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: Entertainment during COVID-19

Sometimes my reading recommendations are a little more “do as I say and not as I do”. If you asked me what you should read right now, I would totally tell you to re-read something you love or try a new book in a genre that you know brings you comfort and a sense of… Read More

RevGalBookPals: The #MeToo Reckoning

Content Warning: sexual assault, abuse, rape, church abuse,   I am Lutheran (ELCA). In Lutheran theological understanding, all of the commandments are interconnected, not only to our relationship with God, but to our relationship with other people. Commandments are most quickly broken because we (people) create false idols. These are not the golden calf of… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Be the Bridge

Due to the RevGalBlogPals, Inc. in-person board meeting this week, I have not finished reading Be the Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation by Latasha Morrison. I’m really liking the book and I don’t want to give my review short shrift. So I totally recommend it at this point and I will provide a fuller… 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: Bless This Mess

Do you need a book that gently and effectively melds progressive Christian theology with the (non-Pinterest) realities of parenting? Are you trying to locate your own parenting practice somewhere between books that advocate spanking and books that suggest wine pairings with your overnight oats? May I suggest Bless This Mess: A Modern Guide to Faith and… 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