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.
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About the Author
Gracia Grindal, professor emerita at Luther Seminary, has recently completed A Treasury of Faith, a series of over 700 hymn texts on the lessons of the Revised Common Lectionary. In 2019, Alice Parker and Grindal published an English version of thirty of Heinrich Schütz's settings of the Becker psalter. Hallgrím Church in Reykjavik will publish her translation of Hallgrím Pétursson's Fifty Passion Hymns.