Hey Sistas,

Cara and I had a blast talking about “Bad Feminist” written by Roxane Gay on the podcast today.





cover_bad_feministA collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay.

Pink is my favorite color. I used to say my favorite color was black to be cool, but it is pink—all shades of pink. If I have an accessory, it is probably pink. I read Vogue, and I’m not doing it ironically, though it might seem that way. I once live-tweeted the September issue.”






Shalom in the City Book Club_ First Edition with Cara Meredith and Osheta Moore

We talk about how Sarah Bessey’s book, “Jesus Feminist”  prepped us to read this book from a whole place. We share our favorite essays (yay), and the ones that didn’t quite speak to us, (nay…or more accurately.. meh), we touch on the differences between feminism and womanism, and, of course, Cara sings

We give shout outs to the Sistas who shared their thoughts of the book over at the Shalom Sista Hangout.

Ashley Ford’s thoughts were SO SPOT ON!

I love the grace in it. For ourselves and each other. She’s unequivocal in her declaration of how necessary the peace-making practice of feminism is, while also holding that it, and she, is no perfect. She won’t let that stop her march toward wholeness though. And it’s an encouragement not to let it stop us either.


You could, of course, extrapolate that idea out to any practice of shalom, which I think is the greater truth here.

It was a fabulous conversation and we hope you love it too!

Don’t forget to get your copy of, “Esperanza Rising” for next month’s book club from the Shalom Bookstore*.


Esperanza thought she’d always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico–she’d always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home, and servants. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, and to settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. Esperanza isn’t ready for the hard labor, financial struggles, or lack of acceptance she now faces. When their new life is threatened, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances–Mama’s life, and her own, depend on it.





BTW…Doesn’t this cover give you, Beyonce’s “Hold Up” vibe from “Lemonade”?



We hope you pop over to the hangout and share your thoughts on, “Bad Feminist” and if you’re reading, “Esperanza Rising” with Cara and me let us know.

Your thoughts and questions are super important to our conversations.

Join us in the Hangout here

Get your copy of, “Esperanza Rising” here

A Raising a tall glass of Lemonade to you my Shalom Sistas,


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