For the wondering and the struggling, the disillusioned and the faithful, Denial Is My Spiritual Practice is a book that explores faith’s failure to provide answers through experiences of illness and divorce, abuse and death. Co-authors Rachel Hackenberg and Martha Spong combine scripture and memoir to offer comfort, grace, laughter, and a few tears along the way.
Sacred Pause is a book to revitalize your spirit and deepen your faith, an invitation to listen more closely to the Holy Word, an aid for the spiritually creative and the spiritually stagnant alike. The review from RevGalBlogPals affirmed, “Rachel Hackenberg’s book will change your life.” Sacred Pause sparks the spiritual imagination for a personal retreat experience.
From the author of Writing to God comes this engaging invitation for young readers to talk to God about everyday life using everyday language. Writing to God: Kids’ Edition offers 35 prayer ideas alongside Hackenberg’s own prayers and the prayers of young writers. This endearing book is excellent for families and Christian education programs. (Paraclete Press 2012)
Writing to God: 40 Days of Praying with My Pen (Paraclete Press 2011) is a devotional tool especially for self-conscious, bored, or fatigued pray-ers. Writing to God provides forty scriptural prompts to guide readers in their own prayer-writing. A small group guide is available for download.
Multimedia collaborations and contributions:
Kids & Prayer with Rachel G. Hackenberg introduces children to prayer through an engaging video that includes field trips, interviews with kids and bible stories in four segments. A delightful resource to support the faith formation of kids at home or at church! DVD includes a booklet with discussion questions and activity suggestions.
Hear My Prayer: The Audio Book of Psalms lifts the Psalms from the page to the ear to the heart. Hear My Prayer is an unexpected gift in a world full of sound; each psalm comes to life with the tempo and timbre of each unique voice — of which I am one, having recorded three psalms for Hear My Prayer.
I’m also a contributor to these titles:
The Upper Room Disciplines 2020, featuring 53 writers who previously contributed to the beloved Weavings journal. The week of reflections I’ve written are part of the Lenten season for 2020, on texts such as Ezekiel’s vision of a valley of dry bones and Lazarus’ resurrection from the dead by Jesus. Preorder now; available September 2019.
Sacred Habits: The Rise of the Creative Clergy, edited by Chad R. Abbott (Noesis Press 2016). Essays from ministers who serve in local churches, academia, institutions, and entrepreneurial ventures and who write in honest reflection on the roles of clergy in the 21st century. Rachel Hackenberg’s chapter is “Disrupting Sabbath.”
The Upper Room Disciplines 2016: A Book of Daily Devotions. A daily “pause” in prayer with God is a vital habit of Christian spirituality, and Disciplines nurtures this practice with its collection of simple daily devotions based on the Revised Common Lectionary. The 2016 edition features 53 writers, including a week of reflections from Rachel Hackenberg.
There’s A Woman in the Pulpit: Christian Clergywomen Share Their Hard Days, Holy Moments & the Healing Power of Humor, edited by Martha Spong, forward by Carol Howard Merritt. Learn and laugh with these women of the RevGalBlogPals web ring as they reflect on ministry. There’s A Woman in the Pulpit (Skylight Paths 2015) includes two essays by Rachel Hackenberg.
Voices Crying Out in the Wilderness: Contemporary Theologies of Preaching (BorderStone Press 2014), edited by Gregory M. Howard, collects modern hermeneutics of preaching to inform and critique the sound proclamation of the Word. Rachel Hackenberg contributes a chapter on “Opening the Canon.”
Before the Amen: Creative Resources for Worship, edited by Maren C. and Maria I. Tirabassi, provides creative liturgical texts to worship planners for every season of the Church Year and special occasions. Rachel Hackenberg has five prayers in Before the Amen (The Pilgrim Press 2007).