RevGalBookPals: Picture the Bible

I received a PDF of this book in exchange for an honest review. I genuinely believe one can never have too many well-written children’s Bibles. Different authors make choices in their paraphrase or translations of the important stories, in which stories are selected or omitted, and in the illustrations. By having several illustrated Bible story… Read More

RevGalBookPals: The Night Lake

Content warning: infant death, suicide, alcoholism In the middle of my own present stress and grief, I am the kind of person who needs a dispatch from someone who has been in the same place and can report on the lay of the land. Even if we are not on the same path or in… Read More

RevGalBookPals: White Spaces Missing Faces

I am writing today from Big Timber, Montana, which was built on land inhabited by Niitsítpiis-stahkoii ᖹᐟᒧᐧᐨᑯᐧ ᓴᐦᖾᐟ (Blackfoot / Niitsítapi ᖹᐟᒧᐧᒣᑯ), Apsaalooké (Crow), Cheyenne, and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ peoples. It’s been a few months since I put a book review up here. First off, I want to acknowledge that many people have had difficulty reading… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Native: Identity, Belonging, and Rediscovering God

This week I watched almost all of the Festival of Homiletics online. I applaud the FoH team for moving to an online platform and doing their very best to make an event that was meaningful and accessible to many. The topic of climate change is important and I appreciate the work it took to move… Read More

RevGalBookPals: A Family Like Mine

I can only speak for myself when I say this, but I am finding it difficult to read these days. My old favorite genres are frustrating when they seem too light or irrelevant. Anything that requires real concentration is right out. I’ve spent a lot of time catching up on podcasts and playing Candy Crush.… Read More

RevGalBookPals: When Kids Ask Hard Questions

You know what’s helpful? A book that aggregates resources, thoughtful writing, and spiritual support. Such a book should occupy the shelf of pastors, youth leaders, confirmation mentors, and other spiritual guides who work with children of all ages. If you have a hole in your own shelf for such a resource, I commend to you: When… Read More

RevGalBookPals: The Journey of York

I live in Montana and here, as in some other parts of the United States, the story of Lewis and Clark is part of the local ethos. The truth and the fiction of the Corps of Discovery is in the soil here. When Philemon was recently in the lectionary, I thought about York. York was enslaved… 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