Tuesday, December 3, 2013

#sayyesproject: I'm a Jesus Feminist.

This YES is the best YES yet. I know there'll be more goodness to come from the #sayyesproject, but this one just makes my soul sing a happy little song. 
Mr. Thomas and Me
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How do you talk about an experience that was beyond words? I spent a night with Mama Bird surrounded by women of all ages who were celebrating the way He created us to be mountain movers, world changers, and faith creators. 

Let's start from square one. 

A really beautiful woman -inside and out- wrote a lovely yellow book about God and women and the way we are a force for His Kingdom in all that we do. This woman had friends in lots of places who loved her message and heart and wanted to celebrate her accomplishments. So, they did. 

I'd seen some online flyers going around talking about the celebration of Sarah Bessey and her Jesus Feminist being thrown by The Blahblahblahger and Hollywood Housewife -all three bloggers long time reads in my blog list. Mama Bird and I pre-ordered Sarah's book simply because we were interested in what laid behind that yellow cover. They arrived the day after the book's official release. 

That same day I got an email from JJ over at The Blahblahblahger. It was addressed to me and five other women bloggers from southern California. I read it and my heart did the little foreboding pitter-patter that comes with the #sayyesproject. Forward email to Mama Bird. Wait. Quick text back: WE MUST SAY YES. 

All the while I was chatting with Ashten. And my immediate reactions looked like this: 
Good news: I found an outfit: a long sleeve graphic thermal, crochet skirt, and boots. 

Thursday, November 21st arrives and we are off to Hollywood to rub elbows with bloggers we both admire and have grown to love in our years of readership. They were lovelier than expected. Every single woman in that room spoke and breathed inspiration. The night was filled with light giggles and passionate tears with a side of champagne. 
Sarah's husband, Brian, along with some fellow blogging friends read excerpts of the book. Then Sarah closed out the night commissioning us through reading the last chapter of Jesus Feminist. She prayed over us, she raised hands to get charismatic with us, and she cried with us in the joy of a God-breathed moment. 
At the end of the night we got pictures with Sarah while she signed our books. And, of course, she has the memory of an elephant and remembered the words of a quick conversation we had in the midst of the busy nature of the night. Her ability to care for her people and to be a light for Him was inspiring in a million ways. 
Jesus Feminist isn't some manifesto for women calling them to the tired cliches of craft-loving, dinner cooking church roles, but instead begs the church to create space for all kinds of women -those who are strong leaders, those who are silent helpers, those who love creating pretty things, those who create children, and the in betweens. We aren't all one type of woman, just as men come in all shapes and kinds. So let's break the stuffy mold of the Proverbs 31 woman and leave the gender divide at the door so that church can live and breathe and operate as a Kingdom of Christ-loving, people-serving brothers and sisters. Nope, not a manifesto at all. 

Sarah's heart behind the book warms my soul. When asked why she wrote it, she said, "I wrote Jesus Feminist because I wanted to give a glimpse of the Kingdom of God – the life I believe is waiting for us on the other side of those tired gender debates." And the glimpse is there. Plus some. 

Of course, what would a review be without a chance to read the book yourself.  And y'all know I don't believe in reading without coffee! 

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Also, Sarah wrote questions in the back of the book to challenge readers to encourage you to further engage with her concepts and ideas while applying them to your life. One of the questions found here captures the heart of the #sayyesproject: 
A YES that started so simple and small has lit a new fire in the workings of Mr. Thomas and Me. A YES that illustrated to me the far and wide power of words and passions and sharing. That said, this YES won't stop here.

We'll do this all over again just after the New Year on 
Tuesday, January 7th.
Now it's your turn. Link up dolls.

20 comments:

  1. It was so fun experiencing this with you, and seeing your spirit lifted by someone who believes like you do. I know this was a much-needed YES for you, and I'm proud of you for going!

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  2. What an incredible experience! It sounds like this "yes" came at the perfect time in your life! I think I need to get my hands on that book, too.

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  3. this is so cool Amber! Jesus Feminist is on my Christmas list!

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  4. I can't wait to get the book to read!! That looked like so much fun & you look great. I love how you talk about your faith but it's not thrown down my throat.

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  5. I am reading this book and its rocking my world. I love it!

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  6. Katie @ A Beautiful Little AdvDecember 3, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Amber - I'm so inspired by your passion! I made sure to say yes to things I normally wouldn't on vacation and have been making new plans for all of December! I plan to link up then in January, recapping my December month of yes!

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  7. this book sounds really really interesting. and what a great experience!

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  8. That's awesome! Good for you for getting out of your comfort zone- putting this book on my Christmas list!

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  9. theblahblahblahgerDecember 3, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE this!

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  10. I love your spirit! You have such a contagious air about you! I get excited when you get excited!!!! :)

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  11. oh. this was a good one girl. like, this was a really, really good one. made me get all deep with mine (and i didn't even mean to), you inspire me.

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  12. My favorite part of this post is how excited Ashten for you when you told her. Friends who are more excited about your success/happiness than you are...There are no words for how precious those friendships are. :)

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  13. laura @ hollywood housewifeDecember 6, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    You looked darling and I was so glad to meet you and your mom and for our talk at the end. Speaking with you both is one of the things that stood out to me about the whole night. Thank you for coming.

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  14. It came at the time when it was needed most… Sometimes inspiration can be SOOO hard to come by! :)

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  15. Pleaseeee read it. And then tell me what you think, because you know we run on the same thought patterns! :)

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  16. Jessa, the book is amazing! And I just found out that Amazon finally has more in stock and is no longer in back order… :) Mostly though, thank you for enjoying my faith and not feeling beat up by it… I grew up in church and felt bullied by the other "better" Christians and that's not how it's supposed to look! :)

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  17. Oh Katie, thank you! I'm so, so glad that you jumped at the many chances to say yes this holiday season… I can't wait for January to roll around! ;)

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  18. Helene, the book is perspective morphing… The feminist part in the tittle would usually turn me off (because there's a connotation with that world that I judge) but I decided to throw caution to the wind and it's one of those books you want to read over and over and over because there's so many great things there. Plus the author's every bit adorable.

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  19. Oh Sarah, you have changed my heart and my mindset with your words. And having you here to read mine was so humbling. :) Thank you for reminding me that dancing is good and God-honoring even if that's not what I've been fed in my church experience. :)

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  20. I loooooooooove you for being the driving force behind every bit of THIS post. You're an inspiration in the way you're daring and bold and make it all look beautifully fun… I've decided I can grow up and be like you! ;)


    P.S. Isn't your wine club in yet?!?

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