RevGalBookPals: Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved

Content Warning: Cancer Trigger Warning: Cancer TL;DR: Woman has cancer, grieves loss of life she expected to have and the life her family will now have, God remains present and mysterious   For the sake of full disclosure, I know Kate Bowler. We went to Yale Divinity School at the same time. I think we… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race

A U.S.- based organization with a substantial worldwide audience cannot only focus on the issues of the United States. In truth, we might be well-served by looking toward more than one book reviewer, so as to broaden the base of what gets recommended beyond the publishing areas of the U.S. The gift of electronic publishing… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Two Surprise Recommendations

Hi, friend. I know that you are likely up to your eyebrows in preparations. Maybe you are getting ready for church services. Maybe your loved one is dying. Maybe you are leaving a call. Maybe you are swimming in uncertainty. Maybe everything in your life is awesome and if you could place one more handful… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Womanist Midrash

Book bloggers are required to say early on in a review if they received a free copy of a book in exchange for review. So, let me be clear: I bought BOTH my copies of Womanist Midrash: A Reintroduction to the Women of the Torah and the Throne. Yes, I have two copies. I have my hard copy that… Read More

RevGalBookPals: The Hate U Give

This is the book: The Hate U Give.  The picture is linked. You can buy the book today. You can be finished with it by Saturday. At the latest. And when you’re finished, you will have read a powerful first-person fictional narrative about a 16-year-old named Starr who is in the car when a police officer… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Deliberate Acts of Kindness

In exchange for an honest review, I received a copy of Deliberate Acts of Kindness: A Field Guide to Service as Spiritual Practice by Meredith Gould, a friend of RevGalBlogPals. Pluses: Spiritual depth- The book sincerely covers a breadth of spiritual and religious practices and how service is a component of each of them. The language and telos of… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Healing Spiritual Wounds

Lately, I have been paying attention to negative space. Not just space where the energy is less than positive, but negative space with regard to art- making, language, and emotional processing. Negative space focuses on what isn’t. What wasn’t. What didn’t. Wha wouldn’t. Negative space can drive us to the other extreme in all kinds… Read More

RevGalBookPals: The Cure for Sorrow

There are some books that you just need. Not because you are a pastor or a particularly dedicated lay person or because you preach or are waiting for a call or are even a Christian, but you need this book because you are human. You need this book because it will give you words for… 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: Spiritual Sobriety

In the past year, the congregation I serve has welcomed some new disciples who had recently left the local mega church(es). I worry about sheep stealing, but I also accept that sometimes a new church home is what is needed for spiritual and emotional health and growth. One of these couples referred to themselves as… Read More