• Jesus Feminist

  • An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women
  • By: Sarah Bessey
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (350 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

For centuries, the role of women in the Church has been a subdued one, with many limitations. The time has come, argues Sarah Bessey-who has been 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 ranges 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.

©2013 Sarah Bessey (P)2014 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Never strident, Bessy's approach is instead solid and clear.... An excellent choice." ( Booklist)

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Love the book; HATE the reader.

I own this book and purchased the audiobook to re-read it while driving for work. I so wish the author had read this. The woman who does read it is annoying to listen to and made me sad I wasted a credit on it. Buy and read the book on your own.

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A healing balm for the wounds of Christian women

I really enjoyed this book and I even listened to certain chapters twice. The narrator was very annoying and in the beginning of the book it seemed like she was trying to sound like a Victorian period actress.

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Kind but firm

I wanted someone to validate me as a feminist, to be angry and smash the patriarchy with me and Jesus. But this book is so much more than that. It is about how to be all that we are called to be as daughters and wives and servants of Jesus, and to stand up for what is right with love. It was so tender I was kind of "eww" at first but the prose began to resonate with me more and more as I listened.

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Wow. What a book.

I picked this title up off my sister’s night stand thinking it was some sort of joke. NO JOKE HERE, my friends. This book is the real deal. From the very first chapter my curiosity was piqued. The more I listened, the more I began to understand the perspective of the author and the more I began to agree with her. I think this book should be a must-read for 21st Century believers...especially young people. It was fantastic.
#biblicalwomanhood #christianitytoday #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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Very Thought Provoking

I couldn't press pause. The narration was perfect with inflection and voice. The book covered and exposed territory I did not expect. I listen to and read several Christian writers but I was compelled by this particular writer to not only listen but hear and then put feet to the emotion, action to the call. Blessed.

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Not for me

Narrator was hard for me to take seriously. There was not much substance to this book.

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Great read

Well written. Message clearly expressed through the use of both biblical anecdotes, and personal experiences. Though clearly written for women, it is a call for both genders to live in love and justice.

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A must read for ALL!

I love the tone of the book that uplifts and provides clearer information about how women are portrayed, spoken of and to, and implications of texts in the Bible regarding women. The last chapter is beautiful and reminds all the power of us together and doing our part. I loved this book and it soothed my soul.

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Disappointing. DO NOT READ.

This book does not talk about anything related to feminism as it would relate to women having equal status in the church as leaders. This book has a very flowery language that encourages women to do God‘s mission in the world, but in their own rules that they already have. This is a good thing of course, but this is not what I expected from the title. She acknowledges that she does not want to engage in a debate about women’s authority in the church, which just feels like she completely misses the point of what she says she is writing about (feminism). I was so frustrated listening to this book, and it took years to finish because I hated it so much. I kept waiting for a better message in the book, but it never came. DO NOT READ if you are looking for a scripture based discussion on women’s rights to leadership in the church.

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good opinion peice

I listened to several chapters multiple times. I agree with a lot of the mission of this book, and disagree with some points too. Overall I love hearing others opinions on the subject matter!