Win a Copy of Faithfully Feminist!
Last year in the spring, I got a really weird email.
It was an invitation to contribute to a book about faith and feminism, and to explain how I stay a committed Christian and active feminist. I was pretty sure they had the wrong person.
But, nope, I didn't. The editors of Faithfully Feminist wanted to hear my voice and share my story, along with the stories of forty other women who are feminists of faith.
So I did what writers do and procrastinated (working full time, seminary classes, looking for jobs in another state, and trying to figure out if I should proposed to the person I was dating, all definitely helped) to the last minute, freaked out, considered quitting, begged for an extension, and turned in a shitty first draft.
I don't know why I think that somehow, the next piece I'm working on will be different. It won't. If you want the secret to writing, here's my process for free: get excited and commit to a piece, stare at a blank page, watch tv instead, panic, beg, cry ,and turn in a shitty first draft. No cabin, video course, or accountability-themed Facebook group needed.
My editor returned my first essay. I tried again. Same process. Better result.
She said she'd put it in the book.
Now, more than a year later, I have that book.
My life looks really different than it did when I wrote my piece, which is called "How Feminism Saved My Faith," and is on page 115. (I mean, you can start there if you want, but also, please read the rest of the essays) I moved to another state and I have a different job. I quit seminary, and I'm working on starting a different master's program. I proposed to Dan, he proposed to me, and we've been married for ten months.
But I still like that essay.
I hope you do, too.
The book itself is incredible; it was well edited by Gina Messina-Dysert, Jennifer Zobair, and Amy Levin. The collection of essays is academic, yet personal. The stories in it stand strong, smart, bold, and the outstanding achievements listed in the bios of the other writers make me convinced, again, that I shouldn't have been included. The authors represent vast differences in feminist practice and faith experience of women in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions. We speak for ourselves.
Also, the chapters are pretty short!
So I want to give you a copy!
As a thank you to those who have read my writing, shared your stories, and existed with me in this tension between faith and feminism, I'm giving away 3 copies of Faithfully Feminist.
This contest is now finished! Congratulations to Michelle, Lindsey, and Seaton. Your books are on the way!
Thank you for reading my words and sharing your stories of choosing your faiths and growing your feminisms. I'm so proud of us, and the shitty first drafts we work on until they're good.