Veil while it’s on Pre-Pub for $10.95 and join English on her ten-year journey into the heart of biblical womanhood.

Do you have favorite resources on the role of women in the church? Leave us a comment and tell us about it!


  1. There are many areas for a woman to serve in the Church and she is a vital part of it within proper areas, but consider that the following is properly applied:

    “And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence.” (1 Timothy 2:12, NKJV)

    • I believe that whoever wrote the letters to Timothy was addressing a specific concern of disrepute in the church. This just does not jibe at all with the larger picture that Paul lays out in Galatians.

      • Paul did not write to a specific concern in the Church because just after 1 Timothy 2:12, you will see a creation account. This clarifies the point that this is not specific to a time, but is for all time.

        Clarification: (I am the Chris who wrote the first statement regarding 1 Tim 2:12 and the second Chris is a different person who is talking about Galatians).

  2. Women in the Church by Kostenberger, et al does a great job of examining 1 Timothy 2:12 from every conceivable angle. If I had to recommend only one resource for thinking about women’s roles in the church it would be that one.

    • Jason, yes, I agree and I also found “Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood” by John Piper and Wayne Grudem to be a very helpful and extensive resource for research and consideration on this topic.

  3. Emory Gaskins says

    Two excellent exegetical books are Slaves, Women, & Homosexuals – Exploring the Hermeneutics of Cultural Analysis by William J Webb. This book is larger than “women in ministry,” as the title suggests but is a great resource to guide the reader to see these subjects in there cultural and hermeneutical contexts.

    A second book is Man and Woman, One In Christ – An Exegetical and Theological Study of Paul’s Letters – by Philip B. Payne. Very thorough, very fair. This book is excellent at dissecting the extreme of both sides of the women in ministry debate.

  4. Thanks for offering this resource! We need more well-researched books on the call of God on women’s lives. Most of us have heard enough pat answers to last a lifetime.

    • Rick Ratzlaff says

      The “pat” answers usually come directly and succinctly from scripture. No need to try to read the white spaces, or between the lines to make scripture say something it dosn’t.

  5. “Half the Church” by Carolyn Custis James is a great reminder of WHY it is so critical that we address this issue. We need to be spurring each other on to do the things God has called us to do.

  6. All I can say is that many apostate, non-biblical-based church are lead, or founded by women. And I can also observe too that VERY OFTEN leadership by women, not only in minstries, are characterizied by disunity and strifes. One have to explain to me why God chose only male prophets (with few exceptions – Deborah for eg.) and apostles to say to me that “God did not set limitations on what roles women could play in accomplishing this work”.

    • Doesn’t the fact that Deborah was an exception make room for POSSIBLE other exceptions?

    • Some of the greatest leaders have been women, and some rather lacking ones have been males. I’m afraid that you’re argument doesn’t hold up when you consider how many ministries break up due to ministerial misconduct.

  7. Sarah Mertens says

    I’m in my 20s, a Christian woman, and I am called in full time ministry. Nothing like a pastor, deacon, or anything like that, but I am called to serve the Church in some way full time. I’ve been grappling with this very subject for awhile now. The world is saying one thing and older Christians another or are silent all together on the subject. This book sounds exactly like what I’m looking for. I’ve been trying to study this very thing and praying a lot about it -especailly my role as a woman in the Church. Thank you to everyone else who has commented!! I’m definetly gonna look into the books you all recommend.

    • Rick Ratzlaff says

      I’m glad you feel called to serve. We’re all slave of Christ once bborn again. The Bible is quite clear on the role and there qualifications. It’s not rockedt science.

  8. Thank you for including resources that explore all sides of this question. There are thoughtful, credible interpretations of the scripture concerning women in leadership roles that support both approaches, e.g., women functioning in all leadership roles, and women being limited to only certain roles. We need to study both sides of the discussion to determine what we believe and why.

    I strongly second the recommendations for Half The Church by Carolyn Custis James, and Slaves, Women and Homosexuals by William J. Webb.

  9. I would also recommend The Blue Parakeet. The author talks about how we pick a choose different scriptures and that we need to understand how we dedice what scriptures we will choose. No one follows all of what is written in scripture to the letter so why do we choose to follow the things we choose???