Be Rebellious: Fight Back Against a Culture That Doesn’t Care About You by Megan Clinton with Laura Captari

I promise, this is the last Christian non-fiction self-helpy type book I’ll be reviewing (or reading for that matter).  When I requested Be Rebellious on NetGalley, I didn’t see that it was published by Worthy Publishing (a Christian publisher) and listed in the Christian genre.  I just saw the cool pink cover and the catchy title.  The publisher was quite clever in omitting any Christian references from the cover, which I’m sure will draw in many women who would not otherwise read a Christian book.

Anyway, what drew me to this book was the subtitle: “Fight Back Against a Culture That Doesn’t Care About You.”  I was interested in reading about how to go about doing that.  I don’t think I really endorse or embody what our culture views as the ideal woman.  I’m short and overweight, I dress in a lot of Talbots, and I’m generally a boring grown-up.  I wouldn’t consider myself terribly sexy or exciting, but I’m OK with that.  I still struggle with the whole thin ideal, but I don’t do anything about it, so I think I’m good.  But the title of this book is somewhat misleading.

What Megan means when she says women should rebel and fight back against our culture, she means that we should all become passionate, radical (but not in a crazy way) Christians, working to expand Christ’s kingdom on Earth through our awesome Godliness.  Um.  There are a lot of Bible verses, in a variety of translations (which drove me nuts to no end), and many exhortations to “rebel.”  The word was way overused.  I got the point after the first two hundred uses.

Megan uses the stories of several women to illustrate what it means to be a rebellious woman.  She uses a couple of Olympic athletes, her best friend, a missionary, and other not-typical women.  I wasn’t a fan of these stories, since I couldn’t relate to any of them.  She also takes the stories of several women in the Bible and translates the somewhat dry language of the Bible into modern language.  The Bible stories were the best part of the book.  Megan really brought the stories of women like Mary and the women in the Song of Solomon to life in a way that I’ve never seen before (although surely it’s been done, and I just haven’t come across it).

Be Rebellious wasn’t terrible.  I actually enjoyed some of it, but it read like a really long sermon (apparently Megan has a ministry of some sort), and embodied a theology that I don’t agree with.  My rating on this one is because I wouldn’t actively discourage someone from reading Be Rebellious, not that I’d actively recommend it.  So if I see someone reading Be Rebellious I won’t snatch it from her hands, but I definitely won’t be selecting it for my book club next year.

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. It does sound extremely repetitious. 😐 Ugh. I really don’t like it when books present themselves as one thing…and then subtly sneak in their REAL agenda. It doesn’t make me trust the book! Be honest! lol I’m not really into these kind of books (or long sermons) so it probably wouldn’t be for me either, but the cover is totally catchy. 😉
    Thanks for stopping by @ Notebook Sisters!

    1. Leila

      I’m not into these kinds of books either! Just learned to pay more attention to genre 🙂

  2. How disappointing! Looking at the cover in your review, I also expected something different – a little more feminism and a little less religion. This is the first review I’ve read on your blog, so I’m not sure how you feel about it being religious, but it doesn’t sound like it was done well in any case. I hate when self-help books are repetitive or preachy.

    1. Leila

      I have a problem with this kind of religion, not religion in general. I’m an Episcopalian, and we’re pretty liberal (it’s the American version of the Church of England, Henry VIII’s church).

      1. That makes sense! Although I’m not religious myself, I only have a problem with religion when people try to make other people follow theirs. Also, this isn’t the first review I’ve read on your blog, just the first having to do with religion. Kind of put my foot in my mouth on that one >< I did recently discover your blog though, maybe during bloggiesta, and am excited to have started following 🙂

        1. Leila

          I forgive you 😛

          I enjoy your blog as well.

  3. The cover and title are definitely misleading; I’ve managed to steer clear of the Christina genre so far, but I can understand how you made that mistake. I have a hard enough time as it is with angels in Paranormal, so this book is definitely not for me. Kudos to you though for broadening your reading horizons!

Leave a Reply