RevGalBookPals: Bless This Mess

Do you need a book that gently and effectively melds progressive Christian theology with the (non-Pinterest) realities of parenting? Are you trying to locate your own parenting practice somewhere between books that advocate spanking and books that suggest wine pairings with your overnight oats? May I suggest Bless This Mess: A Modern Guide to Faith and… Read More

RevGalBookPals: The God Who Sees: Immigrants, the Bible and the Journey to Belong

In my experience as a pastor, there is sometimes a gap between what I read and enjoy theologically and what the people I serve read and enjoy for the same purpose. There is a delicate balance to finding a book for Bible study or book group that is challenging spiritually, but accessible in writing and… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Love Big

I see a lot of requests for ideas for retreats, especially women’s retreats. Often the request is for quick or easy ideas. I try to keep an eye out for books or work that would make good retreat fodder- to be mulled, prayed over, moved by, and carry away back into “real” life. If you… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Women Rise Up

I usually conclude my reviews with my recommendations for how you might use the book featured in the review. I’m going to change that up now and begin with my recommendation. First, some questions: Have you been looking for an accessible book on the stories of biblical women from a progressive perspective? Have you sought… Read More

RevGalBookPals: A Booklet of Uncommon Prayer

In this review space, I like to try to cover things that are recently out- in the hopes of offering good information as to what is worth your time and shelf space and what could be skipped. Sometimes, however, a book slips through the cracks and I don’t learn about it until a couple years… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Far More Terrible for Women

Reading is an exponential activity. In a linear activity, when you finish A, you can proceed directly to B and then to C. In an exponential activity, completion of A leads to a directional dilemma between A 2.0, A2, or B. Reading spreads out in all directions and it only occasionally loops back on itself… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Why Religion?

The danger of reviewing books is that I have to decide how ignorant to appear in my reviews. Do I let you know how much a book made me rethink everything I ever knew? Do I crack open the door to say, “I blindly trusted XYZ and I have come to regret that decision”? How… Read More

RevGalBookPals: An App for That

Look, I know it’s a busy time of year. Whether you’re wearing sandals for Christmas in the southern hemisphere or looking for your thickest wool socks in the north or somewhere in between, I come with beautiful feet (relatively speaking) to bring you a little good news. I got a great tip from RevGal Board… Read More

RevGalBookPals: A Gracious Heresy

I’ve heard the story from my Presbyterian colleagues about the Rev. David Bailey Sindt, who stood up at the 1974 General Assembly with a sign that read, “Is anybody else out there gay?” Other mainline denominations have their semi-famous gay icons, but what of the gay and lesbian people who took their own stands on less-remembered… Read More