Upon completing Out of Sorts, I have now read both of Sarah Bessey’s books, as well as several of her blogs over the past couple of years. I’m generally one to take more of a logical propositional approach to things I read (and watch, and sing, and hear). That makes reviewing Sarah’s works a bit tougher. If I tried to take it at this level, there are a lot of great propositions in Out of Sorts about a variety of theological topics: the Church, interpreting the Bible, Jesus, spiritual gifts, the problem of evil. They aren’t necessarily propositions I hadn’t heard before and we generally agree on pretty much any theological topic I’ve heard her talk about. There’s a reason I gave a quote of hers from Jesus Feminist as the last words in my chapter of A Living Alternative. She says a lot of great stuff. But more to the point, she says that great stuff in really compelling ways.
The big point I would make as I read Sarah’s words is that her love of Jesus is contagious. Sometimes in the Church we talk about how we should be so filled with the Spirit, having experienced so much of God’s love, that it just overflows into talking about it as well as loving others in practical ways.