Sunday, January 11, 2015

Jesus Feminist: A Book Review

About The Book:

What if the title Jesus Feminist didn’t raise eyebrows sky-high in 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.
For centuries, the role of women in the church has been a subdued one, with many limitations. The time has come, argues Sarah Bessey—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 ranged 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.

About The Author:

Sarah Bessey is a writer and an award-winning blogger at www.sarahbessey.com. She lives in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada with her husband, Brian, and their three tinies: Anne, Joesph, and Evelynn.

My Review:

With honesty and rawness that is so necessary when talking about feminism (which seems to be a dirty word to some, but really isn't) Sarah Bessey does a remarkable job at directing the reader (primarily intended to be women) to really dig deep into their Bible and see what role God truly wants for women.

 Sarah combines a number of personal stories, scripture, and theology to remind us that God uses both men and women to complete His mission here on Earth. The book is nicely written, flows nicely and was a quick read. 

Here are a few quotes that resonated with me:

"Just like men, women need redemption. We all need the Cross of Jesus Christ, and we all need to follow him in the way of life everlasting. In the works and actions of Christ as recorded in scripture, we see what, "neither male, nor femal, Jew or Gentile, slave nor free" looks like in real, walking around life. (p. 18)

"women aren't simply or only blessed by giving birth to greatness; no, we are all blessed when we heart the Word of God - Jesus - and put it into practice. We don't rely on secondhand blessings in Jesus (p. 21)

"You cannot be full to the brinm with Christ's love and peace without spilling over into the lives of others. You learn how to love by being loved. You yearn to heal once you are healed. We receive goodness and bread, and then, of course, of course, we want to point every other hungry beggar on the road to the source." (p. 53)


"really, theology is simply what we think about God and then living that truth out in our right-now life" (p. 56)

"if a woman is held back, minimized, pushed down, or downplayed, she is not walking in the fullness God intended for her as his impage bearer, as His ezer warrior. If we minimize our gifts, hush our voice, and stay small in a misguided attempt to fit a weak and culturally conditioned standard of femininity, we cannot give our brothers the partner they require in God's mission for the world" (p. 80)

"That's the thing when we say yes to God - it's not about that one yes. Our one yes keeps resounding and spreading, like ripples in a pond after a pebble is thrown into it, until the yes of God and the yes of our hearts and the yes of Jesus' love and the yes of us all sweep over the world" (p. 149)

Aren't these quotes fantastic? I have read through the book once for review and have notes like crazy. However now I am planning to go through the book, along with the discussion questions that are included in the back of the book, in order to dig deeper into this topic. 

If you would like to dig deeper and see how Jesus can make a feminist out of you, I truly encourage you to pick up this book! 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Jesus Feminist online through Amazon.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Howard Books, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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