Disability Pride Month Reading

Some Suggested Titles from AAR's Reading Religion

Reading Religion is an open book review website published by the American Academy of Religion. The site provides up-to-date coverage of scholarly publishing in religious studies, reviewed by scholars with special interest and/or expertise in the relevant subfields. Reviews aim to be concise, comprehensive, and timely.

Below, the editors of Reading Religion have selected some reviews from the site related to the topic of disability. If you’re interested in reviewing books for Reading Religion, take a look at the guidelines. If there are any books missing from the Reading Religion site that you think should be there, email [email protected].

Reviews to Read

Disability and the Church: A Vision for Diversity and Inclusion

By Lamar Hardwick

"The impact of Hardwick’s personal story on his goals is apparent as he begins to assess the church’s approach to disability, in particular his assessment that the ‘rugged individualism’ of the West has led to a church that is resistant to the growing concerns in the United States over diversity and inclusion." - Cody Bivins-Starr

Disability and Spirituality: Recovering Wholeness

By William C. Gaventa

“[...] Gaventa’s book opens up into wider discussion of the inclusivity of faith communities and the spiritual demands that their convictions create when it comes to caring for those differently abled." - Brandon L. Morgan

Reconsidering Intellectual Disability: L'Arche, Medical Ethics, and Christian Fellowship

By Jason Reimer Greig

"By plunging himself into a cavernous gap in Christian ethical discourse regarding persons with profound cognitive impairments, Greig takes a risk that pays off.” - Lisa Hancock

Wondrously Wounded: Theology, Disability, and the Body of Christ

By Brian Brock

“[...] Wondrously Wounded is an impressive achievement. Within it, Brock engages a wide range of voices from ancient, medieval, reformational, and modern theologians to medical ethicists and disability researchers.” - Shaun C. Brown

Crippled Grace: Disability, Virtue Ethic, and the Good Life

By Shane Clifton

“Clifton has provided us a needed work in the literature on theology and disability[...] This is truly a book all who want to work in theology and disability should read, because it is thoughtful, brutally honest, deeply reflective, and methodologically sophisticated.”