RevGalBookPals: Church Book Clubs

The congregation I serve has a book club of sorts. It began a few years ago when several fans of A Prayer for Owen Meany asked about getting together to discuss the book. We met at a Mexican restaurant for margaritas, chips, and book gushing. We then mentioned another book, maybe for the next month, and… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Good Christian Sex

We are all facing the need for hard conversations these days. There are conversations that must be had about race, about social structures, about power and privilege, about insectionality, about culture, about values, and about how to be in the world. One (only one) of the topics to discuss in the giant wheel of “how… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Sparrow

A wife and mother of two teenagers, recently ordained in the Episcopal Church, receives the worst kind of bad news: she has ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). The Rev. Jennifer Durant tells her own story in Sparrow: A Journey of Grace and Miracles While Battling ALS (Morehouse, 2016), a book published just a year after her… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Kate Braestrup Roundup

I recently mentioned on Facebook that I desperately needed to discuss Kate Braestrup‘s new book, Anchors and Flares: A Memoir of Motherhood, Hope, and Service, and it came to my attention that many people love her first book, Here If You Need Me and an almost equal number of people were unfamiliar with her or her… Read More

RevGalBlogPals: An Improbable Friendship

Let’s be honest. My Goodreads list says I’ve read (completed) 129 new books this year. (I don’t count re-reads). I just read an article by a woman who read 164 books. I’m envious. Here’s the honest part, though: I can’t do that. I still like to sleep, crochet, eat, exercise, see my kids, work, visit… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Christmas Collection

Here is my confession: in the midst of having sermons to write, liturgies to craft, visits to do, choirs with which to practice, and naps to snatch… I somehow managed to have everything (ALL. THE. THINGS.) for which I have been on hold at the library come in all at once. Yes, less than 10… Read More

RevGalBookPals Special Edition: Coming Home

In my first full year in my first call congregation, my husband deployed for his second Army tour to Iraq. (Tour- what a phrase! As though it was a casual jaunt through the desert.) I was pregnant with our first child and we knew he was going to miss the birth. I wrote a newsletter article… Read More

RevGalBookPals: three for thursday

I’m on silent retreat this week. Is it breaking the retreat to post book reviews? Maybe, but this kind of thing is what you make of it. I came with a list of “should reads”, but on my first morning waking in my little hermitage, I realized how much of life is governed by “shoulds”.… Read More

RevGalBookPals: “Accidental Saints” by Nadia Bolz-Weber

You have to love Nadia Bolz-Weber, Pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver. Unless, that is, you are on the religious right, in which case, you may love to hate her. Bolz-Weber has a vivid personality, as expressive as her many tattoos and as frank as her storytelling in Accidental Saints: Finding God in… Read More