Sight Magazine – Jesus saved Beth Moore’s life. Twitter blew it. A new memoir will tell the story.
- BOB SMIETANA
For the past few years, Bible teacher and bestselling author Beth Moore has been one tweet away from disaster.
Moore, perhaps the nation’s most well-known Southern Baptist ex-Baptist, will recount his Twitter battles, his rift with his former denomination and, most importantly, his lifelong journey with Jesus, in a new memoir titled All my knotted lifedue out of Tyndale in April 2023.
Beth Moore speaks at Wheaton College on December 13, 2018. Photo: RNS/Emily McFarlan Miller
The news of the memoirs was the first reported by Cathy Grossman of Weekly editors. Tyndale editor Karen Watson told PW the memoir would be a “southern literary reflection on an unlikely and remarkably remarkable life”.
Among the characters in the memoir will be Moore’s great-grandmother, Miss Ruthie, known for her long silver locks.
“My whole family — well, for the most part — is like that. Spitting in a can, all reel-headed, one minute. Sleek and charming and mesmerizing the next,” Moore wrote in the memoir, according to Weekly editors.
For decades, Moore has been beloved by Southern Baptists and other Evangelicals for her best-selling Bible studies and sold-out “Living Proof” events for women, named after Moore. ministry. She clashed with Southern Baptist leaders over her criticism of Donald Trump in the 2016 election, particularly after the Go to Hollywood tapes surfaced of the candidate making lewd remarks about women – and appeared to be met with shrugs by evangelical leaders.
“I expected Donald Trump to be Donald Trump,” she said during a 2021 address in Nashville, Tennessee. “It wasn’t a shock for me. I didn’t expect us to be us.
This criticism provoked a backlash from pastors and churches, who stopped buying Moore’s Bible studies, published at the time by Lifeway Christian Resources. His department has lost millions in the years since Trump’s election.
Then Moore posted what she thought was an innocuous comment on Twitter about speaking at a Mother’s Day church service, which sparked a national controversy over the role of women in the church. This debate has overshadowed other issues of the Southern Baptist Convention, including the denomination’s consideration of sexual abuse in churches.
“We were in the midst of the biggest sex abuse scandal to ever hit our denomination,” Moore told Religion News Service in March 2021. “And suddenly the most important thing to address was whether a woman might or might not stand at the pulpit and give a message.
Eventually, Moore would sever ties with Lifeway and leave the SBC. She now attends an Anglican church and frequently tweets about her experiences as a newcomer to a liturgical tradition.
Still, she told RNS in 2021, she was grateful for the role SBC churches played in her life, saying her home church was a “safe place” during a difficult childhood.
“I love so many Southern Baptists, so many Southern Baptist churches, but I don’t identify with some of the things from our heritage that haven’t stayed in the past,” she told RNS. in March 2021, discussing his departure. of the SBC.
Despite the social media controversies, Moore had remained an active Twitter user, connecting with just under a million followers and mixing photos of her life, musings on cooking and family, and musings on the Bible.
Recently, she tweeted about how social media algorithms have “driven us crazy”.
“I don’t want to be their fool”, she tweeted recently. “Now I’m mostly here these days for fun and for the community of people I interact with here that I don’t have anywhere else in my life, so I’m staying for now. But me, at least i want to learn to be less, how to say, stupid.