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.
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.