Joanna Jepson was born with a facial deformity that led to her being mercilessly bullied through childhood and adolescence whilst a strict evangelical upbringing imposed further challenges. Reconstructive facial surgery and a religious meltdown left her unrecognizable and disorientated, and triggered a search for identity and belonging.
After ordination, a spell in the cloisters of a Welsh convent and a burst of headline-hitting fame in relation to the cleft palate abortions in the news a few years ago, Joanna became the first Chaplain to the London College of Fashion, with unique opportunities to explore the world of self-image.
Not just an autobiography, A Lot Like Eve exposes the cultural idols and preoccupations that hook so many women into trying to prove that they are worthwhile in the way that the world expects. Like the first (metaphorical) woman, Eve, we too are still trying to pretend that we are wonderfully adorned by our own kind of fig-leaves.
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About the Author
Joanna Jepson is an Anglican priest who was catapulted into the public consciousness when she challenged the abortion of a 28-week foetus for bilateral cleft lip and palate. As the first Chaplain to the London College of Fashion, Joanna created The Empty Hanger Project, a fashion workshop exploring themes of ambition, belonging, sustainability, identity and purpose.
She is a regular contributor to programmes including BBC One Big Questions, Sunday Morning Live, and BBC Radio 2 Pause for Thought, and has written op eds for the Times, the Telegraph and the Daily Mail.
Joanna is now based in Wells, Somerset.
Table of Contents
In the Beginning … 1
1 The Insiders 15
2 Baptism 20
3 Exile 25
4 Angels and Demons 32
5 Good News Crusaders 37
6 Tongues 47
7 Revival 52
8 Poisoned Pens 57
9 The First Leaf 60
10 Not God's: Mine 66
11 Kafir and Caliphates 76
12 Laying Out the Bodies 84
13 Alastair 94
14 About Face 104
15 Undoing 107
16 Hot Worship Leaders and Godly Wives 110
17 At Home in a Stable 121
18 Fish Out of Water 126
19 Napkins, Nails and Piercings 129
20 Saved through Childbirth 133
21 Turned Tables 141
22 Captain Sensible 145
23 Hippy Chick and Punk Boy 151
24 The Time of Your Life 166
25 Tractors and Silence 169
26 Stealth Nettle Farming 183
27 Ground E 190
28 Valentine Message 196
29 St Bob, Patron Saint of Curates 202
30 Thursday Morning Crem Rota 213
31 A Holy Place in the World 216
32 Nuns' Tea Party 228