Book Review: Culture Rebel


ntr.v. re·belledre·bel·lingre·bels

1. To refuse allegiance to and oppose by force an established government or ruling authority.

2. To resist or defy an authority or a generally accepted convention.

3. To feel or express strong unwillingness or repugnance.


Connie Jakab is challenging you to be a part of a rebellion. Not in a war, but in a change of mindset.


In her book Culture Rebel, Jakab challenges her readers to resist or defy authority or a generally accepted convention. Her convention on how we look at ourselves as well as how we look at the world.


Connie is writing this book from Starbucks. She is observing the world around her. This includes some of her admitted struggles and her deep connection to a friend named Visa. Her friend named Visa helped get what she wanted, and a status that she desired but she was still missing something.


She writes in a  conversational style, she is inviting you to join her for a cup of coffee. She is aware that her message is uncomfortable, and you might leave the table at any time. But, if you stick with it, she truly believes this will be worth it.


She starts us inward. She asks us how important status is to you. She can relate as it was for her too. She spends a good chunk of time asking those questions about how you view yourself, and how you want others to view you.


She seems to have a target audience of women. She asks questions like how many times you check and see if people "liked" your profile. Or how keenly aware, single or not, if men are checking you out. Or if you read fashion magazines, or check what you eat. Or if you are more interested in what women are wearing rather then what women are saying.


She expects you might leave. She hopes not as she can relate and not attacking you at all. She is then excites that you will stay.


She then takes you to the Bible and Jesus. Briefly. She understands the Bible tough to read, but she points out some things to you. For example that the word "sin" means to miss the mark, not disobey. She talks about the word compassion and how it means to "suffer with". She also realizes that Jesus said some offensive things. But she will walk you through it.


She then has you look outward at the word close to you. Your friends, your neighbours, your city. She challenges you to do some things that are uncomfortable, like perhaps give  a $10 bill to a homeless person. She encourages you to be a part of community and not live in isolation. She encourages you to do small things in a big way.


That might refresh you. She is not calling you to change the whole world, but to look at very small things that you can do. Those small things can make a big difference for you , your friends and your family.


As you get up and leave with your Starbucks after this pleasant conversation, you will leave with some valuable resources. What you might miss is what Connie has done in the City of Calgary involved with poverty. She has been involved with poverty groups raising awareness. These have impacted her, and you will wish that she told these stories.


Perhaps you have to invite her back to Starbucks.