Debbie Blue is a pastor at House of Mercy Church in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her most recent book is Consider the Birds (Abingdon).
Early Encounters of Jews, Christians, and Muslims
One Good Book deserves another
I love Genesis for some of the same reasons the church fathers were wary of it.
The book of Esther laughs at empire
Esther's story would be infuriating if it wasn't so over the top. The book is meant to get you laughing—at kings, goyish pomposity, absurd egos.
The Game of Co-operatives
I’ve been engrossed in The Story of the Lost Child, the fourth in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels (Europa Editions). The series follows the friendship of Elena (the narrator) and Lila (her fiery and fearless friend) from girlhood to old age.
A closer look at Hagar
Hagar’s story has often been read as if it explains some inevitable animosity among the Abrahamic faiths. We should try reading it differently.