This book gives a unique insight into the changing shape of contemporary religion examining the new role that Pentecostal Charismatic Christianity plays in the lives of young, professional, black women who are enjoying career success and becoming part of South Africa's new middle class. Amongst these women an interesting relationship has emerged between work and religion as they feel that the social networks and self confidence they gain from their religious communities are as important as their spiritual experiences. But not all the women who join these churches remain, and this book explores why some women leave the churches in which they had previously felt they gained so much.
Maria Frahm-Arp, did her Ph.D. (2006) in Sociology at the University of Warwick. She returned to SA to take up a Mellon postdoctoral fellow at WISER (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research). She has published on women and religion in South Africa and has a particular interest in the connections between the world of work and religion. She currently lectures at St Augustine College in Johannesburg.
"This is an important book for theological and missiological libraries throughout the English-speaking world."
Roger E. Hedlund, Dharma Deepika 33:15
"This book is a significant contribution to the studies of Pentecostal Charismatic theology from an African perspective with a global outlook. I would highly recommend this book to all and sundry as a valuable asset in your study and library."
Rev. Dr. Japie J. La Poorta, PentecoStudies 11:1
"Overall Professional Women provides excellent analysis and content, and it makes an important contribution both to the study of global Pentecostalism and to discussions about Pentecostal/Charismatic women and religion."
Katherine Attanasi, Regent University, Pneuma 33
"The book crucially advances our understanding of PCC in South Africa and the contribution it is making in the lives of its members. It is a must-read for those involved in gender studies and studies on Pentecostal Charismatic Christianity, and for clergy and laypeople in Pentecostal Charismatic churches."
Linda Naicker, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 36:2
"This book is an innovative and insightful study in the South African context of a very important phenomenon among women all over the developing world. It crucially advances our understanding and should be of major interest to the very large numbers of people, in the media and the academy, now tracing these developments world-wide."
David Martin, London School of Economics
"This is an important book in search of a new Christian missionary engagement in Africa. The book is a landmark in the emerging fresh conversation about Christian social ethics in Africa and the imports of living stories in missionary enterprise."
Francis Anekwe Oborji
All those interested in the current social changes taking place in South Africa, religion in Africa, Pentecostal Charismatic Christianity, the relationship between the world of work and religion, and women and religion.