Books

The Words of Her Mouth: Psalms for the Struggle is available to order through The Pilgrim Press, Amazon, or Barnes&Noble, or ask your local bookseller to order. This collection of original psalms written by ten women faith leaders will be both companion and provocateur for your prayer life, offering a balm in this season of spiritual strife and political struggle. Join us in an honest space in which lament is heard, love is affirmed, and the body is unashamed before God. 

Praise for The Words of Her Mouth

“The words are radiant and diversely perceptive, touching, evoking, and moving the soul and reviving the mind.”
—Rev. Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim, author of Intersectional Theology

The Words of Her Mouth: Psalms for the Struggle is a beautifully written, sacred refuge.”
—Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder, author of Where the Edge Gathers

“A new psalter for a new age. Its poetry arcs forward into [a] world in which the inspiration for its creation will pass but its power endures as praying words, healing words and, when necessary, fighting words.”
—Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney, author of Womanist Midrash

“These women psalmists offer us ‘heck yes’ moments that resonate deeply with our experiences in this wondrous and horrifying world we inhabit.”
—Rev. Dr. Marcia McFee, author of Think Like a Filmmaker

“This is a book many of us have been waiting for.”
—Rev. Dr. Karen Oliveto, author of Together at the Table


What happens when you feel you have failed at faith, or the faith you have been taught has failed you? Rachel Hackenberg and I share personal stories in conversation with scripture touching on divorce, abuse, brushes with death, and coming out. God remains, both when faith fails and when faith finds new understanding. (Church Publishing Incorporated,  2018)

Praise for Denial is My Spiritual Practice

“Through beautiful stories, Rachel G. Hackenberg and Martha Spong teach the reader how to move through denial and failure into acceptance and grace. With insightful vision, they paint a picture of life that prevails on the other side of failure. If you are searching for honesty in the life of faith and how to live in the midst of struggles, this book will be a balm to your spirit.”
—The Rev. Becca Stevens, founder of Thistle Farms and author of Love Heals

“With insight, gasp-generating honesty, and wit, Hackenberg and Spong help readers appreciate how every event, every interaction, and every feeling can become an opportunity to learn more about living a spiritual life.”
—Meredith Gould, author of Desperately Seeking Spirituality: A Field Guide to Practice

“In this lively, wise, and daring book, Martha and Rachel blend memoir, humor, and biblical reflection to explore the experiences most never dared to discuss in church. Let this engaging book help you illuminate the beliefs that shape your life.”
—Ruth Everhart, author of The #MeToo Reckoning, Ruined and Chasing the Divine in the Holy Land


Over fifty clergywomen representing fourteen denominations share the details of their intimidating balancing act—juggling the isolating expectations of perfection from their congregations and the shared human realities of everyday life. It was a delight to edit and contribute to this collection written by members of the RevGalBlogPals online community. (SkyLight Paths, 2015)

“My neck and throat are sore after reading this book; my neck from nodding all the way through and my throat from laughing out loud. There’s a Woman in the Pulpit offers a circle of witness for women pastors and a universal message of joy and hope. A great gift for us all!”
—Rev. Susan Sparks, pastor, Madison Avenue Baptist Church, New York City; author, Laugh Your Way to Grace: Reclaiming the Spiritual Power of Humor

“Once again Martha Spong and RevGalBlogPals … have found a way to strengthen women in their ministries and to do so with transparency, poignancy and wit. Whether you are a woman in ministry or know a woman in ministry, these stories will touch your soul and intensify your own faith and faithfulness.”
Jenee Woodard, curator, The Text This Week


Anthologies

I contributed sermon series themes and text reflections for Lent, and Easter through Pentecost, Year A.


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