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Talking Taboo: American Christian Women Get Frank About Faith

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American Christian Women under 40 are being theologically trained in unprecedented numbers, accessing leadership in their communities through both orthodox and unorthodox avenues, and balancing the roles of professional, wife, mother, girlfriend, and friend. With all of the perceived progress, why do they feel like their young voices still aren’t being heard? And if they f ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by White Cloud Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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I discovered this book when Nadia Bolz-Weber (author of Pastrix) recommended it on her Facebook page. It's a collection of essays by female Christian leaders under the age of 40 (it's part of a series by young female spiritual leaders). The title immediately caught my attention. These women, many pastors and teachers, share their thoughts on a variety of topics that have been off limits in Christianity.

Some of the essays by more conservative women wrestle
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I enjoyed reading this. Although for me this book was very much "preaching to the choir" (the views expressed by the essayists are largely the same held by me), I did still get something out of reading it. There were a few moments that made me think more carefully about the specifics of my viewpoints, if not the overall perspective, and I also came away from it wanting to do more reading and reflection myself in a few areas. It was well done--the essayists are all very good writers and willing t ...more
I randomly picked this book off of the new books shelf at the library. I read the editors' bios while walking to the check out desk, and my initial thought was that it would be far too liberal for me. I should have noticed the cover blurb by Rachael Held Evans, because that woman is awesome. Holy cats, friends! This book has so many really good essays about "things you can't talk about" at the intersection of Christianity and women. There were essays on things I hadn't thought about (like how mu ...more
Essays by women under 40 that discuss from a variety of viewpoints the limitations and discrimination that they've encountered as women in Christian churches. Situations include as pastors, businesswomen, wives, mothers, students, congregants, members of youth groups, etc. It gives a personal, on-the-ground understanding of Christian attitudes toward women today.
Michelle Bodle
I cannot thank these ladies enough for breaking the silence the church has held so long around women's issues
Found the variety of essays interesting. Would like to know what others thought, especially young women.
Excellent and profound! Only wish that there was more diversity in religious background from the contributors. Really appreciated Carol Howard Merritt's words about women's compensation as ministers. There are so many more chapters that could been included...
Dorothy Greco
I'd give some of the chapters a 5 and some a 1. Hence the 3.
These essays are so wonderfully written and appealing. While my beliefs don't align with all of them, it has given me a connection to young Christian women on so many levels that inspired me.
Tracey Howe-koch
I felt this was very insightful. If you are Christian woman struggling within the faith, I would highly recommend reading this.
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Erin S. Lane is author of Lessons in Belonging from a Church-Going Commitment Phobe and co-editor of Talking Taboo. Confirmed Catholic, raised Charismatic, and married to a Methodist, she facilitates retreats for clergy and congregational leaders through the Center for Courage & Renewal. To find more of her writing, visit
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