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Preaching from Home: The Stories of Eight Lutheran Hymnwriters

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2011 / Paperback

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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.

Hymnwriters featured:

  • Elisabeth Cruciger
  • Dorothe Engebretsdatter
  • Birgitte Boye
  • Berthe Canutte Aarflot
  • Lina Sandell
  • Britt G.Hallqvist
  • Lisbeth Smedegaard
  • Gracia Grindal

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0802865011
ISBN-13: 9780802865014
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Series: Lutheran Quarterly

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Publisher's Description

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.

Author Bio

Gracia Grindal is professor of rhetoric at Luther Seminary,St. Paul, Minnesota, and is herself a recognized hymnwriter, poet, and translator.

Editorial Reviews

"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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