Offers profiles of four women preachers, and looks at how Pentecostal congregations accept them in their role as preachers despite the view that a woman's place is in the home
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Elaine J. Lawless is Curators' Professor Emerita of English and Folklore Studies at the University of Missouri.From Publishers Weekly:
In her study of Pentecostal women preachers and pastors in the antifeminist evangelical church, Lawless ( God's Peculiar People ), associate professor of English and folklore at the University of Missouri, pk focuses on the Mid-Missouri region and allows those women to stand as the representatives upon which she bases her examination. While the life stories of these women are touching, the disorganized, disjointed and nearly verbatim manner in which they are presented will ultimately confuse the reader.makes it difficult for a reader to follow or ap preciate. However, in her analysis of the unusual careers, Lawless introduces a number of stimulating ideas (the preachers have "rescripted" their lives in a similar way to make religion their focal point; they all believe their calling from God legitimizes actions that others say go against scripture; the women preachers "decry the feminist movement and deny that they have chosen a strong, feminist stance against the dictums of their world"), although due to her limited field of study she is forced to repeat many quotes. The dissection of the women's sermons is likewise interesting (they repeatedly apologize for their position and emphasize their subservience to God) but is not enhanced by comparison with the sermons of African male preachers. The study includes lengthy transcriptions of sermons by the women pastors featured here. Photos not seen by PW.
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Book Description Univ of Pennsylvania Pr, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110812281004