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

RevGalBookPals: I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

The TL:DR on this is: get this book immediately and read it in a night- two at the most- and then pass it on, donate a copy to your local library and your church library, take it to the high school library, getyour book group to read it, and ponder it in your heart that, like… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Denial is My Spiritual Practice

It is a privilege and a worry to read a book that is written by friends. What if you like the book- will anyone really trust your recommendation? What if you don’t like the book- how can you celebrate a true accomplishment while keeping quiet about your opinion? What happens if you purchase the book… Read More