RevGalBookPals: The Cross and the Lynching Tree

This my confession of American, white privilege of a certain age: when I was in seminary, I took classes on race and ethnicity, but at the same time- I assumed that the biggest fights that would happen in my pastoral ministry would be around sex, sexuality, and gender and money. My social and class location,… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Whatcha Reading?

I have a stack of half-finished books and finished books waiting for reviews. Trying to read in the present tidal wave of publishing is like trying to drink from a firehose. Our church book group recently read Jesus- Safe, Tender, Extreme. Published in 2010, we might have been late to this gentle book. It sparked a… Read More

RevGalBookPals: The Hate U Give

This is the book: The Hate U Give.  The picture is linked. You can buy the book today. You can be finished with it by Saturday. At the latest. And when you’re finished, you will have read a powerful first-person fictional narrative about a 16-year-old named Starr who is in the car when a police officer… Read More

RevGals Anti-Racism Project: Intentional Reformation

I was born in 1954, in northeast Ohio, the same year as Brown v. Board of Education. My school district integrated with little fanfare, or so it seemed to me, by the time I was in middle school. I think my early understanding of race was mixed up in my privileged understanding of vocational and… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Deliberate Acts of Kindness

In exchange for an honest review, I received a copy of Deliberate Acts of Kindness: A Field Guide to Service as Spiritual Practice by Meredith Gould, a friend of RevGalBlogPals. Pluses: Spiritual depth- The book sincerely covers a breadth of spiritual and religious practices and how service is a component of each of them. The language and telos of… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Birthed

In Birthed: Finding Grace Through Infertility (Chalice Press, 2016), Elizabeth Hagan opens her heart, describing with exquisite intimacy her excruciating feelings of biological failure, human disappointment and divine abandonment. The reader looking for support while living through infertility will find a friend who understands, and the friend looking for ways to offer support will find answers, in… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Healing Spiritual Wounds

Lately, I have been paying attention to negative space. Not just space where the energy is less than positive, but negative space with regard to art- making, language, and emotional processing. Negative space focuses on what isn’t. What wasn’t. What didn’t. Wha wouldn’t. Negative space can drive us to the other extreme in all kinds… Read More

RevGalBookPals: The Cure for Sorrow

There are some books that you just need. Not because you are a pastor or a particularly dedicated lay person or because you preach or are waiting for a call or are even a Christian, but you need this book because you are human. You need this book because it will give you words for… Read More