Picked by Maria:
I picked this book up full of curiosity as to why Sarah Bessey would dare to title her book as such. It’s a risky move on her part. I also had already decided that I was going to be offended. I was bracing for it. The deeper I got into the book the more anxious I became as I sped through one beautiful thought after another. Chapter by grace-filled chapter a taboo word was transformed in my vocabulary. I was so afraid that she was going to dagger me with a giant “but” all the way until the final chapter, only she didn’t.
It turns out that the word “feminist,” just like the word “Christian” has been tainted by some of the people who claim that title. I had only ever heard one side of the story, or at least had only chosen to hear one side of the story. Allowing myself or, more realistically, pushing myself to consider that one of my convictions might be wrong, yet again, put me in a position that required an open mind.
I’m not here to proclaim that I’m a feminist, but I will embrace my femininity in all its God-given glory. It’s still not a PC word in a Baptist church, so maybe I’ll just whisper it in my heart. But I am ever so thankful that I opened myself up to receive words that challenged me and made me think. I like who I am becoming…a woman who is not afraid to ask questions until she understands, willing to be challenged, learning to hold old convictions loosely, and to accept and give grace in lavish abundance. Yes, I like who I am becoming.
“Stop waiting for someone else to say that you count, that you matter, that you have worth, that you have a voice, a place, that you are called. Didn’t you know, darling? The One who knit you together in your mother’s womb is the one singing these words over you, you are chosen.” ~Sarah Bessey
You can read my whole review here: Jesus Feminist Review