RevGalBookPals: Forgotten Books of the Bible

The Forgotten Books of the Bible is a new study of the Five Scrolls—each of which has a central place in synagogue life, being assigned to the major festivals of the Jewish year, but which are largely overlooked in many Christian settings. They don’t appear often in lectionaries, and while they are sometimes included in… Read More

RevGalBookPals: God, Improv, and the Art of Living

When I am asked if I would like to receive a book for review on behalf of RevGalBlogPals, I say, “Yes!” I don’t say, “Yes, but I already have a lot to read and I don’t know when I’ll get to it.” (That’s not really a ‘yes’.) I don’t say, “No. I don’t want to… Read More

RevGalBookPals: I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

The TL:DR on this is: get this book immediately and read it in a night- two at the most- and then pass it on, donate a copy to your local library and your church library, take it to the high school library, getyour book group to read it, and ponder it in your heart that, like… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Denial is My Spiritual Practice

It is a privilege and a worry to read a book that is written by friends. What if you like the book- will anyone really trust your recommendation? What if you don’t like the book- how can you celebrate a true accomplishment while keeping quiet about your opinion? What happens if you purchase the book… Read More

RevGalBookPals: The Path Between Us

Disclosure: I have attended two BEs (Big Events) with Suzanne Stabile and received two free copies of this book, plus the study guide, for review. After four years of study, prayer, pouting, protesting, and assimilation of information, I can tell you that the Enneagram has been the greatest spiritual tool to helping me connect with… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Transforming

In this space, we have generally committed to not reviewing books before they were actually out and on shelves. But you and I both know that your head is all Holy Week and Easter- all the time. Or maybe too many funerals. Or perhaps community support in election season or with the March for Our… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved

Content Warning: Cancer Trigger Warning: Cancer TL;DR: Woman has cancer, grieves loss of life she expected to have and the life her family will now have, God remains present and mysterious   For the sake of full disclosure, I know Kate Bowler. We went to Yale Divinity School at the same time. I think we… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race

A U.S.- based organization with a substantial worldwide audience cannot only focus on the issues of the United States. In truth, we might be well-served by looking toward more than one book reviewer, so as to broaden the base of what gets recommended beyond the publishing areas of the U.S. The gift of electronic publishing… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Two Surprise Recommendations

Hi, friend. I know that you are likely up to your eyebrows in preparations. Maybe you are getting ready for church services. Maybe your loved one is dying. Maybe you are leaving a call. Maybe you are swimming in uncertainty. Maybe everything in your life is awesome and if you could place one more handful… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Rise Up Shepherd!

It’s been a long year and it’s not over yet. I’m tired. If you’re not, I am genuinely happy for you and I rejoice for the peace that surrounds you. I am praying deeply for my own serenity as we slip into a season of busyness and activity around Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. If your… Read More