Publishers Weekly named Hannah’s Child: A Theologian’s Memoir (Eerdmans) by professor Stanley Hauerwas one of the past year’s 10 best books in religion. The magazine praised Hauerwas for casting “a characteristically thoughtful look back in an uncharacteristically self-revelatory way in a memoir that fulfills his mother’s powerfully formative intention for her child to do service to God.”
Hauerwas, the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at the Divinity School, was named to a one-year term as president of The Society of Christian Ethics at the group’s annual meeting Jan. 6–9, in New Orleans, La.
The Christian Century included Hauerwas’ Hannah’s Child and a book from two alumni, Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals (Zondervan), among its top 10 titles in theology and spirituality for 2010.
The magazine described Common Prayer authors Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove D’06, Enuma Okoro D’03, and Shane Claiborne as believers that “liturgy has the power to transcend cultural, national, ethnic, and denominational divides and to transform lives and communities.”
Wilson-Hartgrove is an associate minister at St. John’s Baptist Church and lives nearby with his family at Rutba House, a new monastic community in Durham, N.C. Okoro is the author of the memoir Reluctant Pilgrim and works as a writer, speaker, and workshop/retreat leader based in Raleigh, N.C. Claiborne is a founder of The Simple Way, a new monastic community in inner-city Philadelphia.
The Christian Century described Hauerwas’s account of his first wife’s mental illness and his own efforts to provide a healthy atmosphere for their son as “one of the ... more poignant features” of Hannah’s Child.