Although the title of this solid biography in the Women of Spirit series hints that Lucretia Mott was primarily a spiritual leader, Bryant portrays her as an important political and social leader as well. In the opening chapter, Mott, age 47, is a prominent abolitionist in the Philadelphia Branch of the Society of Friends. Invited to attend a conference of abolitionists in London, she no sooner arrives than she is "uninvited" — because she is a woman. This rejection deeply alters her views about women's rights in America, and eight years later she is instrumental in organizing the first women's rights convention. As the cornerstone of a large extended family, she models her deep belief that faith must be a central force in life. The book describes her childhood on Nantucket, traces her growing awareness of injustices, and captures the dynamic spirit of this noted though often neglected woman in history. Bryant not only does a fine job of bringing her subject to life but also provides biographical sketches of the many social reformers Mott knew.