Christian scholar Ackermann (Univ. of Stellenbosch, South Africa) departs from academic writings to offer general readers the theological reflections of a white South African woman. In six letters to family and friends, she describes her inner life and faith as well as her work as a theologian in South Africa during apartheid and beyond. The issues covered include identity and a life of faith, struggles with theological meaning, the evils of apartheid, the outbreak of HIV/AIDS, the meaning of lament, and finding God in small details. Ackermann attempts to provide the same realism and faith as Julian of Norwich, using a straightforward and down-to-earth manner to record events and faith experiences that have touched her life. Notes are provided to clarify terms, fill in biographical information, and suggest readings for further study. This chronicle of a theologian's journey of faith is recommended for larger feminist theological collections.-L. Kriz, West Des Moines P.L. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.