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).

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.

Book Reviews, Books

Hagar: Rediscovering the God Who Sees Me by Shadia Hirchi (Book Review & Blog Tour)

About the Book Book: Hagar Author: Shadia Hrichi Genre: Religion / Bible Study Release Date: October 10, 2017 You are ”The God Who Sees Me.” Discover a close relationship with God–no matter the pain or suffering in your life. Witness the depths of God’s compassion through the eyes of Hagar, a runaway slave who meets… Continue reading Hagar: Rediscovering the God Who Sees Me by Shadia Hirchi (Book Review & Blog Tour)

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Book Reviews, Books, Women in Ministry

#BookReview: A Week in the Life of a Greco-Roman Woman by Holly Beers brings the first century to life @ivpress

A Week In the Life of a Greco-Roman Woman by Holly Beers brings the first century teachings of Paul to life for modern readers.  I will refer to this book when preparing sermons on St. Paul's teachings in the future.

Book Reviews, Books, Ministry, Pastoral Life, Women in Ministry

Book Review: Near the Exit by Lori Erickson- An Episcopal deacon explores death from a spiritual perspective @NetGalley #ReviewAThon

In Near the Exit, Travels of the Not-So-Grim Reaper, Lori Erickson, travel writer and Episcopal deacon, takes readers on a spiritual journey to face death head on in order to learn about what makes us human.

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Book Reviews, Books

Jairus’s Girl by L.R. Hay tells the Jesus story from the children’s perspective!

Jairus's Girl by L.R. Hay tells the story of the Good News of Jesus from the unique perspective of the children.       My Review: I really loved reading Jairus's Girl by L.R. Hay. This book had been on my “to be read list,” for a very long time, and I was so happy… Continue reading Jairus’s Girl by L.R. Hay tells the Jesus story from the children’s perspective!

Disability & Accessibility, Diversity, Ministry, Pastoral Life, Women in Ministry, Writing

3 Career Lessons I Wish I Had Known Sooner as a Visually Impaired Woman

3 Career Lessons I Wish I Had Known Sooner As a Visually Impaired Woman By: Rev. Rebecca L. Holland, B.S. English Ed. &  M.Div. (Originally published in the March edition of CAPTIVATING! Magazine) Several weeks ago, I was sitting in my office when I received an e-mail. It read simply:  “I would like to ask you a… Continue reading 3 Career Lessons I Wish I Had Known Sooner as a Visually Impaired Woman