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.
I’m very pleased to share this sneak peak from Laura Briggs’s latest book!
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).
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.
I had the opportunity to interview L.R. Hay, and I was particularly moved by the section of this interview where she shares about how she went the extra mile for a young reader with sight loss.
Skingley's book is a compelling memoir of post-war Britain and her experience there as a woman in the armed forces. I am particularly interested in reading this book because I enjoy reading about strong female leaders who aren't afraid to chase their dreams. The world needs more women who lead, and Skingley's story is an important piece of modern history.
A Christmas Hamster by Stephanie Dagg is an adorable romantic comedy for the holidays. It is super sweet as well as super cute, and just the right length to squeeze in during a busy holiday season.
The book is rich with historical details about England in the early Tudor period. I have a soft spot for novels set during this time in history, and Hickson's writing reminds me of another Philippa Gregory, who is one of my favorite authors.
Beautiful, Complicated Family: Volume 1 and Beautiful, Complicated Family: Volume 2 explore the connections that can hold people together or tear them apart. The stories in this collection capture struggles that are common in today’s families—secrets, mother-daughter conflicts, coping with aging family members, and a more subtle question of what makes a family.
With Luke 2 and 1 Corinthians 13 as reference points, readers will connect their faith in ways that bind them to love and hope in the person of Jesus Christ. While your circumstance may differ from Mary’s, the similar deepening of faith through heartache and suffering and hope and triumph will inspire you in your identity, calling, and destiny in Christ.