Pollster George Gallup pronounced 1976 “the year of the evangelical,” and Newsweek quoted him and devoted a cover story to the movement. In evangelical book publishing, 1976 could be considered “the year of male and female.” Indeed, much of the religious and secular world was concerned with one aspect or another of sexuality. One could almost cover the alphabet with current topics having to do with male-and-female matters, such as abortion, birth control, celibacy, divorce, Equal Rights Amendment, homosexuality, liberation of women, marriage, ordination of women, pornography, singleness, and techniques of sexual relations. The last named, sexual techniques, was the area where the biggest breakthrough in evangelical publishing occurred; the book was The Act of Marriage (Zondervan) by Tim and Beverly LaHaye (reviewed in this issue, page 41). Other male-and-female topics were of interest to particular denominations, such as birth control and priestly celibacy for Catholics and women’s ordination for Episcopalians, or of wide secular interest, such as adultery (especially when congressmen were involved!) and the struggle to get the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution ratified or defeated.

Books by evangelicals on some of these topics have been appearing for a number of years. (See, for example, a review of several 1975 books on parenting in the May 7, 1976, issue.) Much recent writing (along with other forms of behavior) was stimulated by three controversial pre-1976 books on the role of women: The Total Woman (Revell, 1973) by Marabel Morgan (see our interview with her in the September 10, 1976, issue), All We’re Meant to Be (Word, 1974) by Letha Scanzoni and Nancy Hardesty, and God ...

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