Rowman & Littlefield Publishers / Alban Books
978-1-56699-653-2 • eBook • August 2011 • $20.33 • (£15.99)
Melissa Lynn DeRosia is pastor of Gates Presbyterian Church in Rochester, New York. Marianne J. Grano is associate pastor of University Presbyterian Church, Rochester Hills, Michigan. Amy Morgan is associate pastor and director of youth ministries at First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham, Michigan. Amanda Adams Riley is parish associate at Brentwood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, California.
Clergywomen, as some have put it, face an uphill climb in ministry. They face twists and turns on their journey often different from ones faced by their male counterparts. In this book, however, they have an extremely helpful guide written by four travel companions, young clergywomen themselves, who share what they are learning along the way. Written in an engaging style, the chapters address very real, practical issues that young clergywomen face. It should be required reading for women seminarians—young or old—as they prepare to enter parish ministry.
— Jackson W. Carroll, Williams Professor Emeritus of Religion and Society, Duke Divinity School
Finally ... a voice crying out of the wilderness in support of the sisters. Packed full of real-world stories and practical advice, this book feels like a late night dinner party with your girlfriends where you leave feeling uplifted, affirmed, and a little less alone.
— Susan Sparks, Senior Pastor, Madison Avenue Baptist Church, NYC and author of "Laugh Your Way to Grace"
This book is an evocative affirmation of the difference gender and friendship make to the practice of ministry. The authors bear witness to the possibilities and promise of ministry without trivializing the difficulties and discouragement. The entire book is a reminder to all pastors—gender aside—of why friendship is utterly indispensable to navigating life in the parish with style and grace.
— David J. Wood, Senior Minister, Glencoe Union Church