I read this a while ago. It’s a great read, well researched and full of enlightenment. I liked it because I related to a lot of it and, as you know by now if you have been reading this blog for a decent amount of time, it is usually all about me. Bessey is a Canadian writer and speaker and a wife and mother. She writes well. Some of it is quite emotional sometimes but not cloying or annoying like some Christian women’s blogs. Sorry, I should rephrase that. I find some Christian women’s blogs a bit cloying and the fault may well lie with me. I could possibly warm up a bit, I know that but I struggle a bit with those blogs that are a bit…
” I am washing the clothes by hand, in the kitchen and I am grateful, my heart is full of gratitude, gratitude for the pleurisy, for the rickets – the gratitude of a Mama”
I know, I know – it’s my fault. I’m cold and heartless. Bessey isn’t like that though, she is warm and encourages grace in what is sometimes a difficult subject. Some of what she says about Christian women and their place in the church may well be challenging to some people but I think it probably needs to be said. She is an encouraging, positive writer who builds confidence in her readers and I like that.
Bessey has recently stirred a bit of interest on Twitter by starting the hashtag #thingsonlychristianwomenhear
Among the comments that women reported hearing were
Dress modestly because men are too weak. Also men are in charge of you because they are spiritually superior
“You’re a Christian feminist? Good luck finding a husband!
“If you preach, I will get up and walk out.”
I make no comment about these but it is quite interesting to hear that things I heard when I was young – many, many aeons ago – are still being heard. My impression is that young women are less inclined to take this kind of thing lying down these days. I personally find that very cheering and may power be placed heavily upon their elbows.