(I don't think any of you care but I feel like I need to do that thing where I told you I bought this with my own money and these are my own unbiased thoughts and whatever)
Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey
From a technical point, Sarah Bessey is a great writer. Her words flow like a song and are very easy to read. I think it's important that when you're writing a book on something so controversial as this, you need to be articulate.
Now onto the part you probably want to hear about. The part where Jesus and feminism meet (gasp-- clutch pearls.)
Oh my goodness, I loved this book. Bessey's love for Jesus and humanity shines through so strongly. It has inspired me so much to be a vessel of love and Jesus' light.
It also has cleared up some of the bible for me. If you're a woman I'm sure you know the verse where Paul says he does not permit women to speak in the church (I believe it's 1st Corinthians 14:34). I don't know if you have, but I've struggled with that verse. But when I read that Bessey believes (I'm sure she also had sources, but I forgot to take notes) that Paul meant not to gossip and ask useless questions in church, it clicked for me.
We are told that women and men are equal, but in the world and even in the church that's not true. Bessey really encouraged me to fight for equality with love both in the world and the church. Stand up. Be brave and courageous.
There was also beautiful talk of embracing our differences as women. Some of us love to craft. Some ride motorcycles. Some women are called to stay home, some are meant to travel to desolate places or even just go to work. No matter what you do, it doesn't make you less of a woman. Love your fellow creatures and love Jesus.
I love this book so much. I want to recommend it to everybody, male or female. So, hey. Hey, YOU! You, who's reading this. Please read this book. It's about $2 on Kindle, or get it from the library, or go for a personal physical copy if that's more your thing. Just read it, please. Even if you think you might not agree with everything, just try.
These are my thoughts for today. (also I missed you guys)