Thursday, March 8, 2018

First Line Friday: Gender Roles and the Bible Edition


First Line Friday is brought to you by Hoarding Books.

It's not really a secret that I enjoy pushing the boundaries when it comes to my never-ending quest for answers in relation to God, Jesus, the Bible, and the social issues that I deeply, deeply care about. (Seriously, just ask my pastors. Or my partners in crime in my Wednesday night Bible Study group.) I am about as liberal as one can get without actually falling off the spectrum, a proud Feminist, a proud Ally, and a proud Momma raising her daughter on the same ideals that "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" applies to ALL citizens.

So, I was highly intrigued when I saw this title at my fave Christian bookstore a few weeks ago and am looking forward to starting it ASAP.

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Gender.
Roles.
The people of God.
When these words appear together in the same sentence, they send shudders through some segments of the Christian church.

Leave a comment or a line of your own and I'll be sure to check out your post as well.

Happy Reading!
Sarah

28 comments:

  1. I'm featuring the long-awaited conclusion to Ronie Kendig's fantasy series this week: Fierian. However here, I'll share the first line from Tammy L. Gray's new release, Until I Knew Myself:

    "Even after his mom passed away, Tyler refused to call himself an orphan."

    Have a great weekend! :-)

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    1. Thank you Katie, I hope you enjoy the book you've been waiting on for so long. Happy Friday!

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  2. I'm currently reading The Amish Nanny's Sweetheart by Jan Drexler. The first line is "You're sure you want to do this?" I hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. Hi Ellie, thank you for coming by and sharing your line. Happy Friday!

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  3. Happy Friday!

    My FLF comes from a book I will be starting later this weekend, Love’s Journey in SugarCreek by Sienna Miller.

    The leather on Rachel Troyer’s gun holster creaked as she shifted her weight on the kitchen chair. Her three elderly Amish aunts shot wary glances toward the offending weapon.

    Have a great weekend and Happy Reading!😁📚

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    1. Hey Susan, I hope enjoy your new treasure. Happy Friday and Happy Reading!

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  4. Happy Friday.

    This book looks intriguing.

    I'm currently reading "My Heart Belongs in San Francisco, California: Abby's Prospects" by Janice Thompson. The first line is: "Never underestimate the power of coffee, Neville."

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    1. That's what I thought when it jumped into my arms at the store. The whole idea of women not holding positions of authority, but then you have a Judge like Deborah, the only female Judge to be mentioned, and possibly the only one in that time...I am very interested in what this book has to say. Happy Friday!

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  5. Over on my blog today I'm sharing the first line from Michelle Griep's newest book "The Innkeeper's Daughter". Drop on by if you get the chance and let me know if you are a fan of numbers. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Oh gosh, numbers and I do not get along. I'll be over in a bit. Happy Friday!!

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  6. This sounds interesting. I can't wait to see what you think of it!

    I’ll share a first line from the new release by Jessica Patch, Secret Service Setup.

    “Do you ever feel like sometimes the sunshine is deceiving because the day is going to be ominous regardless of how bright it is?”

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    1. I am contemplating putting everything else on hold to read it now, but that would be irresponsible of me. Decisions, decisions. Your line is rather ominous in itself, thanks for sharing. Happy Friday!

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  7. Father Brian Flynn, the curate at St. Augustine's, Rossmore, hated the Feast Day of St. Ann with a passion that was unusual for a Catholic priest. - Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchy

    Happy Friday! :)

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  8. Happy Friday! I always love seeing what everyone is reading when I get to stop by! My first line is from A Refuge Assured by Jocelyn Green:

    “Propping open the door to her shop, Vivienne Rivard listened to a distant rumble that vibrated the windows and shivered in her chest.”

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    1. Happy Friday to you as well Becky, have a lovely weekend. Thanks for sharing your line with me!

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  9. Over on my blog, I'm sharing the first line of a wonderful new book about the Maccabees, Judah's Wife, but here I'll share the first line of the nonfiction book I'm reading now, Our Unmet Needs by Charles Stanley: "Do you have a nagging, gnawing feeling that something isn't quite right in your life? Do you feel overwhelmed by a need you can't meet, a problem you can't solve, or a question you can't answer? Are you able to identify the real need that underlies your feelings of uneasiness, fear, worry, or restlessness?"

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    1. Sounds like a book I might need to look into, thank you for sharing the line. Happy Friday Alicia!

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  10. I finally got caught up FLF from last week...lol. Is is March already?! Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

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    1. Lol, I saw that! I will be around much more this week and next because I am officially on spring break, though my daughter's school district does not have break for another two weeks, boo. Happy Reading Heather!!

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  11. Happy Friday!

    Over on my blog today, I am sharing the first line from Kristi Ann Hunter's new novella, A Search for Refuge. I'm just on chapter two, so I will share the first line from that chapter here:

    "Nash slid the tin of peppermints into his coat pocket and reached beneath the counter to pull out Mrs. Lancaster's log book."

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    1. Happy Friday to you as well Nicole. Thank you for sharing your line with me!

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  12. My first line is from A Most Noble Heir by Susan Anne Mason:
    Derbyshire, England
    March, 1884
    Nolan Price scanned the fields of newly budding greenery that stretched as far as he could see and slowly inhaled the scent of grass, soil, and freshly spread manure.

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    1. I love the name Nolan. It was one of the names I briefly considered when I was pregnant, but seeing as Eleanor turned out to be an Eleanor, I of course did not use it. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your line. Happy Friday!

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  13. that topic certainly gets my attention! Sounds like a really thought-provoking read!

    My current first line is from Robin E. Mason's The Silent Song of Winter: "The sounds of the swamp in winter would scare another person but not me. I grew up here."

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    1. I thought so too, I may have to bump it up ahead of a couple others because I am impatient to read it. Happy Friday!

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  14. This sounds interesting! Too many Christians seem to think "feminist" is a dirty word, but it's not.

    I'm featuring The Heart Between Us by Lindsay Harrel on my blog today (brilliant novel!), and I'm currently reading Grace Restored by Toni Shiloh. Here's the first line of Chapter One:

    Victory was hers. The judge had sentenced Brett Donn to twenty years in prison for operating a vehicle while intoxicated

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    1. Thank you Iola! This whole perception of a feminist has been hijacked I feel, and opposition believes it is bad because it is about women lording over men, when it reality it is about equality.

      Thank you for sharing your line here today, I'm glad you stopped by!

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