Now Featured at the Patheos Book Club
An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women
By Sarah Bessey
"Lucid, compelling, and beautifully written. This book will encourage women everywhere to take their high place in Christ."
—Frank Viola, author of God's Favorite Place on Earth and From Eternity to Here
"For some time now, feminism and Christianity have been bedfellows, but primarily in the halls of academia. What Sarah Bessey does is claim the voice of feminism for her own Christian faith
—an evangelical faith, no less! The result is a powerful and empowering narrative that both men and women will find compelling and readable."
—Tony Jones, theologian and author of The New Christians
"I love writers who are insightful enough to be cynical but choose not to be. I love books that help me see things I'd never noticed before"
—in life, in myself, in others, in the Bible, in Jesus. I love writing that makes reading enjoyable and easy, because I know how hard it is to write that way. For these reasons and more, I love Jesus Feminist. It's not 'just' a woman's book."
—Brian McLaren, author, speaker, activist
"It's hard to navigate an extremely delicate and important issue with gentleness and intention. In Jesus Feminist, Sarah Bessey has clearly proven herself a master at the task. Bessey powerfully, yet gracefully, compels both genders to rethink the role and value of women in the Christian faith, and emboldens women to know and live out that intrinsic value within the Body of Christ. Jesus Feminist is a critically important work; a must-read for everyone in the Church."
—Nish Weiseth, author of Speak: How Your Story Can Change the World
"Sarah says she doesn't feel a call to preach, but she speaks with the fire and artistry of a great preacher. Her sermon is one of hope: though the Church has often ignored the voices of women or lumped them into one limiting category, a revolution is coming. Sarah's voice is prophetic and she will free other women to speak and act with power, love, and courage. And may it be a summons for men in the Church to speak less and listen a lot more."
—Adam S. McHugh, author of Introverts in the Church
"With grace, humility, and confidence (even in the unknown), Sarah Bessey's Jesus Feminist masterfully humanizes one of the most controversial topics of the day. Bessey realizes that life, love, and faith cannot happen without community and the understanding that 'controversy' is less about sides and more about being whole together."
—Andrew Marin, author of Love Is an Orientation
"If you never imagined yourself as a card-carrying Jesus Feminist, this book will give you second thoughts. Sarah Bessey makes her case—not as a fire-breathing debater—but as a woman utterly captivated by Jesus who will stop at nothing to follow him. Her winsome writing made me laugh, cry, and stand taller as a woman. Unless I'm mistaken, it should swell the ranks of Jesus Feminists too. Sign me up!"
—Carolyn Custis James, author of Half the Church: Recapturing God's Global Vision for Women
"Sarah Bessey is so gifted a writer, so smart and welcoming and humble, the Church might not even notice how often it gets kicked between its 'doctrinally sound traditions,' where it hurts. But what makes Jesus Feminist so fantastic, so challenging, is Bessey's ability to be both the friend who tells us the truth about womanhood inside our churches and the sage who shows us how Jesus embraced equality and how we can do it better. With Jesus Feminist, Bessey is a modern-day Moses, seeking to not only free a Church held captive by dogma but also to redeem generations of women who have been stifled and silenced far too long."
—Matthew Paul Turner, author of Churched
"Jesus Feminist is a book that needed to be written! With honest vulnerability and a strong biblical foundation, Sarah Bessey shares her very personal journey and insight regarding the roles and qualifications for women in ministry. This book is a call and an invitation toward freedom and accountability. With honor and high regard for men and women alike, it beautifully portrays the wonder of what can happen when we take our places together and walk out the gifts and callings that God has placed within us as His Church."
—Helen Burns, author of Miracle in a Mother's Hug and What Dads Need to Know About Daughters and Moms Need to Know About Sons
"I want to write like Sarah Bessey. What she does with words is extraordinary, and the topic she's chosen is so deeply important. Jesus Feminist is a beautiful, challenging, rich, gutsy book, an absolute must-read."
—Shauna Niequist, author of Bread & Wine
"I've read countless books addressing the place of women in the kingdom, and I have never, ever read anything so lovely, so generous, profound and humble as Jesus Feminist. If you're expecting anger or defensiveness or aggression, move on. If you are looking for intelligence and warmth and spirit, read this immediately."
—Jen Hatmaker, author of 7 and Interrupted
"Sarah Bessey makes me want to get to know Jesus all over again, but this time specifically through my womanly flesh, engaging God with the glorious gift of being a woman rather than in spite of it."
—Enuma Okoro, author of Silence and Reluctant Pilgrim
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