African Saints

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African Saints

Saints, Martyrs, and Holy People from the Continent of Africa

Africa is a deeply spiritual continent and yet has relatively few canonized saints. This book shares the wonderful and often heroic stories of people of faith from the continent of Africa.

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“The official calendar of the saints has long been weighted toward the West. But in this era of the ‘world church’ it is more important than ever to draw on the inspiration and challenge of holy people from other parts of the world. This important book reminds us of the vital contributions of the African church, greatly expanding that ‘cloud of witnesses’ who inspire and challenge us on our path to holiness.”
Robert Ellsberg, editor-in-chief of Orbis books and author of All Saints

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“With a broadened definition of saints and martyrs, Frederick Quinn presents striking vignettes of some ninety 'holy people' from several faiths who unquestionably have impacted the Continent of Africa over centuries and offers a rich, uncomplicated historical read. Inclusion of powerful African prayer, proverbs and wise sayings is the volume’s surprise bonus.”
Rt. Rev. Barbara C. Harris, bishop suffragan, episcopal diocese of Massachusetts

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“For too long descriptions of the African church, as told in English, have been dominated by the work of western missionaries. Frederick Quinn tells the rich story of African spirituality, lived and nurtured by the people of Africa. A singular retelling of lives, prayers, poetry, and sacrifice, it is more than a rich compendium. It is a much-needed story.”
Rev. Canon Frederick W. Schmidt, Ph.D, director of spiritual life and formation, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas

9780824519711
Paperback / 248 pages
Dimensions: 6 x 9 1/4
CROSSROAD, 2002