About Elizabeth Nordquist

Elizabeth Nordquist is a Presbyterian pastor, teacher, and spiritual director who writes on women's issues, spirituality and Scripture, and what is happening in the world--hers, her neighborhood, the Church and the world. Each day she looks for ways in which the Spirit is moving in and around her.

A Wider Season: Reflections on “The Season of the Nativity”

Now Featured at the Patheos Book Club The Season of the Nativity: Confessions and Practices of an Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany Extremist By Sybil MacBeth We have a delightful challenging gift in Sybil MacBeth’s new book, subtitled “Confessions and Practices of an Advent, Christmas & Epiphany Extremist.” Those of us who have enjoyed her previous [Read More...]

Finding Grace and Hope in the Midst of Anxiety: Reflections on “Anxious”

Reflections on Anxious: Choosing Faith in a World of Worry, by Amy Simpson Read more on this book in the Patheos Book Club here. I am grateful to Amy Simpson for naming a pervasive thread in the consciousness of so many in the 21st Century—the worry that attends so much of our musing, deciding and [Read More...]

An Invitation to Taste and See this Advent Season

The sacred anticipation of Advent and the joy of Christmastide often seem dimmed and fraught for leaders in the Church because they can’t imagine a new way to come at those familiar stories and themes. In her new book, Taste & See: Experiencing the Stories of Advent and Christmas, spiritual director Jan Johnson offers a [Read More...]

Welcoming the Presence: A Review of John Geiger’s “The Angel Effect”


Book Review The Angel Effect  by John Geiger I have always loved stories of angels, most of them in my reading shaped by accounts from scripture. John Geiger’s gathering of actual “sensed presence” encounters from people around the world, from many spiritual traditions and from those without such a tradition, is a remarkable collection of [Read More...]

Lighting a Path for Women Who Doubt Themselves: A Confident Heart


The worlds of Church and women I inhabit are quite different than the worlds of author Renee Swope. Yet I always want to celebrate the path that is opened for women to understand their value in the family of God-in-Christ. In her new book, A Confident Heart: How to Stop Doubting Yourself and Live in the [Read More...]

Speaking the Truth for Love: Reflections on “The Dave Test”


I welcomed Fred Schmidt’s new book, The Dave Test, into my library, but more importantly into my inner heart, because I found it to be a book that spoke the truth about life and death, even the small lives and deaths in between our birth date and date of death. Schmidt writes out of deep [Read More...]