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: I’m Judging You

In the past week, I’ve struggled to finish a book, any book. I have half-read books all over the place, but they have too much plot or not enough, or I need more attention to learn from them, or I just can’t bring myself to care about the people or characters in the book. This… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Church Book Clubs

The congregation I serve has a book club of sorts. It began a few years ago when several fans of A Prayer for Owen Meany asked about getting together to discuss the book. We met at a Mexican restaurant for margaritas, chips, and book gushing. We then mentioned another book, maybe for the next month, and… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Making Love With Scripture

I just read a book that referenced the Reverend Dr. Wil Gafney (a RevGal!), Gangnam style, X-men, and biblical idolatry. To be clear, they didn’t all happen in the same sentence or even the same chapter. The book makes liberal use of #hashtags and the chat-speak notion of putting an action in asterisks *wonders if this… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Kate Braestrup Roundup

I recently mentioned on Facebook that I desperately needed to discuss Kate Braestrup‘s new book, Anchors and Flares: A Memoir of Motherhood, Hope, and Service, and it came to my attention that many people love her first book, Here If You Need Me and an almost equal number of people were unfamiliar with her or her… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Christmas Collection

Here is my confession: in the midst of having sermons to write, liturgies to craft, visits to do, choirs with which to practice, and naps to snatch… I somehow managed to have everything (ALL. THE. THINGS.) for which I have been on hold at the library come in all at once. Yes, less than 10… Read More

RevGalBookPals: The Beautiful Struggle

After three pages into Ta-Nehisi Coates’s memoir The Beautiful Struggle, I thought, “I can’t read this.” It is not because I couldn’t understand the book. It is because I immediately had a sense of cultural trespassing. This book- about growing up on the West Side of Baltimore in the eighties, about Black Consciousness, about the limits… 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: “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