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In which I introduce you to my book!

This is a filed under Big Scary Things for me for two reasons.

First of all, I have never done a video blog before, but I decided to be fearless (there’s that word again!) and go for it. Does anyone else hate the sound of their own voice? Also: glasses + computer screen = a bit of a glare despite all efforts.

And of course, I’m also sharing the topic and tentative title of my book!

Someone hand me a glass of wine.

Whew.

No book deal or contract yet – it’s still just a proposal with a few chapters, making the rounds of publishers, at this stage of the process. (Oh, the things I’m learning! So thankful for my agent, Rachelle Gardner at Books & Such Literary, holding my hand every step of the way.)

So no more about my nerves, eh?

Here’s me and my webcam having a date with you:

So…..WHAT DO YOU THINK?!?

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223 Responses to In which I introduce you to my book!

  1. Becky May 2, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    Totally unrelated but my first thought was “she really is a Canadian”.  You sound just like me with your own voice of course.  

    I’m quite pleased to hear you’re writing about the post-modern, post-gender debate experience of your youth and the need to push past labels and boundaries. I experienced Christendom {in the form of a church that refused change} and post-Christendom in my youth.  I have seen those who are caught up in labels and those who have pushed past them to find truth in the passage. This experience has definitely shaped me throughout my own ministry and work in the church as I fight to demonstrate the need to inclusion, not exclusion.  It’s time to love, serve and live as Jesus taught us! There is so much to do still and I’m pleased you’re helping to move things forward.  I look forward to reading it.  

    Blessings on your journey.  My prayers go with you. 
    Becky 

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

      Thank you, Becky! I appreciate those prayers more than you know.

  2. KathleenBasi May 2, 2012 at 10:38 am #

    Look at you go, so articulate, no stumbling around for words! I feel sure it won’t take long to find a home for your Jesus Feminist. Can’t wait to buy a copy!

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

      Well, that was take 38…. ;-) Thanks for your support, my friend.

  3. Kristi Ferguson May 2, 2012 at 10:40 am #

    All I have to say is go, Sarah, go! Well done on the video. I can’t wait to hear more about your book.

  4. Anne May 2, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    Yay! So excited about this! I LOVE your subtitle. (And your lipstick.)

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

      A girl needs lipstick courage sometimes. ;-)

    • KathleenBasi May 3, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

      I loved the lipstick, too. :)

  5. Laura_InTheBackyard May 2, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    You could not possibly be more adorable and fun.  And MY GOODNESS!  I’m going to be waiting not-at-all-patiently for your book to be born!  Between your heart, your talent, and your message …watch out, world!

  6. Cait Clendenin May 2, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    Could not be more excited about this book!!!

  7. Beth Lehman May 2, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    great job – so interesting how we get from place to place in our journeys.  

  8. Tara_pohlkottepress May 2, 2012 at 11:18 am #

    ummm. yeah.  if you could get that book in my hands immediately? that would be great. thanks. 

    you are just the cutest. ah. love putting a voice with your, well.  “voice.” every where around me this movement towards true calling. to lives filled with passion. with a scandalous call to love is rising up.  so glad to wade in these streams beside you, dear one.

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

      A scandalous call to love – LOVE that, Tara. Thank you.

  9. Sarah Askins May 2, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    I’m already sold, and I can’t wait to have your book live on my shelf too. The title is fantastic! And, you should do more vlogging cause your Canadian accent rocks.

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

      Thanks, Sarah. I think I’m going to start trying it more often until it becomes easier. Practice, practice!

  10. Wendy Paine Miller May 2, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    Beautifully articulated. Makes me so excited to read! Seriously, I’m blown away about how well you vlogged. I have one hiding on my computer b/c I move my head too much, do this such thing, that such thing. I can be so critical of myself. You communicated your valuable thoughts with such clarity. Well done!

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 6:01 pm #

      Well, that was Take 38! So it took a while. :-) Thanks, Wendy!

  11. Amy lepine peterson May 2, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    You are a beautiful writer and I look forward to reading.

  12. Christie Purifoy May 2, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    So exciting. Can’t wait to read it. Can’t wait to send copies to friends and family.

  13. Gregory Jeffers May 2, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

    Wow. You sound like a Canadian! Which, I suppose, makes sense. I’m sure you would detect, in my voice, a southern drawl (born and raised in Texas), so no worries. (now that I glance at the comments below I see that others have had the same deep insight)

    I am pleased with this book and its title. If by feminist we mean someone who advocates for women, then count Jesus in. I am excited to see YOU develop a push women in our churches. So far, in my experience, I’ve sat under Bible scholars in college who argue–from dense exegesis–for full equality and I have seen popular arguments for egalitarianism that don’t treat the Bible seriously. 

    I am pleased to see you–a serious thinker, writer, wife, and mommy–address the issue. Your voice, and your experience!, needs to be heard in our churches. 

    Thanks so much for sharing your journey with us. I look forward to hearing more about it as things progress.

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 6:02 pm #

      Yes, that’s exactly what I mean by feminist, Gregory. Thanks for pointing that out. And thanks for your support – it means a lot. 

  14. Rachel Held Evans May 2, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

    Can’t wait to read this, Sarah! Congrats on the finished proposal. We’re rooting for you. 

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

      Thanks, Rach – your support and hand-holding has meant the world to me in this process.

  15. Alise Wright May 2, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    So exciting! I love, love, love it! (And I love that lipstick on you!)

    And you sound exactly like how I expected you to sound. 

  16. from two to one May 2, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    I am so excited about this, Sarah! I love your writing and perspective and so need this book.

  17. Melissa S May 2, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    I am new to reading your blog and it is great! Your book is incredibly needed! I can’t wait for it to come out! Thank you for using your voice!

  18. Kelly J Youngblood May 2, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    LOVE the title!  Sounds like a fascinating book; can’t wait until I have the opportunity to read it.

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

      Gad you like the title! I know it’s a bit controversial but hope my heart/voice wins out over knee-jerk reactions. I appreciate your support, Kelly!

      • Melody Harrison Hanson May 4, 2012 at 11:54 am #

        Why do people find the title controversial do you think?  Because you use the f-word?

  19. Kim Van Brunt May 2, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    Sounds fan-freaking-tastic. I can’t wait to read it. Poetic and prophetic — sounds just like you. :)

  20. Alicia May 2, 2012 at 1:45 pm #

    Funny that everyone comments on your Canadian-ness.  I didn’t notice anything strange?!!!  I guess you just sound “normal” to me!  I’m from Manitoba.  I am also really looking forward to reading your book.  You’ve been part of the process of growth going on in my life…from way over there in BC.  It seems that God picks all sorts of ways to work in our hearts and they all work together and against each other and we grow.  I’m thankful for your honesty and really enjoyed actually hearing you.  It’s just one more piece of your personality and the way I read your blog, is now influenced by your actual voice.  I liked your comment about the word “versus”.  So true and the book’s going to be good, I can feel it.

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

      Yes! they’re the ones with the accent, right, Alicia?? And thank you for your support.

  21. Katie Noah Gibson May 2, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    Woohoo! Congrats to you. Sounds like a book I can’t wait to read. And what fun to hear your voice!

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

      Thanks, Katie, but let’s be honest, can you name a book you *haven’t* wanted to read? haha Seriously though, thank you so much!

  22. lydiar May 2, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    I am so excited to read this book. It sounds like just what we have been missing. A voice to let us know that there is hope to moving past fighting for equality to true equality in Christ. This is what I pray for our daughters. I pray they can see the world as open to them, open for ministry, pastorship, and etc. 

    Thank you Sarah.

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

      Yes and amen. thank you Lydiar. I appreciate that. 

  23. Hannah May 2, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    This sounds awesome! I hope I will be able to get it in the UK :)

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

      I hope so, too! If not, I’ll send you one, okay?

  24. C.C. @ I'm On My Way May 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    Love your accent Sarah! :) Super excited for this book. I think it is a much needed part of the conversation that few chose to engage in. Thank you for your part!

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

      What accent?! ;-) Thanks, C.C. I appreciate your support so much. 

  25. Tiffany Norris May 2, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    Awesome–can’t wait to read it! And your Canadian accent made me smile. :)

  26. Annie May 2, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    I think you did great! :) Very excited for this book to be born. It sounds very intriguing–I don’t perceive male/female issues in my own church, but am curious about what you’ve experienced and wondering if there are things going on that I just don’t notice (and by noticing, I could then work within my own great church to make it better)! I hate hearing my own voice too, it makes me so self-concious. Love the Canadian accent, it suits you (whatever that means?). :) Yay for doing Big Scary Things!

  27. Addie Zierman May 2, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    Wonderful. Thanks for sharing. :)

  28. Jenn May 2, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

    So fun to actually put a voice to your face! Now I’ll actually hear you talking when I read….:)

    I loved it! I can’t event tell you how excited I am for this book. Your writing has such a beautiful ability to fan the flames as it where. I think this is something we all need right now, the courage to step forward and move beyond.

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 6:17 pm #

      It is fun to know what people sound like in real life. I love when other bloggers do it but just couldn’t bring myself to it. I think I’ll try to do it more often as its good practice in bravery. ha! And thank you, Jenn, always.

  29. Ed_Cyzewski May 2, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

    Love it! I really like the title. Let that fire out!

    Also, can you insert the word “about” about ten times in your next video, eh? 

    • Annie May 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

      and “pro-cess” too! :)

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

      I’ll see what I can do ABOUT it, Ed. ;-) (P.S. Go Flyers!)

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

      I’ll see what I can do ABOUT it, Ed. ;-) (P.S. Go Flyers!)

  30. Canita May 2, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    As a teen, I tried so hard to be involved with my Methodist church and to really connect with Spirit there, but I was always so struck and so disappointed by the hypocrisy.  It eventually turned me off completely.  I have since “found my faith” and although I march to the beat of my own drum spiritually-wise, I am so very interested to read this book you are creating.  The older I get, the more of a feminist I become and I’m really, REALLY excited to read this book (and recommend it to my Christian friends!!)

  31. Shawn Smucker May 2, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    Great job communicating your vision! So excited to see how things work out for you and your book!

  32. pastordt May 2, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    WAY COOL. Oh my goodness-I so look forward to this, Sarah. Beautifully described, and beautifully presented. I’ve been involved in a little on line commenting at Daniel Kirk’s place this week and have experienced – once again – that sense of enervating fatigue that comes from the same.old.discussion over and over and over again, ad nauseum. It’s why I wrote for Rachel’s blog carnival last year about just plain LIVING the other truth. I’m so done with the same hackneyed, entrenched warfare of words. Your approach sounds like a lovely way to move past a lot of that – at least I pray it will be. Thanks so much for this update – terrific work!

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

      Diana, I am about to christen you my official Internet spiritual director. I love how you express these things and you always challenge me. Yes, let’s live the truth, amen!

  33. suzannah {the smitten word} May 2, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    sarah, i loved hearing your voice!  your books sounds fabulous and needed. so proud and excited for you.

  34. Michelle DeRusha May 2, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    You knocked it out of the park – so poised and articulate…really nice job, Sarah. Sign me up as a customer – I am intrigued with the sound of your book, and will be first in line to buy it!

    Lipstick looks great, too (feminists wear lipstick???? Totally kidding…I consider myself a feminist and I wear lipstick every day, even on Saturdays!).

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

      I love my lipstick but my greatest love is reserved for my mascara. This Scotch-Irish-mix of a Canadian is desperate for some eyelashes. ;-) It’s my “if-you-could-only-take-one-item-of-makeup-to-a-desert-island” make-up, every time. ;-)

      and thank you! 

  35. Adrian Waller May 2, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

    Definitely following Rachelle now! 

    And holy poop – all the stereotypes about Canadian accents are true! (My only source of info on Canadians is How I Met Your Mother).If your proposal is anything like the video, it’ll be brilliant. When I first learned about feminism and what it REALLY is, I thought, “Why isn’t EVERY Christian a feminist? Isn’t that what the gospel is all about?”Can’t wait to hear more about it!

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

      Rachelle’s blog is GOLD. I learn something every time she posts and can get lost in her archives for WAY too long. And thank you so much! I probably need to watch How I Met Your Mother to find out what I think about the Canadianisms – I’ve never watched it but a few people have made the same comment so now I’m curious! 

  36. Anne J May 2, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    Woohooo!  Very excited for you! And that was really fun to hear you speak in person :)

  37. Delores Hutzal May 2, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

    Good to hear your voice again after many years Sarah. Look forward to seeing the book in print. I look forward to reading your journey, with the intent of being more relevant to those in my circle of influence and to examine my own heart to see where i can grow.God bless you and give the courage and strength to speak the truth in love as you always do.

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 8:21 pm #

      Thanks, Delores – that means a lot to me, truly! So glad we’ve reconnected all of these years later.

  38. dukeslee May 2, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    Very intrigued by your book. Congratulations on your finished proposal, and I look forward to picking up the finished product one day soon. 

  39. Marla Taviano May 2, 2012 at 3:19 pm #

    You’re in great hands with Rachelle. She’s amazing. I love the title and the topic, and I’d buy the book in a heartbeat.

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

      I’m learning that exact truth, Marla – thank you for your encouragement. I’m a big fan of yours (I feel like a dork saying “fan” but whatever. You’re the real deal. There.)

  40. Lisa Colon DeLay May 2, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    post-gender debate…Here ! Here!

    Love your voice. 
    So beautiful. So needed.

    Very excited for this. 

  41. Denise May 2, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    I hate to leave such a vulnerable, public comment, but I think you’d like to hear this. I woke up this morning for whatever reason DEEPLY grieved as a woman in the church. While grinding my coffee beans in my bathrobe, I was crying and praying about how deep this pain goes, how I am so, SO tired of the “voices” in my head (that come from my experiences within nearly-fundamental churches), and pleaded that He would “give me a new voice” to hear on this issue. Coffee poured, toast in lap, and the first thing I read is Rachel Held Evans’ tweet about your book announcement. Let it be known that not only your “fearlessness” to write and announce this book was used by God today, but the fact that you “fearlessly” recorded the sound of your own voice! This brings new tears for me–from His kindness.

    • Dianemc May 3, 2012 at 3:00 am #

      I love how God did this for you, Denise, a stranger to me. What an encouragement to of how He meets us. Thank you, too, Sarah, for introducing yourselves to us. I share your blog with all kinds of people, and I’ll do the same with this vlog. 

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 8:24 pm #

      Wow, Denise! That gave me chills! God amazes me on this stuff. I feel like there is something significant there with us being comfortable with our own voice – I’ll have to keep thinking that one over. But yes, thank you for telling me and for your encouragement. 

    • Melody Harrison Hanson May 4, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

      I had one of those mornings yesterday as well.  Wrote fervently about it (on my blog) and God met me too in the knowledge that there are women of courage, like Sarah, and others, coming forward, speaking out of their heart with deep conviction.  

  42. Erika Morrison May 2, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    It’s just that your accent makes me so happy!

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

      YOU make me happy! You amazing woman. Your post today at Deeper Story is UNREAL.

  43. Smoochagator May 2, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

    I can’t wait! Thanks for putting on fancy lipstick & sharing this with us. I love love love the book’s title & premise.

    • Smoochagator May 2, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

      Also – I was looking for the Canadian accent & could hardly make it out. Just to weigh in on the other popular topic of conversation in the comments ;-) I hope you aren’t insecure about your speaking voice, because it’s really lovely. I’d sit down for a long chat with you any day!

      • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 8:27 pm #

        No, I wouldn’t say I’m insecure about it. Just that I sound different in my head than I do onscreen! But I’m feeling like there’s something significant there about owning “my voice” – both in real life and here on the screen so I’ll roll with it. Maybe try to do it again now and then just to keep me brave. ;-)

        • Smoochagator May 4, 2012 at 12:15 am #

          I think we all sound “weird” when recorded. And I know what you mean about owning your voice. I always wanted to be quiet, mysterious, and elegant…but I’m loud & an over-sharer. Trying to embrace what makes me me :-)

  44. HelenBurns May 2, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    So, so proud of you and incredibly excited to hold a copy of your book in my very own hands soon… and so excited to share it with the world. I LOVE your words in the video blog…’Following Jesus made a Feminist out of me”. True liberation will always come from Him, and you are a powerful expression of that truth!

    I love you Sarah Bessey! xoxoxo

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

      Someday, Pastor Helen, I”ll write a manifesto about how you have helped me and ministered life to me in a dozen ways these past years. Thank you and I love you right back!

  45. Dahobbs May 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

    Awesome Very well done. As Auntie I do get a bit teary just because I so love you and I always knew this day of writing a book would come.So very proud of you.  Love and Prayers.
    Auntie.

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

      So thankful for you and your influence and “voice” in my life, Auntie. Thank you for commenting – that means a lot to me! xo

  46. the Sooz May 2, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    Yay!  You did great!  Jesus Feminist!  Bring it! :)

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

      Whew! How you do this night after night on stage amazes me. My respect for you grew right around Take 12…

  47. the Blah Blah Blahger May 2, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    YAY – SO PROUD!!!

  48. idelette mcvicker May 2, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

    You’re simply amazing. The way you articulate the premise so simply, beautifully=piercing. And can I just stand in the middle of this room and shout and stomp my African/Canadian feet, because: I LOVE THIS TITLE! You know it, Mama. 

  49. idelette mcvicker May 2, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

    You’re simply amazing. The way you articulate the premise so simply, beautifully=piercing. And can I just stand in the middle of this room and shout and stomp my African/Canadian feet, because: I LOVE THIS TITLE! You know it, Mama. 

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

      I’ll stomp right along with you! We’re actually going to do this, mama!

  50. Kyla Jean May 2, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    Love the title and love getting to hear your voice! 

  51. HeatherKopp_SoberBoots May 2, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

    Sarah, what a fabulous job you did! You are made for this. God’s hand is on you. My prayers are with you. Heather

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

      Thanks, Heather! That means so much to me! Thankful to have you for this journey.

  52. Rose May 2, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    Can.Not.Wait. :)

  53. Linda Stoll May 2, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

    Wow.  Thanks for the video … you come across as gentle and lovely, gracious and well-spoken.  You’re certainly not shooting from the hip and there’s no ax to grind … no hidden agenda.  We see a beautiful articulation of a call, a passion that’s been placed on your heart by the One you love and serve.

    Can’t wait to see it all unfold!

    And keep those videos coming.  Simply super! 

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

      Thank you, Linda! You’re right on – no hidden agenda with me. So glad you ‘get’ me. 

  54. Lindsay May 2, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    Oh, Sarah, thank you so much for sharing this! So excited to hear more about this process and to eventually get that book in my hands. I have to say, it will be so wonderful to read about this from the perspective of a Canadian. We so often forget how different our church experience can be from our neighbours to the south. I can’t wait to read your heart and see how God will use your faithfulness to further His kingdom. Blessings to you.

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

      Yes, indeed, Lindsay! So glad for your support here. 

  55. Jessica May 2, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

    Can’t wait to read your book with my study group!

  56. HopefulLeigh May 2, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

    I’m so excited for you, Sarah! Take note, Publishers!

  57. Kristin May 2, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

    I worked Christian retail for 3 years and books of this nature are….absent. So, yay!

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

      That’s how I feel, too. So glad for your “yay!”

  58. Sarah Rooney May 2, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

    Totally relate to the nervous energy and sense of intimidation you’re feeling as my commencement of law school quickly approaches. And as a fellow creative, I also know the vulnerability of putting your creations out there for everyone to see and assess. Brene Brown would be proud of you! As am I, of course! I too came to feminism as a logical outcome of following Christ. I love that you are writing this book! (Btw, it’s probably old news to you, but Walter Wink’s book “The Powers That Be: Theology for a New Millenium” has a fantastic chapter on Jesus, the gospels, and women… just in case you haven’t seen it). Keep going, and remember, there is no need to be apologetic about the truth. The truth sets us free, and we must engage it with courage, even when we know it will make us some enemies in some circles. Be brave! I know for me, bravery entails feeling the fear, but pushing through it regardless. I see that in you, and it spurs me on too! Perhaps if I just keep practicing, total fearlessness will emerge. It’s definitely a great word. :)

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

      Yes, I love that book! It’s been forever since I read it though so will need to pull it out again. And yes, Brene has been influential for sure….whew. Vulnerability Ted to the rescue! And thank you for your encouragement, Sarah – thankful we found each other through Missional Tribe back in the day. 

  59. Sarah Rooney May 2, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

    Totally relate to the nervous energy and sense of intimidation you’re feeling as my commencement of law school quickly approaches. And as a fellow creative, I also know the vulnerability of putting your creations out there for everyone to see and assess. Brene Brown would be proud of you! As am I, of course! I too came to feminism as a logical outcome of following Christ. I love that you are writing this book! (Btw, it’s probably old news to you, but Walter Wink’s book “The Powers That Be: Theology for a New Millenium” has a fantastic chapter on Jesus, the gospels, and women… just in case you haven’t seen it). Keep going, and remember, there is no need to be apologetic about the truth. The truth sets us free, and we must engage it with courage, even when we know it will make us some enemies in some circles. Be brave! I know for me, bravery entails feeling the fear, but pushing through it regardless. I see that in you, and it spurs me on too! Perhaps if I just keep practicing, total fearlessness will emerge. It’s definitely a great word. :)

  60. B. May 2, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

    Yay Sarah!

    Love that you used your real voice to talk about your literary one. And such an important voice, at that!

    (And what accent?! We Canadians don’t really have one, do we? :))

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 8:45 pm #

      No, of course not! It’s every one else with the accent! :-)

  61. B. May 2, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

    Yay Sarah!

    Love that you used your real voice to talk about your literary one. And such an important voice, at that!

    (And what accent?! We Canadians don’t really have one, do we? :))

  62. Charlotte May 2, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

    I am so excited! I can’t wait to read your book! I will definitely be cheering for you all the way down here in the midwestern U.S. Blessings on your writing! :)

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

      Thanks, Charlotte! I always have a soft spot for the midwestern USA – you guys make good men. ;-)

  63. kinnon May 2, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    Love it! 

    And people who talk about our amazing Canadian accents… sheesh! Have they ever heard themselves. :-)

  64. Leah Colbeck May 2, 2012 at 6:22 pm #

    Enjoyed your vlog Sarah. You articulate yourself ‘in person’ as well as you do through your writing. Excited to learn more about your book – I can’t wait to read it – sounds like a beautiful mix of story and insight – my favourite kind. P. S. What accent – you sound totally normal to me?

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

      Thanks, Leah – yes, that’s my intention. I don’t write “objectively” very well at all. And yes, I’m completely normal…. most of the time…. ;-)

  65. Kelly @ Love Well May 2, 2012 at 6:35 pm #

    You are my hero.

    And as for not having a signed contract yet, that point is moo. You will. It’s just a matter of time.

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

      Moo…you know…like a cow’s opinion. It doesn’t matter!

      Is there any instance where we can’t quote Friends? NONE. :-)

      Love you, Kell.

  66. Madelyn May 2, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

    So well done, Sarah! I will definitely be reading the book when it comes out! and your CDN accent rocks!! 

  67. Mallory May 2, 2012 at 7:03 pm #

    I’m not a feminist, but I am an egalitarian (and a complementarian, as well, actually). I do believe in differences between men and women, but I also feel like we are equal in spite of being different. As a seminary grad and former associate pastor woman, I clearly believe in women in ministry, and I have felt the intense difficulty of knowing where I fit in in The Church, as one who is called AND is a woman. I look forward to the book–even if I don’t align with it totally, it will be good to wrestle through these issues anew. And I really like your writing and not just that–I actually like you! A lot of times I read blogs by mothers and Christians and they seem so self-righteous about their beliefs and take themselves so seriously. I don’t get that impression at all from reading your blog. I’m glad I found it (however that was—through a random blog surf–haha).

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 8:50 pm #

      Thanks, Mallory – glad you’re here, too!

  68. Christina Hall May 2, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

    I’m totally on board with your book!

    We need more strong, feminine voices speaking about how the church and the world appears in their eyes. About the convictions Christ has laid on their hearts, and how that goes far beyond a domestic realm. One of the reasons I love reading you is that I see a clear picture of a woman who is not intimidated by her femininity, who can see and appreciate the differences between men and women, but also acknowledge that both genders have the caliber to stand firm for Christ and impact our world for the better. You notice the small and the large, the loud and the hidden, and are able to convey is amazingly on the page.

    I am excited to read your book!

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

      Wow! Christina! thank you so much. Here’s hoping more women start speaking, eh?

  69. Renee @ FIMBY May 2, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

    I love it. I love you! You are such a pro in front of the camera. 

    And I agree with Becky, “ah, she’s Canadian alright”. Something about it warms my heart. 

    Can’t wait to read your book.

  70. Stephanie S. Smith May 2, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

    Not only am I excited about this book, I am excited that *you* of all people are writing it. Bravo, sister

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

      Thanks, Stephanie! I appreciate that so much.

  71. Sillydoodah (Dawn) May 2, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

    I think your title is going to ruffle all sorts of feathers. And Yay for that! I also think that I can’t wait to read this book. Thank you for writing it!

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

      Yes, it probably will ruffle some feathers but I promise I’ll address that in the book! And yes, sometimes some “ruffling” is good for us. ;-)

  72. Deb Colarossi May 2, 2012 at 7:51 pm #

    Congratulations! 
    Add me to the list of pre-sales.
    (and as a fellow Canadian I didn’t notice anything:))

  73. Mary L. May 2, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

    Bravo to you. Its not easy to make a video of ones self and you did an awesome job. Look forward to reading your book. 

  74. Mary L. May 2, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

    I was just thinking to myself how you truly don’t have an accent… then I read the comments. Hmmm, guess I’ve lived in Canada too long.  :)

  75. Heather May 2, 2012 at 8:50 pm #

    congrats on your first video and forthcoming book. i can’t wait to read it. wonderful to hear your voice, and i’m not surprised to discover: you’re just as eloquent when you speak as when you write. 

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

      Well, I’ll be honest with you, Heather – that was Take 38! So it took a while to appear “eloquent” and “breezy” – ha! But thank you!

  76. Kamille May 2, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    All of it sounds great to me.  Your confidence & articulation in your vlog speaks to your heart & mind about the topic you are writing about.  I personally loved hearing your voice.  Makes you even more real to me:)

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

      Thanks, Kamille – it’s such a sensitive and often controversial topic that I wanted to make sure every one here knew my heart right from the get-go. Glad that came across. And one day – we will be “in real life” I’m sure!

  77. Cherishlifenaturaltherapy May 2, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

    I am so excited for it to be published :) loved your vid <3

  78. Abigail Kampman May 2, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

    Oh I’ve missed your voice.  More video blogs please!  And I miss you…

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

      Missed you, too, my dear friend. Hoping to be down your way this year. I”ll let you know. 

  79. Missy May 2, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

    well aren’t you just the cutest little thing ever! =)

    I am really interested to see, read, hear more “aboat” your book. It sounds very interesting. 

  80. Lovefeasttable May 2, 2012 at 11:29 pm #

    You had me at, “Gentle, provocative, love letter.” Cannot wait to read it!  ~Kristin

  81. Rachel May 3, 2012 at 12:17 am #

    Woohoo!!!! I’m doing a little victory dance for you in my office. THIS IS YOUR FREEDOM SONG. Sing it girl! :-)

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 9:01 pm #

      Ha! The visual of that made me laugh out loud. Thank you, Rachel!

  82. Deborah May 3, 2012 at 12:18 am #

    God is really stretching me through your posts & I can’t wait for the book!

    BTW, this Arkansas girl adored hearing your Canadian aboot!

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

      Thanks, Deborah! I’ve always loved Arkansas accents.

  83. Carlynn Jurica May 3, 2012 at 12:31 am #

    1. WHOA so excited!
    2. Thank you.
    3. Way to be brave–I don’t have the courage to do video blogs.

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

      Thanks, Carlynn – and whew. It did take courage but I’m glad I did it. I think there’s somethign to the idea of owning our “real” voice as well as our writing one somehow. 

  84. Tez May 3, 2012 at 1:25 am #

    Finally got to see this by having a sneaky look while at work, which I normally wouldn’t do, but Sarah, your voice and heart for Jesus, are totally worth it.  I’m really looking forward to hearing [& seeing] more, and of course, your book will be on the export to Australia list.  Love you my friend!

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

      Thanks, Tezzers – glad that you broke a few rules for me. You have been such a massive influence in my life and all of this. Thankful for *your* voice in my life.

  85. Callie May 3, 2012 at 2:32 am #

    So excited for what God is doing in and through you.  Thanks for sharing with us, and I’ll join the chorus of those who can’t wait to read this book!!

  86. Laura B May 3, 2012 at 2:41 am #

    Sarah, I can’t wait to read it!  I read your blog like a devotional; your words are just so reflective of what I experience (and obviously many of us resonate).  I’m so glad you’re exercising your gift for writing by writing a book.

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 9:06 pm #

      I always say that I receive the biggest gifts from writing this blog – the gift of knowing I’m not alone! So thankful to know I’m not so crazy and that you are all here with me. Thanks, Laura!

  87. Drum May 3, 2012 at 3:14 am #

    Love the title!  May you know the peace of Christ as you continue “getting on with our Father’s business!” which always includes being a universe disturber (Madeleine L’Engle phrase) for our Lord’s cause and in response to the Holy Spirit’s leading.  Shalom ~ Andrea

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 9:07 pm #

      Oh, girl, you brought my patron saint into it. You win the comments! ;-)

  88. Tessa May 3, 2012 at 3:24 am #

    I am SO looking forward to reading your book!  :)

  89. Tamara Lunardo May 3, 2012 at 3:27 am #

    Love it, love you, and love the way you pronounce all your delightful words. So much joy for you, friend!

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 9:07 pm #

      Thanks, Tamara. Still so happy for you and our extra connection now. 

  90. jewelsntreasures May 3, 2012 at 4:36 am #

    I’m so proud of you Sarah! I can’t wait to read this!

    By the way, you are so cute with your little Canadian accent! :)

  91. Sarah Silvester May 3, 2012 at 4:46 am #

    Ooo ooo ooo I am so excited :) This sounds amazing, and I LOVE the title. I’m sure it’ll get published, and when it does – put it somewhere that ships worldwide! (first vote is for Book Depository as that will do so for free!) :) Congratulations and I am so keen to read this book, I think I need to. xo

  92. Suzie Lind May 3, 2012 at 5:08 am #

    “Post Gender Debate” – Never heard the term before but I love it… and want to live in it.

  93. Sophie Lachêne May 3, 2012 at 11:30 am #

    Hi Sarah, congrats on this vlog and on the book proposal ! You sound very controlled and articulate, it’s impressive!

    Can I say that it is absolutely lovely to hear your voice, and being French (living in Australia right now, talk about accents!) I detected only the slightest hint of an accent in your speech, really nothing compared to the cliché we have about Canadians (thank you How I Met Your Mother for this ;-)). 

    I am really intrigued by the topic of your book, mostly because France is a really secular country, where religion is almost never discussed in public or even private company. I am Catholic, because I was raised this way and because it’s the main Christian “movement” in France, and when I started reading blogs like yours, it opened a whole new window for me into debates I had no idea even existed, and the entirely different world of protestantism. I am also about to get married, and in our preparation I am completely struggling right now with how the Bible presents men and women relationships, as compared to Christ and Church. So I think your book will be a blessing for me. 

    Thanks again for your courage, and for opening a window into this world for me.

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 9:09 pm #

      Thanks, Sophie! I really appreciate that – I had a similar experience when I moved to the States for 8 years, a whole culture newness particularly around evangelicalism. 

  94. Anne May 3, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

     I think you are an amazing woman who writes beautifully about life in general and that’s why I read you. I don’t know if your book is something I would be interested in but I’m sure you will reach many people who will be. Keep up what you are doing Sarah. It’s very inspiring!

  95. Melody Harrison Hanson May 3, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    Your “voice” is beautiful, each time you put words down.  So I anticipate that your book will be equally so.  Good luck in the writing.  These things need to be said in as many ways as the Church is diverse!  

  96. GemmaHartley May 3, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    You shouldn’t have been nervous for your video blog at all. You’re just charming as all heck in this.

    I am so excited for your book and my prayers will be with you as you go through this journey. Your thoughts put into written words have been such an inspiration to me since I started reading your blog last year. I was excited even before you introduced us to the concept of your book, but now I am beyond thrilled because this is a matter that has been burning in my heart as well. I am sure your prophetic voice will ring true in the hearts of many, and I can’t wait to see this project come to fruition. I look forward to reading it soon. Bless.

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 9:11 pm #

      Thank you so much, Gemma! That means a lot to me.

  97. GemmaHartley May 3, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

     Don’t know why my comment showed up as an anonymous guest below. I tried to re-post but it wouldn’t let me. :)

  98. Katrina May 3, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

    Hmmm…I fear in 20 years you will have greater wisdom for writing about Jesus and His Church and look at this book as arrogance.  Did God tell you, you were a prophetic voice for Him?  Because you have had a bad experience in the Church doesn’t mean you are ready to give YOUR ideas on what is wrong.  Be careful what you teach, there is responsibility and accountability there.  Though everyone likes to praise and encourage you, there is only One who qualifies for building His Bride, the Church as He has ordained.  Come on ladies, lets live with humble wisdom and discernment!

    • pastordt May 3, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

      Wow. Just…wow. If you have read this blog at all, you would know that Sarah has been gifted with many things by our good and generous God. And yes, sometimes she does speak prophetically. I am all for women of all ages speaking and writing what they have lived and experienced. And I am guessing that in 20 years, Sarah will still have things to say on this subject. But what she is doing now is not arrogant in the least. It is honest, loving, searching and real.  When a sister in Christ has received a blessing (and any possible book contract is a huge blessing!), then we will write notes of praise and encouragement as she undertakes this huge task. There may indeed be a place for good critique as this book comes to fruition – and I am sure that Sarah will have trusted experts advising her as she goes. But when people have reason to celebrate, it is good to celebrate with them. 

      • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

        You will likely be one of those very trusted experts, Diana. Thank you for your grace. 

        • pastordt May 3, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

          I’d be honored to help, if you need it. Grace is what it’s about, right?

      • Katrina May 4, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

        Whoops.  I didn’t realize that this blog was for everyone to tow the line.  Sarah will have a hard time then when the book comes out.  Sometimes “honest, loving, searching and real” takes on some different forms than you allow. 

    • pastordt May 3, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

      Wow. Just…wow. If you have read this blog at all, you would know that Sarah has been gifted with many things by our good and generous God. And yes, sometimes she does speak prophetically. I am all for women of all ages speaking and writing what they have lived and experienced. And I am guessing that in 20 years, Sarah will still have things to say on this subject. But what she is doing now is not arrogant in the least. It is honest, loving, searching and real.  When a sister in Christ has received a blessing (and any possible book contract is a huge blessing!), then we will write notes of praise and encouragement as she undertakes this huge task. There may indeed be a place for good critique as this book comes to fruition – and I am sure that Sarah will have trusted experts advising her as she goes. But when people have reason to celebrate, it is good to celebrate with them. 

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

      Thanks for your comment, Katrina.

  99. Marnie May 3, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

    jumping on the bandwagon!  super cute accent, love to finally hear you talking and can’t wait to buy the book!  thanks for being you. :)

  100. Kelly May 3, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

    Yay, Sara! I am so excited about this book; it is so needed and your voice is very appropriate here. I loved your video blog and will now be able to read your blog more in your voice than my own. :)

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

      Good to hear! i actually read a lot of my posts out loud before I post them to see if they “sound” right! 

  101. To Think Is To Create May 3, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

    I watch women I know and love shirk away from the word “feminism” and think it doesn’t relate to them. Oh but if they could shake off society’s thievery of that word and understand that the stereotypes are not what we’re talking about here. 

    Love you and so, so honored to be your pal. <3

    • Sarah Bessey May 3, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

      Yes and yes. I might get a t-shirt with your entire first paragraph there. xo

  102. Deborah Cox May 3, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

    Sarah – When I saw that you had posted a video blog I immediately thought of a night years ago at one of our girls small group meetings at your house and we were begging you to speak in your Canadian accent and you flat out refused! Is it wrong that there was a tinge of satisfaction in hearing it now? ;)

    That being said, I’m frightened and excited to read your book when it’s published. I’ve been going through a (mostly silent) re-examination of so many things I have been holding for years as beliefs, ideals and even life goals. Most recently I’ve been in fierce contention with the churches relationship with divorce. Everything has been both painful and liberating. I know that there is more pain and more liberation to come. As strange as it may sound, I feel God’s pleasure towards me whilst I’m on this process. 

    I have so much more I’d love to say but alas, a comment is not the best of venues. I’m grateful for your blog and your fearlessness.

  103. Sisterlisa May 3, 2012 at 11:43 pm #

    I look forward to it, Sarah. I’m sure it will be challenging and encouraging.

  104. Stephanielfranks May 4, 2012 at 2:21 am #

    Sarah! This intro is awesome! So excited for the book!! Get that thing published!
     

  105. Amanda Roggow May 4, 2012 at 3:45 am #

    I love the book concept as much as I love your awesome Canadian accent!  Looking very much forward to getting my hands on this when it’s done.  Thanks for you inspiration.  

  106. Kiana Taheri May 4, 2012 at 7:04 am #

    I am SO excited about this!! I just came across this link and I cannot wait for a book that talks about these issues! This reminds me of the book Deborah Company which addresses similar issues. I am so happy and excited to take part in how God is liberating women!!!

  107. Emma Rose Tomlinson May 4, 2012 at 7:56 am #

    This is a “hi” from the UK just to say that I (/we) think you are great! I think you conveyed the message of your new book with grace and wisdom and intelligence and I cannot wait to read it and share it with my church community.

  108. Stephanie Spencer May 4, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

    Sorry I am late to this party. I have been on a road trip with spotty Internet availability. One of the first things I wanted to do when I got home was check out your vlog. I think it was a wonderful way to introduce your book. It was a great way for us to hear your vision and your heart. I am excited to follow your process and see this dream come to fruition. It sounds like a book that will be both thought-provoking and tear-jerking. Your voice is so valuable, beautiful, and warm in the blogosphere, I cannot wait to see it added to the bookshelves as well. Congratulations!

  109. Daniloudoan May 4, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    I can’t wait to read it!!!!

  110. guest May 4, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

    I know this may seem unrelated, but as research background for your book have you read “Men and Marriage” by George Gilder on male-female relationships?

  111. Stephanie May 4, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

    SO fun to hear your voice! You are articulate and intelligent and strong. 

    When is your book expected to debut? 

  112. alisoncreamer May 6, 2012 at 11:13 am #

    You have a beautiful, sweet loving voice. Your tones are easy to hear. SO GREAT JOB, I save your blogs because I normally cry whe I read them. Your deep with words and thoughts. You provoke my heart. best wishes for your book

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