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ISBN: 9781783688975
Imprint: Langham Global Library
Format: Hardback
Dimensions (mm): 254 x 203 x 43
Publication Date: 05/07/2018
Pages: 800
Language: English

Christian Reflection in Africa

Review and Engagement

Edited By
Paul Bowers


This reference collection presents academic reviews of more than twelve-hundred contemporary Africa-related publications relevant for informed Christian reflection in and about Africa. The collection is based on the review journal BookNotes for Africa, a specialist resource dedicated to bringing to notice such publications, and furnishing them with a one-paragraph description and evaluation.

Now assembled here for the first time is the entire collection of reviews through the first thirty issues of the journal’s history. The core intention, both of the journal and of this compilation, is to encourage and to facilitate informed Christian reflection and engagement in Africa, through a thoughtful encounter with the published intellectual life of the continent. Reviews have been provided by a team of more than one hundred contributors drawn from throughout Africa and overseas.

The books and other media selected for review represent a broad cross-section of interests and issues, of personalities and interpretations, including the secular as well as the religious. The collection will be of special interest to academic scholars, theological educators, libraries, ministry leaders, and specialist researchers in Africa and throughout the world, but will also engage any reader looking for a convenient resource relating to modern Africa and Christian presence there.

Author Bios

Paul Bowers
(Edited By)

PAUL BOWERS has taught in theological education in Africa since 1968 at institutions in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. He has also been involved with the Association for Christian Theological Education in Africa (ACTEA) since its inception in 1976, with the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE) since its inception in 1980, with the Africa Journal of Evangelical Theology (AJET) since its inception in 1982, and with the specialist review journal BookNotes for Africa since its inception in 1996. Bowers holds a PhD in biblical studies from the University of Cambridge in England.


I am excited and impatient to put this reference volume to use. The reviews – brief, informative and stimulating – help me get engaged with Africa’s issues and context.

Daniel Bourdanné (Chad)
General Secretary,
International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES)

Readers will find themselves provided here with valuable and comprehensive reflections on theological life in Africa.

Bosela Eale (Congo-DRC)
All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC)

This is a one-stop source for researchers, scholars, libraries, ministry leaders, and all who are interested in Africa and in African Christianity.

Aiah Foday-Khabenje (Sierra Leone)
General Secretary,
Association of Evangelicals in Africa (AEA)

These reviews are timely, thoughtful and practical—an immense, well-crafted resource for those wishing to engage meaningfully with the African continent.

Ndaba Mazabane (South Africa)
World Evangelical Alliance (WEA)

Here is an invaluable tool for discovering important but less known publications in the area of African Christian reflection.

Edward Murphy, S.J. (Zimbabwe)
Jesuit Arrupe University

Christian scholarship in Africa and about Africa has mushroomed over the years, and a reference point has been badly needed. Scholars will welcome this publication as an easily accessible reference point.

Las Newman (Jamaica)
Global Associate Director,
Lausanne Movement

This new volume captures the intellectual initiative of the Christian movement in Africa. It contributes useful and provocative perspectives, a record of critical turning points, and stimulus for ongoing study—a work of real merit and service to the cause.

Lamin Sanneh (Gambia)
Professor of History,
Yale University

For those seeking better understanding of contemporary African trends and issues, this will become an indispensable reference for decades to come.

Frew Tamrat (Ethiopia)
Evangelical Theological College, Addis Ababa

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. Abbreviations
  3. Authors A–C
    1. (reviews 1–245)
  4. Authors D–G
    1. (reviews 246–428)
  5. Authors H–K
    1. (reviews 429–615)
  6. Authors L–M
    1. (reviews 616–775)
  7. Authors N–P
    1. (reviews 776–948)
  8. Authors Q–T
    1. (reviews 949–1111)
  9. Authors U–Z
    1. (reviews 1112–1200)
  10. Author Index
  11. Title Index
  12. Subject Index
  13. Contributors