Rs not ust in tone It was a lot of recycled material and the strongest parts were those I d already read on the blog The tone too also became distracting to me it s a bloggish tone works well online but in the book gets a bit tiring addressing the reader directly referring to children as tinies and the generally personal ournallish tone of the book are things that work well in blog form but don t translate as well or as sincerely to print Often it felt like I was reading an extended blog entry or rather a series of them smooshed together There was so much going on in the book that it felt disjointed theology memoir blog Another small frustration consisted of a couple of uses of Narnia imagery without explanation As someone who has read the books and read plenty of other Christian books I get it And it s possible that I only noticed this as a result of an event that occurred earlier on the day I began reading this book But for some reason these unexplained references specifically one to Jesus as Aslan umped out at me Someone unfamiliar with the Narnia books not to speak of unfamiliar with Christian culture would have no idea what this meant and it would have been so easy to add a uick explanation or to explain the reference Bullet ReviewThe title is HUGELY misleading This isn t an in depth scriptural analysis of Jesus and how he was a feminist There are a few clobber verses trotted out and explained but that is only a couple of chaptersBy far most of the book is frothy overly emotional mumbo umbo hoopla about how women pursue social causes duh how awesome that is double duh and the author s personal history This is great and all but this isn t about how Jesus was a feminist in fact I have NO CLUE what being a feminist even MEANS to BesseyAlso I found it odd how many times Bessey referenced Rachel Held Evans fellow Christian feminist and author who ALSO happens to provide the foreword in this book Back scratchingAlso it s CHILDREN NOT TINIES It s NOT EFFING CUTE it s STUPIDVery disappointing as it was not what I expected at all I m not a fluffy touchy feely emotional girl I want FACTS and FIGURES I m sure others needing a morale boost or a pick me up will live it but not this girlFull ReviewWhat do you want when you read Jesus Feminist Do you want a scholarly discourse about feminism biblical theory and gender roles Or would you like to read emotional pick me up stories about how awesome women are doing awesome thingsPersonally I prefer the former I know that many people think women are overly emotional beings addicted to soap operas Chicken Soup for the Soul being emotional around their periods and Lifetime movies but I am proof positive that women aren t all the same basically things that this book touches on but doesn t really delve deep into When I read a nonfiction book titled Jesus Feminist with Through a thoughtful review of biblical teaching and church practices as a descriptor I thought I was getting thisInstead I got thisI fear I must say something really uick or people might get offended or get the wrong impression There is NOTHING WRONG with a personal memoir about how awesome Jesus is how awesome women are and the wonderful things that many women do And there are LOADS of women out there that wantneed to read books like this whether to get them motivated or to affirm what they already believeI am not that woman When I saw Jesus Feminist I wanted to read about how the modern evangelical interpretation was too stringent and to examine how it was meant to read for the intended audience And admittedly Bessey does do this for a couple of the common clobber verses the ones about wives being silent in church and wives submitting to husbandsBut Bessey spends a LOT of time talking about her own path to feminism and then branches into the many ways women are doing lots of wonderful things in the world This is great don t get me wrong but it wasn t what I wantedexpected from this book It wasn t how I interpreted the titleThere were other little things t how I interpreted the titleThere were other little things bugged me Things like calling your children tinies It s not cute it s ridiculous Things like using Rachel Held Evans as a reference AND having her write your foreward Although the reference section is pretty good some of it felt a bit off to me In fact much of the tone of the book is hinged on tweaking your emotional sensors something I definitely dislike in a book I don t like books that write things ust to make you cry and this is definitely one of those booksSo back to my first uestion what do you want to read when you read Jesus Feminist Do you want a methodical nonfiction book one that will define what feminism is the verses how modern scholars interpret these verses maybe even look into how Jesus acted like a feminist back in his day If so you ll find a few chapters but most of the book will be a disappointment like to me or Doing Feminist Research in Political and Social Science just boring But if instead you want a casual talk about how Christians can be this thing called feminist and be varied and different and influential then this is right up your alley This is heavy on the Jesus light on the feminist This is not really the book I thought it would be and I don t think the back blurb does itustice It does not delve nearly as deep as I thought it would into biblical reasons for feminism and is very VERY heavy on evangelical Christian phrases It is absolutely written for a devout evangelical Christian crowd If those adjectives don t describe you this book won t hit homeBessey s writing style is overwrought to be frank Certain parts are beautifully crafted to be sure but this book is page after page of verbose ornately phrased prose Like fudge Bessey s writing is best enjoyed one tiny bite at a timeThat being said if you re in the target demographic for this book it might be ust what you re looking for a brief explanation of how one woman s faith and feminism mesh If you re a not very devout Christian feminist or a secular feminist curious about Christian Feminism you won t find what you re looking for here I or a secular feminist curious about Christian Feminism you won t find what you re looking for here I Bessey had explained a little about how she reconciles her Christianity and Feminism It felt like she was ust about to and then the book changed tack and she started talking about orphanages in Haiti It felt like she wrote two short tangentially related pieces and The Queens Fool / The Virgins Lover joined them together to make a bookI also wish Bessey had delved into feminism and feminist theory itself It never felt like she had any kind of grasp on what secular feminists actually think Which is fine I suppose but it feels a little misleading to title your book Jesus Feminist and never really think about what feminism is It s like writing a book on a political ideology based solely on your lay understanding of that ideology without researching what its proponents believe about itI had such high hopes for this book and itust fell a little flat for me There absolutely were shining moments especially chapters one two and four but not enough to salvage the book as a whole. 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 Churc.
Free read ç PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook î Sarah BesseyIt s hard to read this book which uotes When Harry Met Sally and uses the Message version for almost all Scripture as a viable argument for women in leadership She says a lot of flowery poetic pretty things about community but if you re looking for fundamental truths found in Scripture you won t really find it here She spends a lot of time talking about how women should be viewed with worth and as hard workers but that s not even an argument that complementarians would disagree with The uestion that is argued is not whether women are gifted or valuable or important or loved by Jesus but what their roles are in ministry This book was of a narrative of her own personal experience than a tool for making an opposing argument against complementarian biblical manhoodwomanhood Full review here book has taught in what order my own philosophies lie I am a feminist over an atheist I like to think of myself as a humanist first so this really shouldn t surprise me I think that this is a fantastic book for Christian women It s written oddly by an evangelical Christian who I believe is also a literalist I didn t find the book to be that outrageous or outside the box but evidently it is Bessey asserts that she is a feminist and defines a feminist exactly as I would someone who believes that men and women should share the same legal political social and economic rights Gloria Steinem A feminist is anyone who recognizes the euality and full humanity of women and men She asserts that it s as simple as that And it is She then takes the framework of her faith and her Bible and put it together with anecdotical evidence on how Jesus made her a feminist I ll take it She asks Christian women to leave behind arguing apologetics and feeling angry and upset that there s no place at The Table for them and instead instructs them to love teach care and yes preach She is pro life I grow tired of seeing feminist on feminist arguments so I m not going to engage in it here abortion is a separate issue from feminism for me at least I m not entirely sure of her historical Biblical assertions but this does not surprise me as it is not my Bible She interprets Paul s words in 1 Cor 1434 35 Women be silent as a letter to specific women at a specific church in a specific time in history She then goes to solidify her argument with examples of other women in scripture doing great things She attacks the notion of Biblical Womanhood and Biblical Manhood for that matter She welcomes working mothers single mothers and single women into the church and seems to possess an understanding that the idealized version of a Biblical woman that many not all Christian evangelicals may possess is not only inaccurate but unattainable She calls out the church for doing exactly what secular society is doing to women that is setting standards that are unattainable and then beating up women when they fall short Writing this maybe I do see how this book could be considered radical Like I said if this book will help lead Christian women towards empowerment in their own way if it will lead to greater understanding and love between women if it leads us to understand that OUR WAY of being a woman wife and mother is not the ONLY way to do it I will take it The book is written informally and seems to have deeply personal moments in it Though it wasn t for me I knew it wasn t when I picked it up I do think hope that it has the possibility to open up a lot of minds about what it is to be a feminist This review is based on an advance review copy supplied through NetGalley by the publisher I had high hopes for this book I wanted to like it Even though I knew up front that there would probably be areas of disagreement I enjoy reading differing viewpoints because they challenge me to think But Jesus Feminist was a disappointment on several levels First viewpoints because they challenge me to think But Jesus Feminist was a disappointment on several levels First writing style was off putting It felt like a bunch of blog posts suished together or maybe ust one long blog post Since the
is a this isn t surprising But styles that work well for blogs don t always usually transfer well to a book Books reuire in depth analysis and a flow of thought that you can follow throughout the book Jesus Feminist felt disjointed with a chapter on theology then a chapter on personal experience then a story about social usticeit The Prince in the Royal Suite (Chatsfield Novella, just didn t follow a logical thought progression from beginning to endSecond The tone was patronizing Instead of grappling with the differing opinions about the topics she addressed she would say things like The Table is where coalitions and councils metaphorically sit in swivel chairs to discuss who is in and who is out who is rightand who is wrongI don t worry about the Table much anySomeday I really believe this we will throw our arms around the people of the Table as they break up the burnished oak We ll be there to help them heave it out the window smashing every glass ceilingand then we ll dance around those old arguments together laughing So instead of actually engaging the points made by people who oppose her she basically says don t worry about them someday they ll come around and then we ll all laugh at what they used to believe In one sense she s right One day God will make all things clear and we won t fight over petty differences because we ll be in his presence But until then it s important that we grapple with the ideas in Scripture particularly the ones that don t seem to fit our worldview or system How can Bessey hope to win people to her perspective if she basically tells them their concerns are ridiculous and aren t worth her time Even if I did subscribe to her feminist viewpoint the writing still seems to speak down to the reader We women aren tust blobs of emotion We also have brains and we want to engage them But Bessey s writing was full of emotionalism it s a style you find on many blogs but it doesn t work well in a book The entire last chapter is what Bessey calls a commissioning I commission you says Bessey to do whatever you believe you should do with no guilt and with lots of peace Now I send you out Go change the world But what grounds does the author have for this commissioning She has no authority over her reader and Christ has already commissioned us We don t need anyone else s blessing to be wives and mothers and teachers and whatever else God has called us to be This chapter I believe is meant to eliminate guilt women might be facing for doing things they have previously been told women are not allowed to do like preaching Bessey is giving them her stamp of approval But again who is Bessey to make such a commission especially when she has failed to engage the disputed texts in any kind of scholarly way Third Her theology was tenuous I ve learned to stop caring about the big dustups between complementarians and egalitarians says Bessey Instead she wants her readers to understand that Jesus loves all of us even women But it s unfair to paint compelementarians as a bunch of arrogant 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 welco. En sitting at a table who won t let women have a say and who think the female sex should be relegated to the kitchen or the craft table That s simply not true But it s the picture Bessey paints She spends a lot of time talking about all the wonderful things women have done the charity work the missions the rescuing And I found myself agreeing with her a lot except where she talked about women being pastors See the complementarian viewpoint isn t one which says women are second class citizens who aren t gifted by God to do extraordinary things It simply says they have different roles based on explicit passages of Scripture Bessey attempts to explain these passages of Scripture away using recycled arguments from Rachel Held Evans book A Year of Biblical Womanhood In fact she uotes Evans extensively throughout the book which got a trifle annoying too I found the arguments unconvincing reuiring a view of Scripture which says portions of the Bible that don t fit our cultural schematic can be disregarded If you want a better discussion of this viewpoint read Evans book I read it and while I disagree with Evans I found her style much thought provoking Indeed Bessey herself says I hold almost all of it loosely in my hand now all of it but this the nature identity soul action and character of God is love lovelovelovelovelovelovelovelove It being former opinions about what God is like or should be likeThis is disturbing to me God is many things besides love he is holy Falling For Him just faithful merciful graciousealous righteous name your attribute And he is all of these things completely None outshines any other But saying that God is love and love alone only allows us to throw out parts of the Bible that don t seem loving instead of trying to understand them This book turned out to be so much preaching to the choir people already leaning toward a feminist interpretation of Scripture might cry Amen sister Although from reading other reviews it seems that serious feminists didn t find this book compelling or helpful either But for someone who really wants a thoughtful discussion about a disputed topic this book failed on every level It s of a memoir about Bessey s personal Undercover at City Hospital journey but without enough details to make it engaging This book purports to be An invitation to revisit the Bible s view of women Exploring God s radical notion that women are people too This statement sort of sums up one of the major problems I had with the book Bessey s assumption that being complementarian means you think women are less important or of less value than men This accusation is unfairust as it would be unfair to say that all egalitarians are power hungry women who ust want to rule over men Neither caricature is true and we can t have honest discussions that allow us to discover what God s Word actually says until we re willing to uit drawing lines in the sand and lobbing grenades at everybody in the other camp A solid first book and an important one for its conversation starting potential Because it seems pertinent I m a feminist YayI would like to tell you that I am a feminist because of Jesus It s probably true in some ways but I prefer to say that I became a feminist because of my mother and my aunts and my grandmothers and the way they were Jesus to me I could also say I am a feminist for my son s future Because the church where I grew up taught the girls how to put on makeup while the boys were mentored by our pastors Because my students still insult each other with the phrase like a girl Because of income ineuality and maternity leave or lack thereof I see the world through my experiences as a woman and a Christian and a librarian and all of those things have made me a feminist There were lots of small things that shaped my realization that Christianity and feminism aren t really at odds but the thing that finally made me unafraid to claim the title was an essay on Tomato Nation cal This book was a HUGE disappointment for me If you ve read anything at all about being a feminist as a Christian or at all about being a feminist as a Christian or s issues in Christianity then you should definitely skip this book I have no doubt you already know than this book will offer you through a tiny bit of online research I didn t realize that so much of the book would be about the author That in itselfauthor is a
not an thing but the purple prose this writer uses to discuss her relationship with Christianity is ust terrible writing Only now reading the reviews written by other people who were less impressed with this book am I learning she s a blogger Her voice MIGHT work in a blog but that s because she has the kind of writing style you can only take in short dosesWhat I thought this book would do is tell me a little about what it means to be a feminist and a Christian the implications of those things together understanding your faith in the face of a sexism that often dominates your religion the issues you understanding your faith in the face of a sexism that often dominates your religion the issues you with and ways to understand them and the explanationsconversations you have with other people who ust don t get it It didn t do any of that Just based on the title I thought it would be researched and thought provoking That it would examine the way the Bible views and treats women But any time it even came close to doing that it was through the words of some other person That s fine but if you have nothing to add to the critical conversation on christian feminism then perhaps you shouldn t write a book about it Right out of the gate let me say that I think what Sarah is doing here is really important By putting the word Jesus in lights right next to feminist she s forcing a certain conversation that some folks would rather not have right now or ever Feminism has been recast in the past few decades as anathema to Christianity in many ways Simply suggesting that one can hold to both concepts and implying that being a Jesus Feminist is possible in a way that will not in fact result in a sort of universe destroying cataclysm is a radical statement in itself it would seemStarting with the introduction and all the way through to her hopeful commission in the final chapter Sarah s primary mode of interaction with the reader is one of disarming She sets the tone early on saying We have often treated our communities like a minefield acted like theology is a war and we are the wounded and we are the wounding She s acknowledging up front the firepower we often bring to discussions like thes There is a lot to like about this book which made some of my disappointments all the frustrating The good Sarah Bessey is delivering an important and affirming message This is a great starting point and readable overview of the importance of women in the church one which challenges the often destructive limiting roles women are usually givenThe disappointing I ve greatly enjoyed following Sarah Bessey s blog over the past year and maybe that s where most of my disappointment stems from So much of this felt like something I had read before in particula. Me 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.is not an