The Bonfire: A big giant (but far from complete) list o’ Christian women bloggers

Here’s my big giant list o’ links from the other day in a more convenient form.

This is not a list of the “top” Christian women bloggers, or the best, or the most popular. It’s just a list of those I’m aware of thus far.

Please let me know of any names I’m missing here and I’ll add them to the list and post the new, improved, updated and expanded Bonfire every little bit after collecting more names.

No Billboard-style ranking here. That would involve looking up stats and inventing some pseudo-quantitative, pseudo-objective formula, and that just seems like a lot of work that would only result in making it harder for anyone to find particular names in this list. This is an exhibition, not a competition, (so please … no wagering).

The name “Bonfire” here comes from Sarah Bessey:

So I am no longer standing beside your table, asking for a seat, working and serving and hoping to be noticed and then offered a seat or arguing for my right to a seat. I don’t care to sit here any more. I have no desire to be indoors, in your neat boxes. …

And someday, I’ll throw my arms around you when you break up that table to use it for kindling and toss it out the window to the outside. We’ll build a bonfire and we’ll dance around the old arguments together, laughing.

  1. Adventures in Baby Wearing
  2. Alise Write
  3. An Inch at a Time
  4. The Anchoress
  5. AndiLit.com
  6. Annie at Home
  7. Anthea Butler
  8. Any Day a Beautiful Change
  9. Are Women Human?
  10. Aspire 2
  11. At Home With Our Faith
  12. Betty Duffy
  13. Biblical Homemaking
  14. Bits of Splendor
  15. The Blue Room
  16. Bohemian Bowmans
  17. Candace Chellew-Hodge
  18. Carole Smith Turner
  19. CBE Scroll
  20. Charlotte Was Both
  21. Cheesewearing Theology
  22. The Christian Woman
  23. Coming Out Christian
  24. Contemplate
  25. The Contemplative Society
  26. Cortney Dale
  27. The Crimson Rambler
  28. Crystal St. Marie Lewis
  29. Danielle Shroyer
  30. Deborah Koehn Loyd
  31. A Deeper Story
  32. Dianna E. Anderson
  33. A Disciple’s Steps
  34. Domestic Kingdom
  35. Dorothy’s Gloss
  36. Dreaming a Better World
  37. Driftwood
  38. Dry Bones
  39. The Dude Abides
  40. Elizabeth Esther
  41. Ellen Painter Dollar
  42. Eternal Echoes
  43. Eve Tushnet
  44. Everyday Awe
  45. The Exponent
  46. Faith Imagined
  47. Faith in Community
  48. Faith in the Numbers
  49. Faith Permeating Life
  50. Fellowship of Saints & Sinners
  51. Feminism and Religion
  52. Feminismxianity
  53. Finding Rest
  54. First Day Walking
  55. Flunking Sainthood
  56. The Forbidden Gospels
  57. Full Hands … Full Heart
  58. Godspace
  59. Grace Rules
  60. Graceful
  61. Halfway to Normal
  62. The Hem of His Garment
  63. Her.meneutics
  64. Hillsideslide
  65. Holley Gerth
  66. Hollywood Housewife
  67. A Holy Experience
  68. Holy Hellions
  69. How to Talk Evangelical
  70. Imagine Justice
  71. Imperfect Prose
  72. (In)Courage
  73. In the Name of Love
  74. The Incorrigible Gingers
  75. Jamie the Very Worst Missionary
  76. Jen Hatmaker
  77. Jenn LeBow
  78. Jenni Catron
  79. Jennifer Luitwieler
  80. Jesus in Love
  81. Jo Hilder
  82. Journey to Beauty
  83. Joy in This Journey
  84. Just Catholic
  85. Karen Spears Zacharias
  86. kathy escobar
  87. Kelley Nikondeha
  88. Kem Meyer
  89. Kingdom Grace
  90. Kristin Ritzau
  91. Kwok Pui Lan
  92. Laura Ziesel
  93. A Life Profound
  94. Lisa Colon DeLay
  95. Lisa Notes
  96. Lisa-Jo Baker
  97. Live Shamelessly
  98. Love, Grow, & Overflow
  99. Love Is What You Do
  100. Mama Monk
  101. Margaret Feinberg
  102. The Messy Middle
  103. Modern Reject
  104. Momastery
  105. Mothering Spirit
  106. Natalie’s Narrative
  107. Newlife
  108. Nish Happens
  109. No Longer Qivering
  110. O My Family
  111. That Old Black Church
  112. One Degree
  113. One Hand Clapping
  114. One Thankful Mom
  115. The Painted Prayerbook
  116. Pam Hogeweide
  117. Preacher on the Plaza
  118. Quiet Anthem
  119. A Quiet Simple Life
  120. Rachel Held Evans
  121. Rachel Marie Stone
  122. Rachelle Gardner
  123. Radical Mary
  124. Reluctant Pilgrim
  125. Renewing Your Mind
  126. RevGalBlogPals
  127. Rogue Reverend
  128. Roxy Composed
  129. The Run a Muck
  130. Sarah Bessey
  131. Sarah Over the Moon
  132. Sarah Posner
  133. Sarcastic Lutheran
  134. A Seat at the Table
  135. See-Through Faith
  136. SheLoves Magazine
  137. A Silly Poor Gospel
  138. Simple Mom
  139. Simply Church
  140. Sorta Crunchy
  141. Soul and Culture
  142. Spiritual practice, faith, and life
  143. Steph (in) Dialogue
  144. Still Waters
  145. Story in the Middle
  146. Stray Thoughts
  147. Study in Brown
  148. Sue’s Views
  149. Suzannah Paul
  150. Tamara Out Loud
  151. Thin Places
  152. Thorns and Gold
  153. Towanda’s Window
  154. Tribal Church
  155. Tropic of Cancer
  156. Unchained Faith
  157. Unequally Yoked
  158. An Unfinished Symphony
  159. The Upward Call
  160. Virtual Abbess
  161. Walk by Faith Ministry
  162. Walking Toward Jerusalem
  163. WIT (Women in Theology)
  164. With Pen in Hand
  165. The Wonder Years
  166. Words Half Heard
  167. Works in Progress
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  • http://www.facebook.com/jrandyowens Randy Owens

    If you’re going to do it alphabetically ignoring articles, “An Inch At A Time” should be in the ‘I’s, not ‘A’s at #3.

  • James

    Joanna Harader’s blog as a Mennonite pastor is great!
    http://spaciousfaith.com/

  • Andrew

    http://gaudetetheology.wordpress.com/ – the blogger writes of herself

    “I’m studying theology at the Ecumenical Institute of Theology.
    My primary interests are ecclesiology, ecumenism, and interfaith work,
    particularly Christian-Jewish dialogue. My faith tradition is Roman
    Catholic, and the liturgy is a primary resource and interpretive
    framework in my thinking, as are feminist theology and Girardian, or
    mimetic, anthropology.”

  • Sgt. Pepper’s Bleeding Heart

    http://gaudetetheology.wordpre… – the blogger writes of herself
    “I’m studying theology at the Ecumenical Institute of Theology. My primary interests are ecclesiology, ecumenism, and interfaith work, particularly Christian-Jewish dialogue. My faith tradition is Roman Catholic, and the liturgy is a primary resource and interpretive framework in my thinking, as are feminist theology and Girardian, or mimetic, anthropology.”

    Ooh. There’s a blurb designed to get my click!

  • http://www.alise-write.com Alise Wright

    I do a podcast every week with Tamara Lunardo of Tamara Out Loud who you have listed here, and Sharideth Smith who is not. She can be found here: http://guidetowomen.wordpress.com/  I’m a fan.

  • Rissa

    I enjoy checking in at The Owl’s Song; it usually boasts a mix of Scripture, reflection, family happenings and the odd sprinkling of politics.

    Dorcas, in her own words: “Los Angeles native transplanted to The Dairy State, lover of music,cooking,books
    and nature; minister and former pastor, business woman, prison chaplain’s wife,
    mom, grandmother,writer, singer, Protestant, Pentecostal, Emergent,
    Egalitarian–I guess that makes me sort of a mutt.”

    http://pastoretteponderings.blogspot.ca/

  • http://cantleaveunsaid.wordpress.com/ Dave Buerstetta

    Gosh, it’s almost as if Church Relevance didn’t *want* to find many women bloggers… Nah, that’s just crazy talk. Thanks for the great list, Fred.

    I’d suggest We Your People, Ours the Journey by Pastor Becca: http://pastorbecca.wordpress.com/

    And Warning: Rants May Ensue by Pastor Melissa: http://pastormelissa.blogspot.com/
     

  • http://www.emergingmummy.com/ Sarah Bessey

    Fred, you are making my day here. Thank you. I am SO HONOURED that you called this fantastic listing after my post’s imagery. I love to think of that coming day. Bless you, brother. 

  • Jo Hilder

    I’m glad Fred did this too Sarah – what a superb allegory! I’m real glad he didn’t use blogs byline to describe us – “Me and my big mouth.”

  • Jo Hilder

    *my blogs*

  • http://bohemianbowmans.com/ Jessica

    I’m appreciating the alphabetical listing. ;)

  • http://profiles.google.com/jackandellasmum karen huber
  • JessicaSchafer

    Natasha Crozier’s blog MyCallingIQ: http://www.mycallingiq.com/blog 

  • Penny

    shameless self promotion  http://prairie-living.blogspot.ca/

  • Badger
  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YFSNWTUMXUCUSUNFTORWBNJHHQ Jared

    Although she’s a bit more to the right then most of the other ladies, Sunshine Mary of The Woman & The Dragon is a great woman Christian blogger

  • klucas914

    Thanks for this list! I now have much exploring to do. Also, here’s mine…kind of a newbie, but really loving it…kristinlucaswrites.com

  • maledicte

    How about Stephanie Drury?  http://www.stuffchristianculturelikes.com/

  • http://www.facebook.com/lynne.tait Lynne Tait

    Not sure if mine counts, it’s certainly written by a Christian woman, but rather than addressing issues I’m mainly into creative writing (poetry, re-tells of bible stories etc) Still, here it is:  http://blestpickle.blogspot.com.au/

  • julie moore

    more shameless self promotion: Bigmouth Strikes Again: bigmouthagain.com

  • https://sites.google.com/site/holyhugs/ Jim Fisher

    Stephanie (Olson) Danielson is heading back to school to get her MDiv while raising two adorable tinies so she may not be posting regularly for a while. Her back-story and past posts are worth checking into. She wrestles with touchy subject areas (like pornography) with bold intimacy.

    http://strivingafterthewind.com/2012/09/16/the-world-worthy-cause-or-waste-of-time-2/

  • http://www.facebook.com/rebecca.norton.739 Rebecca Norton

    I like this blog, by Leah Stirewalt, “Out of Deep Waters”:
    http://www.outofdeepwaters.com/
    The blog focuses on how God walks beside us through the hardest of times, lifting us up in times of tragedy. Leah uses her own testimony, including the death of her husband by suicide, to help others stay connected, reconnect, or connect for the first time to God in the midst of sorrow. Great stuff.

  • http://somuchshoutingsomuchlaughter.com/ suzannah | the smitten word

    fred, thank you for this, and @EmergingMummy:disqus  for the image of a bonfire. stoke it high and and we’ll dance by the light of something better.

  • kitzers3
  • http://kristadalton.com/ Krista (@KristaNDalton)

    I have a few month old blog at kristadalton.com. 

    I agree that the voices of Christian women bloggers is valuable and powerful!!

  • http://twitter.com/JoRoyal Jo Royal

    My blog – ‘All in a Day’ – http://www.joroyal.com

    Going to enjoy checking these blogs out – lots I have not heard of before!  Thanks

  • Lesley

    Thank you for putting this list together. I love finding new blogs to read, and I’m really thankful you took the time to help me find some new material. That being said, I’m curious how people define a Christian blog? I’m a Christian, and I blog, but I’m not sure my blog is a Christian blog. I blog about other things besides faith issues, although I certainly do focus on faith. I’d love to hear what others think!

  • http://dpolicar.livejournal.com/ Dave

    I’m curious how people define a Christian blog?…I’d love to hear what others think!

    For my own part, I’m willing to consider as a Christian blog any blog whose writer(s) consider a sizable portion of what they write expressive of a characteristically Christian viewpoint (either in general, or within the context of their denomination or their personal faith or what-have-you), and consider a negligible portion of what they write actively inconsistent with that viewpoint.

  • Lesley

    Thanks, Dave! I think that’s a good definition. 

  • Deborah Arca

    Thanks for this inspiring list, Fred.  Another of my favorite new bloggers is Femmevangelical: For Women Who Don’t Submit http://www.patheos.com/blogs/femmevangelical/ 

  • http://patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism Libby Anne

    Don’t forget about Free Methodist Feminist!

  • http://patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism Libby Anne

    Don’t forget about http://freemethodistfeminist.com/!

  • http://teabagsinfusion.blogspot.com/ Laura Toepfer

    Dirty Sexy Ministry http://dirtysexyministry.blogspot.com/
    Leave it Lay Where Jesus Flang It http://leaveitlay.blogspot.com/
    are two that leap to my mind

  • http://teabagsinfusion.blogspot.com/ Laura Toepfer

    Oh, and A Church for Starving Artists
    http://achurchforstarvingartists.wordpress.com/

  • http://johnm55.wordpress.com/ johnm55

    The Beakerfolk of Husbourne Crawley is, I think, a Christian site and Archdruid Eileen is female

  • http://howtotalkevangelical.addiezierman.com/ Addie Zierman

    Love this response and have been thankful for your support. Noticed Leigh Kramer (aka Hopeful Leigh) wasn’t on there. She’s got a great blog. http://www.leighkramer.com/

  • http://www.leighkramer.com/ HopefulLeigh

     ADDIE! I love you. Thank you, friend.

  • Katie Mulligan

    Please add me: http://insideouted.blogspot.com

    Thank you, Katie Mulligan

  • http://lisadelay.com/blog Lisa Colon DeLay

    thank you.

    (I can’t think of something more clever…I’m just too blown away…and grateful. Very kind. wow)

  • Jlewis

    Please add me: http://anorientationofheart.blogspot. com
    Thank you, Jennifer Burns Lewis

  • http://www.facebook.com/diane.roth.7169 Diane Roth

    thanks for the list, and that I am on it!  not sure how you found me.  I know some of these, and will be adding some too. And I am at http://faithincommunity.blogspot.com, which you so graciously listed.  

  • Shawna

    Thanks for this list, I’m at shawnabowman.com and artforgodsake.com

    Shawna

  • dr ngo

    How about A Musing Amma: Gathering the Pieces of our Lives under the Eye of the Holy
    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/amusingamma/

    ObDisclaimer:  The author, AKA RevDocLiz, is my big sister.  And spiritual, as I am not.

    My daughter is also a Christian, and a blogger, but since her blog (Magistra et Mater) is mostly about medieval history (and motherhood), it probably doesn’t fit here.

  • http://twitter.com/wendyvaneyck Wendy van Eyck
  • http://aprilyamasaki.com/ April Yamasaki

    As a relatively new blogger, I’m glad to see you have me on your list, and I look forward to the revised version with all of the additional blogs in the comments. How wonderful to have all of these different voices, many of whom are reaching people who would never read the top 200 anyway. I will enjoy exploring–thanks!

  • http://agirlcalledraven.blogspot.com/ sarah

    Do I count? (I haven’t updated in a little while, but that’s due more to busyness than anything else): http://www.agirlcalledraven.blogspot.com

  • http://adrianwarnock.com/ apw1971@adrianwarnock.com

    Hi, thanks for doing this, its never easy!  Could someone be so kind as to check this list against mine of the Top 200 Christian blogs ranked by Twitter Followers? (easiest way is  click the link, find the twitter page, see how many followers, check that spot in my list).  It’d be great if you could then let me know which if any I have missed (just tell me about folks with a count of over 1500 who are not on my list if thats ok!)  My list is at http://adrianwarnock.com/2012/09/top-100-christian-blogs-ranked-by-number-of-twitter-followers/

  • http://twitter.com/CaroleTurner Carole Turner

    Thanks for linking me here! Blog on sisters and brothers!

  • http://twitter.com/AnitaMathias1 Anita Mathias

    Can I suggest my blog Dreaming Beneath the Spires
    dreamingbeneaththespires.blogspot.com?
    Thanks

  • SonjaFaithLund

    This is awesome!  Could you add Kathy Baldock of Canyonwalker Connections?

  • Clattering Bones

    I’d love to be on this list!

    http://www.clatteringbones.comAbout: “Clattering Bones is a queer Presbyterian and recent seminary graduate, trying to figure out how to help bridge the gaps between the queer world and the church world.  In this journey, she writes about the nuances of her experiences of race, gender identity, and sexuality as they get played out in her religious life.  Mostly, she wonders what it would be like if we allowed ourselves to see every person we meet as a child of God, and how we might live into the notion that our religious experience can make us more.”

  • Carol Kuniholm

    Thank you for noticing those of us trying to find room at the table – and for taking the time to look beyond the obvious.
    I’d love to see a similar list of “global” Christian bloggers. We need to hear from the voices harder to hear; they often have much to learn from. Here’s one I read regularly to get that list started: vinothramachandra.wordpress.com
    I do find myself wishing I’d started with a blog name that started with “A” rather than “W” wordshalfheard.blogspot.com. But thank you!

  • adrianwarnock

    Did I miss any female blogger listed on this  other list who has say more than 1000 Twiter followers? If so I will add them to my list

  • Kimer Workman

    I have a blog and I’m Christian! I’m a preacher’s wife, second carer, it’s crazy!
    http://www.kimerkeepenitreal.blogspot.com  Come for a visit!

  • http://twitter.com/DebVaughn Deb Vaughn

    Thanks for including me in this list. My humble blog gets lots of traffic and I never know why. Blog on! :)