The Body Is Not An Apology
by Sonya Renee Taylor

Awakening Shalom Podcasts

Shalom is the Hebrew word for the peace, harmony, wholeness, well- being, community, equity, justice, goodness, and beauty that exist when we are living in right relationship with God, ourselves, other human beings, and all created things. The Awakening Shalom podcast is an opportunity for digital faith formation at Myers Park Baptist Church that accompanies the Awakening Series, a year long journey of exploration and discernment that invites all people to learn about current social justice issues and how they impact our faith. Each podcast series is a deep reading of a book that accompanies the theme for the year. In this current series, Rev. Boswell will be joined by Bethany Johnson, Instructor in History and Associate Member of Graduate Faculty of Communication Studies at UNC Charlotte to discuss the book The Body is Not An Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love by Sonya Renee Taylor. You can subscribe to the Awakening Shalom podcast on iTunes and listen while driving in your car or working out this New Year! 

Rev. Boswell and Bethany Johnson received high praise from the author herself:
This four episode podcast from Myers Park Baptist Church about my book is … AWESOME! These people are out here selling this book in their church and THEY GET IT!!! I often feel like folks flatten the message of radical self love to make it a message that is comfortable for them. It is often disheartening. This use of the work brings me incredible joy. Feel free to share the ways you are using the book, it will bring me MORE JOY!

Episode 4:

In the fourth episode of the podcast series, Rev. Ben Boswell and Bethany Johnson conclude their discussion on The Body is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor by engaging Taylor’s “Ten Tools for Radical Self-Love” and discussing toxic media, stress, being olympians at body shame, and of course, the power of amazing grace!

Episode 3:

In the third episode of the Awakening Shalom podcast Ben and Bethany dive into chapter four of The Body is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor, and they discuss being “nice” Christians, the “tyranny of the should” tone policing, eschatology, Taylor’s unapologetic agreements, and what it means to build a world that works for every_body. 

Episode 2:

In the second episode of the podcast series on The Body is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor, Women and Gender Studies Professor Bethany Johnson joins Ben Boswell to discuss chapters 2 and 3. Here, Ben and Bethany reveal their earliest memories of body shame, tackle toxic masculinity, body difference, the Body Shame Profit Complex, Body Terrorism, the politics of the body, and Taylor’s Four Pillars of Praxis. 

Episode 1:

In the first episode of the podcast series on The Body is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor, Women and Gender Studies Professor Bethany Johnson joins Ben to discuss the prologue and chapter one. Bethany and Ben dive into a variety of subjects like the book’s controversial cover art, the image of God on our bodies, the difference between self-acceptance and radical self love, George Orwell’s Animal Farm, and Taylor’s “Three Peaces.”  


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Rev. W. Benjamin Boswell 
Senior Minister

Bethany Johnson
Church Member and UNC-Charlotte Professor

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