The stories of Scripture are for everyone. No exceptions.
Emmy Kegler has a complicated relationship with the Bible. As a queer woman who grew up in both conservative Evangelical and progressive Protestant churches, she knows too well how Scripture can be used to wound and exclude. And yet, the stories of Scripture continue to captivate and inspire her--both as a person of faith and as a pastor to a congregation. So she set out to fall in love with the Bible, wrestling with the stories inside, where she met a God who continues to seek us out--appearing again and again as a voice, a presence, and a promise.
Whenever we are pushed to the edges, our voices silenced, or our stories dismissed, God goes out after us--seeking us until we are found again. And God is seeking out those whose voices we too quickly silence and dismiss, too. Because God's story is a story of welcome and acceptance for everyone--no exceptions.
Kegler shows us that even when we feel like lost and dusty coins--rusted from others' indifference, misspent and misused--God picks up a broom and sweeps every corner of creation to find us.
|Publisher:||Augsburg Fortress, Publishers|
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About the Author
Emmy Kegler is pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Northeast Minneapolis. She is the coordinator and editor of Queer Grace, an online encyclopedia for LGBTQ and Christian life, and a sought-after speaker.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Rachel Held Evans
Chapter 1: Real
Chapter 2: Good
Chapter 3: Marked
Chapter 4: Shamed
Chapter 5: Fed
Chapter 6: Pinned
Chapter 7: Shut Up
Chapter 8: Unknown
Chapter 9: Wide
Chapter 10: Found
Suggested Further Reading
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
One Coin Found is an excellent read! Emmy Kegler masterfully weaves in her own story of heartbreak and heart healing with deeply thoughtful and knowledgeable connections to faith and scripture. I recommend this book for anyone who is grappling with identity, belonging, and “the church” as well as anyone who has a leadership role in a church community and are wondering how to better walk with those who show up in their midst. Kegler compassionately and courageously gives space for us to wonder alongside her about what it means to show up fully and lovingly as ourselves, beloved children of God. Don’t forget to check out the footnotes and added resources… I found them to be a great addition to deepen your experience with the content of the book and to continue your engagement with Kegler’s writing.
As someone who left the church at a fairly young age, I am fascinated by Scripture and have an awful lot to learn. Trouble is, most books about the Bible make me feel sort of lonely. Too many authors when dealing with Scripture use it to tighten the circle, leave people out. Not this one. Emmy Kegler has the kind of warm and vulnerable voice that reads like an invitation. She uses the story of her own struggle to make sense of her calling to a church and profession that frequently seeks to exclude those who cry out from the margins – the very people toward whom Jesus gravitated. Some people understandably choose not to live in that tension and they leave it all behind. Kegler wages a loving battle of attrition with the church that has in turns sustained and broken her heart since childhood. This book is a safe place, an exhale sort of a place - where the reader can doubt or rage or mourn or rejoice – because the author does, too. The last chapter is so utterly lovely that I find myself calling friends and reading paragraphs out loud. Read it. You won’t be sorry.
I’m a little amazed my pen still has ink in it after all the underlining I did in this book. Emmy Kegler honestly tells her story with strength and vulnerability. I laughed out loud at her snarky side comments and at the universality in the stories she shares of the human experience. Tears gathered in my eyes as I read experiences to which I have no direct connection. As an ally to the LGBTQ+ community, this book helped me to more fully understand her experience and to feel the pain of not being accepted where your passion truly comes alive. Kegler handles scripture references and historical background information with grace and elaborates without condescension; she got me legitimately interested in the history of the church and the inner workings of church life. Emmy writes with authenticity and breathes fresh air into the gospel message - you are known, you are loved, and you are not alone. Give this book (along with a box of tissues) to someone who needs to hear this message.