Series:Lutheran Quarterly Books (LQB)
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.
Read a blog post by Grindal about the book on EerdWord
Mary Hull Mohr
— Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
"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."