Thursday, July 4, 2013
Why I Never Used to Read Women Authors
Until recently, I really didn’t read any women authors at all. I just couldn’t. I’m not the kind of gal who would read a book written on how to “get it all done” or “be a better housewife in 5 days” or “dieting for Jesus”, etc.
I just couldn’t.
I couldn’t read topical stuff about homemaking, baking, laundry, self-help, positive thinking, or “how to organize your life” books that were disguised as “Christian literature”. And that’s what I thought a lot of women’s Christian writing was all about.
And I wanted the meat! (Which is ironic because I’m a vegetarian).
I wanted the good stuff. The stuff that makes me think, study, seek, move, act, and love God more. I want to read stuff that makes me understand the bible more, that deepens my understanding of God, that refines me, shapes me, challenges me, and encourages me.
And it seems like there is a rise in Christian women who write well beyond the daily grind of life. They write UP. They write about God. They write about theology, knowing Christ more. They write with honesty about trust, doubt, fear, insecurity, joy all in relation to their greatest relationship, Jesus.
Women writing about Imago Dei, leadership, teaching, biblical literacy, doubt, fear, discipleship . . . THE GOOD STUFF!
See for yourself. Here are some of my favorite women writers and bible teachers sharing their gifts and spurring other women on to do the same.
Jen Wilkin (on biblical literacy) “The Next Beth Moore”
Sarah Bessey (on women in leadership) “In Which Jezebel Gives Way to Deborah”
Jennie Allen (starting a new movement of women who want to change the world)
Jen Hatmaker (on social justice and reaching the lost) “And Then the Conference Uninvited Me to Speak”
Kelly Minter (on serving Jesus in the quiet and small) “Quiet and Small, It’s Okay”
Ann Voskamp (on women rising up to live like God is real) “The Esther Generation”
Lisa-Jo Baker (on comparing, competing, and insecurity) “The [un]Truth About Cliques”
Jo Saxton (on women leading in the church) "You Can't Be What You Can't See"