Introducing Alexandria Robinson. She’s a woman on fire for her faith, author, blogger, you-tuber, and I’ll let her tell a bit about herself here, then I’ll provide a review of the book she has just published:
Tell us a little about you right now? A little about Genesis Feminist?
Right now, I am waist deep in several projects. I’m young, unmarried, and childless, so I feel like the Lord has blessed me with this time to get a lot of work done. I have a blog and a YouTube channel, I write online Catholic bible studies, and I’ve been giving mental health talks to some Confirmation retreats. Oh yea, and I wrote a book.
The Genesis Feminist is a name that came to me one day in prayer. I knew I wanted a catchy blog name, but I had no idea how to choose one. Genesis is my favorite book of the Bible because it lays the foundation for the rest of Salvation History. I’m also a woman in a third-wave feminist kind of world that I don’t think is in line with what our Creator wants. The two, on their face, may sound like an oxymoron to some. But to me, they go hand-in-hand. In Genesis, we learn what it means to people, children of God, man, and woman.
How did you end up Catholic (in 25 words or less :))
Jesus said so. 🙂
Who influenced you the most from the past, in your conversion?
Honestly, I had no role models in my conversion. So much of my journey was done alone, just me, my Bible, and the internet. I spent years in silence about spending time in the Word of God and going to church. Of course, after beginning the RCIA process I was blessed with some amazing church women.
Who do you look to as present mentors?
That would have to be a priest friend of mine, I affectionately call him Father Sports. He’s laid back, rooted in his vocation, and is super cool. He started a men’s fitness ministry at the church, he grew up on a farm, he’s just a regular guy with the most epic day job. He’s always been very supportive and encouraging, and challenging. He definitely pushes me to find what the Lord is calling me to.
What drove you to write this book?
I have a YouTube channel and my most popular video is called #WhyCatholic: Why Don’t Catholics Read the Bible. It’s intentional clickbait, so I should not be surprised by the comments I receive. But I’m shocked by some of the things people say on that video. I wanted to find a book that I could direct people to, but didn’t find any that suited my needs. I wanted something short, easy, concise, and not something that was exhaustive, rather, something inspirational. When I couldn’t find what I was looking for, I wrote my own.
Your book is very conversational…is this in general your writing style, or a choice you think best for your audience?
Probably both, I’m a real person. I don’t have a degree in theology, I’m just a person of passion. That translates onto the page.
In your book, you provide a lot of context for our understanding of scripture …do you think this is necessary for our millennials in the information age?
Absolutely! As I mentioned, the internet was my best friend in the early days of my conversion, but the Catholic voices were buried under a lot of other voices. If someone is brand new to Christianity, they won’t find Catholic specific content since they aren’t looking for it specifically. And I think a Catholic context for the Bible is very different than our Protestant brothers and sisters. Young people may have an easier time reconciling our beloved science with the Scriptures, utilizing the Catholic Church’s view of the Bible.
The book is available on Amazon.
Thanks, Alexandria! I just read Alexandria’s book to prepare for this blog interview. And here’s what impressed me the most:
- She grabs you. She makes you want to read the Bible.
- She’s honest. She admits that Leviticus is boring. Thanks for that.
- She calls you to do a little more…gentle, but compelling; lighting a fire and leading with enthusiasm.
- She’s not preaching at you, she’s talking with you. I feel like we’re chatting over a glass of wine.
- She explains things in such accessible terms…”lectio divina,” “the five proofs,” “the senses of scripture,” “which translation” — wow. In such a short book it’s packed with pithy definitions that can elude us. She answers the basic questions of so several big ideas: “What is it? How can it help me?” – which is what most of us really want and need to know.
- She gives so much context on the Faith and Scripture, an historical sense of where we’re at and why.
So, just want to say “thanks, Lexie,” and while I’m not a millennial (at all) but at the tail end of the baby boomers…
I was inspired.
And that’s what you set out to do:
“I wanted something short, easy, concise, and not something that was exhaustive, rather, something inspirational. When I couldn’t find what I was looking for, I wrote my own.”