Wednesday, September 16, 2009

What I Want to Read

Hubby emailed me a book recommendation by Internet Monk, a blogger he often reads. The book, Jesus Girls, is a series of essays about growing up in Evangelical Christianity. It sounds real, irreverent (not of God, but of God's slightly confused and often misled people) and hysterically funny. From Internet Monk's review:

Of course, the main benefit of the book is that it is women doing the talking for a change, and not just talking about the three approved topics of submission, parenting and being a good pastor’s wife.

Oh just a minute, did you see that? The three approved topics: submission, parenting and being a pastor's wife. Bwahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!

*deeep breath*

Ok, back to the quote.

No, these are women telling us all what it feels like to have male teachers in Christian schools say it’s your fault boys are looking at your chest. (Oh yeah, I’ve heard that one plenty of times.) These are women talking about the dark side of evangelical dating and the pure weirdness of the Stepford-esque seminars on marriage many evangelical young people are put through. (”Always let the man pick out what you will be eating….”) These are women talking about the quiet time Olympics (a phenomenon that has impacted my family deeply) and the experience of making up a fictitious testimony for the applause of youth group audiences. (Ahem. I’ve been complaining about this for years, and now I have proof!!)

I love it! Reading this is going to be like reminiscing about my own days shooting rubber bands into the hanging chandelier at church and flying paper airplanes made out of the the bulletin off the balcony.

****EDITED TO ADD: If you read the book review over at Internet Monk's site, be sure to take a look at the comments. There are women coming out of the woodwork to give their thoughts on living in the evangelical church culture and while I don't always go for the anti-evangelical rants, I sure found some kindred spirits posting there today.

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