For centuries, the role of women in the Church has been a subdued one, with many limitations. The time has come, argues Sarah Bessey-who has been called an "accidental grassroots voice for postmodern and progressive evangelical women"- to take a new look at Scripture and challenge old assumptions.In Jesus Feminist, Bessey shares her spiritual journey, which ranges from growing up in a post–gender-debate home to learning about the worldwide struggles of women and the obstacles even a well-meaning church can pose. Through disarmingly intimate storytelling, she tells how she grew to understand the story of God and the vastness of his work through women. Never one to shy away from the hard questions, Bessey engages critically with Scripture and church practices that are often used against full equality and shares how following Jesus made a feminist out of her.Filled with beauty, hard truth, and brave vulnerability, Jesus Feminist urges the Church to stop asking "man or woman" as a qualification for ministry and to start helping everyone find freedom in the fullness, hope, glory, and work of Christ.
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"Never strident, Bessy's approach is instead solid and clear.... An excellent choice." (Booklist)
I really enjoyed this book and I even listened to certain chapters twice. The narrator was very annoying and in the beginning of the book it seemed like she was trying to sound like a Victorian period actress.
I couldn't press pause. The narration was perfect with inflection and voice. The book covered and exposed territory I did not expect. I listen to and read several Christian writers but I was compelled by this particular writer to not only listen but hear and then put feet to the emotion, action to the call. Blessed.
I own this book and purchased the audiobook to re-read it while driving for work. I so wish the author had read this. The woman who does read it is annoying to listen to and made me sad I wasted a credit on it. Buy and read the book on your own.
Well written. Message clearly expressed through the use of both biblical anecdotes, and personal experiences. Though clearly written for women, it is a call for both genders to live in love and justice.
I was so thrilled to hear about this book and even more thrilled to read it. I powered through the audio version laughing, crying and feeling as though someone understood me. As a woman raised in the church I can say without a doubt that this is a book that has been needed for a long time. Sarah is gentle and graceful as she shares what she believes God truly intended for women. I could not recommend this book more highly.
This book gently spoke to some questions I've long carried about femininity, community, justice, and calling. It works hard to have this conversation without aggression or rancor, and it's worth the read.
BUT GET A PAPER COPY.
The narrator here had a weird, older, almost Victorian-romance novel affectation that nearly diminished the purpose & message of the book. I had to fight hard to hear the words through a tone that came across smug and trivializing.
I'll read it again for myself and also better learn to heed reviews.
Sarah Bessey has put into eloquent words the thoughts that have long weighed heavy on my heart. Not only has she helped me realize that I am not alone with these thoughts and feelings, but she has grounded them in scripture and church history. If every Western church member read this book, the church would be stronger as the body of believers it is supposed to be and not the club it has become.
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