Designed for Joy: How the Gospel Impacts Men and Women, Identity and Practice  

“Male and female he created them.” —Genesis 1:27

It’s one of the most important topics of our time. And controversial. God created men and woman in his image—equal in value and complementary in role. These distinctive roles are not the vestiges of a bygone era, but integral to God’s timeless good design for humanity.

Designed for Joy includes fresh contributions from fourteen young leaders, casting a unified vision for Christian manhood and womanhood. Whether discussing the significance of gender, the truth about masculinity and femininity, the blessing of purity, or the challenge of raising children in a confusing world, this practical resource challenges us to embrace God’s good design—for his glory and our joy.


There is no greater need in our day than for clarity around what it means to be men and women as image-bearers of God. This collection of essays speaks to the heart of the masculine and feminine soul and gives us a path for gospel impact in our world.
— Darrin Patrick, Lead Pastor, The Journey, St. Louis; Vice President, Acts 29; Chaplain to the St. Louis Cardinals; author, The Dude’s Guide to Manhood
A fresh and engaging look at the rich, biblical teaching on gender. The world has lied to our generation: freedom and power are not found by throwing off the created order, but in recovering it. This book renewed in me an excitement to teach these concepts to a rising generation!
— J. D. Greear, Lead Pastor, The Summit Church, Durham, North Carolina; author, Jesus, Continued

Book Specs

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway; 1 edition (July 31, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433549255
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433549250
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches

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