About Pulpits and Pink Lipstick (from Amazon):
This book, Pulpits and Pink Lipstick, is a collection of essays giving practical advice to those ready to jump into the mess. From my personal experience I hope to help other young women successfully pursue the call of God on their life. While some of the book is geared specifically to youth ministry, most of it can be helpful to a woman starting in any pastoral position. It’s a short, easy read. One that I hope will help and challenge while providing a few laughs.
About Tabitha Caplinger (from Amazon):
Tabitha and her husband, Brian, have been in youth ministry for close to 15 years. Both are ordained ministers with the Assemblies of God and are the student pastors at Faith Community Church in House Springs, Missouri where they live with their two sassy daughters. Writing has slowly crept its way into Tabitha’s ministry calling and vision. At present her heart is set on fiction. She loves the drama of storytelling and getting lost in imagination along with creating characters who’s lives have a message. She believes that stories can bring to life the Gospel in a way no sermon can. Her desire is to craft a story that would minister to and motivate young adults in their faith. She also has a TV addiction for which she does not plan to get help anytime soon.
This really isn’t a book you can rate by stars, but it’s an Amazon world, and we’re all just living in it, so I give Pulpits and Pink Lipstick: A Woman’s Essays on Youth Ministry by Tabitha Caplinger 5 out of 5 stars.
I picked this book up because Tabitha is a fellow Vox Dei author, and I absolutely love her blog, so I figured I’d love her essays. Deeper than that, I recently accepted my call to children’s ministry after years of resistance, and I thought Tabitha’s essays on Youth Ministry might offer some encouragement. (Since, you know, God pretty much told me I’m about to be in children’s ministry bootcamp). I was right on both counts.
In this delightful anthology, Tabitha Caplinger offers sage advice on being a woman in a traditionally male realm (seriously, she handled this SO well), peacemaking, the importance of having people around who are good at things you’re not (but stretching yourself in those areas anyway), emotions, the differences between ministering to boys versus girls, how ministry works with a husband and baby (which is something I’ve actually been thinking a lot about recently, regardless of my relationship status), and many other things. I loved her genuine voice, and felt like I do reading her blogs: hers is a voice that can be trusted.
Whether you’re a woman or not, if you’re in ministry in any capacity, I’d highly recommend reading Pulpits and Pink Lipstick.