- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: SkyLight Paths Publishing; 1 edition (April 17, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594735883
- ISBN-13: 978-1594735882
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.6 x 22.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #801,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There's a Woman in the Pulpit: Christian Clergywomen Share Their Hard Days, Holy Moments and the Healing Power of Humor 1st Edition
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―Rev. Dr. Amy K. Butler, senior minister, Riverside Church, New York City
"My neck and throat are sore after reading this book; my neck from nodding all the way through and my throat from laughing out loud. There's a Woman in the Pulpit offers a circle of witness for women pastors and a universal message of joy and hope. A great gift for us all!"
―Rev. Susan Sparks, pastor, Madison Avenue Baptist Church, New York City; author, Laugh Your Way to Grace: Reclaiming the Spiritual Power of Humor
“Once again Martha Spong and RevGalBlogPals ... have found a way to strengthen women in their ministries and to do so with transparency, poignancy and wit. Whether you are a woman in ministry or know a woman in ministry, these stories will touch your soul and intensify your own faith and faithfulness.”
―Jenee Woodard, curator, The Text This Week (www.textweek.com)
“For many pastors, the practice of ministry can be lonely at times. But this fantastic book made me feel like I was sitting with my girlfriends, honestly discussing both the beauty and pain of being a woman in the pulpit. To say that I could identify with most of the stories would be an understatement. I am so thankful for their courage to give voice to our experience!”
―Rev. Shannon J. Kershner, pastor, Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago
“Refreshingly down-to-earth humor.... These preachers welcome us into their callings and into their lives [and] send us out again encouraged and renewed for the work and life ahead.”
―Rev. Dr. David J. Lose, president, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia; founder, WorkingPreacher.org; blogger, In the Meantime (davidlose.net)
“Reading these brief reminiscences of lives lived in ministry to others, I laughed and cried and marveled and knew that I was standing on holy ground. These stories and poems are like well-polished gems. Each is so real and so immediate that, even though it is no more than two or three pages, I feel that I know these women and what a blessing they are to those whose lives they touch. Next time I wonder why I teach in a seminary where we prepare people to minister to God’s people, I will pick up this book and remember that I, too, have been called.”
―Deborah Sokolove, director, Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion; coauthor, Calling on God: Inclusive Christian Prayers for Three Years of Sundays
“Vital.... [A] treasure trove of wisdom and grace.”
―Landon Whitsitt, executive, PCUSA Synod of Mid-America; author, Open Source Church: Making Room for the Wisdom of All; producer, Theocademy
“Seeps with stories and humor that remind each of us that we are not alone and that we can love our roles and our people.”
―Rev. Jeremy Smith, United Methodist pastor, Portland, Oregon; blogger, HackingChristianity.net
“Touching, insightful, funny, marvelous.”
―Mary E. Hunt, PhD, Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER); coeditor, New Feminist Christianity: Many Voices, Many Views
About the Author
Rev. Martha Spong, a United Church of Christ pastor, is director of RevGalBlogPals, a social media ministry making community for clergywomen across lines of denomination, generation, nation and orientation since 2005. A longtime blogger, she leads workshops on creative approaches to scripture for worship and writes sermon resources and curriculum for the Christian Century, Lectionary Homiletics, the Abingdon Creative Preaching Annual and The Present Word.
Rev. Carol Howard Merritt, a Presbyterian (USA) minister, sought-after speaker and Christian Century blogger, is author of the award-winning Tribal Church: Ministering to the Missing Generation and cohost of the God Complex Radio podcast.
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Top customer reviews
Covers women as pastors from their call and the reactions of others at that, to unusual things that happen in their traditionally male job.
encouraging for those discerning a call and those who are just interested in what the job is like for women today
Great support. Wonderful women. I started writing and began a ministry when my endorsement as a chaplain disappeared with the Southern Baptist pronouncement that women cannot be ordained or endorsed in 1999. I minister with The Missionary Church International and I am friends with a few people in ministry with this group.