Strong Women, And a Male Author Who Loves Them

James headshot 8 '13 for Lyn

My guest today is Author James Rubart. Sometimes I like to shake things up a bit and get the Male Point of View. I found out that James had a lot to say about strong women (BTW, HE’S OFFERING A BOOK GIVEAWAY! SO DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT.) Here’s James on STRONG WOMEN:

“You find them in all of my novels: Strong women. They are a hallmark of each of my stories.

Why? Three reasons:

  • Because I think chauvinism is still rampant in our culture and regrettably often even more prevalent in the church. Women are marginalized, put down, not respected, relegated to cooking and cleaning. Which is tragic given the stature which Jesus gave women. (Who did he appear to first when he was resurrected?)
  • My mom was a warrior as I grew up. We went through some dark years in our family and she was the rock we held onto.
  • My wife is stunning in her strength. Her selflessness. Her discernment. Her tenderness mixed with a fierceness that no one would want to get in the way of.

Because of these things, I like to show the strength of women in my stories. Show their wisdom, their tenacity, their insight, their power. How they are different than men, but needed in this adventure and battle we call life as much as men are, and sometimes more.

In my Well Spring series

(first book is Soul’s Gate, the just released sequel, Memory’s Door, and the The Spirit Bridge releasing next spring) I have a character named Dana Raine and she is learning just how strong she is. The series centers around four characters over whom a prophecy was spoken. One is the Song, one is the Teacher, one is the Temple, and one is the Leader.


Yep, you guessed it. Dana is the Leader and over the course of the series we see Dana throw off doubts about her gifting and step into her role as the Leader in life-saving ways again and again. She must provide answers when the men don’t have them. She must stand up against the enemy when the others around her are caving in. She must lead like she’s never led before if the Warriors Riding are to survive their battle with the Wolf of the prophecy. She must be stronger than she ever imagined she could be.

One More Thought Before I Go

Rise up O woman of God, your strength is needed as well. You have it. It’s in there. Don’t be afraid of your strength and don’t be afraid to show it to others. Believe me, I know what you’re saying right now. “James, you don’t know how hard it is to do that! You don’t know what that costs and how men perceive those kind of actions.”

You’re right, I don’t know, because I’m a man. But my wife tells me how hard it is for women to live out of their strength. I’m sorry for that. But it doesn’t mean you’re not needed. You are. You are strong. The Spirit of Jesus is on you and in you, and there are powerful things you can do through him. Believe that, dear sister. Believe.”–James

Twitter: @jameslrubart

James L. Rubart is the best-selling and Christy award winning author of, ROOMS, BOOK OF DAYS, THE CHAIR, SOUL’S GATE, and MEMORY’S DOOR. During the day he runs Barefoot Marketing which helps businesses and authors make more coin of the realm. In his free time he dirt bikes, hikes, golfs, takes photos, and occasionally does sleight of hand. No, he doesn’t sleep much. He lives with his amazing wife and teenage sons in the Pacific Northwest and still thinks he’s young enough to water ski like a madman. More at

James, I really appreciate those words of encouragement. I think it’s a shame that women can still be marginalized simply because of their gender. And I am fortunate enough to have a husband who also prizes my strength and encourages me to do all that I’m able.

Now for the QUESTION  to enter the drawing to win a copy of MEMORY’S DOOR: As a woman, have you ever been put down or pushed back because of your gender? Why do you think the church may be guilty of this.–Lyn



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Lyn Cote welcomes other authors to her "Strong Women, Brave Stories" blog to share stories of women who triumph over the challenges common to all women.
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6 Responses to Strong Women, And a Male Author Who Loves Them

  1. Connie Brown says:

    I look forward to reading your books James. I just discovered you through Lyn’s blog. I have had some brushes with people who think women do not belong in the workplace. I was a fully certified peace officer but worked as a reserve sheriff’s deputy in an East Texas county. I worked with several of the other deputies without any problems. One deputy saw me and the first words out of his mouth was “I ain’t working with a woman.” I thought fine I don’t want to work with you either. As time went on and I worked more and more with the department. The deputy decided that I wasn’t so bad after all. Before I left the department he told me “You could come ride with me.” I was surprised and told him that I got the idea he didn’t want to work with a woman He told me that he had been hurt physically because a woman couldn’t handle a job they were doing (not law enforcement). He didn’t want to get hurt again if I couldn’t handle myself. He had been talking to the other deputies I had worked with and had decided that I could handle myself. I have had other times when my gender worked against me but that was one I truly remember as a hope filled one. Maybe other men will give me a chance.

  2. StrongWomen says:

    Thanks for being my guest, James. I’ll announce the winner next week on Monday-I hope. Thanks two both the ladies for weighing in.

  3. Lyn,
    Thanks for sharing this interview with James and James thanks for your perspective. Being a strong woman, who wants to lead and share God’s Word with the world is hard at times. It is encouraging to hear a man cheer us on and not feel intimidated by women who are strong leaders. Thanks for the encouragement, James.
    Deborah H. Bateman

  4. Debbie Kaufman says:

    Oh, James, you had me at strong women! Rare is the man who truly appreciates one. Like Lyn, I’ve been so blessed that my darling husband is one of them!
    I’ve been spending time in my Bible studies taking a fresh look at how God really sees his feminine creation. So, needless to say, I love stories about strong women and their journey! Memory’s Door is definitely going on my TBR list for after I finish my current manuscript.

    Thanks for sharing this one, Lyn!