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Daughters of Thunder: Black Women Preachers and Their Sermons, 1850-1979

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2005

    Sister Power

    The African woman¿s American experience was born with the Atlantic slave trade. Bartered for cheap trinkets or outright stolen they were viewed as disposable commodities in the world of commerce. Their American experience effectively disintegrated their concepts of reality and rendered all chaotic. To survive in the Americas it was necessary to re-examine, re-construct and or replace their sacred cosmos which had given order and purpose to their lives. The Christianity that became their own allowed them identity and redefinition. It was this faith of compassion born of the experience of suffering that sustained and nurtured their souls. The response to the power of the Gospel was the ignition of a fire to preach. Historically, Black men who preached filled a role that was, at least a traditional male one, but Black women preachers experienced cultural conflict within their own black society. Mothers, wives, and bearers of the word, African-American women faced a hostile pulpit. Initially, their call to preach the gospel was not recognized by the churches they served. Bettye Collier-Thomas presents in her work, Daughters of Thunder: Black Women Preachers and Their Sermons, 1850 ¿ 1979, a remarkable account of both the historical/biographical struggles and the contextual content of the work of fourteen African-American women called to preach the gospel. These women address the social and theological concerns of a people mired in the degradation of racial and gender inequality. They exhort their listeners to hear the social gospel inherent in the good news. Many of the sermons concern themselves with the welfare of children, of the role of strong families in the community of faith and the role of women in the church. These sermons are timeless in their appeal to building a stronger community of faith. My only concern is that Collier-Thomas while giving an excellent overview of the history of African-American women and the call to preach and wonderful biographies of Black women preachers beginning in 1850 has no entries for the years of 1949 ¿ 1978. Given the crucial years of the civil rights struggle in America I would liked to have heard contemporaneous voices from that time frame.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2001

    God fearing women

    i'm buying my second book and will give one to my sisters in christ. the author is dynamic in her presentation of the uphill battle by these women to do God's will. i intend to reread this book from cover to cover. recommended for everyone saved and unsaved, preacher or no.

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