Blogging, Books

Cover Reveal: Babushka is Homesick by Carola Schmidt

“Babushka is Homesick” is the second children’s book in the Babushka Series. Everyone has their own stories, history, and the desire to belong. The first book, “Tell me a story, Babushka,” is a best-selling new release in Children's Multicultural Literature on Amazon USA (Aug 2019), in which kids and adults will enjoy fun adventures and identify their own stories.

Book Reviews, Books

A Reason to Grieve by Mick Williams is a unique take on the classic #romcom

When they meet a memorial service, they discover that they have an inexplicable magnetic pull toward one another. A Reason to Grieve is full of quirky friends and fun banter as the two characters slowly explore their feelings for one another. Will they be able to create a future together, or are the hurts of the past too deep to bury? 

Book Reviews, Books, Diversity, Ministry, Women in Ministry, Writing

Book Review: The #MeToo Reckoning by Ruth Everhart

Everhart offers hope to survivors as she declares that God is present with the violated and stands in solidarity with victims. Scriptural narratives like those of Tamar and Bathsheba carry powerful resonance in today's context, as do the accounts of Jesus' interactions with women.

Blogging, Books, Ministry, Women in Ministry

Want to Read Wednesday: The Pastor Wears a Skirt by Dorothy Nickel Friesen

Rev. Dorothy Nickel Friesen, an ordained Mennonite pastor, digs deep into the soul of a pastor with humor, pathos, and passion. Her memoir, a collection of short stories based on true events, visits the agony of bedside death, lost dreams, and angry parishioners who walk away from her leadership. She also shares the laugh-out-loud stories of weddings (a missing groom), rituals of deep meaning (with water from the Jordan River), and tension-filled advocacy for peace (on a military base).

A baby wears a santa hat
Ministry, Pastoral Life, Preaching, Sermons & Sermon Notes, Women in Ministry

Devotion: Happy New Year- Babies Change Lives (His Encouragement)

Have you or a family member ever known the joy of a holding a newborn baby in your arms? Babies change our lives. One of my friends can vividly remember the day her son was born. “It was a long and painful process,” she said. “I had labor pains for three long, grueling days and the contractions were so brutal that I thought that I was going to die. I had never known such pain in all my life. But then, when they laid that my new son in my arms, my entire life changed. Up until that point, I had loved my son and anxiously awaited his arrival. But that moment, when I held him, I knew what true love was. Becoming a parent changes your life forever, and it has never been the same.”

Books, Disability & Accessibility, Diversity, Ministry, Pastoral Life

Want to Read Wednesday: Christianity and the Art of Wheelchair Maintenance by Stephen Faller

Introduction: What is "Want to Read Wednesday?" Hello, Friends! Welcome to my blog. Here at BeckieWrites.com I am starting a new meme for the year of 20210 entitled, "Want to Read," Wednesday. The focus of my author blog is to share with you not only information about my own writing, but to also share information… Continue reading Want to Read Wednesday: Christianity and the Art of Wheelchair Maintenance by Stephen Faller

Books, Diversity, Uncategorized, Women in Ministry

Want to Read Wednesday: The Black Madonna- A Womanist Look at Mary of Nazareth by Courtney Hall Lee

This book considers the relationship between African American women and Mary of Nazareth. After examining the history of black American motherhood during slavery and beyond, this book then gives an overview of the existing views of Mary in both the church and the academy.

donkeys eat hay from a manger
Ministry, Pastoral Life, Preaching, Sermons & Sermon Notes

Devotion: Merry Christmas! Are you hungry? Jesus is food for the world!

God made a cattle trough into a cradle for the Messiah who would feed the whole world. Only Jesus can satisfy our hunger. Only he can fill our insatiable longing. I think it is truly wonderful that, besides Joseph and Mary, the first people to see the baby Jesus who were working in the fields.  Jesus is the Good Shepherd, and we are all sheep. We are all special to Christ, and we all need the Good Shepherd to guide us home. Jesus is the greatest gift of all. Happy Birthday Jesus!