Christian Couples Coping with Childlessness
Narratives from Machame, Kilimanjaro
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"We should be grateful to Auli Vahakangas for her research into this important area of human life. She addresses an issue that theologians have ignored for far too long. The narratives are engaging, the analysis brilliant, and the text conveys hope that harmful traditions can change."
Professor of Mission Studies
"In her analysis of the dilemma of childless couples in a distinct cultural area of northern Tanzania, Auli Vahakangas provides a rich store of insights for all who suffer shame and ostracism. Her detailed research powerfully confirms Carl Rogers's famous dictum: What is most personal is most general."
--Brad A. Binau
Professor of Pastoral Theology
Trinity Lutheran Seminary
"Vahakangas's study explores childlessness among rural and urban Chagga in Tanzania. By means of model narratives, Vahakangas describes and analyses the experiences and coping strategies of childless men and women against the background of the intertwining contexts and values of traditional culture, Christianity and modernity, highlighting the implications for social and individual identity construction. A sensitive study that shows the complexity and challenges of pastoral care to Christian couples coping with childlessness in Tanzania. Well worth reading!"
Professor of Missiology