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Saving Women
Retrieving Evangelistic Theology and Practice

By Laceye C. Warner

Saving Women
Hardback, 320 pages $29.95
Published: 1st November 2007
ISBN: 9781932792263
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All History, All Religious Studies, All Theology, Church History, Historical Theology, Women's Studies

Saving Women is a much-needed study of women's contributions to the theology of evangelism. Through a careful consideration of the primary sources of six Protestant women ministering in America from 1800-1950, this historical and theological study demonstrates that these women combined verbal proclamation with other historic Christian practices in their roles as preacher, visitor, missionary, educator, activist, and reformer.


1 Dorothy Ripley

2 Sarah and Angelina Grimke

3 Julia Foote

4 Frances Willard

5 Helen Barrett Montgomery

6 Mary McLeod Bethune


"This book will be a valuable addition to theological libraries.... Highly recommended."


"This terrific book is a rich addition to the literature on evangelism. The retrieval of the work of women evangelists is long overdue. However, Warner has done much more than provide felicitous biographical reviews of a set of extraordinary women. She has also explored the significance of their theologies and ministries for our vision and practice of evangelism today. This book deserves to be widely read, marked, and inwardly digested by all who care for the future of evangelism."

—William J. Abraham, Albert Cook Outler Professor of Wesley Studies, Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

"What does it mean to be a Christian evangelist? Although you may think you already know the answer to that question, Laceye Warner has much to teach you in this thought-provoking, engaging book. Reflecting on the stories of six 'saving women' who tried to make America a better place in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Warner argues that Christian evangelism should not only include the verbal proclamation of the gospel, but also social action. The compassionate women in this book not only preached the gospel, but embodied it in their own lives."

—Catherine Brekus, Associate Professor of the History of Christianity, The University of Chicago, The Divinity School

"Warner recovers forgotten women of faith involved in preaching, teaching, nursing, social reform and discipleship whose ministries of evangelism contribute important insights for contemporary understandings of the practice and theology of evangelism. This book not only recovers women's religious history, but also offers a new resource for the study of the history, theology and practice of evangelism. Saving Women will be very useful both in the classroom and the church."

—Marion Taylor, Associate Professor of Old Testament, University of Toronto

"This volume offers a superb sketch of select Christian women's religious history in 19th century America. Suffragettes, abolitionists, preachers: these women impress us with their strength and courage. Warner examines their evangelistic techniques and goals with care and respect. At a time when much of feminist theological scholarship has neglected the past in favor of the present and future, we have Warner to thank for retrieving for us these beautiful women's voices. This book will be useful not only for American Religious Historians, for Feminist Historians, but also for scholars and students of the History of Evangelism."

—Kathryn Greene-McCreight, Assistant Rector at St. John's Episcopal Church, New Haven, CT, and Teaching Fellow at Yale Divinity

Laceye Warner (Ph.D. Trinity College) is Associate Dean for Academic Formation, Associate Professor of the Practice of Evangelism & Methodist Studies, and the Royce and Jane Reynolds Teaching Fellow at Duke Divinity School.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 320 pages
 9in x 6in

  REL015000, REL030000, REL067000
 Baylor University Press

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