Mothers of Faith

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A Malawi-born Jesuit priest, Sumani approaches a broad definition of motherhood in the Christian faith tra­dition. Through both his own personal con­text as well as scholarly exegesis he focuses on many mother figures throughout the long narrative of Christianity including Mary, Elizabeth, Saints Felicitas and Perpetua, and even con­temporary figures like Dorothy Day and Mother Teresa. Sumani stresses that through the insights culled from the experiences of motherhood, one can deepen one’s under­standing of the workings of God in the world.

In the words of Margaret Hebblethwaite, the purpose of the book is to find “God in moth­erhood” and “motherhood in God.” Useful for scholars, Mothers of Faith is also a valuable re­source for prayer and devotional reflection on these models of Christian motherhood.

Wilfred M. Sumani, SJ, holds a doctorate in sacred liturgy from the Pontifical Institute of Liturgy, Sant’Anselmo, Rome, and teaches at Hekima University College in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Mothers of Faith
Motherhood in the Christian Tradition
Wilfred M. Sumani

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An excellent book…. a must read for personal devotions, retreat directors, theological students and scholars and anyone interested in understanding how women embody a spirituality of hope and resistance in their faith experience. Sumani has succeeded in responding to Pope Francis' call to theologians to develop a theology of the woman.
Sumani trawls through Christian tradition, scripture, and history, and wields the power of African cultural narrative, to deliver an exquisite, masterful, and captivating theological exploration of motherhood. Mothers of Faith is rich in wisdom and insight to challenge and stretch our notions of motherhood and to retrieve and reconstruct our faith in the creative motherhood of God in whose image we are fashioned.
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