"This is one of the best, most freeing, most enlightening books on the Bible I have ever read."
— Sydney Norris Pope
“Jennifer Bird is a God-wrestler who is willing to talk back to the Bible when it doesn’t make sense. Though some might be offended by her claims, I consider Bird’s book to be an excellent model for authentic discipleship and adult faith, written in very accessible, easy-flowing language.”
— Morgan Guyton, Director, NOLA Wesley Campus Ministry and Blogger at Patheos.com
"I've been waiting for years for this type of book to be published."
— Rebecca ~ unvetted review from Amazon.com
"This is not the only book of its kind, but, to my mind, it is the best of its kind. Unusual for a work of biblical scholarship, it has the potential to transform nonacademic lives."
— Stephen Moore, Edmund S Janes Professor of New Testament Studies, The Theological School, Drew University
"I have read her intro and first two chapters. She's good. Her style is lively. She knows how to write for a general audience. She combines a "how to" approach with significant substance. And she writes from the experience of growing up with a much more "conservative" understanding of the Bible.
— Marcus Borg, bestselling author of Reading the Bible Again for the First Time and The Heart of Christianity
"Permission Granted is an excellent reentry point for honest, adult engagement with the bible, whether you have been touched by it or burned by it (or both). This book is passionate without sacrificing compassion, academically informed, but more widely accessible. Jennifer Bird's voice is a unique and important one: warm and witty, sage and occasionally snarky, but ultimately deeply reflective and profoundly serious about the troubles many people have with the bible and how it is used by people today."
— Joseph Marchal, PhD, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Ball State University
Beautiful, wise and strong.
— Jennfer Hancock Gattis, PhD Candidate in Church History, William & Mary
Love, love, love reading her work. Makes even this old woman think about things differently.
— Barbara Boggs, Roanoke, Virginia
I managed to see the delightful, intelligent, and trail-blazing Dr Jennifer Bird speak tonight on the topic of sex and the Bible. Nothing I like more than a fresh perspective, an accepting and egalitarian approach to a very often exclusionary subject. Very impressive.
Rachel Anderson Neu, Salem, Virginia
My perspective has certainly been impacted by her inspiring work!
— Teri Hammer, Greensboro, North Carolina
I'm a confirmed atheist, but want to read this. Whether or not one believes, the bible is an important cultural touchstone. I'm always curious as to why one book can be interpreted so many ways. Looking forward to your take on it.
— K. Smith, Los Angeles, California