During Women’s History Month, we are highlighting resources in our collection authored by women from diverse cultural backgrounds. This list includes books written by women from Black, Indigenous, Latina, and Asian cultures. We have listed below small-group studies, books for spiritual growth, and books for church leadership.
We also have many other books written by women that address matters of race. These books are listed in our Anti-Racism pathfinder.
Small Group DVD Studies
Surrendered: Letting Go & Living Like Jesus: A Study of Jesus in the Wilderness by Barb Roose. This six-week study especially for women explores Jesus in the wilderness and gives six practical principles that will equip you to let God lead you to victory and peace, despite your unchanging and challenging circumstances.
Search our online catalog for more women’s studies by Barb Roose.
The Big Picture: Seeing God’s Dream for Your Life by Nicole and Jevon Caldwell-Gross. Take a closer look at the life of Joseph to discover God’s presence in moments of triumph and trauma. Join this five-week study and see God’s dream for your life as you begin connecting the dots of God’s grace, presence, and protection.
She Dreams: Live the Life You Were Created For by Tiffany Bluhm. Discover and follow your God-given dreams through the biblical story of Moses. This special six-week women’s group study experience will reveal how God calls, equips, and trains us to pursue our dreams.
Reflect Reclaim Rejoice: Preserving the Gift of Black Sacred Music by Safiyah Fosua, Cynthia A. Wilson, and Robert McMichael, III. This companion small-group study resource to the DVD documentary is for any person or group seeking a greater understanding of the history of Black sacred music in America. This small-group study is part of the Africana Hymnal Project of The United Methodist Church.
Gideon: Your Weakness. God’s Strength. by Priscilla Shirer. This study will encourage you to recognize your weakness as the key that the Lord gives you to unlock the full experience of His strength in your life. Instead of ignoring, neglecting, or trying to escape your weaknesses, see them as the gifts that they are, given specifically and strategically by God to unlock the door of God’s strength.
Search our online catalog for more women’s studies by Priscilla Shirer.
Vital Conversations Series by The General Commission on Religion and Race. This video series features thought leaders, pastors, theologians, activists, authors, and scholars who share their stories, insights, and expertise on issues related to faith, culture, and fighting oppression in the church and world today. Through these studies, you are invited to engage in relevant and real conversations.
Small Group Book Studies
God of the Bible: A Study for United Methodists about How God is Revealed in Scripture by Aida Fernandez, Adrienne Trevathan, and Susan Hylen. This five-week study is designed for small groups to explore expansive language – the names, images, and ways God has been revealed to us in Scripture. It challenges participants to strengthen their personal relationship with God by removing barriers of human limitations from our understanding of who God is. Also available as a free PDF download.
Who Can We Be Together? A Biblical Exploration of Luke 13 by Candace Simpson. This United Women in Faith curriculum brings participants deeper into Jesus’ teachings in this chapter of Luke to explore what it means to be in community. The author states, “we are called to act on the most ethical principles of our faith so we can witness the kin-dom of God on earth.”
On This Spirit Walk: The Voices of Native American and Indigenous Peoples by Henrietta Mann and Anita Phillips. A diverse group of Native American United Methodist writers, including a cross-section of tribes and nations, ages, and life experiences, contributed to this work. Discussion questions for multicultural groups are included at the end of each of the twelve essays.
The Scandalous Message of James: Faith Without Works is Dead by Elsa Tamez. This provocative, and often overlooked letter is the founding document of liberation theology—the theology that seeks to preserve Jesus’ “preferential option for the poor.” Now with a detailed study guide, this book can be used by Christians everywhere to study the radical message of James and reflect on what it means to be a true Christian.
Books for Spiritual Growth
What Makes You Come Alive: A Spiritual Walk with Howard Thurman by Lerita Coleman Brown. Brown walks with us through Thurman’s inimitable life and commitments as he summons us into centering down, encountering the natural world, paying attention to sacred synchronicity, unleashing inner authority, and recognizing the genius of the religion of Jesus.
Living Resistance: An Indigenous Vision for Seeking Wholeness Every Day by Kaitlin B. Curtice. Curtice explores four “realms of resistance”–the personal, the communal, the ancestral, and the integral–and shows how these realms overlap and why all are needed for our liberation. Readers will be empowered to seek wholeness in whatever spheres of influence they inhabit.
Becoming Kin: An Indigenous Call to Unforgetting the Past and Reimagining Our Future by Patty Krawec. What would it look like to remember that we are all related? Braiding together historical, scientific, and cultural analysis, Indigenous ways of knowing, and the vivid threads of communal memory, Krawec crafts a stunning, forceful call to “unforget” our history.
Learning to Be: Finding Your Center After the Bottom Falls Out by Juanita Campbell Rasmus. When everything in her life came to a stop, Pastor Juanita Rasmus found that she had to learn to be-with herself and with God-all over again. Offering both practical and spiritual insights, she shares a wise, frank, and witty account of her own story of exhaustion and depression, acting as a trustworthy companion through dark days.
Four Gifts: Seeking Self-Care for Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength by April Yamasaki. Drawing on the ancient scriptural command to love God with our heart, soul, mind, and strength, Yamasaki helps readers think about the spiritual dimensions of attending to your own needs, setting priorities, and finding true rest in a fast-paced world.
The Night is Long but Light Comes in the Morning: Meditations for Racial Healing by Catherine Meeks. With personal stories and thoughtful direction, Meeks takes the reader on the trajectory from self-awareness to recognition of the past to a new and individual way forward. Meditation topics include how to work through fear and rage, how stories can help heal, honoring your ancestors while looking toward the future, what it really means to love one another, and the meaning of social justice.
Psalms for Black Lives: Reflections for the Work of Liberation by Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes & Andrew Wilkes. This book includes thirty devotions, each containing a psalm, a reflection, and an invitation for the reader to develop a justice imagination through further engagement with the text. It also includes daily discussion questions to support small-group study and a guide for congregational and community groups who want to embody the words of the Psalms together.
All the Colors We Will See: Reflections on Barriers, Brokenness, and Finding Our Way by Patrice Gopo. Gopo examines the complexities of identity in our turbulent yet hopeful time of intersecting heritages. As she digs beneath the layers of immigration questions and race relations, Patrice also turns her voice to themes such as marriage and divorce, the societal beauty standards we hold, and the intricacies of living out our faith.
Books for Church Leadership
A Worship Workbook: A Practical Guide for Extraordinary Liturgy by Khalia J. Williams & Gerald C. Liu. This book introduces crucial and under-examined liturgical and social concepts for students and leaders of worship. Each chapter offers a brief lesson, teaching new skills and inspiring creativity for honest, faithful, and versatile worship leadership.
Fiesta Jubilosa: Recursos bilingües para la Adoración edited by Raquel Mora Martínez. This new fully bilingual worship resource collects works from 91 contributors and includes texts, original music, and arrangements for both Spanish and English-speaking worshippers. Dr. Martínez notes the rich variety of musical styles from various nations of Latin America, the United States, and the Caribbean “reflects the styles and traditions of the mixed culture of the Hispanic / Latino communities.”
Buried Seeds: Learning from the Vibrant Resilience of Marginalized Christian Communities by Alexia Salvatierra and Brandon Wrencher. The authors explore two grassroots faith movements whose witness has been buried within the histories of the institutional church and secular justice movements: the base ecclesial communities of the Global South in the late twentieth century and the hush harbors of the US antebellum South.
From Social Media to Social Ministry: A Guide to Digital Discipleship by Nona Jones. Jones outlines her digital discipleship principles and provides practical instruction for how to do it, no matter how big or small a local church may be. There are plenty of books to help churches build a social media strategy, but this is the first book of its kind that goes beyond digital marketing to digital ministry.
Blank Slate: Write Your Own Rules for a 22nd-Century Church Movement by Lia M. McIntosh, Jasmine Rose Smothers, and Rodney Thomas Smothers. This book helps us realize that we must let go of what we think church should be. It provides us with tools we can use to change the landscape of ministry and shows us how to engage our children and our children’s children within the church so that it—and they—can thrive.
Those Preaching Women: A Multicultural Collection edited by Ella Pearson Mitchell and Valerie Bridgeman Davis. Brought together by the “dean of black women preachers,” Rev. Dr. Ella P. Mitchell, this treasure trove includes the unfettered, creative exchange of sacred rhetoric by God’s women from every tribe, nation, and language group.
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