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!