Feature art by Andrea Levendusky.
As a Christian who believes that the gospel is good news for men and women in equal measure, I am often frustrated by the excruciatingly slow pace of progress towards gender equality in the American Evangelical church. And although books–often by men–railing against the evils of that insidious brand of feminism which has infected Christian women everywhere still litter the shelves of Christian bookstores, there is hope! Whether you’re just curious, need encouragement, or want a resource to share with someone in your faith community, here’s the lowdown on four of the most popular books on Christian feminism.
Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey
The stereotype of feminists as angry, aggressive, man-hating demon spawn is, unfortunately, still prevalent in many corners of society, including the Christian church. One of the things I love about Sarah Bessey is that she makes a forceful, compelling argument in such a loving, vulnerable way that it is virtually impossible for even the most conservative mind to use that particular stereotype against her. Instead of a verse-by-verse rebuttal to the complementarian position, Bessey paints a beautiful picture of what the church could be if women were freed from the chains of patriarchal thinking.
Verdict: Buy one for yourself and one for the next person to say something sexist to you at church.