Book #17: The Fat Jesus

This book by a British academic, Lisa Isherwood, whose perspective is both feminist and ecologically conscious suggests an alternative view of Jesus, suggesting that if we have considered a black Jesus or a female Jesus, we might also need to consider a Fat Jesus as the ultimate in liberation theology Jesus imagery.

I like her concern for the hungry in the world. I share her dismay at the way "Christian" weight loss programs tie fatness or overeating to sin and, in her estimation, promise salvation in being thin.

But some of the ideas she puts forth leave me wondering where she got her version of Christianity. I just don't find the lusciousness in it. I'm not saying I don't want to find it, just that I don't.

I may be the wrong person to review this book accurately, since I'm a card-carrying member of Weight Watchers. I don't think being thin solves all the world's problems, but I'm pretty sure that carrying as much weight as I was a year ago wasn't doing anybody any good. If I was taking up space to prevent being invisible–and that's certainly part of it–I need to develop some other way of being prophetic.

Interestingly, I saw someone I would categorize as a longtime acquaintance in the grocery store today who did not recognize me, which lets me know the change in my appearance is pretty major. I am also noticing how strange it feels to be really small, not just short, in a crowd of people. You have to learn to inhabit space very differently. I can't become taller.

I first learned about the book from Sally at Eternal Echoes, and I do commend to you the poem she wrote after reading the book.

2 thoughts on “Book #17: The Fat Jesus”

  1. “Taking up space to prevent being invisible…”
    brings tears to my eyes
    clearly I need to sit with this

  2. So, how are you taking care of your small self in a crowd? I assume it is not by throwing elbows…

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