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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Thirty years after the first group of women was ordained by the Episcopal Church, women are among some of the most vital and successful ministers in all Protestant denominations, even as churches struggle to hold on to their members. Sarah Sentilles enters the lives of female ministers--women of various ages and races, in a range of churches--to paint the first real portrait of what it's like to serve as a woman of faith today.

Sometimes triumphant, sometimes hilarious, sometimes painful, their stories take us from their calls to the pulpit through their ordinations and service in congregations. These women show us how the church can be more welcoming to the women who are its lifeblood. And in their inspiring determination to perform the ministry to which they are called, no matter what the obstacles, we might well see 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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