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Women in the Church of God in Christ: Making a Sanctified World 1st Edition

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Probing, insightful, and highly informative, and provides multifaceted portrayals of the roles and perspectives of COGIC women. . . . An excellent scholarly resource, and will likely serve as the foundation for a number of other related studies.--Pneuma



A creative denominational history skillfully framed in the context of African American religious and social history. . . . A welcomed addition to the growing literature on African American Pentecostal traditions, and it promises to be a staple for years to come.--Journal of Southern History



Expertly presents the tales of these leaders. . . . Rich in scholarly detail, yet accessible to a wide audience, Butler's book refines and furthers not one, but many pertinent discussions surrounding the various groups in this admirable study.--H-Net



Aptly demonstrat[ed]. . . . Anthea Butler examines female leadership in the Women's Department of the Church of God in Christ and the significance of church mothers in the historically African American denomination.--The Journal of Southern Religion



Butler narrates a complex story . . . with economy and focus. . . . [She] commands her subject.--Journal of American History



Butler's enlightening narrative of [black 'church mothers'] deserves wide reading.--Journal of the American Academy of Religion



Recommended.--CHOICE



Butler's book is an indispensable read. . . .[A] well-written and closely argued volume.--Florida Historical Quarterly

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Women in the Church of God in Christ has rich stories to tell about a group that has received far less attention than it deserves, and Butler is quite adept at bringing the characters to life in clear and lively prose. Her study is bound to reshape important arenas of investigation in American women's religious history.--R. Marie Griffith, author of Born Again Bodies: Flesh and Spirit in American Christianity



With this book Anthea Butler has made a major contribution to our understanding of the history of Pentecostalism and to the religious history of African American women. This is a pathbreaking work.--Albert Raboteau, author of Slave Religion: The "Invisible Institution" in the Antebellum South

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (September 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807858080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807858080
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Professor Anthea Butler's Women in the Church of God in Christ: Making a Sanctified World is a must read for all who are interested in the value of staying focused on an established mission. This book clearly demonstrates how a clear mission to sanctify the world deteriorated into an internal mission of sanctifying a denoninational church called the Church of God in Christ. From the founding of the Church of God in Christ with the support of Bishop Charles Harrison Mason, Mother Lizzie Woods Robinson and Mother Lillian Brooks Coffey created a standard for both personal sanctification and in extending the influence of the Church in the world through active participation in civic activities to elevate the quality of life for all. They followed the lifting as we climb strategy into social prominence and respectability in the community at-large. The emphasis in the Church went from dressing to look holy to dressing to reflect your status in the Church organization and in civic afairs. This book also addressed the unresolved issue of what to do with and about women of influence in the ministry and in the Church's organizational structure especially as they out-distanced the male leaders under whom they are supposed to serve. Unfortunately for women in the Church of God in Christ, it seems that their role in the second half of the twentieth century declined as the Church went through a period of turmoil after the death of the founder and the nation as a whole experienced the civil rights movement and the resurgence of the feminist movement in the 1970s which forced Church women to retreat to more traditional subservient roles. This is a marvelous study of the rise and decline of women power in the Church of God in Christ which also coincides with the decline in the Church's influence in cvic affairs.
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As someone who grew up in the COGIC, with an academic background in women's studies and political science,I found this both a personal and intellectual pleasure to read. Her balanced approach to the shortcomings and hidden strengths of the church's history as it relates to women's voice and agency is honest and revelatory. For anyone interested in some of the little known history of this faith, this book reveals the origin of some of the traditions and mores of this faith to even the "un-churched" reader. It also entertains even the non-academic reader. I can't wait until Butler produces her next book!
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I found this book to be extremely helpful and informative. While reading this my eyes were open to why so many things are the way they are in the COGIC organization. Thank you for having this book available at such an awesome price!
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This book is very informative and the information is well documented. I was raised COGIC and some of the information I did not know. Dr. Butler does express her personal opinion which may not be based on factual information but I could not stop reading the book. It challenged me to think and that may be more research needs to be done. Excellent reading!!!!!!!!!!!!
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By 4mommy on June 18, 2012
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This book is a good read on how the women worked together to do a work for the Lord, along with some of the obstacles they faced. It also offers insight on why there was a dress code, and tells of the social changes that played a part in how they viewed the world and their place in it.
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This was an excellet historical overview of COGIC and the COGIC Women's Department. I highly recommend to every COGIC clergyman and Women's Department leader.
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This is an exceptionally book for all Pentecosal women. Know your history, it helps to know where we came from and where w e are and where we need to go.
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