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Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bibles View of Women | Sarah Bessey
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.
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📖 Jesus Feminist
✒ Jussi Adler-Olsen and JK Rowling
🎞 Jurassic Park and Juno
📺 Jessica Jones
🍽 Jambalaya

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Who knew book blogs were so controversial 🤣😂

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MarriedtoMrT And their handle is XOXO, like hugs and kisses? That‘s confusing! 1y
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Emily92Bibliophile Haha I‘m getting mixed signals from that person- XOXO handle but totally no respect to others opinions? Talk to the hand 🤚 😂😂 1y
maximoffs @Tiyas7 @MarriedtoMrT @Weaponxgirl @Emily92Bibliophile in my mind gossip girl wrote the review "you know you love me xoxo" 1y
Weaponxgirl @maximoffs lmao! Exposing the secrets of the book reviewers 1y
Tiyas7 @maximoffs the person has a point for sure.....but he is way too aggressive in his approach....along with some hugs and kisses. I Guess this is what they call "Killing Them Softly" 1y
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Even Paul‘s Recommendation that women should ask their husbands if they had questions was revolutionary for that time period. He was encouraging women to learn! to ask questions, to seek out answers, to fully participate in the community.

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Mehso-so

More for encouraging Christian married women. So not for single me.

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This is my happy spot :)

[DELETED] 3803335244 I love the leaves on your computer! 2y
Isierranichole @ForeverNerdy I bought it on amazon! 2y
Isierranichole @ForeverNerdy thank you! Bought it on amazon! 2y
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I know it‘s been awhile friends, depression is a bitch. But since I met 1/2 of our contributors here I wanted to share this announcement here too:

As a contributor we‘re looking to create a sisterhood of sorts. A group text message where we can stay in touch about life but also the blog, and even do bible studies together.

Email Graceandfeminism@gmail.com if you‘re interested!

Owlizabeth @Julz422 maybe you‘d be interested!? 2y
Julz422 @Owlizabeth yes! Definitely! Thanks! 2y
Megara I don‘t have time to commit to writing, but I definitely want to read the posts! 2y
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I expected something more substantial. This was very "feminism light" and cishet/gender binary focused. There were MANY places where she made great points that could embrace LGBTQ folks, but every*single*time she neglected to extend her language to cover the community. It ended up feeling exclusive. I also didn't click with the evangelical tone and toward the end, overly emotive Christianese. By the last 2 chapters, I couldn't wait for it to end.

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This is a recent purchase after recently reading Sarah Bessey's Out of Sorts and really enjoying it (Thank you @MatchlessMarie ❤️) #feministfriday #awesomeautumnbooks

maximoffs YESSSS!!! 2y
ReadingEnvy One of my advisees told me about how in high school she would carry this around so people knew exactly what mattered to her. 😂 2y
MatchlessMarie I'm glad you liked it! I read Jesus Feminist first and I still need to finish Out of Sorts. I have wrestled a lot with that one. 🙃 2y
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WhatDeeReads Stacked! 2y
JenicaDawn I'm so intrigued by this book! 2y
EllieDottie @readingenvy nice 👍 😂 2y
EllieDottie @MatchlessMarie i know what you mean! I also wrestled with it, ultimately I enjoyed it for the feeling of solidarity for not feeling like I'm the only one who wrestles through my faith!! 2y
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My beautiful best friend is on the blog today opening up about her struggles with depression, as well as thoughts on suffering. Check it out on the blog: https://graceandfeminism.wordpress.com/2017/07/25/thoughts-on-suffering/

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My best friend, Charlotte, is up on our blog today talking about finding freedom in who God created you to be. It's lit y'all. You HAVE to read it: https://graceandfeminism.wordpress.com/2017/07/14/lets-be-free/

Mimi28 Great article!! It made me feel better thanks ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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BookishJess
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While I agree wholeheartedly with Bessey's thoughts - that the labels "Christian" and "feminist" are not mutually exclusive - this book fell a bit short for me. I think I was expecting a bit more Biblical analysis and study rather than memoir.

I would recommend it as an introduction to Christian feminism rather than an in depth study. She cites some interesting sources that I would like to check out.

Daisey I agree; there were some good points but I kept wanting more. 2y
BookishJess @Daisey It wasn't bad and I enjoyed it but there wasn't really anything that I hadn't already read before. Thinking I might check out this book she quoted quite a bit 2y
Daisey I'm listening to Searching for Sunday right now, but I think that one may need to go on my TBR as well. 2y
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BookishJess @Daisey I really enjoyed Searching for Sunday. How are you liking it? 2y
Daisey I'm only part way through the first section on baptism, but I like her writing style and the descriptions of the traditions of different denominations. 2y
BarbaraJean I felt the same way! I felt like the title/subtitle didn't match up with the actual content. I wanted more depth. 2y
BookishJess @Daisey Her writing style really drew me in too. I'd like to read more by her. 2y
BookishJess @BarbaraJean Exactly. It wasn't bad and I liked it but you are right the title and subtitle makes you expect something completely different. 2y
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This post really spoke to my soul. I've been told so often that I'm "too much". God didn't create me as too much, He created me exactly how He intended. Loving this reflection from the lovely @Caterina and really loving the work our collective is putting out.

https://graceandfeminism.wordpress.com/2017/07/11/never-too-much/

josie281 A whole lot of YES!! 2y
IWriteInTheNight Amazing! 2y
JSW I'm told so often that I'm too much. Eff that shizz. 2y
Centique Reminds me of the new Lorde song Liability "They say you're a little much for me. You're a liability. Make you wild and then you leave" Totally get that sentiment @JSW 2y
Bookishgal71 Me too! I was once told I was "too bubbly" to teach in high school! 2y
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The wonderful @Hehaney writes on the blog today about freedom from fear. Check it out at http://graceandfeminism.wordpress.com

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Grace & Feminism is HERE! Join myself, @Hehaney & @Caterina as we share our lives with everyone, while we explore what it means to be a millennial feminist Christian. Our first post is up today. https://graceandfeminism.wordpress.com/2017/07/04/a-home-for-your-heart/

Owlizabeth @Julz422 this may be relevant to your interests? 2y
cewilf What a wonderful way to share your faith and beliefs! I just read the post, and wow, can I relate. My church is pretty conservative and there aren't many women remotely close to my age, or many with feminist beliefs in general, so I look forward to reading more :) thank you for doing this and sharing it with the world. 2y
maximoffs @cewilf oh this makes my heart so happy!!! I'm so glad ❤️ that's exactly why we wanted to start this. We're all in this together. 2y
MatchlessMarie If you are still looking for contributors, I may have something for you in the nearish future. Is there an email for submissions? 2y
maximoffs @MatchlessMarie email graceandfeminism@gmail.com for more info 2y
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josie281 This book. Love. 2y
BookishJess @josie281 I'm not very far in it yet but loving it so far! 2y
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Up next for my #nonfiction read. I've been anxious to get to this one. I think it'll be a good one to follow Searching for Sunday.

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As mentioned in a previous post, Myself and three other women (two of which are Littens @Hehaney and @Caterina , and our editor @Graciouswarriorprincess ) have started a Millennial Christian Feminist blog collective.

We're looking for people who might be interested in guest blogging for us every so often. If interested in more information, please email us or comment here with contact info!

8little_paws Watching this space. I was raised Catholic and don't really practice currently, but kind of sort of seeing a guy who's Christian and passionate about his faith. Want to learn more. 2y
maximoffs @8little_paws we're launching officially in July! 2y
BookishJess Not a blogger/writer myself but I'm excited to read the blog when it launches! 2y
maximoffs @8little_paws @BookishJess we have a Facebook page now! Http://Facebook.com/graceandfeminism and twitter twitter.com/gracenfeminism 2y
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Hi Littens! Any Feminist Millennial women out there who also identify as Christians? My best friend and I are looking to start a small blogging collective, and we'd like a few more women to join us as we get it off the ground. If you're interested, please email graceandfeminism@gmail.com or leave your contact info.

Caterina Oooo that sounds awesome! Life is completely crazy for me this summer, but I'd love to be involved if you'd have me! I am quite passionate about both my faith and my feminism! 2y
maximoffs @Caterina yes yes yes yes please email me! I'll send you more of where our hearts are and we'll figure something out if our hearts are all on the same page! 2y
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maximoffs @Caterina I emailed you! 2y
Caterina Yay, I received it! 😊 2y
maximoffs @Caterina Awesome! I can't wait to hear back ❤️ 2y
AJBowers 🙋🙋🙋 2y
WarpedSweetness I was like "yay I am a feminist millennial!", but sadly I identify more as spiritual than "Christian". Good luck though! I am so excited for you. 2y
maximoffs @AJBowers email me!!! Graceandfeminism@gmail.com, or let me email you! @WarpedSweetness AH I'm sorry about that! Thank you though, I hope you'll enjoy the blog 2y
WarpedSweetness @steverogers I am sure I will! :-) I can't wait to see it. 2y
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This is an affirming, fluffy, uplifting celebration of women in the church that would be a lovely starting place for Christian women seeking feminism in the church. It's a theological memoir, with Bessey sharing from her own life while referencing theologians and the Bible. It is not academic, but listening to it was like sinking into a warm bubble bath. Full review: https://bookandstitch.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/jesus-feminist-by-sarah-bessey/

NerdyRev This was a great book! I love her voice. 2y
Caterina @NerdyRev Yes, the narration was lovely! 2y
Kangaj1 This has been on my TBR for a while and I have it on kindle already. Really need to read it!! 2y
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3.5/5. Just finished this one on my lunch break. Many of you have asked what I think, and for right now I've gotta say...I need to take time to talk to Jesus and reflect on what I have learned. There may be a post in the near future, maybe not. But I can say this: God has called us...all of us, not just women...to so much more. I am praying for the Holy Spirit to move and for me to faithfully follow. I wanna be a part of this Plan!

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Book in my hand. My mountains in the distance.

NerdyRev I really loved this one. 3y
emilymorgan @NerdyRev it is great so far! 3y
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Preach!!!!!

Notafraidofwords How intersectional is this book? 3y
emilymorgan @Notafraidofwords I haven't finished this book so I can't speak for it as a whole yet. It's revisiting the Bible's view of women. So it uses a lot of scripture to talk mostly about the debate of women in the church and women in "biblical marriage." There hasn't been anything so far about race or sexual orientation (not to say there won't be in pages I haven't read yet!). I've enjoyed it as an explanation of the context of controversial verses. 3y
HeatherBookNerd Great book! 3y
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emilymorgan @HeatherBookNerd it is wonderful so far! I can't stop taking notes! 3y
Daisydo Wow! What a statement. 3y
emilymorgan @Daisydo there is much more where that came from! 3y
MariettaSG The first sentence and the start of the second sentence sounds interesting but then the implication that strength is only of value as a partner or helper of men is troublesome as it implies that a woman's value is only in relationship to men. I think Jesus challenges the woman at the well not to define herself only as meaningful when in relationship with men. Men's lives only changing for the better when a woman is (insert definition of choice) 3y
MariettaSG negates men's responsibility for their own lives and has contributed to the problem of women being considered as responsible for all manner of ills, in fact for pretty much everything, positive or negative. It also reduces men to helpless beings who "need" women and without whom they cannot simply be. In fact the verse about no marriage in heaven to me implies that Jesus sees people irrespective of their earthly relationships or gender. (edited) 3y
emilymorgan @MariettaSG I 100% agree with you. The first sentence is what I was focusing on in this post! This chapter is specifically about marriage and the rest of the chapter goes into some of the points you made. Just remember this is just one sentence within an entire chapter of context :) Based on your comments, i think you would enjoy this book. 3y
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Here we goooooo.

BeckaroniAndCheese Interesting! Let us know what you think. 3y
CocoReads Sounds intriguing! 3y
Nat_Reads Interesting! 3y
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ReadingEnvy One of my advisees told me she carried this book around in high school so people would know where she stood. 3y
JPrecht Love Sarah Bessey!!!!! ❤ 3y
emilymorgan @CocoReads @Nat_Reads yes! I am excited to finish this one! 3y
emilymorgan @ReadingEnvy that is a fascinating technique. I bet it started a lot of conversations! (edited) 3y
emilymorgan @JPrecht she seems pretty great so far! 3y
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There was a lot of good here, but there was little that was new to me. I wanted more depth, and more of the "invitation to revisit the Bible's view of women." There were some moving personal stories, a great call for women to live out their callings without culturally-imposed restrictions, and I loved the connections Bessey makes between justice, feminism, and faith. But the writing just wasn't my style... it felt way too flowery & overdone.

BarbaraJean Also... I wonder if I would have liked it better with a different narrator, or in print. The over-the-top floweriness might have come across differently in print, and I for sure wouldn't have gotten annoyed with the way the narrator pronounced "Aslan" (Ass-Lawn?!?) and "Abba" (couldn't help but get "Dancing Queen" in my head). It's also a bit awkward to listen to someone not the author narrating nonfiction that's largely first-person. 3y
Libby1 Ass-lawn?!? 🤣 That is very funny. 3y
Daisey I very much agree with your thoughts on this book! Although, I don't think reading it in print would have made it any better for me. 3y
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I appreciated this book, but I kept wanting more. It was warm, uplifting, and affirming, but I couldn't help wanting a little more depth or even some grit. I would have liked references to more Biblical examples and more depth in those mentioned for readers who are not already familiar with the stories. I also would have appreciated more real world stories of women making a mark on the world today through their ministry.

#audiobook #hoopla

Kangaj1 I have this and hope to read it soon. Good to get your review 3y
Daisey @Kangaj1 I have seen a wide range of reviews, so I'll be curious to hear what you think as well. 3y
BarbaraJean I wanted more from this one, too. 3y
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Can I just tell you guys how much I love Hoopla? A really really lot. I've been sick this past week, and I spent most of the weekend on the couch blowing my nose and reading through the rest of my month's Hoopla checkouts in comics. In between the comics and the congestion, I also discovered a TON of books on Hoopla that are on the "don't own yet" section of my #TBR. Including this audiobook, which I started on my way to work this morning. ??

Daisey I agree completely about Hoopla, and I did not realize this was available there. Thanks so much for sharing! (edited) 3y
BarbaraJean You're welcome, @Daisey ! 3y
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Besides The Bible (obviously), a book has never defined my faith more. And today it's on sale for $3.99 in the Kindle store. Sarah Besser posted that she's never seen it this low before! Grab it while you can. It's so good yall. So good.

SusanInTiburon Fantastic collage! 3y
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Marching with all my sisters today in spirit 💕 and this book couldn't help to come to mind. Hurray for Christian feminist writers who make me feel less alone.

LauraBeth 💕💕 3y
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I kinda blew my goal out of the water. Life changes allowed more reading time but I'm ok with that in hindsight. These are my top rated books for the year. I'm thinking 120 for 2017. #goodreadschallenge

sisilia Congratulations, @josie281 🎉🎉 3y
JoeStalksBeck ❤❤❤🎶🎶📚❤️ 3y
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LauraBeth Amazing! 😀⭐👏🎉 3y
EliNeedsMoreShelves Nice work! 3y
EliNeedsMoreShelves Also - I ❤ Jesus Feminist. 3y
rachellayown Woo, great job! 3y
Reviewsbylola Damn!!!! 3y
Megabooks 🎊🎊🍾🍾 3y
emilyhaldi 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
josie281 Thanks all! @EliNeedsMoreShelves it really was a spot on read! 3y
megt Awesome! Congrats! 3y
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This book is my all time favorite Christian book ever. And now it's on sale! I promise you you won't be disappointed.

KilgoreTrout I'm reading this now! 3y
maximoffs @KilgoreTrout what do you think? 3y
KilgoreTrout So far, so good! I had to leave my childhood church a little while back because of some conflict (I'm an unwed mother, gasp!) so my friend passed this and a Rachel Held Evans book along to me to remind of the good eggs! 3y
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#minimalistcovers #augustphotochallenge this may be the best I can do for this challenge. Great cover. Great book. @TheSpinecrackersBookClub

LauraBeth I have this sitting on my kindle - need to read it! 3y
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Could it be harder hitting? Yep. But it is very inclusive of anyone who may disagree. She works hard and succeeds to keep the book positive and forward looking. No matter what side of the complimentarian/egalitarian debate you fall, you should give this book a chance.