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March is Women's History Month in the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Celebrating that, I'm creating a list of women authors who have written wisdom (whether through books, articles, blogs or presentations) on the subject of ministry. All the names below have written or spoken something that helped me and/or a member of my family in my/our education for ministry and/or spiritual development (and, still, I don't think I can remember them all). So, feel free to add to the list! We'll keep this going year after year.


Sandra Van Opstal

Nikki Lerner

Ruth C. Duck

D.L. Mayfield

Sheila W. Rowe

Marva Dawn

Dana Harris

Angie Hong

Shauna Nyquist

Kara Powell

Tara Beth Leach

Tish Harrison Warren

Rachel Joy Welcher

Suzanne Stabile

Lynn Cohick

Margaret Feinberg

Helen Lee

Marilynne Robinson

Kaitlyn Schiess

Brenda Salter McNeil

Ruth Everhart

Jasmine Holmes

Kathy Khang

Christena Cleveland

Trillia Newbell

Michelle Reyes

Annie Downs

Lisa Sharon Harper

Austin Channing Brown

Rebekah Lyons

Anne Lamott

Katelyn Beaty

Natasha Robinson

Jennie Allen

Beth Moore

Bobette Buster

Christine Caine

Ann Voskamp

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One of our Patreon subscribers had this on a playlist. "African Medley" by Tye Tribbett features Uche Agu and Mumen Ngenge. Very playful song in multiple languages.

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For a while, I thought Christian blues was basically non-existent. And I wrote Sons of Korah Blues. But then, ChristianityToday posted an article for Lent that connected blues to the holy season and also gave a list of songs and artists, sampling Christian blues.


It was a difficult decision, but my favorite from the list is "You Gotta Move." Although it's been covered (loosely) by big name bands such as Rolling Stones and Aerosmith, my favorite rendition (both for lyrics and musical execution) is by Mississippi Fred McDowell. This song could be sung in a church during Lent or anytime during the year. Lyrics below:


You gotta move, you gotta move, You gotta move, you gotta move. When my God gets ready, you gotta move, you gotta move.


You may be high, you may be low. You may be rich, yeah, you may be poor. But when the Lord gets ready, you gotta move, you gotta move.


You may be old, you may be young. You may be weak, you may be high-strung. But when the good Lord gets ready, you gotta move, you gotta move.


You see that woman who walks the street. You see that cop man who walks his beat. But when the Lord gets ready, you gotta move, you gotta move.


Yeah I was hangin' with the devil when we made a pact. I'm drinkin' welfare whiskey smokin' food stamp crack. It was one part sour, two parts sweet. Three parts strong, and four parts weak.


I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself

Than to be crowded on a velvet cushion.


You gotta move, you gotta move, you gotta move, you got to move. When the God get ready, you gotta move, you gotta move.

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