Putting Names with Faces: Women's Impact in Mission History

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Putting Names with Faces: Women's Impact in Mission History.

Edited by Christine Lienemann-Perrin, Atola Longkumer, and Afrie Songco Joye. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2012. Pp. 389. Paperback $19.99.

This "global theological resource book" resulted from a consultation on women and mission held in 2008 at the WCC's Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland. It contains scholarly case studies and missiological reflections by sixteen women scholars from Asia, Oceania, Africa, Europe, and the Americas. Representing one of the "transversal" themes of the Edinburgh 2010 process, the volume promotes "an inclusive understanding of mission across gender barriers, race relations, and cultural differences" (17). After an introductory overview, the volume breaks into sections on "foundational perspectives," case studies, and concluding theological reflections on women's "contextual missiology." Each of the major essays includes valuable suggestions for further reading, extensive footnotes, and in many cases questions for discussion.

The title Putting Names with Faces symbolizes the hidden histories and the ignored contributions of women to Christian mission. The merits of the book include its geographic and ethnic diversity of case studies and its fine introductory and concluding overviews of the biblical, historical, and missiological aspects of women's contributions to mission through the ages. …