Books Written By Women…Recommended for Men


In Mike Frost’s blog post, Brotopia, he highlights five ways male pastors can affirm women in ministry. One of those suggestions was to quote (and presumably read) women authors and theologians. Steve Estep does this well in his book, The Call to Preach. But most books, written by men, on anything pastoral related seldom use gender-inclusive language and rarely quote from female authors and theologians.

Therefore, I thought I would give you some starting points. Here are some good books with great content written by women. I hope you will check out a few.

If you haven’t read Quiet by Susan Cain, then please do your congregation a favor and make it a priority.

Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy

Dare to Lead by Brene Brown. Anything by Brene Brown. Yes, she really likes the S*** word. You’ll get over it.

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb. She also uses some “language”. But we are pastors and we need empathy. This book will help you find a little for your congregation and even yourself.

Anything by Dr. Brenda Salter-McNeil. I recommend you start with Roadmap to Reconciliation.

Discovering Christian Holiness: The Heart of Wesleyan-Holiness Theology by Diane Leclerc. She also co-wrote Essential Beliefs. I highly recommend that one, too.

Practicing Christian Doctrine by Beth Felker Jones.

Emily P. Freeman is a newer author. Her latest book, The Next Right Thing, is about decision making. It is a practical book with applications at the end of each chapter.

Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation by Ruth Haley Barton

Reality-Based Leadership by Cy Wakeman

Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor has several books. You might start with The Preaching Life.

Present Over Perfect by Shawna Niequist. It’s a good read about learning to lean into holiness.

Hopefully, these will get you started. I know there are many more. Feel free to share your favorite books written by female authors. I am always looking for more to add to my list.



New Podcast Episode – Pastor Gloria Azikiwe


Pastor Gloria Azikiwe is from Nairobi, Kenya. She has planted churches in Nairobi and Thika. You will fall in love with her and her story. You can check out the new episode here!

Tuesday Tips


OMW! It’s been so long since I’ve written a blog post. It’s been so long since I’ve written a recommendation list. What have I been doing? I don’t know. Things got crazy. Easter came and went. And it’s been raining for something like eight weeks. Well, maybe I’m exaggerating. But, seriously, a little sun for us SAD people.

The most FAQ I get is “what are you reading/listening/watching”? So here’s my latest list of things that are making me THINK!


I am reading Bored and Brillant by Manoush Zomorodi. You can also listen to her podcast called Note to Self. Manoush is charming and brilliant. The book deals with how technology is stripping us of our natural brilliance and problem-solving skills. If you’ve read Seven by Jen Hatmaker, then think of this as the same for technology.

I recently finished Maybe You Should Talk to Someone (audiobook) by Lori Gottlieb. The audiobook was read by the author and she did a fabulous job. I laughed and cried at her memoir about being a psychologist and seeing a psychologist. It’s poignant and will make you do some soulsearching.


I have discovered some new podcasts and might be addicted. The Next Right Thing by Emily P. Freeman is inspiring. If you struggle to make decisions, then this is the podcast for you. If you are a deliberative in the Strength Finders world (you know who you are), then you absolutely need to give it a listen. Freeman has recently released a book by the same title. I have not read it, but it’s on my list.

For all you Malcolm Gladwell fans, the fourth season of Revisionist History is coming in about one month. I am geeked and ready to binge listen. He is also co-hosting a new podcast called, Solvable. It’s about ideas and topics that have previously been considered unsolvable, but new breakthroughs are proving us wrong. Episode one discussed two cities who have conquered chronic homelessness.


The most recent tool I have discovered is a calendar app called, Team Up. It is free and great for small churches, businesses, groups, etc. You create a calendar online, then download the app and enter the link. It allows us to coordinate several schedules at once. It has been most helpful for us in coordinating building usage. In addition, I can give different permission levels to different people. Our congregation has a “view only” permission that allows them to see if a date is available before they request a room.


I’m not much of a TV or movie person. But I do get on a kick from time to time and then binge watch on a Sunday night. Hulu has me re-watching the show, Lie to Me. It’s about reading people’s micro-expressions to see if they are telling the truth. It’s a fictional show about real science. Basically, a crime-drama which is my go-to.

I also finished watching season one of A Million Little Things. It’s on Hulu and, good news, it’s coming back for a second season. Bad news…it’s a serious tear-jerker, not the stuff I usually watch.

Other Stuff:

It’s probably a good time to plug my own podcast, This is Her Story. We are also available on iTunes and GooglePlay now. I am editing the latest episode where I interview professor and seminary president, Dr. Barbara Brown Zikmund. It was so great meeting her that we talked for almost two hours. It might need to be a two-part episode.

Well, that’s all I have for you now. Please share what is making you think right now in the comments. What are you reading, listening to, watching? New tools and resources? I would love to hear from you.



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