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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books (October 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830833714
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830833719
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"More Than Serving Tea is a passionate anthology of personal stories that will enlighten Asian women and provide a rich perspective to anyone who works with this rapidly growing ethnic group. It will challenge Asian women to impact their communities by being authentic to their true calling in life. May this critical resource inspire you to 'live out loud' and reach your full potential as well!" (Jane Hyun, Executive Coach/Diversity Strategist, and author of Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling: Career Strategies for Asians)

"More Than Serving Tea is a testimony of how God has made us--including our ethnic and gender identities--fearfully and wonderfully. I especially appreciate how the authors highlight the specific strengths of Asian American Christian women. By weaving together personal narrative with biblical insights, their stories capture how God can redeem and use our emerging Asian American culture to serve his kingdom." (Russell Jeung, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, San Francisco State University, and author of Faithful Generations: Race and New Asian American Churches)

"A distinctive anthology of Asian American voices speaking on issues of race, gender, sexism and racism within the context of an overarching Christian faith." (Claire S. Chow, author of Leaving Deep Water: The Lives of Asian-American Women at the Crossroads of Two Cultures)

"Finally, a work that recognizes the hard work and devotion of a 'sometimes' overlooked part of God's kingdom: Asian American women in his service. May the testimonies represented in the stories of challenge and joy from five women, their spheres of influence, be used one hundred times to bless those who have faithfully served, but even more that they would encourage those just beginning journeys of faithfulness. A must-read for all (especially mothers, sisters, 'aunties' and the brothers) who come alongside women who fully desire to serve God and his people in their giftedness and excellence for his glory." (Rev. Melanie Mar Chow, Asian American Christian Fellowship, Campus Minister, JEMS/AACF)

"More Than Serving Tea is an insightful and moving collection of essays by Asian American Christian women. This book is a valuable resource for anyone wanting to understand their unique experiences and an inspiration for those who face similar challenges." (Michelle V. Lee, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology, Biola University)

"More Than Serving Tea is a timely contribution and gift to the Asian American community. It affirms the unique contributions that Asian American women bring to our diverse cultural landscape as well as challenges our culture to break the stereotypes that many of us still cling to. This book also serves as a personal reminder of the gifts that our mothers, sisters, wives and daughters bring to us. Through this work, the authors provide worthy spiritual role models and mentors with whom I would entrust my own daughter." (Soong-Chan Rah, Milton B. Engebretson Assistant Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth, North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois)

"Boldly exposes the key struggles Asian American Christian women face in embracing their personal identity in Christ and expressing their kingdom discipleship interacting with critical issues like ethnicity, gender, family, society, traditions, etc. With a brimful of insights and inspiration, this volume is a must-read for both genders of all races and cultures." (Dr. T. V. Thomas, Cochair, International Network of South Asian Diaspora Leaders (INSADL))

"More Than Serving Tea unveils the Western 'mystique' about Asian American women and shows us what an emerging generation of Asian American Christian women leaders are thinking. The richly textured voices of U.S.-born or raised Asian American women--often silenced in their families and churches--are wonderfully woven into a tapestry of honest stories of pain, struggle, joy and Christian hope. One does not need to be a woman or an Asian American to learn something about faith, discipleship and Asian American Christianity from this landmark book!" (Dr. Tim Tseng, President, Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity)

"More Than Serving Tea is an exciting and inspiring collection of becoming of Asian American women as they negotiate their faith at the intersection of race, gender, class, sexuality and spirituality. As faithful practitioners of their faith, each author is a witness to the strength of her character, the depth and width of her desire to better understand how faith is lived out in the complex web of relationships that comprise our everyday living. Their stories are hauntingly familiar while the strength and courage of their hope is impressively palpable. The sheer honesty present throughout this book makes this a must-read for women in search of what it means to be strong, Christian and Asian American in North America!" (Anne Joh, Assistant Professor of Theology, Phillips Theological Seminary, and author of Heart of the Cross: A Postcolonial Christology)

"Here is the world of Asian American women, unadorned. Diverse and immediate, these stories unveil a culture marked by shame, self-doubt, silence, invalidation, misogyny and great harm. Yet Jesus' strong call sounds in the midst: 'Name what is unjust, right what is wrong, love deeply in the midst of pain, and become the strong message bearers of the gospel you were created to be.' A book of clarity and courage." (Sally Morgenthaler, author of Worship Evangelism, and founder, Conversations: Gatherings for Women of Substance, www.trueconversations.com)

"What a gift this book is to the community of Christian women. Filled with solid biblical wisdom and slumber-party transparency, More Than Serving Tea made me feel like I was surrounded by a team of women who were walking me down a path toward Jesus. As a Caucasian woman, I found this book particularly helpful. Not only am I better able to understand and encourage the Asian American women in my life, but I also found myself challenged personally with my own shortcomings of people-pleasing, perfectionism, suffering, relationships and leadership. More Than Serving Tea is a must-read for all young Christian women who are hungry for a deeper walk with God and some companions to help you journey." (Michelle Graham, author of Wanting to Be Her: Body Image Secrets Victoria Won't Tell You)

"A fascinating book that brings to light the struggles, hardships, joys and blessings that many Asian American women experience as they live in this foreign land. The honesty and openness of these stories intricately connect to biblical images and are simply good for the soul. Toyama and Gee have edited an indispensable and delightful collection of essays for the Asian American community and the wider North American community as we live in a multicultural and globalized world." (Grace Ji-Sun Kim, author of The Grace of Sophia, and Assistant Professor of Doctrinal Theology, Moravian Theological Seminary)

"More Than Serving Tea is a collection of rare, intimate, lived stories of Asian American women Christians. These stories are rare because they include struggles against Asian patriarchalism, American racism and interethnic stereotypes. Particularly, the review of mainstream film's portrayal of the Asian American female grabs the reader's attention powerfully. The power of image, language and symbols in motion pictures defines Asian American women's location within the American society. Nevertheless, in this book the silent, submissive, exotic speaks and challenges the superimposed script from the motion pictures, family and the church. By telling our own stories, we shape Asian American Christian women's identity according to God's design." (Rev. Young Lee Hertig, Ph.D., Global Studies and Sociology Department, Azusa Pacific University)

"God, in his wisdom and creativity, has created each of us in a unique way. Some he designed to be Asian American Christian women, a specific grouping that is not often addressed in Asian American literature. This book is an honest look at the personal struggles that these women deal with and how God corrects, heals and empowers them so that they can more fully embrace the whole package of who God made them." (Jimmy Lee, Executive Director, The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship alumnus)

"I wish this book had been around ten to fifteen years ago! But thankfully, it is here now. I was blessed by the honest stories and thoughtful reflections from this group of accomplished Asian American Christian leaders. More Than Serving Tea is more than just a good read. Asian American readers of all ages will learn from the collective wisdom and experiences within." (Helen Lee, former assistant editor of Christianity Today, cofounder of the Best Christian Workplaces Institute, and coeditor of Growing Healthy Asian American Churches)

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The writing was top notch and far surpassed my expectations.
Brian Sun
For those of us who may think we know the stories and the issues, this book will surprise and challenge us - never will we look at a paper crane the same way again!
J. Szeto
I am inspired and empowered by their encouragement and wisdom; my faith is invigorated and renewed!
K. Solverson

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Szeto on November 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
These are five voices that speak against the silence and begin to fill the void in American culture of authentic Asian American women who share the stories of how their faith, ethnicity, and gender interact and have shaped their lives in both painful and wondrous ways. For those of us who may think we know the stories and the issues, this book will surprise and challenge us - never will we look at a paper crane the same way again!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K. Solverson on November 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
I couldn't put this book down! I am an Asian-American Christian woman, and I was constantly surprised at the countless ways that this book spoke to me personally. The stories and insights seemed to echo or explain many aspects of my own life. Things I thought were "just me" turn out to be something I share with many of my sisters.

These amazing women are incredibly vulnerable and honest as they share from their lives to the eternal benefit of complete strangers reading their words! Their teaching and strength are bold and assertive, yet loving and gentle.

I am inspired and empowered by their encouragement and wisdom; my faith is invigorated and renewed! These writings reflect God's love, wisdom, understanding, suffering, pain, comfort, and truth. I believe that "Asian American women (and those who love them)" [from the foreword] will all truly benefit from this book!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Tseng on December 9, 2006
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_More Than Serving Tea_ unveils the Western 'mystique' about Asian American women and shows us what an emerging generation of Asian American Christian women leaders are thinking. The richly textured voices of U.S.-born or raised Asian American women--often silenced in their families and churches--are wonderfully woven into a tapestry of honest stories of pain, struggle, joy and Christian hope. One does not need to be a woman or an Asian American to learn something about faith, discipleship and Asian American Christianity from this landmark book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By I. Nicola on April 27, 2007
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I think that this kind of a dialog is so important, especially in the light of recent events.

I know that I have similar experiences that validate and echo the writing in this book.

It is the first time in my Christian life that the subject of our faith and ethnicity have been addressed by ourselves and not others and I find the stories particularly necessary and moving. By the way I am 49 years old and I say what I say from having lived in two different cultural contexts, both Hawaii and California.

In both instances there were challenges to my faith that were particular to the ethnicity I am a part of. But my experience in Hawaii and my experience in California were totally different due to demographic influences...

If a book like this had not been written, one would need to have been written.

Irma Nicola
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Cheng on April 17, 2007
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i could identify with this book. it is very empowering, encouraging, and uplifting. as a chinese american woman in leadership, the issues of self-doubt, stereotypes, expectations, and the role of women in leadership were addressed, and i was very affirmed through this book in what i know is God's calling.
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