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Dating Jesus: Book # 30

Campbell-datingjesus_new_022 My dear friend, Jayne, recommended a book to me recently. In fact, she *so* wanted me to read it that she sent me an Amazon Gift card, which I used to order it for my Kindle!

Dating Jesus: A Story of Fundamentalism, Feminism and the American Girl lived up to her recommendation. Susan Campbell, who writes for the Hartford Courant (and appears to have a blog here), tells of her girlhood in the church (small "c") of Christ, and suggests that she could still "throw down" in a Bible Bowl with pastors of any tradition and win. I think that's true, after reading her book. She lives a life informed by scripture, even though her life…well, I don't want to tell her story, except to say that as a woman of a similar age who also grew up in a time and place where women's opportunities seemed to me limited, I could identify with her hopes and her disappointments, even if the particulars of our childhoods were very different.

Funny, well-researched and fully-lived, this memoir goes further to provide context for the developments in American Protestantism as well as Feminism. Any preacher will appreciate her chapter about being asked to speak at a Congregational church. I hope we can add this one to the RevGalBlogPals discussion list, and I highly recommend it for your summer reading list!

8 thoughts on “Dating Jesus: Book # 30”

  1. Oh, this sounds like a book that I would relate to because of my Baptist upbringing. Thanks for posting about it.

  2. Oh my shelves are groaning with the weight of all the books I want to read! Adding two more joyfully. Thanks.

  3. I _have_ to read this. I was baptized at at church of Christ camp in Arkansas in 1972 (sent there by my grandparents), but couldn’t buy a lot of what I heard so never really attended that particular sect unless I was visiting my grandparents. I could have run into this author at church camp!

  4. I’m about a third of the way in, and really enjoying it. Having been raised c of C in the south, I can totally relate.

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