Beverly LaHaye

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Beverly LaHaye
Beverly Jean Ratcliffe

(1929-04-30) April 30, 1929 (age 90)
Alma materBob Jones University
Spouse(s)Tim LaHaye (m. 1947-2016; his death)

Beverly LaHaye (born April 30, 1929) is an American Christian conservative activist and author who founded Concerned Women for America (CWA) in San Diego, California in 1979. She was the wife of Tim LaHaye, the late evangelical Christian minister and prolific author of the Left Behind series, until his death in 2016.

Life and education[edit]

Beverly Jean Ratcliffe was born in Detroit, Michigan on April 30, 1929.[1] She attended Bob Jones University and met Tim LaHaye while a student there;[2] they married in 1947.[3] The LaHayes had four children:[4] Linda, Larry, Lee, and Lori.[5] The LaHayes had nine grandchildren.[2] The LaHayes were married for 69 years before Tim LaHaye died in 2016.[3]

Published works[edit]

LaHaye and her husband co-authored The Act of Marriage: The Beauty of Sexual Love in 1976.[6]

LaHaye wrote The Spirit-Controlled Woman in 1976,[7] a companion to her husband's book The Spirit-Controlled Temperament. The Spirit-Controlled Temperament explores the four humors (sanguine, choleric, phlegmatic, and melancholy) and applies them to the Christian life. Mrs. LaHaye applies the four humors specifically to the life of a woman in singleness, marriage, communication, and ministry.[citation needed] A revised and expanded edition of the book, The New Spirit-Controlled Woman, was released in 2005.[8] The Desires of a Woman's Heart was released in 1993.[9]

Between 1999 and 2003, LaHaye and Terri Blackstock co-wrote a series of four novels, the Seasons series - Seasons Under Heaven, Showers in Season, Times and Seasons, and Season of Blessing. The books center on four women who are neighbors and close friends in a cul-de-sac and the trials and joys each of their families face.[10][better source needed]

Concerned Women for America (CWA)[edit]

LaHaye formed Concerned Women for America in 1979.[11] Initially, CWA was a reaction to the National Organization for Women and a 1978 Barbara Walters interview with feminist Betty Friedan.[12] Regarding the Friedan interview, LaHaye stated that she believed Friedan’s goal was "to dismantle the bedrock of American culture: the family,"[13] and that Christian women were not included in discussions of women's rights. LaHaye held a rally in a local San Diego auditorium which marked the beginning of CWA.[13] While CWA was originally intended to be a local group, the organization was established nationwide within two years.[14] The organization calls itself "the nation's largest public policy women's organization devoted to biblical principles."[15] When CWA's headquarters moved to Washington, D.C., LaHaye "announced at a press conference: 'This is our message: the feminists do not speak for all women in America, and CWA is here in Washington to end the monopoly of feminists who claim to speak for all women.'"[16]

CWA is a nonprofit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code[17] that is "supported by hundreds of local chapters across the country."[16] In 2014, Salon stated that "CWA [had] become a powerful political force, claiming over half a million members."[11]


  • How to Develop Your Child's Temperament (1977) OCLC 3312367
  • I Am a Woman by God's Design (1980) OCLC 6813275
  • The Act of Marriage: The Beauty of Sexual Love (1976) OCLC 1859880 (co-authored with Timothy LaHaye)
  • The Desires of a Woman's Heart (1993)
  • The Restless Woman (1984) OCLC 10912698
  • The Spirit-Controlled Woman (1976) OCLC 3033275


  1. ^ "Beverly LaHaye". National Women's History Museum.
  2. ^ a b Cawley, Janet. "`BOSS LADY`".
  3. ^ a b Peterson, Karla. "Author Tim LaHaye dies at age 90".
  4. ^ Bates, Stephen (28 July 2016). "Tim LaHaye obituary" – via
  5. ^ McFadden, Robert D. (25 July 2016). "Tim LaHaye Dies at 90; Fundamentalist Leader's Grisly Novels Sold Millions" – via
  6. ^ LaHaye, Tim, and Beverly LaHaye. The Act of Marriage: The Beauty of Sexual Love. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1998.
  7. ^ Mason, Carol (24 January 2018). "Right-Wing Literature in the United States since the 1960s". Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature. doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780190201098.013.34 – via
  8. ^ "The New Spirit-Controlled Woman" – via
  9. ^ Snyder-Hall, R. Claire. "The Ideology of Wifely Submission: A Challenge for Feminism?". Politics & Gender. 4 (4): 563–586. doi:10.1017/S1743923X08000482 – via Cambridge Core.
  10. ^ "Mrs. Beverly LaHaye Founder and Chairman, CWA". Concerned Women for America. Archived from the original on 10 September 2004. Retrieved 12 February 2011.
  11. ^ a b Smith, Leslie (29 July 2014). "How conservative Christian women came to claim "true" feminism". Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  12. ^ Gardiner, S., "Concerned Women for America: A Case Study Archived 2013-09-26 at the Wayback Machine", Feminism and Women's Studies, 28 August 2006. Online as of 19 April 2007.
  13. ^ a b Beverly LaHaye marks three decades of promoting traditional values through CWA Archived 2013-09-19 at the Wayback Machine Christian, 20 December 09. Retrieved: 14 September 2013.
  14. ^ Henry, Tamara (September 2, 1992). "Group says school censorship increasing". Associated Press. Retrieved 12 February 2011.
  15. ^ Stanley, Paul (25 January 2013). "4 Most Powerful Pro-Life Female Voices". Christian Post. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  16. ^ a b Johnson, Emily (16 September 2014). "Us v. Them: The Pitfalls of Righteous Rhetoric". Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  17. ^ Concerned Women for America Fact Check.Org, October 2010. Retrieved: 14 September 2013.

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