In Preaching from Home: The Stories of Eight Lutheran Hymn Writers
, poet and scholar Gracia Grindal provides an in-depth glimpse into the life and work of one German and six Scandinavian women who, over the course of three centuries, participated in a vibrant tradition of Lutheran hymnwriting by women that has until now been largely inaccessible to English-speaking readers.
Grindal here provides biographical accounts of each woman's life, piety, and times and offers sparkling new English-language versions of each writer's most beloved hymns. She also recounts her own inspiring journey as a Lutheran woman hymnwriter.
- Elisabeth Cruciger
- Dorothe Engebretsdatter
- Birgitte Boye
- Berthe Canutte Aarflot
- Lina Sandell
- Britt G.Hallqvist
- Lisbeth Smedegaard
- Gracia Grindal
This volume by Gracia Grindal introduces English-speaking readers to several significant yet unsung Lutheran women hymn writers from the sixteenth century to the present. After a brief introductory discussion of Elisabeth Cruciger, the first woman hymn writer of the Reformation, Grindal provides fascinating profiles of these talented Scandinavian women who "preached from home": Dorothe Engelbretsdatter, Birgitte Hertz Boye, Berthe Canutte Aarflot, Lina Sandell, Britt G. Hallqvist, and Lisbeth Smedegaard Andersen.
Grindal not only gives a biographical account of each woman her life, her piety, her times but also offers sparkling new English translations of each writer’s key hymns. In the last chapter Grindal recounts her own inspiring journey as a Lutheran woman hymn writer. Her Preaching from Home will open the door to a world previously unknown to most North Americans.
Gracia Grindal is professor of rhetoric at Luther Seminary,St. Paul, Minnesota, and is herself a recognized hymnwriter, poet, and translator.
"A remarkable book. . . . Teaches us much about the role of women in the historical development of Scandinavian hymnody and about the importance of poetry in the history of hymn writing."
Mary Hull Mohr
Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
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