Faith, Books, and Disability Awareness

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Rev. Rebecca Writes is a blog that focuses on faith, books, and disability awareness!

Welcome! Here are some of my favorite blog posts:

Five Ways to Make Worship More Accessible to People with Disabilities

Personal Testimony- Faith and Sight Loss– Guest post by Amanda Gene Nelson

16 Easy Ways the Church Can Be More Accessible to People with Disabilities 

Don’t Split the UMC: Stay and Fight with Me

Three Things I Wish People Understood About Blindness/ Visual Impairment

Gender, Race, and Disability: The Aspects of Inclusion We Frequently Forget in Church 

Making My Wedding Accessible (Guest Post By: Martha Harris)

7 Relationships for Couples with Disabilities & Inter-abled Couples

Voice Dream Reader– The app that allows me to read over 120 books a year, even with sight loss!

Erin Kelly’s powerful poetry raises awareness about disability and being a writer with cerebral palsy – Book Review and author interview

Book Review & Author Interview: The Bright Side of Darkness with J.E. Pinto is the best representation of a blind character in a fictional novel that I have ever read! The author, J.E. Pinto, also happens to be blind. In this interview, she speaks about her inspiration for her award winning novel, writing characters with disabilities, and her writing process.

My new book Hope for the Broken: Using Writing to Find God’s Grace is now available from Touch Point Press! It is available in large print paperback or on Kindle! 

About Hope for the Broken: Using Writing to Find God’s Grace

“He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted… to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning.” –Isaiah 61:1-3, NIV

Rebecca was no stranger to adversity. Marked as different from an early age by her visual disability and half-Filipino heritage, she tried her best to bury herself in the pages of a book. For years, she was able to find solace in stories, until an ill-fated battle with her own personal Goliath left her with a shattered heart and broken dreams.

Rebecca found herself at the darkest point in her life. All she knew was that she needed to finish school and find work so that she could continue to afford the expensive medicines that maintained what remained of her precious eyesight.

During the darkest point in her life, a miraculous encounter with God gave her a new hope and a new purpose. Rebecca accepted the call to ministry in the United Methodist Church, and since then, her life has never been the same.

By writing just fifteen minutes a day, you can find God’s comfort and spiritual healing for your own life!

Redeemed by the gift of God’s grace, Rebecca found her own “happy ending.” In this book, Rebecca helps the reader to use the art of writing to find that same sense of purpose. It includes:

-Instructions to help you create your own Writer’s Notebook
-Weekly Bible verses and prayers
-Daily writing prompts
-Exercises to help the reader connect to God
-Excerpts from Rebecca’s own spiritual journals and poems

God bound up the pieces of Rebecca’s heart and created something beautiful. Healing doesn’t always look like we expect. Journey with her as you find your own place in the biblical story and hope for your own life.

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About Rev. Rebecca L.  Holland, M.Div.

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Rev. Rebecca L. (Torres) Holland, M.Div. OSL

Rebecca is an ordained elder in the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church. She is an author and the pastor of two churches in Central Pennsylvania. Rebecca the chair of Disability Ministry Task Force of the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church. She is passionate about making both the church and the world accessible for people with disabilities.

Rebecca graduated in 2011 with a B.S. in  English Education. After graduation, she went on to attend Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. where she earned her Master of Divinity in 2014. While at Wesley Seminary, Rebecca served as a pastoral intern at a cooperative parish where she gained experience working with both a large congregation and a small ethnically diverse congregation.

While in D.C., Rebecca also served as a pastoral intern at the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) located on Capitol Hill. During her time at GBCS, Rebecca gained experience working with issues of social justice, including the Imagine No Malaria Campaign.  She was ordained as an elder in the United Methodist Church in May of 2018. She currently serves as the solo pastor at a wonderful church in Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Order of St. Luke.

Rev. Rebecca’s most recent book is The United Methodist Church & Disability: Essays and Practical Tips for Churches, Clergy, and People with Disabilities. She has also written a chapbook,  Through My Good Eye: A Memoir in Verse. Her latest book Hope for the Broken: Using Writing to Find God’s Grace, is now available from Touch Point Press (affiliate link).

Rebecca and her husband live in Pennsylvania. They are the proud parents to a chubby chihuahua and a very grumpy cat.