Our Favorite Bible

Language is a powerful tool.  One that can lift up,affirm, enlighten, enliven, alienate or degrade.  As an inclusive church, we are sensitive to the fact that the language used for God in the Bible, that is, primarily male language, has greatly contributed to the oppression of women over the centuries.  In addition, church language has traditionally been predominantly masculine and often sexist, also contributing to the second-class treatment of women. This being the case, we were thrilled to discover “The Inclusive Bible” which has now become not only our favorite Bible, but our preferred Bible for worship.

The first edition of “The Inclusive New Testament” was printed by the Priests for Equality in 1994 and was “not a mere spot cleaning for male pronouns, but a fresh dynamic translation into modern English, carefully crafted to let the power and poetry of the language shine forth.” The entire Bible is the result of a 21-year effort and was first published as a single volume in 2007.  “Seeking to be faithful to the original languages, they have sought new and nonsexist ways to express the same ancient truths.” We are grateful to the effort of the many men and women who put so many years of time and energy into this beautiful translation.

Kaye’s Favorite Books


  • The Great Emergence by Phyllis Tickle
  • If Grace Is True by Philip Gulley & James Mulholland
  • If God Is Love by Philip Gulley & James Mulholland
  • The Heart of Christianity by Marcus Borg
  • The Sins of Scripture by John Shelby Spong
  • Why Christianity Must Change or Die, by John Shelby Spong
  • Called to Question by Joan Chittister
  • A Path with Heart by Jack Kornfield
  • Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths by Bruce Feiler
  • Where God Was Born by Bruce Feiler
  • Can you drink the cup?by Henri Nouwen
  • Life of the Beloved by Henri J.M. Nouwen
  • HealthyReligion by Walter Kania
  • Gospel Light by John Shea
  • Starlight by John Shea
  • Make Me An Instrument of Your Peace by Kent Nerburn
  • Beyond Belief by Elaine Pagels

Women’s Spirituality

  • The Faith Club by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, and Priscilla Warner
  • Gift From The Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  • God’s Joyful Surprise by Sue Monk Kidd 
  • When the Heart Waits by Sue Monk Kidd
  • The Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd 
  • The Gospels of Mary  by Marvin Meyer
  • A Woman’s Journey to God by Joan Borysenko
  • Circle of Stones: Woman’s Journey to Herself by Judith Duerk
  • The Feminine Face of God by Sherry Ruth Anderson & Patricia Hopkins
  • I Will Not Die an Unlived Life by Dawna Markova
  • When God Was a Woman by Merlin Stone
  • Goddess Shift edited by Stephanie Marohn
  • Goddesses in Everywoman by Jean Shinoda Bolen

An Ecclectic Assortment of Other Interesting Books

  • God Whispers by Karyn Kedar
  • Kitchen Table Wisdom by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.
  • My Grandfather’s Blessings by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.
  • Kneeling in Bethlehem by Ann Weems (poems)
  • Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation by Parker J. Palmer
  • Psalms for Praying by Nan C. Merrill
  • Sabbath by Wayne Muller
  • Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breatnach
  • Something More: Excavating Your Authentic Self by Sarah Ban Breathnach
  • Soul Survivor: How My Faith Survived the Church by Philip Yancey
  • The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
  • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  • Walk in a Relaxed Manner: Life Lessons from the Camino by Joyce Rupp
  • Walking the Bible by Bruce Feiler
  • Traveling Mercies by Anne LaMott

*These are just a sampling of my favorite, so if you finish these let me know, I’ve got more!  Kaye