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Gifts and graces: profiles of Canadian Presbyterian women.

Gifts and Graces: Profiles of Canadian Presbyterian Women edited by John S. Moir (The Presbyterian Church in Canada, Committee on History, 1999, $8).

Gifts and Graces is a volume of biographies written about women who have contributed in a significant way to the life of the Presbyterian Church. The book devotes six pages to each profile, including a photograph of each person.

The 16 biographies are arranged alphabetically. Each individual is known for her special achievement. Those profiled include: Marion Barclay, Pauline Brown, Stevie Cameron, Tamiko Corbett, Elizabeth Hawkins, Clara Henderson, Heather Johnston, Giolla Kelly, Frieda Matthews, Mabel McCutcheon, Hilda Nearby, Marion Powell, Beatrice Scott, Margaret Taylor, Margaret Webster and Mary Whale. These fascinating women represent a number of professions including youth worker, nurse, journalist, church official, health worker, musician, advocate, church administrator, missionary in Canada, educator, medical doctor and overseas missionary. The book highlights ordained women as well as those serving as laity.

The contributors include Helen Goggin, Evelyn Murdoch, Ijeoma Ross, June Stevenson, Melville Bailey, Donna and Rodger Talbot, Gwyneth Whilsmith, Mary Helen Garvin, Anne Saunders, Lawrence Hurley, John Johnston, Blair Neatby, Jean Sonnenfeld, John Scott, Helen Sinclair, Irene Dickson and May Nutt.

This volume is informative and entertaining. The narrative is lively and runs smoothly throughout the text thanks to the editorial skills of Dr. John S. Moir. Gifts and Graces could be considered a companion volume to the four volumes of Called to Witness, which also contain biographies of well-known men and women of the church. Reading all these volumes is a painless way to learn more about the history and life of other Presbyterians. In this millennium year, it is fitting the Committee on History celebrates women as key figures in the life of the Presbyterian Church by publishing Gifts and Graces.
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Date:Jun 1, 2000
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