Archives For Women


Called to A Life of
Care, Faith, and Love

A Review of

Here I Am:Faith Stories of Korean American Clergywomen
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Paperback: Judson Press, 2015
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Reviewed by Pam Kittredge
Whenever stories are told and collected, it is important to ask who is doing the speaking and the collecting. Is it the loudest, most dominant voice–the voice of power–that is heard and accepted as representative of the collective story? What about the voices of the not so powerful? The voices not often heard outside their own community? How are those voices to reach us? Who will listen to and collect those stories?

In Here I Am:Faith Stories of Korean American Clergywomen, editor Grace Ji-Sun Kim does both. As editor, Kim listens. She draws into conversation a rich blend of cultural and theological and strands, then braids them skillfully together and collects them for us.

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Mommy Guilt, Work,
and The Role of Women

A Review of

A Woman’s Place: A Christian Vision for Your Calling in the Office, the Home, and the World
Katelyn Beaty

Hardback: Howard Books, 2016
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Reviewed by Ashley Hales


I didn’t actually expect to love Katelyn Beaty’s book, A Woman’s Place: A Christian Vision for Your Calling in the Office, The Home, and the World. You see, my own relationship to work is complicated. I’m a stay-at-home mom (at least from the outside) living in the middle of suburbia, helping my husband plant a church in a neighborhood miles from where we each grew up. It doesn’t look like I’ve done much with my life. Sure, I can point to my Ph.D. from a prestigious university in Scotland, my few years lived overseas, our years of ministry in Salt Lake City, as things that make me interesting — evidence that I’ve worked, I’ve made my mark on the world. I squeeze writing a book into the wee hours. But since my weekly routine involves grocery shopping, caring for four little children, and managing homework, I thought I’d find more mommy guilt. I was expecting to either feel shame for the form my mothering takes (“Why aren’t you using your Ph.D.? We need more women in the academy!”) or feel that the portfolio life I’m living (balancing life as a writer, pastor’s wife, mother, volunteer) was somehow less consequential than a 9-5 job.

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March is Women’s History Month, and while I am a bit queasy about relegating women’s history to a single month out of the year, it is a good time to remind ourselves that we need to be working harder throughout the year to know the stories of women who have followed faithfully in the way of Jesus.


Here are brief introductions to ten women saints (I use this term loosely to include other prominent women of faith, not just those who have been canonized by the Roman Catholic church) that you should be very familiar with. There are so many more faithful women that could have been included on this list. With the focus here on history, I have limited myself to saints who have lived prior to 1900.

Also, see:
Ten Essential Women Writers for Christian Readers


Perpetua (and Felicity)

Martyred c. 203 for her faith.

*** Books about Perpetua

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One of the great challenges of the publishing industry in the twenty-first century is that it is overwhelmingly dominated by white males. One small part of the necessary corrective measures is for all of us to buy and read more books by authors who are not white males. 

Toward this end, here is a list of ten women authors, whose work you should be intimately familiar with. For this list, we have chosen well-established writers, who either are still alive or who have died within the last 50 years or so. We will run a list of younger women writers next week.

Buy and read everything that these women writers have published!


Flannery O’Connor

A Roman Catholic writer from Georgia, whose stories defined the Southern Gothic style. 

*** Books by Flannery O’Connor

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Empowering Women
For Over 800 Years

A Feature Review of 

The Wisdom of the Beguines: The Forgotten Story of a Medieval Women’s Movement
Laura Swan

Hardback: Bluebridge, 2014
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Reviewed by Michelle Wilbert
In this well researched, accessible, and highly readable short history, Laura Swan, professor of religious studies at St. Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington, has opened the door to an exploration of a little known spiritual movement that flourished in the medieval period across Europe. Notable for its vigor, clarity of vision, and vocational integrity, it is made remarkable by the singular fact of gender: this was a woman’s movement that aspired to provide its members with real options at a time when virtually none existed. It gave women ownership of their spiritual development and expression, a considerable level of economic and social independence, and a passionately expressed sense of community and purpose.
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In honor of Women’s History Month, here are 10 FREE classics by women author’s that you should have on your e-reader!


Poems by Emily Dickinson, Three Series, Complete


Alt.Kindle and other FREE versions of this ebook


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A New Heroine from the Eighteenth Century

A Feature Review of

Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More: Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist
Karen Swallow Prior

Hardback: Thomas Nelson, 2014.
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Reviewed by Dorothy Greco


According to author Karen Swallow Prior, “Hannah More might just be the most influential reformer you’ve never heard of.” But thanks to Prior’s 2014 biography titled Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More: Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist, that’s about to change. (Look for a movie version in the next three years!)


Hannah More was a writer, bridge builder, reformer, teacher, abolitionist, feminist (long before the term existed), animal welfare activist, and devoted follower of Christ. It would be impressive to list all of those accomplishments on a resume today; it’s simply remarkable for a woman who was born in 1745.

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Megan Mayhew Bergman

I stumbled today on this book trailer video, probably more appropriately a book tribute video, for an excellent new book that was released this week…

Almost Famous Women: Stories

Megan Mayhew Bergman

Hardback: Scribner, 2015
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In the video, Bergman teams up with Tammy White of Wing and A Prayer Farm to design a biscotti in honor of the book.

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Deep Spirituality and Prayerful Reflection


A Review of

Accidental Theologians: Four Women who Shaped Christianity.

Elizabeth Dreyer

Paperback: Franciscan Media, 2014
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Reviewed by Kyle A. Schenkewitz


Focusing on Hildegard of Bingen, Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila, and Thérèse of Lisieux, Elizabeth Dreyer forces her reader to consider again the lasting impact of these women’s holy lives and spiritual teaching. They are revered as theologians, even doctors of the church, and rightly so. Their teaching reflected the “existential, daily engagement in the spiritual life which influenced the life of the Church.” ( 2) These four “accidental” theologians had a tremendous impact on the church of their day and continue to resound in concurrent eras.

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Our Latest Book Giveaway…

We’re giving away FIVE copies of the new book

Fierce Convictions:
The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More—Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist
Karen Swallow Prior

Hardback: Thomas Nelson, 2014
Read an excerpt of Fierce Convictions here


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