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

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: 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: Grandpa’s Tent

I received a free copy of this book for review. No promises were made in exchange for the book.  There are not many picture books that deal with death. More specifically, there are not many Christian picture books that accurately and adequately discuss the process of the body dying, but the Christian hope of eternal… 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