This Is Our Song

Women's Hymn-Writing

Edited by Janet Wootton

This Is Our Song

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  • ISBN: 9781620321294
  • Pages: 392
  • Publication Date: 1/7/2013
  • Retail Price: $45.00
Web Price: $36.00
Web Price: $36.00

This Is Our Song

Women's Hymn-Writing

Edited by Janet Wootton

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781620321294
  • Pages: 392
  • Publication Date: 1/7/2013
  • Retail Price: $45.00
Web Price: $36.00

About-

Women have made an amazing, creative, and prolific contribution to hymnody through the centuries of Christian worship. Excluded from liturgical commissions and denied other opportunities for involvement in the worship of the churches, women were able to express and influence spirituality in the writing of hymns.

This influence spreads across the whole range of hymn-writing, including writing for children, which was at one time seen as women's natural place, but also the introduction of new voices through translations; engagement in social campaigns such as temperance and the abolition of slavery; mission and evangelism; and the general development of worshipping life.

However, with the exception of the nineteenth century, the voices of women have been largely silenced or marginalized. The "Hymn Explosion" of the 1960s onward almost completely ignored women's writing, and there has only recently been something of a recovery.

There is much more to Our Song than people think! This book opens up women's writing from the beginnings of Christianity, through the Middle Ages, the development of printing and the rise of popular hymnody to the present day. Living hymn-writers add their voices in a series of biographical "stories," which complete the overarching story of Our Song.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"In this passionate and well-researched book, Janet Wootton shows how women's voices in the church's song have historically been suppressed, or filtered by male sponsorship, and how the twentieth-century hymn-writing renaissance sprang from male-only or almost-only institutions, so that few women writers got published. Fascinating portraits of today's English-language women hymnists add a rich vein of story to the analysis. This book is for all who love worship and language, including (dare I say it?) men."
Brian Wren, Emeritus Professor of Worship, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA

"Janet Wootton has written a wonderfully alive and enlightening book in which she brings to light many women who have been obscured from history due to gender blindness. She presents us with passionate women who, despite the constraints of their day, write fire-fueled by their love of God and love of humankind. Wootton herself is one of these women, and her passion draws the reader into an important and until now underrepresented part of the history of women and hymnody. This is our song, and Janet's scholarship enables us to sing it with our forebears and contemporaries."
Lisa Isherwood, Director of Theological Partnerships, University of Winchester.

Contributors-

Janet Wootton

Bio(s)-

Janet Wootton is a hymn-writer and theologian, living and working in the UK. She is Director of Studies for the Congregational Federation.

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