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: 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: Far More Terrible for Women

Reading is an exponential activity. In a linear activity, when you finish A, you can proceed directly to B and then to C. In an exponential activity, completion of A leads to a directional dilemma between A 2.0, A2, or B. Reading spreads out in all directions and it only occasionally loops back on itself… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Here is the Reason

I recently read Where The Red Fern Grows out loud to my son. If you’ve never read this before, I’m about to spoil the hell out of this book published in 1961. Ready? The dogs die. Okay, with that out of the way, I want to talk about why I nearly couldn’t finish this book, which… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Transforming

In this space, we have generally committed to not reviewing books before they were actually out and on shelves. But you and I both know that your head is all Holy Week and Easter- all the time. Or maybe too many funerals. Or perhaps community support in election season or with the March for Our… Read More

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: 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: The Cross and the Lynching Tree

This my confession of American, white privilege of a certain age: when I was in seminary, I took classes on race and ethnicity, but at the same time- I assumed that the biggest fights that would happen in my pastoral ministry would be around sex, sexuality, and gender and money. My social and class location,… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Whatcha Reading?

I have a stack of half-finished books and finished books waiting for reviews. Trying to read in the present tidal wave of publishing is like trying to drink from a firehose. Our church book group recently read Jesus- Safe, Tender, Extreme. Published in 2010, we might have been late to this gentle book. It sparked a… Read More