Jesus Feminist cover



This is it! The official, real, final, yes-that-is-my-name-on-there, someone-please-pinch-me cover for Jesus Feminist!

What do you think, friends??

Also, if you missed it last week, I let it slip on Facebook and Twitter that I received my first “official” endorsement.

“I love writers who are insightful enough to be cynical but choose not to be. I love books that help me see things I’d never noticed before—in life, in myself, in others, in the Bible, in Jesus. I love writing that makes reading enjoyable and easy, because I know how hard it is to write that way. For these reasons and more, I love Jesus Feminist. It’s not ‘just a woman’s book.’ In fact, it’s the kind of book that will help both women and men see how unhelpful that distinction is.”

– Brian D. McLaren, author, speaker, activist

I’m beyond honoured that my dear friend, Rachel Held Evans, has written the Foreword for the book. Someone once told me they think of Rachel as the logical and rational teacher Jesus feminist, and I’m the soft squishy mama-heart Jesus Feminist – and so together we complement each other nicely (<insert joke about how we make wonderful complementarians>) in these discussions. I wrote a post about Rachel when her own wonderful book, A Year of Biblical Womanhood, came out last fall if you would like to understand why Rachel’s Foreword – and friendship – means so much to me.

My husband always makes fun of the guy celebrating and dancing in the end zone for football after a touchdown. He says, “Act like you’ve been there before, buddy, and act like you’ll be there again.”

I want to play it cool, I do.

But you know what? I haven’t ever been here before and I don’t know if I’ll be here again and so I’m just going to let myself be happy and dorky about the fact that my name is on the cover of a book and I wrote that book and I love that book so much and I’m excited about people actually reading it. So there may be more flailing freak-outs along the way, avert your eyes if you must.


P.S. Preorder info is here.

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  • this is the best!

  • !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Love, love, love! Over the moon excited for you! I think you’re allowed a little freak out, this is huge. 🙂

  • I love this SOOOOOOOOOOO much! I can’t wait to read it!

  • Preston stole my comment. Smiling and so happy for you. When I return home from the cafe I’ll also give you a standing ovation. I think you were restrained to only use one animated GIF.

    • I had one of Donna Noble doing her “BRILLIANT” thing from Doctor Who but I held back. I’m quite proud of my self-control. 😉

  • I can’t even! I’m so excited for you, I have lost my ability to even. afskdadskgdahska!!!!!!!

    I am very happy for you, very proud of you, and very excited to have some long conversations with your book.

  • I hope you enjoy every second of your celebrations! Am a huge fan of Brian I would totally be freaking out too especially because he is thoughtful, kind and supportive in real life as he is on his blog and books. Woot woot!

  • Really, really like this cover. Can’t wait!

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    ps – that GIF!!!

  • Love it! Congratulations and I can’t wait to read it!

  • Go ahead, freak out. You wrote a book. That’s a HUGE deal!

  • And it’s yellow, just like the cover of “A Year of Biblical Womanhood”. This is all kinds of perfect.

    • I know! it made us chuckle. Yellow Book Club is born.

  • Absolute perfection. Let’s all dance around and freak out now and Brian can just grin and laugh at all of us because this. is. BIG.

  • In which…I LOVE going along this journey with you! You are amazing.

  • truly- the BEST.

  • Tamara Rice

    This is wonderful, Sarah. (And while the green mock cover was lovely and made me want to do needlepoint, I’m so glad you’ve gone with a gender-neutral one instead.) Looks good.

    • Thanks, i really like it for that reason, too.

  • I cannot wait to read this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • go celebrate, girl! God is good!

  • Awesome!!!

  • Mandy

    Also freaking out!!!!!! Nice cover! I love you and I’m so proud of you!

  • So exciting!!! I love it! Cannot wait to get my hands on a copy!

  • WOOOO HOOOO!!!!! So excited to read this!

  • Kirsty

    Exciting! Much amused by line about women being people too, although also sadly recognise the need for saying it…

    • I know – its more of a cheeky disarming thing, I hope…

    • Janae Maslowski

      That line grabbed me too, love that you put it out there, Sarah.
      C.o.n.g.r.a.t.u.l.a.t.i.o.n.s. !!!

  • Woohoo! Congrats, Sarah!

  • Love it!

  • SO excited to read this. Congrats, Sarah!!!

  • Congrats, friend. This is a big deal. 😀

  • Lina

    Counting down the days Sarah! Yellow is my favorite colour!!

  • YELLOW! I like it. You can’t go wrong with yellow. Also? It’s so clean. That makes me happy. VERY excited for you and looking forward to its release!

  • YAAAAAAAAAAAYYYY!!!!!!!!! so excited for you!!! CAN’T.WAIT.TO.READ.IT!!!!!!!!


  • So happy for you!!! Is it November yet???

  • Barbara Heck

    I love my heart for those in need.

  • Samuel Martin

    Best wishes from Jerusalem and Cyprus – Look forward to reading your book.

  • Oh, please do be dorky. What an exciting, wonderful time for you–and what a blessing is coming for all of us. I just wish there were some way to pre-order more quickly than simply pre-ordering! “Bated breath” is a good description for the way I’m waiting for your book. God bless you!

  • Laura

    Well I am very excited to read your bible!! And that is just too cool that you have your book cover! eee!

  • Awesome! Excited for you!

  • cool cover

  • That cover is rad. Also, SO EXCITED to read this soon. Happy to geek out with you, Sarah. Much love.

  • SortaCrunchy

    Flailing freak-outs ALL AROUND!!!!

  • So flippin’ happy for you and the cover is perfect.

  • Love the cover, love the endorsements & the two bylines are awesome (especially that second one, brought a smile to my face). Can’t wait to read this – great stuff!

  • So exciting!! I need a copy, STAT.

  • Flail away, lady!! This is awesome! And the subtitles are fabulous too!!

  • So excited to read this!!!

  • Vicki Scheib

    Yay for you and I love the cover. Well done!

  • I am so THRILLED for you. I have All The Feels about this. Love that Rachel is writing your foreword! It’s so perfect. And if it were me, I’d be slobbering with geekiness. Revel in this moment, friend.

  • I’m so excited about the cover, the title, the sub-titles…But the author, SARAH BESSEY! I’m over the moon for you! Congrats! Love IT-Love YOU!

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  • laura @ hollywood housewife

    I’ve never been this excited about a book in my whole life.

    • Liar… Harry Potter, Book 7, I know these things. 😉

  • jrdkirk

    Does that mean that the cover on Amazon is a no-go?

    • Exactly. That was just the first go as a place-holder.

  • Looking forward to reading your thoughts, Sarah. Flail those hands in unapologetic abandon and multiple congratulations!

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  • Cristy Zinn

    Yay!!!!! I just received a book in which I had a short story printed and seeing my name on the table of contents was insane! Just a teeny taste of what you must have felt. Enjoy it, savour it, soak it up and scream it from the rooftops!!! You write so beautifully – I can’t wait to read your book.

  • “Exploring God’s Radical Notion That Women Are People Too”. Love it.

  • I love your cover! I especially like how the color is darker towards the corners 🙂

  • Sarah Caldwell

    Fantabulous! Such a great looking cover (yay for ‘fabulous yellow books! 🙂 and I love the subtitles as well. And RHE writing the forward – brilliant! So, So excited to read your words – and so happy and excited for YOU! 🙂

  • Cannot wait to soak up every word. Celebrate this!!!! 🙂

  • You’ve got so, so many people cheering you on for MANY books to come!

  • Paige

    Pre-ordered! Bless you for doing the work this has required of you.

  • pastordt

    YES!!! Honey, you make as much of a ‘deal’ out of this as you feel like, because it is a frickin’ BIG DEAL!!! If you need any help (which I doubt) to launch this, I’m here, ready to review, whatever. Love to you–and deep thanks, too.

  • jeskastkeat

    What a thing to celebrate!! Congrats, Sarah! I really like the cover and find myself drawn into it.

  • Dawn Wright

    Yay! Congratulations! 😀

  • Dianka

    Great! Can’t wait to read it!

  • MainlyJane

    Way to go!

  • I llllllove it when authors are excited about their books! Totally be a dork, my friend. So worth it!