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1-2-3 Clarity! fAn important oneor its conversation starting potential 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 Adolf Loos feminist she sorcing a certain conversation that some Give Up the Ghost (Not Dead Yet folks would rather not have right now or ever Feminism has been recast in the pastew 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 80天环游世界(外研社双语读库) 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 theinal 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 Creature front theirepower we often bring to discussions like these and suggests that instead of trying to kill each other maybe we could just try to hear each other instead As you read on you start to understand that this is no empty gesture Sarah is consistently disarming in her grace her candor and her willingness to let us into the most intimate most painful experiences of her life Some people bring knives to gunfights All Sarah brought was her story and the result is that we cannot help but lower our weapons and listen to her tell it So as you settle in past the introduction and into the meat of the book itself the The Re-Enlisted Groom feeling isar coffee or tea on a Saturday afternoon than it is a sermon on Sunday or a lecture on Monday There are two primary arcs that Sarah weaves artfully through the book and I ll try to do them justice here The Bite first is the refusal to meet the old argumentsor patriarchy on their own terms She kindly yet thoroughly dismantles much of the traditional case Unhooking from Whiteness for the marginalization of women and girls in and by the church and presents a positive Jesus centric idealor the radical inclusion of women in the ongoing redemptive work of God in the world She saysInstead in Christ and because of Christ we are invited to participate in the Kingdom of God through redemptive movement Beauty the Beasts for both men and women toward euality andreedom We can choose to move with God Heroes of the Reich further into justice and wholeness or we can choose to prop up the world s dead systems baptizing injustice and power in sacred languageShe s essentially refusing to allow patriarchy exclusive claim to the language of the divine and it works uite well The line about baptizing injustice and power in sacred language is still ringing in my ears In speaking of Jesus healing the woman with the crippled hand in the synagogue she highlights the phrase Jesus used daughter of Abraham This has always struck me as a really pivotal even if often overlooked piece of the story With a single word Jesus upsets generations of religions dogma and sociocultural programming Some might ask to what end But that s the thing we know the end and we start to see where Sarah is taking us The trajectory of Christ s life was always singular in itsocus of reconciling creation back into shalom with its creator Every word that he spoke was a waypoint one that journey and this one was no different In deconstructing the rigid gender hierarchies of His day He was giving us a model and I d argue a directive to do the same thing in oursIn dealing with the household codes she says they are not universal standards without context or purpose And I might add no matter how much we would like them to be In contextualizing she says It s helpful One Sexy Daddy for me in discerning the meaning of these passages to turn to the rest of the writer s work In a letter to the church in Galatia Paul wrote There is no longer Jew or gentile slave orree male or Star Light, Star Bright (Sedikhan, female For you are all one in Christ Jesus Again she gracefully refuses to allow patriarchal voices to violate the text in order to continue to oppress women and girls She brings the point suarely home with this When women are restrictedrom the service of God in any capacity the church is mistakenly allowing an imperfect male dominated ancient culture to drive our understanding and practice of Christ s redeeming work Indeed Here we catch a glimpse again of where she s taking us in that she s showing the utter irrelevance irrelevance of this mode of thinking She s leading us by the hand toward something bigger gently and lovingly telling us to just leave all of that behind or good and step of that behind or good and step something greaterWhere Sarah really starts to sing is when she starts talking about the Kingdom of God This second arc is the real telos underlying much of her work and it shows Now it s not that the rest of the book isn t wonderful but she really hits her stride here especially in the latter half of the book and you can tell it s where she s most at home She s part preacher part prophet and part political revolutionary as she says of the work women and men are doing all over to advance the Kingdom of God Can t you see It s all an act of protest a snatching back Royal Crush (From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess, from the darkness a proclamation ofreedom a revolution of love And isn t it a miracleShe paints a picture with her words of the Kingdom of God that s so beautiful so radically inclusive and so affirming of its constituents that it s hard to not want to be a part of it She leaves no uestion about whether or not patriarchy is something that could be a part of this new Kingdom She doesn t beg readers to take her word The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty for any of this but rather she invites them to walk in theullness of what she already knows to be the truth It is a testament to both her grace and her authenticity I think that she can so plainly lay out a critiue of the social system that awards me privilege at her expense and instead of Wildcat (Mavericks Tackle Love, feeling rebuffed Ieel encouraged that there s something better out there Amanhã na Batalha Pensa em Mim for me to step into as well Repentor the Kingdom of God is at hand Jesus said I think what that means is A Dance of Sisters finally starting to sink in She writesIf we only had eyes to see and ears to hear and wits to understand we would know that the kingdom of God in the sense of holiness goodness beauty is as close as breathing and is crying out to be born both within ourselves and within the world we would know that Kingdom of God is what all of us hungeror above all other things even when we don t know its name or realize that it s what we re starving to death Judge (Breeding, forBy the end of the book when her song about the Kingdom of God reaches its crescendo in an exhortation and an invitation to stand up and take part in this new Kingdom you can t help but want to get on board And through it all she reminds us that there is another way that clenchedists aren t necessarily the only way we can react to the sort of systemic injustice she s combatting here Instead she shows us an alternative paradigm of open arms Clenched Boating for Beginners fists are worthless butor striking out but open arms grieve with those who grieve and comfort those who need comforting You can slide one of those open arms around the waist of a brother or sister who s alling down and hold them
up or you can lock arms in solidarity with your sisters or you can lock arms in solidarity with your sisters brothers across the world or right there in your hometown Clenched ists connote condemnation but open arms on the other hand that s the stuff of redemptionYou and me she says near the end we are Kingdom people an outpost of redemption engaged in God s mission of reconciliationMay it be so It s hard to read this book which uotes When Harry Met Sally and uses the Message version Wheres Mummy Mouse? for almost all Scripture as a viable argumentor women in leadership She says a lot of Get Over Your Damn Self flowery poetic pretty things about community but if you re lookingor Alpha Dog (Weredog Chronicles) fundamental truthsound in Scripture you won t really ind it here She
spends a lot of time talking about how women should be a lot of time talking about how women should be 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 or making an opposing argument against complementarian biblical manhoodwomanhood. And in the church But patriarchy she came to learn was not God’s dream or humanity Bessey engages critically with Scripture in this gentle and provocative love letter to the Churc. .
Th Evans I ound 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 Saying Yes to the Millionaire former opinions about what God is like or should be likeThis is disturbing to me God is many things besides love he is holy justaithful merciful gracious jealous 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 eminist interpretation of Scripture might cry Amen sister Although rom reading other reviews it seems that serious Sons of the Devil, Vol. 2 feminists didn tind this book compelling or helpful either But Merry Christmas, Daddy for someone who really wants a thoughtful discussion about a disputed topic this bookailed on every level It s of a memoir about Bessey s personal 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 unfair just as it would be unfair to say that all egalitarians are power hungry women who just 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 This book was a HUGE disappointment Roped in for me If you ve read anything at all about being aeminist as a Christian or women 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 itself is not an awful thing but the purple prose this writer uses to discuss her relationship with Christianity is just 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 eminist and a Christian the implications of those things together understanding your aith in the Secrets of the Tycoons Bride (The Garrisons, face of a sexism that often dominates your religion the issues you grapple with and ways to understand them and the explanationsconversations you have with other people who just 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 sine but if you have nothing to add to the critical conversation on christian Samanthas Gift feminism then perhaps you shouldn t write a book about it Because it seems pertinent I m aeminist YayI would like to tell you that I am a Friscos Kid (Tall, Dark Dangerous feminist because of Jesus It s probably true in some ways but I prefer to say that I became ae There is a lot to like about this book which made some of my disappointments all the Courting Miss Adelaide (Noblesville, Indiana, 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 enjoyedollowing Sarah Bessey s blog over the past year and maybe that s where most of my disappointment stems A Convenient Wife from So much of thiselt like something I had read before in particulars not just 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 journallish tone of the book are things that work well in blog A Colton Target form but don t translate as well or as sincerely to print Often itelt 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 Love Isnt Enough felt disjointed theology memoir blog Another smallrustration 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 Prodigal Prince Charming for some reason these unexplained references specifically one to Jesus as Aslan jumped 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 Full review here book has taught in what order my own philosophies lie I am aeminist over an atheist I like to think of myself as a humanist Task Force Bride first so this really shouldn t surprise me I think that this is aantastic book A Soldiers Family (Wings of Refuge, for Christian women It s written oddly by an evangelical Christian who I believe is also a literalist I didn tind the book to be that outrageous or outside the
box but evidently it is Bessey asserts that she is a Desejo Indomado (To Tame A Playboy, feminist and defines aeminist exactly as I would but evidently it is Bessey asserts that she is a Dangerously Attractive (Harlequin Intrigue feminist and defines aeminist exactly as I would who believes that men and women should share the same legal political social and economic rights Gloria Steinem A Mistress feminist is anyone who recognizes the euality andull humanity of women and men She asserts that it s as simple as that And it is She then takes the Cinderella Story Part 2 (36 Hours) framework of heraith and her Bible and put it together with anecdotical evidence on how Jesus made her a A Ranchers Redemption feminist I ll take it She asks Christian women to leave behind arguing apologetics andeeling angry and upset that there s no place at The Table A Doctor, a Nurse, a Christmas Baby for them and instead instructs them to love teach care and yes preach She is pro life I grow tired of seeingeminist on A Mother in the Making feminist arguments so I m not going to engage in it here abortion is a separate issuerom Her Kind Of Cowboy feminismor 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 or that matter She welcomes working mothers single mothers and single women into the church and seems to possess an understanding that the idealized version single women into the church and seems to possess an understanding that the idealized version a Biblical woman that many not all Christian evangelicals may possess is not only inaccurate but unattainable She calls out the church or doing exactly what secular society is doing to women that is setting standards that are unattainable and then beating up women when they all short Writing
this maybe I do see how this book could be considered radical Like I said if this maybe I do see how this book could be considered radical Like I said if this 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 or 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 eminist This review is based on an advance review copy supplied through NetGalley by the publisher This is heavy on the Jesus light on the eminist This is not really the book I thought it would be and I don t think the back blurb does it justice It does not delve nearly as deep as I thought A solid Private Arrangements (Forged of Steele, first book and. Me women’s diverse voices and experiences Areedom song You Are Not A Gadget for the church Sarah Bessey didn’t askor Jesus to come in and mess up all her ideas about a woman’s place in the world. ,
Bullet ReviewThe title is HUGELY misleading This isn t an in depth scriptural analysis of Jesus and how he was a eminist There are a Forever Faithful (Forever Faithful, few clobber verses trotted out and explained but that is only a couple of chaptersByar most of the book is Friendfluence frothy overly emotional mumbo jumbo 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 aeminist in One Part Woman fact I have NO CLUE what being aeminist even MEANS to BesseyAlso I Stranger found it odd how many times Bessey referenced Rachel Held Evansellow Christian Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis feminist and author who ALSO happens to provide theoreword 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 luffy touchy eely 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 The English Spy (Gabriel Allon, 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 theormer I know that many people think women are overly emotional beings addicted to soap operas Chicken Soup To See Paris and Die 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 thisIear 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 Out of China for the intended audience And admittedly Bessey does do thisor 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 Mary Tudor 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 wantedexpectedrom this book It wasn t how I interpreted the titleThere were other little things that 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 oreward Although the reference section is pretty good some of it elt a bit off to me In The Accidental Tourist 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 just to make you cry and this is definitely one of those booksSo back to myirst uestion what do you want to read when you read Jesus Feminist Do you want a methodical nonfiction book one that will define what Barcelona feminism is the verses how modern scholars interpret these verses maybe even look into how Jesus acted like aeminist back in his day If so you ll Christmas Catastrophe find aew chapters but most of the book will be a disappointment like to me or just boring But if instead you want a casual talk about how Christians can be this thing called Collected Poems feminist and be varied and different and influential then this is right up your alley I had high hopesor this book I wanted to like it Even though I knew up ront 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 The writing style was off putting It elt like a bunch of blog posts suished together or maybe just one long blog post Since the author is a blogger this isn t surprising But styles that work *well or blogs don t always usually transfer well to a * for blogs don t always usually transfer well to a Books reuire in depth analysis and a The First Family flow of thought that you canollow throughout the book Jesus Feminist A Sudden, Fearful Death (William Monk, felt disjointed with a chapter on theology then a chapter on personal experience then a story about social justiceit just didn tollow a logical thought progression The 7th Month (Detective D.D. Warren, 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 tight 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 it 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 eminist viewpoint the writing still seems to speak down to the reader We women aren t just blobs of emotion We also have brains and we want to engage them But Bessey s writing was Probability Statistics, Books a la Carte Edition full of emotionalism it s a style youind 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 The Laughing Hangman (Nicholas Bracewell, 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 beacing Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves (Jeeves, 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 hasailed 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 men sitting at a table who won t let women have a say and who think the emale 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 the wonderful things women have done the charity work the missions the rescuing And ound 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 Sock-Yarn Shawls from Rachel Held Evans book A Year of Biblical Womanhood Inact she uotes Evans extensively throughout the book which got a trifle annoying too I What Lacan Said About Women found the arguments unconvincing reuiring a view of Scripture which says portions of the Bible that don tit 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 wi. Written with poetic rhythm a prophetic voice and a deeply biblical Drayken Reborn (Dragon Hero, foundation this loving yetearless book urges today’s church to move beyond man made restrictions and ully welco.