Books, Book Reviews

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

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

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

An intersectional approach means that we realize that every person is unique and that no two people are the same. As such, we recognize every single person will have a unique experience of life. As the United Methodist Church considers its future, in order to be truly inclusive, we must also consider the needs of women, people of color, and people with disabilities. I urge the UMC to take an intersectional approach to ministry.

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Devotions, Ministry, Pastoral Life, Preaching, Stewardship, Women in Ministry

How Do We Change the World? One Small Act of Kindness at a Time (His Encouragement #9)

What is “His Encouragement?” Thursdays are always a really long day of the week for me. Since I’m a pastor, Sunday feels like the natural beginning to my week.  By the time I get to Thursday, I am tired and drained. That’s why I’m excited to join with a group of blogging friends in order to… Continue reading How Do We Change the World? One Small Act of Kindness at a Time (His Encouragement #9)

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

Book Review: Hermanas- Deepening Our Identity and Growing Our Influence

Title: Hermanas: Deepening Our Identity and Growing Our Influence Authors: Natalia Kohn, Noemi Vega Quiñones, Kristy Garza Robinson Length: 208 pages Publisher: InterVarsity Press Publication Date: January 15, 2019 I really and truly loved Hermanas: Deepening Our Identity and Growing our Influence. The word "hermana," is Spanish for "sister," and I wish that it were possible to reach… Continue reading Book Review: Hermanas- Deepening Our Identity and Growing Our Influence