The Accidental Feminist: Restoring Our Delight in God's Good Design

By Courtney Reissig

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The Accidental Feminist: Restoring Our Delight in God's Good Design

By Courtney Reissig

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“My name is Courtney. I’m an accidental feminist.”

Although many Christians wouldn’t identify themselves as feminists, the reality is that the feminist movement has influenced us all in profound ways. We unconsciously reflect our culture’s ideas related to womanhood rather than what’s found in the Bible.

In this book, Courtney Reissig—a wife, mom, and successful writer—recounts her journey out of “accidental feminism,” offering wise counsel for Christian women related to relationships, body image, and more—drawing from the Bible rather than culture. Whether you’re a committed feminist, a staunch traditionalist, or somewhere in between, this book will help you answer the question, “What does it mean to be a Christian woman?” You’ll discover the joy, purpose and importance that are found in God’s good design.

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Courtney Reissig

Courtney Reissig is a wife, mother, and writer. She has written for numerous Christian publications including the Gospel Coalition, Christianity Today, and the CT Women blog. She lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with her husband, Daniel, and their four sons.

Product Details

Category: Christian Living
Marriage & Family
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 176
Size: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
Weight: 7.66 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-4548-9
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-4548-1
ISBN-UPC: 9781433545481
Case Quantity: 68
Published: May 31, 2015

Table of Contents

  1. What It Means to Be a Woman (and Not a Man)
  2. What Women Want
  3. Do We Have to Talk about Submission?
  4. My Body on Display
  5. God’s Design for the Home
  6. Women in the Church
  7. Restoration Is Possible


“Courtney Reissig is a true daughter of Sarah. She is wise, discerning, brave, and thoughtful. This book is a needed antidote to the false views of women we so often encounter, and too often absorb, in our culture.”
Russell Moore, Editor in Chief, Christianity Today

The Accidental Feminist reminds me of a handbook on womanhood, but not a rule book. Courtney shares the beautiful design of all aspects of women made in the image of God. A perfect read for anyone desiring to gain an understanding of womanhood in the Bible.”
Trillia Newbell, author, If God Is For Us: The Everlasting Truth of Our Great Salvation

“Courtney writes as a daughter of third-wave feminism who is calling her sisters to return to God’s instructions for how we should live as Christian women in a fallen world. This book unveils what has been lost in our hearts, our relationships, and our churches. It exposes the “options” feminism offers as just a set of heavy shackles designed to hold us back from seeking fulfillment in the only place it can really be found—in the hope of the gospel of Christ.”
Kristie Anyabwile, wife and mom; editor, His Testimonies, My Heritage

“Over the past few decades, we’ve unwittingly absorbed popular ideas about womanhood. We’ve become feminists without knowing it. Courtney challenges us to wake from the stupor. If you’re a young woman, you would do well to read this book and consider whether you, too, have become an accidental feminist.”
Mary A. Kassianauthor, Growing Grateful

“Courtney Reissig has written what is sure to become the standard guide to Christian womanhood in a feminist age. Her book is practical, winsome, and full of rich theology. It is particularly strong—and unusual—because the content rests alongside a powerful narrative of personal transformation. Like the Savior it extols, this is a book that is going to strengthen, unsettle, and ultimately bless many readers—and there is nothing accidental about that.”
Owen Strachan, Associate Professor of Christian Theology, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; coauthor, The Grand Design; coeditor, Designed for Joy

“Thoughtful and authentic, Courtney Reissig masterfully uncovers the struggles women have in discovering their identity and purpose. She presents a thorough picture of feminism and the confusion it has wrought regarding the roles of women today and the definition of “equality.” She reveals the true liberation women can experience as they embrace a biblical view of womanhood. Regardless of age or background, The Accidental Feminist is a book every woman should read!”
Monica Rose Brennan, Associate Professor and Director of Women’s Ministries, Liberty University

“Being female isn’t just a category; it’s a good gift written in our DNA by a Creator who loves us and is for us. Courtney Reissig affirms this truth from Scripture as well as her own story. Her journey from resisting her design to embracing it with joy is a faithful guide for young Christian women wondering what to make of being female. In a day when male and female are seen as too confining, when it is said that gender is best bent to the whims of our personal expression, Reissig faithfully shows why being made female, in the image of God, is an exceedingly good gift.”
Candice Watters, Cofounder,; author, Get Married: What Women Can Do to Help It Happen