The Dancing Puritan

Monday, September 30, 2013

Housewife Theologian: Interview with Aimee Byrd



Today we welcome to The Dancing Puritan, Aimee Byrd, author of Housewife Theologian (HT). HT is published by P&R Publishers and is available by sending us a message here.  Without further delay, grab a cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy our conversation with Aimee.

DP: Aimee, you are described on the cover of your book as "an ordinary mom of three." G.K. Chesterton wrote: "The most extraordinary thing in the world is an ordinary man and an ordinary woman and their ordinary children.” Tell us about your ordinary family.

AB: It is in the ordinary, everyday living that God shows us his extraordinary blessings in Christ. There is nothing particularly distinctive about my family and our vocations, which I guess is what makes us ordinary. My husband, Matt, has been a public school teacher for twenty years. We have three children: a daughter who just started high school, a daughter who just began middle school, and a son in the third grade. With all their involvement in church, sports, social activities, and school, these days I am asking myself if it is ordinary to have a schedule that challenges your sanity?


DP:  Is, "HT" your first book?  How long have you been a writer?  What is your premise in HT?

AB: I actually never considered myself a writer until I signed my contract with P&R for Housewife Theologian. I’ve always loved to write, but it was my passion to get women thinking and talking about theology, that led to the book. I kind of tested the waters by starting my blog, www.housewifetheologian.com, and now it seems as though I can’t not write! The premise of my book is that every married woman is a housewife and every person is a theologian.

DP: You mention that your book is for women.  If a husband were to pick up your book and read, what could he gain? What do you think that every husband should know about his own HT?

AB:  The number of men sending me messages about how they are enjoying my book has pleasantly surprised me. But, by far, the best reaction from a man that read my book would be an article that my project manager wrote:  Here  It’s worth clicking over to the article just for the picture alone…should have been the cover! On a more serious note, so many of the issues I discuss in the book are important for both men and women. But a husband reading the book will also gain insight on the particular struggles that his wife may be facing as she tries to live out her faith day to day.

DP: Aimee, certainly you know that studying theology is for highbrow old guys who wear tweed, smoke pipes, and live in ivory towers (or hidden away in basements). Are you attempting to dismantle those towers and put those stuffy old guys on the street?

AB:  Busted. I certainly appreciate professional theologians, but my goal is to raise awareness that every person is a theologian. Jesus prays in John 17:3, “And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (emphasis mine). Theology is the study of God, knowing God. We all have a theology and we all live accordingly. The question is, are we good theologians or bad ones? This is an eternal matter!

DP: Now that you are an accomplished theologian, do you anticipate taking Dr. Carl Trueman's job at Westminster Theological Seminary?

AB:  Busted again. The first stage of my coup is to sabotage Dr. Trueman’s job as co-host on the Mortification of Spin podcast. From there I intend to move right in Westminster as the new Paul Woolley Professor of Church History. 

DP:  You are a mother of two daughters. My wife and I have six daughters. What are a couple of the most important lessons that we can pass on to our daughters from your book?

AB:  Sounds like you and your wife could teach me a thing or two, Ray! One thing that I wanted to emphasize in my book is that issues like beauty, identity, and sexuality are very important to God. In fact, they tell a story that points us to our Creator and Redeemer. In writing the book, I really hoped to create a tool that would help women learn this for ourselves and discuss it with our daughters.

Aimee will be back with us tomorrow as we discuss femininity, C.S. Lewis, The Lord’s Day, help for Christian women who are married to non-Christians, and more very interesting topics for ladies and gentlemen.  Tune in tomorrow for part two of our interview with Aimee Byrd, author of Housewife Theologian. Available here and where all good books are sold. Visit Aimee at www.housewifetheologian.com



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Ray Rhodes, Jr. writes for The Dancing Puritan. He is the author of Family Worship for the Reformation Season, The Marriage Bed, and other books on the family. Ray is the President of Nourished in the Word Ministries and serves as Pastor of Grace Community Church of North Georgia. Ray is married to Lori and they live in North Georgia with their six daughters, one son-in-law, and one granddaughter. To contact or schedule Ray to speak for your next event contact him here. Check out the blog of Lori Rhodes here.