We’re four weeks away from the release of Jesus Feminist. It’s amazing and terrifying and overwhelming … and yet regular life pretty much goes on as normal.

In addition to the publisher doing their publisher-promotional-stuff this month, I wanted to do some grassroots organizing since that’s something that makes me happy.

In an effort to gather together people who want to help launch the book, we’ve started a Facebook community. You can like the page here. That will be the “street team” gathering place. It will be the first place to hear about contests and giveaways, that sort of stuff. Β We’ll share your own reviews and responses with a broader audience, feature quotes and graphics inspired by the book, and freebies. We’ll announce any appearances or readings and opportunities to participate in the blog tour. I hope to see you there (and make sure you click “Show in News Feed” after you click “Like” so that you don’t miss a single announcement.)

There will be lots of ways to participate in the book release street team. For instance, we’ll have a fantastic contest just for those of you in book clubs, a synchroblog for my beloved blogging community, and an Instagram challenge coming up, too.

But here’s the one that has me really excited: a community-sourced photo project called “I am ______ and I’m a Jesus feminist.”

If you’re unsure if you’re a Jesus feminist, here’s the (not really) official definition:

Jesus Feminist definition

Here’s how the “I’m a _________ and I’m a Jesus feminist.” community project will work:

1. Make a clearly legible sign (it can be handwritten or computer generated, your call) that reads “I am ___________ and I’m a Jesus feminist.”

You can fill in your blank with whatever identity or designator you want to claim for this. You can be as serious or as cheeky as you want. Recruit your friends and family to participate, too.

For instance, here are a few of my friends with their signs:

IamaJFA JFcollageB JFcollageC

2. Then take a photo of yourself with your sign. Or, if selfies make you squeamish, have someone else take the photo for you. Β Please make sure we can clearly read your sign and see your face.Β 

3. Upload your photo to the Jesus Feminist FB pageΒ and tag yourself in it. (Maybe make it your profile picture even.) Disclaimer: if you upload your photo, that’s considered giving us permission to share it or use it since it’s a public page.

4. We will take all of those photos that are uploaded and create a cool video with music. (I am ridiculously looking forward to this. Now to choose a song….)

Then we’ll debut it during the Release Week celebrations here on my blog to show how us regular people who are right in the middle of our real lives from all walks of life and experiences can come together and disarm the term “Jesus feminist.”

I can’t wait to see your photos!!! (I can foresee that I will use my allotment of exclamation points up very quickly this month.)

P.S. Someone hand me a paper bag to breathe into. It’s starting to get real, eh?

P.P.S. Huge thanks to Laura Tremaine, Megan Tietz, Ashleigh Baker, JJ, Troy and Tara Livesay, Joy Bennett, Megan Cobb, and Preston Yancey for being the kind of friends who do stuff like this at a moment’s notice without even blinking.

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  • Can’t wait!

  • Ooohhh! Mine might have to say “I’m coming out as a non-uber-conservative and my family’s gonna die but I’m a Jesus-Feminist”… Hmm…

  • Love.

  • Rochelle

    SO cool!

  • Oh, this is going to be fun!

  • Scott

    I don’t know if you have seen this, but a friend posted this:

    http://benirwin.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/why-i-am-a-jesus-feminist/

  • Done!

  • Vic Christian

    Does this idea mean that anyone can state that they are a “Jesus whatever” and start a group? All of you Jesus Feminists – please reply with those specific beliefs that maker you so – thank you. Oh, by the way, Jesus said something about pride – you might want to check on that as well.

  • Vic, once you read Sarah’s book you will see her vision of a “Jesus Feminist” is anything but prideful. It’s learning to be who God created her to be as a woman with confidence. That is not a bad or prideful thing. Not at all. Plus there are two different types of pride – one of arrogance where you believe you’re better than others and above God, and one of humble confidence, where you have tried hard at something and have seen the fruits of your accomplishment and would like to humbly share those fruits with others. There’s nothing wrong with that. God gives us all gifts to share with others. Sarah’s gift is writing. She’s created this book to share her ideas with the world just like thousands of people before her, many of whom have come up with other “sayings” and “phrases.” This form of information sharing is not brand new, by any means.

    I found in her book, Sarah writes about her personal experiences and spiritual journey, and realized Jesus respects and values women just as much as men. She recognizes that even though women have been denied the same rights and worth as men for centuries, women should be confident in who God created them to be as women, that they are valued by our Lord Jesus Christ, no matter their experiences/background (thus the signs)… whether you’re a homemaker or have a Ph.D. Whether you vote republican or democrat. Whether you have children or not. These are important messages for women to hear. If anything, it helps us understand our Creator that much more. We all have a role to play in the Kingdom. We all have value. I don’t think any of this is prideful. It’s beautiful!!

    • Vic Christian

      Debi – how are women today being denied “the same rights and worth” as men. In the articles I have read regarding what this author is saying she is denying certain biblical truths.

      • You should read her book instead of articles about her book. Go right to the source. I’ve read her book and would disagree with what you’ve heard. She’s done her research and has valid discussion points that should be considered. Also, you should be careful with the term “biblical truths.” So-called Biblical truths have been used to support slavery, domestic violence, and other tragedies. We can’t deny that every human being interprets the bible based through the lenses of their personal experiences. It’s only through the Holy Spirit that “truth” is revealed to us, and that takes a lot of discerning… None of us interpret the bible 100% correctly all the time… that’s where humility comes in, recognizing we don’t have all the answers and allowing for these tough conversations that go against what has been engrained into society for centuries but may actually have some “truth” in them.

        • Vic Christian

          Debi – I will look through the book itself – thanks. However, certain “Biblical truths” need no interpretation, they spell it out in English for those willing to believe. However, others such as Paul’s instructions for church leaders are very clear. Those not wishing to follow them are being disobedient and are therefore sinning. If this is in the book – then the author is in fact leading other astray and needs to be publicly corrected.

    • Debi – Thank you. This is brilliant.

  • Done – such a good idea! πŸ™‚

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  • KDunc

    I cannot tell you how excited I am about this book and project! Is there a way you could help connect local people to do book clubs? I would be willing to host one. I saw the facebook page.