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Be informed and inspired, delighted and supported, encouraged and entertained by stories and prayers from the unique perspectives of clergywomen. "In ministry, we constantly balance the sacred and the ordinary, juggling the two as expertly as we manage a chalice and a [baby] bottle. Even as we do things as simple as light the candles, set the table, break the bread and pour Be informed and inspired, delighted and supported, encouraged and entertained by stories and prayers from the unique perspectives of clergywomen. "In ministry, we constantly balance the sacred and the ordinary, juggling the two as expertly as we manage a chalice and a [baby] bottle. Even as we do things as simple as light the candles, set the table, break the bread and pour the wine, we invite people into a holy moment.... The women [in this book] not only have a wellspring of deep wisdom, but they also have the ability to dish out their knowledge with side-aching humor.... I am thrilled that their great wisdom and intelligence will be bound into the pages that I can turn to, lend and appreciate for years to come." --from the Foreword by Rev. Carol Howard Merritt Learn--and laugh--with these women of the church, bound together by a deep commitment to ministry, as they reveal what it really means to be a woman in the pulpit. Over fifty clergywomen representing fourteen denominations share the details of their intimidating balancing act--juggling the isolating expectations of perfection from their congregations and the shared human realities of everyday life. Intended for laypeople, women hearing a call to ministry and clergy of all denominations, these stories and prayers will resonate with, challenge, encourage and amuse anyone who has a passion for their work and faith. Contributors: Rev. Jemma Allen - Rev. Denise Anderson - Rev. Stephanie Anthony - Rev. Amber Belldene - Rev. Beth Birkholz - Rev. Laurie Brock - Rev. Jennifer Garrison Brownell - Rev. Hilary Campbell - Rev. Erin Counihan - Rev. Julie Craig - Rev. Robin Craig - Rev. Liz Crumlish - Rev. Martha Daniels - Rev. Stacey Simpson Duke - Rev. Jan Edmiston - Rev. Ruth Everhart - Rev. Amy Fetterman - Rev. Marci Auld Glass - Rev. Rachel G. Hackenberg - Rev. Elizabeth Evans Hagan - Rev. Cheryl Harader - Rev. Joanna Harader - Gillian Hoyer - Rev. Rosalind C. Hughes - Rev. Sara Irwin - Rev. Kathryn Z. Johnston - Rev. Deborah Lewis - Rev. Jennifer Burns Lewis - Rev. Catherine MacDonald - Rev. Bromleigh McCleneghan - Suzy Garrison Meyer - Rev. Karla Miller - Rev. Sarah E. Howe Miller, PhD - Rev. Holly S. Morrison - Rev. Katie Mulligan - Rev. Dr. Teri McDowell Ott - Rev. Katya Ouchakof - Rev. Kerri Parker - Rev. Katherine Willis Pershey - Rev. Teri Peterson - Rev. Patricia J. Raube - Rev. Diane M. Roth - Rev. Anna Scherer - Rev. Julia Seymour - Rev. Monica Thompson Smith - Rev. Martha Spong - Rev. Sally-Lodge Teel - Rev. Sharon M. Temple - Rev. Michelle L. Torigian - Rev. Deb Vaughn - Rev. Mindi Welton-Mitchell - Rev. Julie Woods


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Be informed and inspired, delighted and supported, encouraged and entertained by stories and prayers from the unique perspectives of clergywomen. "In ministry, we constantly balance the sacred and the ordinary, juggling the two as expertly as we manage a chalice and a [baby] bottle. Even as we do things as simple as light the candles, set the table, break the bread and pour Be informed and inspired, delighted and supported, encouraged and entertained by stories and prayers from the unique perspectives of clergywomen. "In ministry, we constantly balance the sacred and the ordinary, juggling the two as expertly as we manage a chalice and a [baby] bottle. Even as we do things as simple as light the candles, set the table, break the bread and pour the wine, we invite people into a holy moment.... The women [in this book] not only have a wellspring of deep wisdom, but they also have the ability to dish out their knowledge with side-aching humor.... I am thrilled that their great wisdom and intelligence will be bound into the pages that I can turn to, lend and appreciate for years to come." --from the Foreword by Rev. Carol Howard Merritt Learn--and laugh--with these women of the church, bound together by a deep commitment to ministry, as they reveal what it really means to be a woman in the pulpit. Over fifty clergywomen representing fourteen denominations share the details of their intimidating balancing act--juggling the isolating expectations of perfection from their congregations and the shared human realities of everyday life. Intended for laypeople, women hearing a call to ministry and clergy of all denominations, these stories and prayers will resonate with, challenge, encourage and amuse anyone who has a passion for their work and faith. Contributors: Rev. Jemma Allen - Rev. Denise Anderson - Rev. Stephanie Anthony - Rev. Amber Belldene - Rev. Beth Birkholz - Rev. Laurie Brock - Rev. Jennifer Garrison Brownell - Rev. Hilary Campbell - Rev. Erin Counihan - Rev. Julie Craig - Rev. Robin Craig - Rev. Liz Crumlish - Rev. Martha Daniels - Rev. Stacey Simpson Duke - Rev. Jan Edmiston - Rev. Ruth Everhart - Rev. Amy Fetterman - Rev. Marci Auld Glass - Rev. Rachel G. Hackenberg - Rev. Elizabeth Evans Hagan - Rev. Cheryl Harader - Rev. Joanna Harader - Gillian Hoyer - Rev. Rosalind C. Hughes - Rev. Sara Irwin - Rev. Kathryn Z. Johnston - Rev. Deborah Lewis - Rev. Jennifer Burns Lewis - Rev. Catherine MacDonald - Rev. Bromleigh McCleneghan - Suzy Garrison Meyer - Rev. Karla Miller - Rev. Sarah E. Howe Miller, PhD - Rev. Holly S. Morrison - Rev. Katie Mulligan - Rev. Dr. Teri McDowell Ott - Rev. Katya Ouchakof - Rev. Kerri Parker - Rev. Katherine Willis Pershey - Rev. Teri Peterson - Rev. Patricia J. Raube - Rev. Diane M. Roth - Rev. Anna Scherer - Rev. Julia Seymour - Rev. Monica Thompson Smith - Rev. Martha Spong - Rev. Sally-Lodge Teel - Rev. Sharon M. Temple - Rev. Michelle L. Torigian - Rev. Deb Vaughn - Rev. Mindi Welton-Mitchell - Rev. Julie Woods

30 review for There's a Woman in the Pulpit: Christian Clergywomen Share Their Hard Days, Holy Moments and the Healing Power of Humor

  1. 5 out of 5

    Teri Peterson

    Full disclosure: I wrote one essay for this book, I am friends with well over half the writers, and I serve on the board of RevGalBlogPals. I loved every page of this book. Not only because I hadn't read anyone else's essays (though I knew some of the people were writing them), and not only because I could hear the voices of people I know and love. This book is full of truth and beauty, love for God and for this calling, and hope. Sometimes being a pastor is a much less hopeful experience than on Full disclosure: I wrote one essay for this book, I am friends with well over half the writers, and I serve on the board of RevGalBlogPals. I loved every page of this book. Not only because I hadn't read anyone else's essays (though I knew some of the people were writing them), and not only because I could hear the voices of people I know and love. This book is full of truth and beauty, love for God and for this calling, and hope. Sometimes being a pastor is a much less hopeful experience than one might think. To see so much of it in these pages is a gift, a reminder of the wondrous privilege (and the hilariousness, and the trauma, and the presence of God in all of it) of this life and work. This book is for everyone--church goers, leaders, pastors, seminarians, friends and family, etc. It's a window into faith and life; a very particular window that offers a most beautiful prospect. Thank you, fellow RevGals and blogpals, for years of companionship, support, challenge...here's to many more beautiful feet joining the circle through this proclaiming of the good news. PS: everyone must, upon receiving this book, immediately read the following essays. Don't worry that it's out of order. Just trust me, start here. "Balls"..."Queer"..."Preaching Ahead of Yourself"..."Through the Eyes of a Child".."Who I Am is not What I Did"..."For Some Reason"..."Life Disrupted"..."the Weight of Ash"..."What Are You Looking For?" Then don't stop because the other 43 are amazing too.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    so richly written and honest, with a variety of voices and experiences.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Karla

    I love this book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Allison Sikes

    I’m a young female clergy person and in the post Holy Week fog I picked this book up at the local library on Easter Monday. It’s Easter Thursday and I’ve finished it - these stories were the resurrection I needed in this season of life and ministry. I’m going to purchase it to add to my personal library because there is no doubt that there will be another season of life and ministry that I will need these stories filled with holy truth.

  5. 5 out of 5

    DAVID WILSON

    This book offers insights into the lives ofChristian clergywomen and their commitment and Spiritual strength from within, others observations and possible too often criticism from both men and women. The cuts across 15 different denominations and and spreads humor and sadness of their call to the ministry. Enlightening and shows the reward of their fortitude to overcome and bring others to a closer faith in God.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Temple

    Disclaimer (joyfully claimed): I wrote one of the essays in this book of essays by women clergy. This is the the book I wish had been available when I went to seminary, back when I was very certain that I was not called to pastoral ministry. Even before that, I wish that women clergy had been this visible and open with their stories when, as a young child, I outright dismissed the voice in my head that whispered, "You could do what that (male) pastor is doing." There's A Woman in the Pulpit was d Disclaimer (joyfully claimed): I wrote one of the essays in this book of essays by women clergy. This is the the book I wish had been available when I went to seminary, back when I was very certain that I was not called to pastoral ministry. Even before that, I wish that women clergy had been this visible and open with their stories when, as a young child, I outright dismissed the voice in my head that whispered, "You could do what that (male) pastor is doing." There's A Woman in the Pulpit was destined to be precious to me because many of the authors are friends, because they inspire me, and because I got add my voice to theirs. They are, in real life, as unique, authentic, and appealing as are their stories in this book. In these stories, they share what the pastor life looks like, and also the myriad ways that God nudges and calls and promises and holds. As such, this book is an invitation to awareness of the Holy in what looks like an ordinary day (or life). There is good news in this book for clergy, for faithful church-goers and for those who would never (either one). There is good news here for those who are struggling to find God and for those who are celebrating God enthusiastically. "There's a woman in the pulpit" ready to walk with you.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Desi

    This is one of my new favorite books and I will be buying it for every clergy woman I have the opportunity to give a gift to. I love 95% of the essays, and liked the other 5%. I do not actively re-read books because there are so many new books in the world to get to, but I guarantee that this one will become well-worn. I want to know each of these women, because I believe that we become like those we surround ourselves with. I'm gushing, but this book is great! This is one of my new favorite books and I will be buying it for every clergy woman I have the opportunity to give a gift to. I love 95% of the essays, and liked the other 5%. I do not actively re-read books because there are so many new books in the world to get to, but I guarantee that this one will become well-worn. I want to know each of these women, because I believe that we become like those we surround ourselves with. I'm gushing, but this book is great!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    Whether I knew the essayist or not, I recognized the same essence in them as myself - a woman following a call to be fully human in the world. These just happened to be pastors. Genuine and honest.

  9. 5 out of 5

    MaryAnn

    Read this book! Here's my full review: http://theblueroomblog.org/they-wrote... Read this book! Here's my full review: http://theblueroomblog.org/they-wrote...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Betsy

    An eye-opening look at life for women with varied backgrounds and interests who serve as clergy in Christian churches, this collection of essays, narratives, poetry and prayers brings their experiences to life. It was a thoroughly enjoyable read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    This book should be required reading for every woman seminarian!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Linnea Urban

    3.75 stars Mom

  13. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    This is a book of short essays written by clergywomen from different denominations in a few countries. As a clergywoman I could relate and a few times I had, "glad I'm not the only one" moments. I would read one or two before going to bed. Great read for those whom are clergy or want to know what our world is like. This is a book of short essays written by clergywomen from different denominations in a few countries. As a clergywoman I could relate and a few times I had, "glad I'm not the only one" moments. I would read one or two before going to bed. Great read for those whom are clergy or want to know what our world is like.

  14. 4 out of 5

    April Yamasaki

    When I started blogging three years ago, I went looking for community, and the RevGalBlogPals were the first group to take me in. At that time, the original group of about a dozen clergywomen had grown to a ring of 450 blogs, now the Facebook group is 2500+ members, and some of the RevGals have just published There’s a Woman in the Pulpit: Christian Clergywomen Share Their Hard Days, Holy Moments and the Healing Power of Humor (Skylight Paths Publishing, 2015). Each story or prayer is just two o When I started blogging three years ago, I went looking for community, and the RevGalBlogPals were the first group to take me in. At that time, the original group of about a dozen clergywomen had grown to a ring of 450 blogs, now the Facebook group is 2500+ members, and some of the RevGals have just published There’s a Woman in the Pulpit: Christian Clergywomen Share Their Hard Days, Holy Moments and the Healing Power of Humor (Skylight Paths Publishing, 2015). Each story or prayer is just two or three pages, perfect for dipping into here and there, and I'm glad to say that the book definitely lives up to its subtitle. See my full review of There's a Woman in the Pulpit.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    I am not a pastor; I am a lay person, and have been active in a local UCC church. I appreciated reading this collection of stories about the pastoring life from a female perspective. For almost 2/3 of the 40 years I've been a member of my present church, we've been led by female pastors. I appreciated the candid sharing of these stories. In my years as a deacon, trustee, or moderator, I have been privy to some of the more private struggles a pastor has faced, so several of these experiences were I am not a pastor; I am a lay person, and have been active in a local UCC church. I appreciated reading this collection of stories about the pastoring life from a female perspective. For almost 2/3 of the 40 years I've been a member of my present church, we've been led by female pastors. I appreciated the candid sharing of these stories. In my years as a deacon, trustee, or moderator, I have been privy to some of the more private struggles a pastor has faced, so several of these experiences were familiar. In addition to being a good gift to new pastors, I think that this would be good reading for deacons and leadership groups, especially in small churches.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jackie L. Leonard

    It's All Good! This is an extraordinary book! As a Presbyterian clergy woman, I identify with all of the writers. Being a clergy person is not easy, but even in 2016, there are serious challenges facing all of us. We are still near the bottom of salary scales; what we wear and how we style our hair is everybody's business. I will have been ordained for 28 years on October 8, 2016. Despite the challenges, I have never regretted my decision to go to seminary, seek ordination in the PC(USA), and lov It's All Good! This is an extraordinary book! As a Presbyterian clergy woman, I identify with all of the writers. Being a clergy person is not easy, but even in 2016, there are serious challenges facing all of us. We are still near the bottom of salary scales; what we wear and how we style our hair is everybody's business. I will have been ordained for 28 years on October 8, 2016. Despite the challenges, I have never regretted my decision to go to seminary, seek ordination in the PC(USA), and love and serve my Lord and her people!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Coming from a friend of one of the contributor's, I think my opinion is a bit biased, but I think that is nullified when I also share that I'm Catholic :) I don't think most folks would think I would enjoy this book, or get anything out of it, and to that I say HA! Fooled ya. There's a ton of good lessons in here on how to be a wonderful person, Christian or not, woman or not. There's humor, sadness, and beauty. Very glad I read it and very proud to have a personal connection. Coming from a friend of one of the contributor's, I think my opinion is a bit biased, but I think that is nullified when I also share that I'm Catholic :) I don't think most folks would think I would enjoy this book, or get anything out of it, and to that I say HA! Fooled ya. There's a ton of good lessons in here on how to be a wonderful person, Christian or not, woman or not. There's humor, sadness, and beauty. Very glad I read it and very proud to have a personal connection.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Susan Mcallister

    Fabulous, exceptional and totally enjoyable ~ what else can I say? Appreciated the personal anecdotes and stories because they resonated with my experienced and add a much need dimension of 'reality' in the life of a clergywoman. Fabulous, exceptional and totally enjoyable ~ what else can I say? Appreciated the personal anecdotes and stories because they resonated with my experienced and add a much need dimension of 'reality' in the life of a clergywoman.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    Many of these brief essays reflect my own experience as a clergywoman or that shared by friends and colleagues. It's a quick,easy read and reassuring for those who see ourselves reflected in its pages. I'm just wondering why we didn't write it ourselves. Many of these brief essays reflect my own experience as a clergywoman or that shared by friends and colleagues. It's a quick,easy read and reassuring for those who see ourselves reflected in its pages. I'm just wondering why we didn't write it ourselves.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rev. Deb

    I am proud to have contributed an essay to this book! Here's my review! http://unfinishedsymphony.org/2015/04... I am proud to have contributed an essay to this book! Here's my review! http://unfinishedsymphony.org/2015/04...

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rev. Linda

    This was a delightful read, and it both touched my heart and made me laugh out loud at some of the stories about "what they did not learn in seminary." This was a delightful read, and it both touched my heart and made me laugh out loud at some of the stories about "what they did not learn in seminary."

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Everhart

    I blogged about the experience of being part of this community of clergywomen. http://www.rutheverhart.com/blog/?p=6710 I blogged about the experience of being part of this community of clergywomen. http://www.rutheverhart.com/blog/?p=6710

  23. 5 out of 5

    Gloria

    An incredibly beautiful and honest book that should be read by anyone involved in a church.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Martha

    Great book for all and especially recommended for women seminarians and newly-ordained women clergy.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Abbie Watters

    Nice collection of short memoirs (or should I say sermon illustrations). Interesting, and imformative.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cath Martin

    Great book. A must read for all clergywomen!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Garrison Brownell

  28. 5 out of 5

    Julia

  29. 4 out of 5

    Meriah J VanderWeide

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

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