Synopses & Reviews
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.
"In her first book, blogger Bessey describes her personal spiritual journey and advocates for a Church that fully embraces the equality of women. Through what she often calls 'narrative theology,' Bessey writes about how Jesus led her to become a feminist. She explores the controversial biblical passages that are often used to limit women's leadership, both at home and within the Church, and encourages readers to challenge traditional interpretations. She asserts that 'patriarchy is not God's dream for humanity' and asks the Christian church to participate in a redemptive movement that dismantles unjust systems and inequalities. Bessey's warm and intimate writing sets this book apart from others focused on similar topics. Her approach and style offer a unique addition to literature on women's role in Christian churches. Agent: Rachelle Gardner, Books & Such Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Gender roles have been debated for centuries, and now Sarah Bessey offers a clarion freedom call for all who want to realize their giftedness and potential in the kingdom of God. Through a thoughtful review of biblical teaching and church practices, Bessey shares how following Jesus made a feminist out of her.
About the Author
Sarah Bessey has worked with women inside and outside of the church for more than fifteen years. She currently works with Mercy Ministries of Canada, a non-profit residential home for women seeking freedom from life-controlling issues. Sarah lives in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, with her husband, Brian, and their three children. Visit her online at SarahBessey.com.