Author(s): Sarah BesseyDownload
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.A freedom song for the church. Sarah Bessey didn’t ask for Jesus to come in and mess up all her ideas about a woman’s place in the world and in the church. But patriarchy, she came to learn, was not God’s dream for humanity. Bessey engages critically with Scripture in this gentle and provocative love letter to the Church. 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. It’s at once a call to find freedom in the fullness, hope, glory, and work of Christ, and a very personal and moving story of how Jesus made a feminist out of her.
Some Reviews: 1054 in Goodreads.com
I know, I know. The title is going to be off-putting to many people, but try to see past that and read this incredible book of freedom in Christ for both men and women.
I don’t often read a book where I set it down and think, “I need to buy this book.” when I have gotten it from the library. I also don’t read a ton of books that bring me to tears multiple times. This one hit both of those. I wanted to buy it so I can quote from it. There were lines that were just so powerful in here. I loved when she said someone asked her what kind of feminist she was, and she said, “I am a Jesus Feminist.” While I may not agree with everything 100% in this book, as it always is in most books, this is one that was a breath of fresh air of freedom in Christ.
It is not anti-men or any of the stereotypes you think of, but lives up merely to the definition of what feminism is. I loved the biblical viewpoints throughout, but also the Church Ladies chapter was my favorite. Think outside the box and read this book, even if you think you will hate it.
Everyone should read this book. Not because she has anything radically new to add to the conversation (though it may be wonderfully new to the reader) but because of how she says it. With humility and love, she invites the reader to reconsider things we might have never seriously thought about.
Side note: I really wish this book had footnotes instead of endnotes, since they add much to her discussion. As annoying as it is to flip back and forth, it’s worth it!
Absolutely beautiful book. My wife read it first and finished it in days – and as a male who considers himself a feminist I was excited to read it next.
Sarah herself says this is not meant to be scholarly or overly academic – clearly those books have their place – so it’s not here to argue or debate about feminism or women in ministry. If you’re reading a book called Jesus Feminist, it’s assumed you’re already open to those ideas.
This book is all about the doing. The every day, “small” things we all do in life (I say “all” here because although the book is primarily written for women, it’s very inclusive of men and how we can also be Jesus Feminists). It places genuine value and honor and importance on the role we all play in building for God’s Kingdom and seeing it spread throughout the whole earth.
She is never derogatory or belittling, she is always kind and gracious towards those who disagree and have hurt or abused her in the past. This book nearly made me cry several times because of the palpable sense of love you can sense in Sarah’s writing – not just her love of God, but her love for people.
Every person would do well to pick this book up. You will be encouraged, convicted, challenged, and inspired to live your ordinariness spectacularly.
I thoroughly enjoyed this work by Bessey. There are sections that feel, to me, like a cliche Christian women’s blog, which to many is a big plus but to me is a bit tiresome; to each their own! The bulk of the book, however, I found very well written and engaging.
I was especially struck by the author’s grace and even tone while handling a topic that, as Bessey discusses, is usually filled with vitriol, regardless of the side of the issue one is on. She points readers primarily to the person of Christ, always a safe course of action!
I am on the front end of my in-depth exploration of the go-to passages dealing with women and their role in the Church (my primary motivation for reading), so I don’t feel qualified to comment on Bessey’s handling of these. However, they struck me as even-handed and reinforced by quotes from widely respected Christian scholars.
I strongly recommend this read to anyone interested in actively engaging in the meaningful dialogs currently taking place in the Church!
“Patriarchy is not God’s dream for humanity… Instead, in Christ, and because of Christ, we are invited to participate in the Kingdom of God through redemptive movement–for both men and women–toward equality and justice… Jesus feminism is just one way to participate in this redemptive movement.”
I liked Bessey and this book from about the 3rd page when she jokingly acknowledged her choice of title consisted of 2 of the more alienating words in our current culture.
This is a beautifully-written and inspiring book. It could function as a broad introduction to Christian egalitarianism, or Jesus feminism–as Bessey prefers. I don’t think, however, this is the ideal resource for a first-time, serious engagement of the relevant passages, hermeneutics, history of interpretation, etc. She does point down that more scholarly path in a great Further Reading section (I advocate for all things Carolyn Custis James), and accomplishes what she herself sets out to do: the casting of a Christocentric vision for women and men relating to one another.
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