I love reading and discovering new books. I’m especially interested in reading books from diverse authors that reflect a variety of world experiences (For more about my love of reading, see the post “I Support Braille Literacy and 24 Other Book Related Facts About Me.”) I believe in helping out those who might normally be overlooked by traditional publishers and paying it forward. Therefore, I am particularly interested in discovering books by women, people of color, people with disabilities, or people from other marginalized communities.
Due to the nature of my job, I must be somewhat discerning about what books I endorse publicly; however, we do not preach in a vacuum. I believe that it is important for clergy to stay up to date with what is happening in the world and remain connected to the modern zeitgeist. If your book sounds like something that I would enjoy reading I would be happy to provide you with an honest book review. For the types of reviews I offer, please see the guidelines I have outlined below.
I accept books in both digital and audio book form. I do not accept print books. All digital books must work with a screen reader (Kindle is my preferred format.
If you would like to get in touch with me about providing a review, please use the Contact Form on my contact page. Please note: At this point I am limiting my reviews to books that are under 300 pages in length.
I’m a voracious reader and will gobble up almost anything, but here are some of my preferred genres:
-Advocate a social justice issue (For example, a work of nonfiction or an anthology of short stories where the proceeds benefit a charitable cause)
-Books in which a character has a disability
-Spiritual (I am interested in World Religions)
-Poetry (No foul language or explicit sexual themes)
-Memoir (Especially if you are a person who is from a group that has been traditionally marginalized by the patriarchy)
-Historical Romance (Especially if it takes place in the Georgian period or Tudor England. Bonus points if the heroine is not white or one of the characters has a disability).
-Nonfiction (I love to learn!)
-YA (mental health, fantasy, sci-fi, etc.)
Genres/ Books I Will NOT Review:
-Any book that includes graphic depictions of sex
-Excessive foul language
-Any book that includes rape, non-consent, sexual assault, or child abuse – UNLESS it is a work of nonfiction advocating issues of social justice
My reviews follow a fairly relaxed format. I will be honest, but I will always try to find something positive to say about the work. I will try to choose some of my favorite quotes to share.
My book reviews will contain my honest personal reflections and might include suggestions for improvement. If your work is theological in nature and I disagree, I will not be disrespectful, but I may choose to reflect briefly on why my opinion differs. I will also let readers know what my favorite part of your book was and why that spoke to me on a personal level.
I particularly enjoy doing author interviews! For examples of my author interviews, please see the piece that I wrote in combination with Maggie Jane Schuler or the piece that I wrote with the poet Lori Katherine. If you are interested in doing an author interview along with your book review, please let me know by using my contact form.
If I accept your book for review, I will Tweet about it at least five times (either as I’m reading it or after I’ve finished it) and include a link to where readers can purchase your book. If you have provided me with a free copy of your book, in order to comply with FTC regulations, my review will include an acknowledgement of my thanks for having received a copy from the author/ publisher.
In general, my reviews run approximately 300-500 words in length (accept for Tweets!). I will cross post my reviews to Goodreads, Amazon, Instagram, and Tweet about your book.
Please allow approximately 2-3 weeks for a review to be posted (unless it’s advent or holy week! Then I might take a bit longer).
I look forward to working with you!