Although I’m 10 years post-menopausal, the topic of periods still interests me, and I was curious about how a Christian publisher would tackle it. Still, I requested a review copy of "A Brief Theology of Periods (Yes, Really)" with a bit of trepidation.
What with infertility, severe endometriosis requiring multiple surgeries, difficult perimenopause and early menopause, my reproductive system—including my monthly cycle—has been a thorn in my side for most of my adult life. Author Rachel Jones is a couple of decades younger and doesn’t seem to suffer from the same maladies that have affected me, so I wondered whether I would be able to relate to what she had to say.
I needn’t have worried. Jones isn’t just writing to women who get a little grumpy and bloated every 28 days or so (although she has much to say to them too). Where she lacks personal experience, she brings in other voices to help. Her tone is lighthearted when appropriate, but also practical and empathetic. True to her title, she writes of periods from a thoroughly biblical perspective—in light of the fall and the cross, as well as through the lens of eternity.
A good decade after my last period, I didn’t realize there were tender spots in my heart that still needed to be healed regarding this topic. The entire book is good, but I found the chapter titled “So Much Pain” to be especially cathartic and encouraging.
If you struggle with your periods (or, like me, struggled mightily with them in the past), I highly recommend this little pink book.