Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women by Sarah Bessey

Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women

bySarah Bessey, Rachel Held Evans

Kobo ebook | November 5, 2013

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Written with poetic rhythm, a prophetic voice, and a deeply biblical foundation, this loving yet fearless book urges today’s church to move beyond man-made restrictions and fully welcome women’s diverse voices and experiences.

Gender roles have been debated for centuries, and now Sarah Bessey offers a clarion freedom call for all who want to realize their giftedness and potential in the kingdom of God. Through a thoughtful review of biblical teaching and church practices, Bessey shares how following Jesus made a feminist out of her.

Title:Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of WomenFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 5, 2013Publisher:Howard BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1476717575

ISBN - 13:9781476717579

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Loved Everything This book was so powerful. There was so much truth and wisdom in it. I have convinced many people to read it. You won't be disappointed!
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This was the first of her books I have read but I quickly bought another (Out of Sorts) afterward - I loved how Bessey didn't shy away from hard conversations within the church and she made modern day feminism and Christianity something that could cohesively exist - definitely underlined so many parts and took so many lessons with me!
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Speech from the World's Gentlest Soapbox Although I consider myself a long-time reader of Sarah’s blog, I know that there were many years prior to my reading that Sarah spent hard at work writing out her life. Through her blog, I discovered that Sarah is not only (sometimes painfully) honest, but also a vastly talented writer. She consistently puts images and emotions into words in a way that I can only ever hope to. Delightfully, the same is true of her first (yes, there will some day be a second!) book, Jesus Feminist. For example, this: And now for me, faith is less of a brick edifice of belief and doctrine and right answers than it is a wide-open sky ringed with pine trees black against a cold sunset, an altar, a welcome, bread and wine, an unfathomably ferocious love, and a profound sense of my belovedness. (50) Simply from an aesthetic point of view, Jesus Feminist is a beautiful, narrative composition that reads half like lyrical poetry and half like a speech from the world’s gentlest soapbox. This is the book that my little baby feminist theology has been looking for since mid-university, after long conversations with history professors that made my heart feel right but had me all confused about the things that I grew up with. Because I always had problems with the bra-burning (a common misunderstanding), über left-wing, whatever-wave-we’ve-arrived-at-now feminist labels; that was not me, but I still wanted to be a feminist real bad. I wanted women to feel valued across the globe, and I wanted that because I believe it’s what Jesus wants too. So when Sarah writes about her love for Jesus Christ making her a feminist, I am picking up what she is laying down. Bless your heart, Sarah Bessey, I couldn’t highlight this book enough. As Sarah herself would say, this isn’t a book about theology. Personally, I found there to be enough theological tidbits and biblical references to peak my interest, but they were sparse enough to keep me–someone who is, frankly, intimidated by theology–engaged with the text, without feeling excluded. So if you were looking for a theological textbook, this is not it. If, however, you were looking to sit down with a wise, loving and gentle woman for a long conversation over tea, Jesus Feminist is 100% for you. This book is about the radical notion that women are people too, but is more so about the radical notion that the creator of the universe loves each of us fully and completely and with open palms rather than clenched fists. That message is one that people need to hear quite badly, and I am delighted that Sarah has given it voice through her book. Here’s a snippet that from the closing chapter of Jesus Feminist, in which Sarah commissions like a boss. I encourage you to read the rest of Sarah’s commission on her blog. In the meantime: Here, come and stand in front of me. Stand on your own two feet, let’s look each other right in the eye. It’s a beautiful day outside, warmer than it should be in October, and the trees are slowly staining scarlet, the gold is shaking down, and the early autumn sky is already far away from us. I picked a nice spot for us, the wind can take your breath, and your eyes are not satisfied with seeing, I know. Stand now, head up, you are loved, remember? You are loved, and you are free. No shame here. Let me stretch my arms out wide, like an Old Testament prophet, my hands are worn and lined, I have mama-hands, and let’s do this properly. I commission you. As Rachel Held Evans, author of A Year of Biblical Womanhood, writes in the Foreword, “you don’t have to speak in anger to speak a hard truth”. Sarah Bessey speaks a real, and often hard truth in her first book, and consider yourself totally beseeched to read it. * Full disclosure: I received an advance reader’s copy of Jesus Feminist, but the above thoughts and opinions are fully my own. 
Date published: 2013-11-06