T 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 ou 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 just faithful merciful gracious jealous righteous name our 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 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 ou 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 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 ear and maybe that s where most of my disappointment stems from So much of this felt 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 form but don t translate as well
Or As Sincerely Print Often It as sincerely to print Often it 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 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 A solid first book and an important one for its conversation starting potential 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 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 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 happ Because it seems pertinent I m a feminist YayI would like to tell ou that I am a feminist because of Jesus It s probably true in some 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 it justice 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 Memoirs of Hecate County 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 ifou re in the target demographic for this book it might be just what Three Barnyard Tales you re looking for a brief explanation of how one woman s faith and feminism mesh Ifou re a not very devout Christian feminist or a secular feminist curious about Christian Feminism A Short History of Ireland, 1500-2000 you won t find whatou re looking for here I wish Bessey had explained a little about how she reconciles her Christianity and Feminism It felt like she was just 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 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 If an Elephant Went to School your book Jesus Feminist and never really think about what feminism is It s like writing a book on a political ideology based solely onour lay understanding of that ideology without researching what its proponents believe about itI had such high hopes for this book and it just 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. .
GOD S MISSION OF RECONCILIATIONMAY IT BE SO Is mission of reconciliationMay it be so I 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 The writing style was off putting It felt 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 for blogs don t always usually transfer well to a book Books reuire in depth analysis and a flow of thought that ou 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 justiceit 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 t just 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 FRIENDLY ENEMIES 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 commissionou says Bessey to do whatever Amok you believeou should do with no guilt and with lots of peace Now I send ou 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 men sitting at a table who won t le. 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.
summary ✓ eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ 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 ou re looking for fundamental truths found in Scripture Crochet 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 This book was a HUGE disappointment for me Ifou ve read anything at all about being a feminist as a Christian or women s issues in Christianity then Playhouse you should definitely skip this book I have no doubtou already know than this book will offer ou 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 ou 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 Desire and Deceive your faith in the face of a sexism that often dominatesour religion the issues Dannys Dragon (Tao of Love, you grapple with and ways to understand them and the explanationsconversationsou 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 s fine but if Household Gods you have nothing to add to the critical conversation on christian feminism then perhapsou shouldn t write a book about it 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 Maos Little Red Book 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 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 these and suggests that instead of trying to kill each other maybe we could just try to hear each other instead Asou read on ou 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 ofdisarming in her grace her candor and her willingness to let us into the most intimate most painful experiences of 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 ou settle in past the introduction and into the meat of the book itself the feeling is far 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 first is the refusal to meet the old arguments for patriarchy on their own terms She kindly et thoroughly dismantles much of the traditional case for the marginalization of women and girls in and by the church and presents a positive Jesus centric ideal for 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 for both men and women toward euality and freedom We can choose to move with God 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
patriarchy exclusive claim to 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 its focus 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. Written with poetic rhythm a prophetic voice and a deeply biblical foundation this loving et fearless book urges today’s church to move beyond man made restrictions and fully welco.Allow Patriarchy Exclusive Claim To