Choosing favorite books in one’s field is like asking who your favorite friends are. Good books change my perspective and – at times – transform my soul. Still, I’ve put together a short list of books I like to teach over and over again.

Sisters in the Wilderness by Delores S. Williams

This classic in womanist theology is still my favorite. Williams offers a fresh reading of the Sarah, Abraham and Hagar story and explains why survival matters as much as liberation.







Process Theology: an Introduction by C. Robert Mesle

I read three introductory books in process theology that didn’t make any sense to me.  Mesle writes a nice introduction focusing on the power of God’s love.






Iwa-Pele by Awo Fa’lokun Fatunmbi

A classic in the field of traditional Yoruba religion, Fatunmbi writes as a priest and practitioner. Fatunmbi explains core concepts of traditional Yoruba religion in a way that resonates with those of us raised in Western traditions.






Beyond Christianity by Darnise C. Martin

This classic is still the leading text on the meeting place of black religion and New Thought. It’s also a great primer into the history and beliefs of New Thought religion.






Making a Way Out of No Way by Monica A. Coleman

I wrote this book to describe a spirituality that can navigate loss and transformation. I bring together womanist theology, process theology, science fiction and traditional Yoruba religion to redefine what salvation looks like in today’s society.