Recommended Reads: Jesus Feminist
Jesus Feminist – Sarah Bessey
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.
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.
“I saw how Jesus didn’t treat women any differently than men, and I liked that. We weren’t too precious for words, dainty like fine china. We received no free pass or delicate worries about our ability to understand or contribute or work. Women were not too sweet or weak for the conviction of the Holy Spirit, or too manipulative and prone to jealousy, insecurity, and deception to push back the kingdom of darkness.” – Sarah Bessey
Review: Kendall Berdinsky
I’ve struggled in figuring out how my view of gender fits in with my faith. Yes, I believe men and women deserve to be treated equal, but so many times the Bible is viewed as a sexist text. Jesus Feminist disputes these claims, and more. Sarah Bessey describes a new kind of feminism – Jesus feminism.
Feminism that doesn’t burn bras, but, rather, believes that Jesus was one of the first feminists, someone who wasn’t afraid to hang out with prostitutes and women when they were considered to be lowly in the day and age. This book affirms that women do belong in the church, in many different roles, whether that’s pastor or day care director.
Jesus Feminist makes it okay, encouraged, even, to talk about faith and feminism in the same sentence, in world constantly pressuring women to pick one or the other.
Girls! Young Women! Anyone who feels that their gender makes them different when they stand in the pews at church. This book is light on the feminism and heavy on the Jesus.