Welcome back to our series on Books to Empower! 

Today: my favourite books to empower women who preach!

This is focused on resources specifically for women who preach or written by women. I know that there are many wonderful books about preaching also written by men – they also fill my bookshelves and I’m grateful – but these particular books have served a special purpose in my own life, reminding me of my unique voice, calling, style, and place in the pulpit as a woman. These books represent a variety of traditions, styles, beliefs, methods, and theological homes – and so every single one has something to teach me.

I often hear from women who feel called to preach but cannot seem to find support or resources within their churches or communities of faith or traditions. They often do not have a vision or a reference point for women who preach in their lives. There is not a single time that I preach a sermon without hearing from someone that this was the first time they had ever heard a woman preach. May these books find their way in particular to these precious sisters to affirm, refine, resource, and equip them for their life work! Especially for women like myself who have not had the privilege of going to seminary (or likely ever will!), I have found these books instructive, illuminating, and helpful.

My hope is that you will check these books out of the library or buy them at your local bookstore either for yourself or for a woman in your life who preaches or is called to preach.

Of course, the biggest problem with this list is keeping it manageable. There are so many amazing options available now that I ended up simply choosing my personal favourites on the topic rather than using any other metric. So I look forward to your contributions and suggestions in the comments, for sure! This is certainly NOT exhaustive.

Also, a quick note: the next installment will be theological/academic books to empower women.

And P.S. for everyone else who preaches? These would be a great read for you, too.

Birthing the Sermon: Women Preachers on the Creative Process Edited by Rev. Dr. Jana Childers

A Little Handbook for Preachers: Ten Practical Ways to a Better Sermon by Sunday by Mary S. Hulst

Preacher Breath: Sermons and Essays by Kyndall Rae Rothaus

Preaching as Testimony by Anna Carter Florence

Ways of the Word: Learning to Preach for Your Time and Place by Sally A. Brown and Luke A. Powery

Prophetic Preaching: A Pastoral Approach by Leonora Tubbs Tisdale (a couple others I’ve enjoyed by this author are A Sermon Workbook: Exercises in the Art and Craft of Preaching as well as Preaching As Local Theology and Folk Art)

I Refuse to Preach a Boring Sermon: Engaging the 21st Century Listener by Karyn L. Wiseman

Womanist Midrash: A Reintroduction to the Women of the Torah and the Throne by Wilda C. Gafney

Preaching Justice: Ethnic and Cultural Perspectives edited by Christine Marie Smith

The Preaching Life by Barbara Brown Taylor

Delivering the Sermon: Voice, Body, and Animation in Proclamation by Teresa L. Fry Brown (a couple others that I haven’t read yet but have heard great things about from this author are: Can a Sistah Get a Little Help?: Encouragement for Black Women in Ministry as well as Weary Throats and New Songs: Black Women Proclaiming God’s Word)

Women Preaching: Theology and Practice Through the Ages by Eunjoo Mary Kim (another one by this author: Preaching the Presence of God: A Homiletic from an Asian American Perspective)

Saved From Silence: Finding Women’s Voice in Preaching by Mary Donovan Turner and Mary Lin Hudson

Those Preaching Women: A Multicultural Collection edited by Ella Pearson Mitchell and Valerie Bridgeman Davis (this is part of a series so check out the other volumes like Vol. 1 Sermons by Black Women Preachers)

She Can Teach: Empowering Women to Teach the Scriptures Effectively by Dr. Jackie Roese

Women’s Bible Commentary edited by Carol A. Newsom, Sharon H. Ringe, and Jacqueline E. Lapsley




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