Ronel Sidney has a creative and heartfelt way of sharing the hard struggles she has faced in her life.
She joined the military right after high school and quickly found herself fighting to break the glass ceiling in her career as an operations specialist. The struggles of redefining the stigma of women in the military began to overflow into her ministry life as a Eucharistic Minister attached to the USS Mobile Bay during its Operation Enduring Freedom deployment from 2002 to 2003.
Deep down Ronel longed for acceptance and tried pleasing people in all areas of her life; religion, marriage, motherhood, and leadership. Even in her writing, she tried to write for acceptance and community. It was not until she began to explore freestyle faith outside the walls of the church that she finally found her voice and no longer cared if she “fit in”.
Ronel’s new book Freestyle Faith: Around the Table explores her own “me, too” experiences in life, tackles religious obligation and breaking the glass ceiling in her own family of origin. She longs to help other women be set free from obligations and playing perfectly in order to experience God and community in their day to day life outside the four walls of the church.
“She knocked and waited, because when the door was opened from within, it had the potential to lead someplace quite different.” -Laini Taylor