Oh, you guys. Sarah is delightful. If you have read any of her books, you know her to be a thoughtful, prophetic, and important voice these days. I found her to be all of those things as we talked, and also hilarious, humble, and earthy. No pretense. And – in these heady days where it’s hard to find any bearing spiritually, she has a way of talking about Jesus that is intimate and soulful. You’re going to love this conversation.
Sarah Bessey is the author of Jesus Feminist and Out of Sorts. She lives in Western Canada with her husband Brian and their four children. She has a very popular blog, and she travels extensively to preach and teach. This is what she has to say about her two books:
I wrote a book called Out of Sorts (Howard Books 2015) and it’s about making peace with an evolving faith. It’s my way of leaving the light on for the ones who are wandering and wondering in their faith or spiritual journey. If you feel a bit out of sorts, a bit like you’re caught between who you once were but you’re not quite sure where you’re headed yet, then it’s the book that will give you permission to lean into that pain, to explore your questions, to learn you’re not alone. And it will hopefully remind you that you are deeply loved. I believe that if our theology doesn’t shift and change over our lifetimes, it means that we’re not paying attention.
I also wrote a little yellow book called Jesus Feminist (Howard Books) a couple of years ago. It’s not really a book about Christian feminist theory. I see it as a book about the Kingdom of God, and what life looks like when you live into the “other side” of so many of our missing-the-point gender debates in the Church.
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This Good Word Podcast. I host a weekly podcast which comes out every Thursday. Every episode focuses on one ordinary word, as a way to reclaim what’s holy about our humanity. Sometimes I just talk into the mic, and sometimes I interview fascinating people. Take a listen here.
Beginnings: The First Seven Days of the Rest of Your Life. I published my first book in January 2016. It’s an imaginative look at the seven days of creation, as if they weren’t simply an event in time, but a process that describes God’s continual work of creating good in me, you, and the world. Order Now: Amazon | Books-A-Million | IndieBound | Barnes and Noble. It’s also available as an audiobook.
Genesis Covenant Church. I am the Senior Pastor at a beautiful, quirky little church called Genesis, where we rally around the idea that our job is to join God’s work of cultivating new beginnings in all of us, everywhere. Our sermons are interactive, done in the socratic style of questions which lead to more questions. You can check out our weekly sermons here. Enjoy! And if you’re anywhere near Minneapolis, we’d love to see you there.