Natasha’s Study: What I’m Reading Right Now

Found in Him book coverFound in Him: The Joy of the Incarnation and Our Union with Christ

Author: Elyse M. Fitzpatrick @ElyseFitz

Official Website: http://www.elysefitzpatrick.com/found-in-him/

Why I picked up this book: This book was actually a gift from one of my associate pastors. I was excited to receive it because I’ve also been desiring to read more theological works written by women. I’m reading it on my Sabbath days and look forward to sharing it with the women from my mentoring ministry leadership team.

From the back cover: In Found in Him, Elyse Fitzpatrick explores the wonder of the incarnation and the glory of our union with Christ, offering us a sure path to ultimate acceptance and true belonging through the power of the gospel.

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Book Review: Jesus Feminist by @sarahbessey

Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women

Exploring God’s Radical Notion that Women are People, Too

Why I picked up this book:

Seminarians have the opportunity to complete a lot of reading. After evaluating my reading diet over the past few years, I was a little discouraged by the limited amount of assisted reading that was either written by women or writers of color. Therefore, my original desire was to read several books that were written for or about women this summer. I did not get through nearly as much reading as I would have liked, but this book was certainly at the top of my list. I was just itching to get to it as I saw the bright yellow quotes displayed on Pinterest.

Who Should Read Jesus Feminist:

I can certainly understand why some Christians would shy away from reading a book like this. After all, the title includes the dreaded “F” word. The words “Jesus” and “Feminist” cannot possibly go together. Or can they? I found this book quite delightful and refreshing to read. The author invites the reader into a conversation by a bonfire on the shore, so I think any woman who likes bonfires, seashores, and conversation should probably add this book to their reading list.   

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Book Review: A Beautiful Disaster

The summer is in full gear in North Carolina. We are enjoying the sunshine, beach days, and the excitement of children and their play. I’m also taking this summer sabbatical to enjoy the many books that have been arriving in the mail and piling up on my book shelf. I am particularly excited to prioritize this summer’s reading to include books written by or about issues facing women.

A Beautiful Disaster book coverToday, I’m completing a book review for my sister and fellow Redbud, Marlene Graves, on the recent release of her book, A Beautiful Disaster: Finding Hope in the Midst of Brokenness. You can find out more about Marlena and the book at the official website: http://www.abeautifuldisasterbook.com/

I like the honesty of this book. Marlena shares her heart and experiences about those who have been hurt or spiritually abused in the church. In spite of the failings of people, she clings close to her God and grows more and more in love with his church.

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