RevGalBookPals Special Edition: Coming Home

In my first full year in my first call congregation, my husband deployed for his second Army tour to Iraq. (Tour- what a phrase! As though it was a casual jaunt through the desert.) I was pregnant with our first child and we knew he was going to miss the birth. I wrote a newsletter article… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Stacks and Stacks

So, life has interfered with my book review today. I’m toward the end of several books, trying to decide what to commend or warn you about,  and events of yesterday evening and this morning prevented reviewing any of them. My current library checkouts: My present desk top reading:       Present Kindle reading is:… Read More

RevGalBookPals: This Littler Light and Faitheist

I have two books to recommend today. This Littler Light: Some Thoughts on Not Changing the World, Wipf and Stock Jesse James DeConto From the start of this lyrical memoir, I kept thinking, “I have never read a memoir from a guy, written like this.” Then I reflected on the reality that memoirs by straight,… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Preacher Breath

Today we have a guest review of one RevGal’s book by another RevGal!     Author’s note: Though a letter is certainly not a traditional format for a book review, it’s my chosen method for this one. In the preface of her new book, Preacher Breath, Kyndall Rothaus begins by inviting readers to think of her book… Read More

RevGalBookPals: You and Me Forever (Marriage in Light of Eternity)

As far as I can tell, Paul (the apostle) liked to be right. Luther and Calvin, may they rest in peace, both liked to be right. Yet none of those three ever wrote anything like this: “I told you! I told you it would be worth it!!! This is unbelievable!!!!!!!!” I imagine shouting that one… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Seamless Faith

Most of us have shelves full of complicated theology, intriguing poetry, intense narratives, and obsolete how-tos. The genuinely helpful, practical, AND simple books can often fit on one shelf. More often, these books sit on our desk or ride in our cars or sit by our beds. Into the small cadre of the useful, practical,… Read More

RevGalBookPals: American Heretics

Every nation and people has its own mythology. There is an origin story that becomes larger than life and the story’s players become heroes in their own right. Barely “a little lower than the angels”, the originators of the mythology are rarely questioned. Typically, the mythology must be embraced as whole cloth and those who… Read More

RevGalBookPals: “Jesus: A Pilgrimage”

As your resident book reviewer, I try to cover the books that you might not yet have gotten to, about which you might be curious, or what (I think) you should avoid like the plague. I do have one serious weakness, though, in this position. I really enjoy reading the books of James Martin, SJ.… Read More