Three Rachael Keefe BOOKS FOR THREE PURPOSES, ALL EXCELLENT GIFTS FOR PASTORS AND SEMINARIANS

BAREFOOT THEOLOGY

A Dictionary for Pilgrims, Priests, and Poets

Online home of the Rev. Dr. Rachael Keefe.

theological dictionary

all the big theological terms defined through poetry

excellent sermon aid

useful seminary reader

people love this book

A CIRCLE IN THE DARK

Daily Meditations for Advent

Online home of the Rev. Dr. Rachael Keefe.

accessible, daily Advent readings

each day has scripture + meditation

all meditations are poetry

good for personal reading

bonus: this book includes discussion questions!

NEGOTIATING THE SHADOWS

Daily Meditations for Lent

Online home of the Rev. Dr. Rachael Keefe.

easy to read, thoughtful daily Lenten devotional readings

each day has scripture + meditation

all poetry

good for personal reading

also good for groups

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More About That Theological Dictionary

From the back cover: Barefoot Theology is a paradigm-shaking invitation for readers to engage with the language of faith. Not your typical theological dictionary, this book explores Christian faith with imagination and passion. You will not find obtuse, prosaic definitions. Instead you will discover creative, poetic imagery that will accompany you as you wrestle with your own faith seeking understanding.

“Preparing for a sermon can be a daunting task. Biblical commentaries give great insight into the theology of the text. However, the preacher always needs a way to ease into the Word in innovative ways. Rachael Keefe offers this innovation with her collection of theological poetry. Through it, the preacher can dance with the Word as the words of the poems bring to life each theological concept. Keefe’s book should be on the shelf of every preacher.” —J. Manny Santiago, University Baptist Church, Seattle, Washington

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“I can walk through Barefoot Theology rapidly to get a feel of the ground covered, then slowly to experience its textures and to return repeatedly to the beginning of the pilgrimage. Dr. Keefe’s pastoral heart and theological mind unite as she invites us to reverent, rejoicing, realistic reliance on the God who guides and loves us all the way to the heart of life-giving love.” —Walter H. Wagner, Moravian Theological Seminary, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

image description: two hardcover copies of Barefoot Theology, the left book is closed and the right book is opened to pages 5-6, showing apocalypse and atonement in the theological dictionary for pilgrims, priests, and poets
image description: two hardcover copies of Barefoot Theology, the left book is closed and the right book is opened to pages 5-6, showing apocalypse and atonement in the theological dictionary for pilgrims, priests, and poets

More on that Advent Book

From the back cover: This book invites the reader to experience Advent as a spiritual journey to Bethlehem, a journey from darkness to light. Each week explores the traditional themes of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love that are present throughout the season. It begins on the first Sunday of Advent inviting the reader to be open to new or unexpected encounters with God, to find the mystery and wonder so often missed in day-to-day life. Each daily meditation offers a poetic, insightful reflection on scripture verses that voice the human spirit’s longing for the Holy Spirit–the continued struggle to find light in a dark world. As the journey unfolds, the reader will walk through the cold bleakness of the winter season and the bitterness of despair, guided by the hope, peace, joy, and love promised in Christ, fulfilled on Christmas Day.

“These Advent meditations are the most challenging, creative, and meaningful ones ever published. Rachael Keefe integrates her biblical knowledge, her pastoral and prophetic perspectives, her psychological and spiritual understanding of persons, and her own life’s pilgrimage to offer profound insights and challenges for our spiritual journey through Advent. Anyone’s Advent will be enriched and made more meaningful by interacting with Keefe’s soul and mind in the meditations.” —Merle Jordan, Emeritus Professor, Boston University School of Theology

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One More Review

“Rachael Keefe offers individuals and communities of faith a fresh, timely, and authentic invitation to the season of Advent. Her readers will find thought-provoking verses with references and images that confirm the complexity of modern life. Through her poetry that resonates with Scripture, she opens up multiple layers of a lived faith that keeps hope alive in the midst of doubt. Readers will find the courage to dream again. This book is a valuable resource for personal reflections and public worship.” —Sharon G. Thornton, Professor of Pastoral Theology, Andover Newton Theological School

And a bit more on that book of Lenten meditations

From the back cover: This book invites the reader to experience Lent as a spiritual journey. It begins on Ash Wednesday with an invitation to engage with Christ, to have daily conversation with him, and to walk with him through the struggles and challenges of daily living. Each day offers a poetic, insightful meditation on Scripture verses that voice the human spirit’s longing for the Holy Spirit. As the journey unfolds, the reader will experience the searing heat of the desert sun and the confusing shadows of the wilderness. The invitation to follow Christ, seek Christ, and be found by Christ leads the reader through the perils of the season with the promise of Easter morning.

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