A Church of Her Own: What Happens when a Woman Takes the Pulpit

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Harcourt, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 338 pages
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Women have been among the most dynamic and successful ministers in all Protestant denominations; but in divinity school, Sarah Sentilles discovered that some of the best and brightest were having trouble and even leaving the church altogether. What was happening? To find out, she entered the lives of female ministers women of various ages, races, and denominations and emerged with the first real portrait of what it's like to lead as a woman of faith today.

Filled with humor, heartbreak, and triumph, the women's stories take us from calls to the pulpit through ordinations and service. Despite many churches' resistance conscious or not to re-imagining what it means to be a minister, many of these women are achieving remarkable transformations in their congregations. In their inspiring determination to perform the creative, life-giving work to which they are called, these women illuminate a way that the church can revitalize itself. What's at stake is nothing less than the future of the church itself.

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Review: A Church of Her Own: What Happens When a Woman Takes the Pulpit

User Review  - Rachel - Goodreads

This book is extremely well-written and engaging. It's a downer for the first three quarters or so, with lots of stories of totally unacceptable behavior from church folks. Then it gets pretty ... Read full review

Review: A Church of Her Own: What Happens When a Woman Takes the Pulpit

User Review  - Daniel Seymour - Goodreads

Sexism, entrenched religious attitudes, and the struggles of modern faith are inter-related and are well-suited to scholarly works expounding on theory. This is not one of those books. Instead ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

SARAH SENTILLES earned her master of divinity degree from Harvard and is the author of Taught by America: A Story of Struggle and Hope in Compton. She lives in Camarillo, California.

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