Breaking Free: The Story of a Feminist Baptist Minister

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Jann Aldredge-Clanton didn’t start out as a reformer. When she was a pre-teen, she almost starved herself to death trying to fit into the culture’s feminine mold. In high school she felt inadequate because she never won a beauty crown, even though she graduated at the top of her class. Slowly, she began waking up to her own voice, and became one of the first women ever to be ordained as a Baptist minister in the South.It has not been an easy road. She almost lost her job as a professor at a Baptist university ...
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Jann Aldredge-Clanton didn’t start out as a reformer. When she was a pre-teen, she almost starved herself to death trying to fit into the culture’s feminine mold. In high school she felt inadequate because she never won a beauty crown, even though she graduated at the top of her class. Slowly, she began waking up to her own voice, and became one of the first women ever to be ordained as a Baptist minister in the South.It has not been an easy road. She almost lost her job as a professor at a Baptist university because she refused to sign a fundamentalist statement of beliefs. She was labeled a “heretic” for calling God “She” and “Mother.” Others said she couldn’t be an ordained minister because it would be “unbiblical.” The controversy over women’s roles in religion was just another example of the glass ceiling women too often face in American society.Called “Waco’s Give ‘Em Hell Minister” for her outspoken opinions and action on social issues, Jann divulges in Breaking Free how she discovered her mission of freeing people, including herself, from sexism and other injustices. Breaking Free is a remarkable memoir that shows the liberating power of faith combined with feminism. It will inspire readers of all ages to find the freedom to become all God created them to be.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781571687241
  • Publisher: Eakin Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.89 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2002

    A Must Read

    Jann Aldredge-Clanton's autobiographical book is a must read for those on both sides of the Women in Christian Ministry debate. Her story mirrors those of the many women of our day who have hear the call to full time vocational ministry, but must overcome denominational prejudice in order to have God's call recognized on earth. Her slow awakening to the call, her determined pursuit for justice, not only for herself, but for thousands of women like herself who have been denied the blessing of ordination because of differing views of biblical and theological interpretations, is a revelationary story worth the reading. Her story is at times humorous, and at times sad, but always inspiring. The emergence of the self styled Louisiana "dumb blond" Baptist preacher's daughter to the well educated Professor/Preacher and then to being one of the most powerful voices for freedom for all humankind is the stuff of legends. The only drawn back is that the book has no index to assist in keeping up with the large cast of supporting characters. Dr. Aldredge-Clanton redefines the word Baptist to include all who stand on the denominations historic doctrine of priesthood of all believers and soul freedom. Five Stars!! Really - Read it you will agree!

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