A Church of Her Own
Sarah Sentilles
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A Church of Her Own: What Happens When a Woman Takes the Pulpit
Sarah Sentilles
Harcourt
Hardcover
352 pages
April 2008
rated 2 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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A Church of Her Own seems a very promising premise. Unfortunately, only the side of women who are called to preach and the difficulties they encounter are presented.

The author had her own calling to deal with, as well as the sexism that still permeates churches of all faiths. As a result, the book comes off as (pardon the pun) too preachy. She seems to vent her own frustration by enumerating the faiths that are the most stodgy and impenetrable.

In A Church of Her Own, she interviews several women with different backgrounds about their obstacles in following their callings. Their stories are very moving and run the entire gamut of emotions from hopeful to hopeless.

Sentilles gets bogged down in emphasizing the victimization of these women, but she also does give readers a glimpse of the possible future of the church, one in which women are not just consigned to sitting in the pews but are standing in the pulpits and preaching the word of God.

While the overall book is a bit of a letdown, some aspects are uplifting and even hopeful, worth the read if you can handle an uneven handling of the subject.



Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Camden Alexander, 2008

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