Reading Recommendations

Many listeners have reached out and requested recommendations for reading materials. Ours are as follows. Please note that not all these titles have been read by us. We are working through our bookshelf and offer these suggestions to you in good faith, recognizing that even though we may not have read the title yet, it still deserves a place on the list for curious listeners.

We also recognize that this list is not complete, as it is biased toward the white feminist experience without appropriate diversity and intersectionality. We are committed to continuing to add titles to our list with a renewed focus on those authored by marginalized (BIPOC, AAPI, queer, indigenous) voices.

We always appreciate your recommendations as well, so please let us know if there is a book you'd like to see included on this list!

Beginning Feminist Theology

  • Wisdom Ways: Introducing Feminist Biblical Interpretation by Elisabeth Shussler Fiorenza
  • The Dance of the Dissident Daughter: A Woman's Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Feminist Theology: A Reader edited by Ann Loades
  • Texts of Terror: Literary Feminist Readings of Biblical Narratives by Phyllis Trible
  • The Womanist Preacher by Kimberlee P. Johnson
  • Women Bishops and Rhetorics of Shalom by Leland G. Spencer
  • Introducing a Practical Feminist Theology of Worship by Janet Wootton
  • Introducing Feminist Theology by Anne M. Clifford
  • Dissident Daughters: Feminist Liturgies in Global Context by Teresa Berger
  • Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women by Sarah Bessey and Rachel Held Evans
Intermediate and Advanced Feminist Theology
  • Womanchurch: Theologies and Practices of Feminist Liturgical Communities by Rosemary Radford Ruether
  • Beyond God the Father: Toward a Philosophy of Women's Liberation by Mary Daly
  • Womanguides: Readings Toward a Feminist Theology by Rosemary Radford Ruether
  • But She Said: Feminist Practices of Biblical Interpretation by Elisabeth Shussler Fiorenza
  • In Memory of Her: A Feminist Theological Reconstruction of Christian Origins by Elisabeth Shussler Fiorenza
  • Sexism and God-Talk: Toward a Feminist Theology by Rosemary Radford Ruether
  • Radical Wisdom: A Feminist Mystical Theology by Beverly Lanzetta
Feminist Theory
  • We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Feminist Theory From Margin to Center by bell hooks
  • Women, Culture, and Politics by Angela Davis
  • Gendered Lives: Communication, Gender, and Culture by Julia T. Wood
Faith Development & General Theology
  • Stages of Faith: The Psychology of Human Development and the Quest for Meaning by James W. Fowler
  • Anatheism: Returning to God After God by Richard Kearney
  • My Authentic Faith: A Guided Journal For Encountering Doubt by Allred & Blasucci
  • Dynamics of Faith by Paul Tillich
  • Why Faith Matters by David J Wolpe
  • On Religion: Thinking in Action by John D. Caputo
  • Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans
  • Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr
  • What is the Bible? How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything by Rob Bell
  • The Sin of Certainty by Peter Enns
Ecofeminism & Ecofeminist Theology
  • Gaia & God: An Ecofeminist Theology of Earth Healing by Rosemary Radford Ruether
  • Ecofeminism and the Sacred edited by Carol J Adams
  • The Sexual Politics of Meat by Carol J Adams
  • Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • If Women Rose Rooted: a Life-Changing Journey to Authenticity and Belonging by Sharon Blackie
  • Reweaving the World: The Emergence of Ecofeminism edited by Diamond and Orenstein
  • Ecological Feminist Theologies edited by Karen J. Warren
  • Ecofeminism: Women, Culture, & Nature by Karen J. Warren
  • Earth Muse: Feminism, Nature, and Art by Carol Bigwood
  • Ecofeminism: Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth by Carol J. Adams
Body and Trauma Theologies:
  • Feminist Trauma Theologies: Body, Scripture, and Church in Critical Perspective edited by O'Donnell & Cross
  • Proverbs of Ashes: Violence, Redemptive Suffering, and the Search For What Saves Us by Rita Nakashima Brock and Rebecca Ann Parker
  • God and the Rhetoric of Sexuality by Phyllis Trible
  • The Revelatory Body: Theology as Inductive Art by Luke Timothy Johnson
  • Introducing Body Theology by Lisa Isherwood and Elizabeth Stuart
  • The Good News of the Body: Sexual Theology and Feminism by Lisa Isherwood
  • I Am My Body: A Theology of Embodiment by Elisabeth Moltmann-Wendel
Queer Theology
  • Queer Mormon Theology: An Introduction by Blaire Ostler
  • Radical Love by Patrick S. Cheng
Liberation Theology:
  • A Theology of Liberation by Gustavo Gutierrez
  • Introducing Liberation Theology by Leonardo Boff & Clodovis Boff
  • En la Lucha/ In The Struggle: A Hispanic Woman's Liberation Theology by Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz
Womanist Theology
  • White Tears, Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color by Ruby Hamad
  • Hood Feminism: Notes From the Women That A Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall
  • In Search Of Our Mothers Gardens by Alice Walker
  • Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde
  • Sisters in the Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk by Delores S. Williams
  • Katie's Canon: Womanism and the Soul of the Black Community by Katie Geneva Cannon
  • White Women's Christ, Black Women's Jesus: Feminist Christology and Womanist Response by Jacquelyn Grant
  • Halos on Afros: Radical Black Feminist and Womanist Thoughts on the Divine by ebonyjanice & nikki blak

    Asian and Pacific Islander Theologies
    • Making Paper Cranes: Toward an Asian American Feminist Theology by Mihee Kim-Kort
    Latinx Theologies
    • A Reader in Latina Feminist Theology: Religion and Justice by Maria Pila Aquino
    Post-colonial Theology
    • Interdependence: A Postcolonial Feminist Practical Theology by Hyeran Kim-Cragg
    Mormon Theology
    • Mormon Feminism: Essential Writings by Brooks, Hunt Steenblik, & Wheelwright
    • Mormonism and White Supremacy: American Religion and the Problem of Racial Innocence by Joanna Brooks
    • Eve and the Choice Made in Eden by Beverly Campbell
    • Eve and Adam: Discovering the Beautiful Balance by Melinda Wheelwright Brown
    • The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life by Fiona & Terryl Givens
    • All Things New: Rethinking Sin, Salvation, and Everything in Between by Fiona & Terryl Givens
    • Walking with the Women of the New Testament/Old Testament/Book of Mormon by Heather Farrell
    • The Book of Mormon for the Least of These by Dr. Fatimah Salleh and Margaret Olsen Hemming
    • Early Mormonism and the Magical Worldview by D. Michael Quinn
    • Tabernacles of Clay by Taylor Petrey
    Women's Psychology
    • The Birth of Pleasure: A New Map of Love by Carol Gilligan
    • Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    • Mother's Milk: Poems in Search of Heavenly Mother by Rachel Hunt Steenblik & Ashley Mae Hoiland
    • I Gave Her A Name by Rachel Hunt Steenblik & Ashley Mae Hoiland
    • Finding Mother God: Poems to Heal the World by Carol Lynn Pearson
    • The Tree at the Center by Kathryn Knight Sonntag
    Christian Theological Fiction

    • The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

    *Updated on January 3, 2022*

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