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  • Trailblazer : A Pioneering Journalist’s Fight To Make The Media Look More L

    $27.00

    Dorothy Butler Gilliam, whose 50-year-career as a journalist put her in the forefront of the fight for social justice, offers a comprehensive view of racial relations and the media in the U.S.

    Most civil rights victories are achieved behind the scenes, and this riveting, beautifully written memoir by a “black first” looks back with searing insight on the decades of struggle, friendship, courage, humor and savvy that secured what seems commonplace today-people of color working in mainstream media.

    Told with a pioneering newspaper writer’s charm and skill, Gilliam’s full, fascinating life weaves her personal and professional experiences and media history into an engrossing tapestry. When we read about the death of her father and other formative events of her life, we glimpse the crippling impact of the segregated South before the civil rights movement when slavery’s legacy still felt astonishingly close. We root for her as a wife, mother, and ambitious professional as she seizes once-in-a-lifetime opportunities never meant for a “dark-skinned woman” and builds a distinguished career. We gain a comprehensive view of how the media, especially newspapers, affected the movement for equal rights in this country. And in this humble, moving memoir, we see how an innovative and respected journalist and working mother helped provide opportunities for others.

    With the distinct voice of one who has worked for and witnessed immense progress and overcome heart-wrenching setbacks, this book covers a wide swath of media history — from the era of game-changing Negro newspapers like the Chicago Defender to the civil rights movement, feminism, and our current imperfect diversity. This timely memoir, which reflects the tradition of boot-strapping African American storytelling from the South, is a smart, contemporary consideration of the media.

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  • Were You There

    $15.00

    Valuable not only for their sublime musical expression, the African American spirituals provide profound insights into the human condition and Christian life. Many spirituals focus on the climax of the Christian drama, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the ways in which those events bring about the liberation of God’s people.

    In these devotions for the season of Lent, Luke A. Powery leads the reader through the spirituals as they confront the mystery of Christ’s atoning death and victory over the grave. Each selection includes the lyrics of the spiritual, a reflection by the author on the spiritual’s meaning, a Scripture verse related to that meaning, and a brief prayer.

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  • Our Help : Devotions On Struggle, Victory, Legacy – Including Forty-Five Af

    $18.99

    In Psalm 46:10, God invites His people to spend time reflecting on His power and majesty–to be still and know that He is God. Our Help: Devotions on Struggle, Victory, and Legacy presents a variety of meditations to encourage you to grow stronger in your relationship with God and to share His message of love with others. Written by a variety of authors and representing perspectives from a range of generations, this collection of short devotions and feature stories also includes questions for reflection, suggested Bible readings, a Scripture index, inspiring poetry, and more. Rediscover the hope you have in Christ and how you can live your life to bring Him glory.

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  • Voices Rising : Women Of Color Finding And Restoring Hope In The City

    $15.95

    Servant Partners Press

    A wide-ranging collection of essays by Christian women of color serving in urban poor contexts.

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  • Sojourners Truth : Choosing Freedom And Courage In A Divided World

    $17.00

    Preface

    Part I: Formation
    1. Pain: Truth Is, Your Identity Can Get You Into Hot Water
    2. Grace: Truth Is, Women Are The Unsung Heroes In This World
    3. Community: Truth Is, There Is No Place Like Home
    4. Purpose: Truth Is, Winners Don’t Quit On Themselves

    Part II: History
    5. Consciousness: Truth Is, It’s Time To Wake Up
    6. Deliverance: Truth Is, Freedom Comes To Those Who Demand It
    7. Trust: Truth Is, We Have A Money Problem

    Part III: Wilderness
    8. Anger: Truth Is, There’s Something That Can Kill You
    9. Death: Truth Is, Remembering Can Bring Us Together
    10. Humility: Truth Is, There Is Hope Worth Holding On To
    11. War: Truth Is, We Must Prepare To Fight

    Part IV: Redemption
    12. Live: Truth Is, We Can Find A Way Out Of The Wilderness
    13. Build: Truth Is, You Need The Right People And The Right Perspective
    14. Heal: Truth Is, Love Will Lead Us Home
    15. Light: Truth Is, Beauty Can Come From Ashes
    16. Home: Truth Is, We Need Courage To Live Redeemed
    Notes

    Additional Info
    In A Sojourner’s Truth we are drawn into the journey of a young African American girl from South Carolina to the United States Naval Academy and then into a calling as a speaker, mentor, writer, and teacher.

    Intertwined with Natasha Sistrunk Robinson’s story is the story of Moses, a leader who was born into a marginalized people group, resisted injustices of Pharaoh, denied the power of Egypt, and trusted God even when he did not fully understand or know where he was going. Along the way we courageously explore the spiritual and physical tensions of truth-telling, character and leadership development, and bridge building across racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, and gender lines.

    You are invited to bring along your story as well-to discover your own identity, explore your truth-revealing moments, live unafraid, and gain a deeper sense of purpose.

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  • Pappy Moses Peanut Plantation

    $16.00

    Near the end of the civil war, Moses Brown, an elderly black man is the true owner of the Bush Plantation – through inheritance. For appearances, his white son-in-law, Josh, plays the part of Master of the plantation when strangers are about. Together they make a success of the plantation.

    Their main goal is to use the money they make to buy slaves, but not just any slaves – they’re buying family members. The plan is, when they gather the entire family, they’ll exodus north to freedom.

    Problem is, just as they leave, other landowners catch on and hunt them, so they could take possession of the Plantation and its slaves.

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  • She Who Kneels Journal

    $12.00

    Front Cover Inscription: She who kneels before God can stand before anyone

    Daily scripture at top of each page

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  • Preaching While Bleeding

    $18.99

    African-American preaching must always be relevant to one’s social condition and always available to speak truth to power. It is the only Word that can lift us from the “Underground” to “Higher Ground.” Upon this ground, the whole of Preaching While Bleeding stands.

    “This book challenges and chastises in the way that only H. Beecher Hicks can. I treasure his body of work and celebrate his contribution to the church and the Kingdom. This book is a “must read” for every called out, set apart preacher-whether you started today or decades ago.” -Bishop Vashti McKenzie, 10th District, African Methodist Episcopal Church, Texas

    “Dr. Hicks wrote Preaching While Bleeding as an experienced “bleeder”; therefore, I offer this word of caution-please be careful when reading this book because the blood of the author’s passion may spill on you.” -Dr. Maurice Watson, Senior Pastor, Metropolitan Baptist Church, Largo, MD

    “If you want to become a real preacher of the Word, this book will be of great value, and it will cost you everything.” -David McAllister Wilson, President, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC.

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  • Born A Colored Girl

    $15.00

    From the author of Pappy Moses’ Peanut Plantation and A Slave’s Song – Two slaves, a mother and daughter, separated during the Civil War never to see each other again. From her mother’s diary, Etta Jean will learn to love the mother she never knew. And from the same diary, a mother will finally give of herself.

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  • My Hair Is A Garden

    $16.99

    After a day of being taunted by classmates about her unruly hair, Mackenzie can’t take any more and she seeks guidance from her wise and comforting neighbor, Miss Tillie. Using the beautiful garden in the backyard as a metaphor, Miss Tillie shows Mackenzie that maintaining healthy hair is not a chore nor is it something to fear. Most importantly, Mackenzie learns that natural black hair is beautiful.

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  • Exodus Preaching : Crafting Sermons About Justice And Hope

    $21.99

    Exodus Preaching is the first of its kind. It is an exploration of the African American prophetic rhetorical traditions in a manner that makes features of these traditions relevant to a broad audience beyond the African American traditions. It provides readers a composite picture of the nature, meaning, and relevance of prophetic preaching as spoken Word of justice and hope in a society of growing pluralism and the world-shaping phenomenon of racial, economic and cultural diversity. African American preachers have distinctively invested great symbolic significance in the Exodus story, the messianic witness of Jesus, and the prophetic literature for developing and shaping prophetic sermons. Kenyatta Gilbert demonstrates how four distinctive features of discourse can shape sermon preparation, for effective preaching in a period of intense social change, racial unrest, and violence. Gilbert includes dozens of practical suggestions and five practical exercises to equip the reader for preaching in new ways and in new environments. He offers an holistic approach, fully equipping the reader with the theological and practical resources needed to preach prophetically.

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  • Black Millennials And The Church

    $16.99

    1. Good Grief
    2. And I Tell You That You Are Peter
    3. Going Out To Them
    4. It’s A Ghost
    5. Come
    6. When He Saw The Wind
    7. Why Did You Doubt?
    8. Gennesaret
    9. The More Things Change
    10. What’s Next?

    Additional Info
    With a unique mix of humor, illustrations, and research findings based on a nationwide study of black young adults, this practical resource equips church leaders with a profile of black millennials that will help churches continue to effectively attract and make disciples of this emerging generation of young adults. Drawing on the biblical narrative of Matthew 14, where Jesus invites Peter to come meet him on the water, this book includes specific ministry principles and programming proposals for use in the local congregation.

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  • African American History And Devotions

    $5.99

    Four weeks’ worth of daily devotions for families, including a scripture verse, a reflection on the scripture, related activities for each day, and a prayer. This devotional is great for use during Black History Month, but can be used at any time.

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  • Voices In The Wilderness

    $46.00

    FINALLY, a scholarly description of the development of Black preaching in the United States that is accessible to the average reader, but also contributes to the academic conversation about both style and theological content. Written from the perspective of a seasoned practitioner and tenured practical theologian, Thomas surveys Black preaching as it has responded to various social and historical time periods. Starting with the brutality of chattel slavery, early formations in segregated Southern life, rapid migration to and urbanization in Northern cities, and various events throughout the post-civil rights era, the book gives convincing details and examples of how the Black preacher helped to guide and sustain the masses of African American people through the wilderness of social change. At the heart of the book, three prime examples are presented as models of the real “”genius”” of Black preaching. The reader will never again think about Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and the Reverend Jesse Jackson in the same way. A special chapter is devoted to the contributions of Black women preachers along with a closing chapter that makes new proposals for the future. The book is a provocative and critical analysis of why Black preaching still matters.

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  • Voices In The Wilderness

    $26.00

    FINALLY, a scholarly description of the development of Black preaching in the United States that is accessible to the average reader, but also contributes to the academic conversation about both style and theological content. Written from the perspective of a seasoned practitioner and tenured practical theologian, Thomas surveys Black preaching as it has responded to various social and historical time periods. Starting with the brutality of chattel slavery, early formations in segregated Southern life, rapid migration to and urbanization in Northern cities, and various events throughout the post-civil rights era, the book gives convincing details and examples of how the Black preacher helped to guide and sustain the masses of African American people through the wilderness of social change. At the heart of the book, three prime examples are presented as models of the real “”genius”” of Black preaching. The reader will never again think about Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and the Reverend Jesse Jackson in the same way. A special chapter is devoted to the contributions of Black women preachers along with a closing chapter that makes new proposals for the future. The book is a provocative and critical analysis of why Black preaching still matters.

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  • Little Leaders : Bold Women In Black History

    $16.99

    This beautifully illustrated New York Times bestseller introduces readers of all ages to 40 women who changed the world.

    An important book for all ages, Little Leaders educates and inspires as it relates true stories of forty trailblazing black women in American history. Illuminating text paired with irresistible illustrations bring to life both iconic and lesser-known female figures of Black history such as abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, politician Shirley Chisholm, mathematician Katherine Johnson, poet Maya Angelou, and filmmaker Julie Dash.

    Among these biographies, readers will find heroes, role models, and everyday women who did extraordinary things – bold women whose actions and beliefs contributed to making the world better for generations of girls and women to come. Whether they were putting pen to paper, soaring through the air or speaking up for the rights of others, the women profiled in these pages were all taking a stand against a world that didn’t always accept them.

    The leaders in this book may be little, but they all did something big and amazing, inspiring generations to come.

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  • Becoming Married Staying Married

    $18.00

    It’s easy to fall in love and to get married. But what does it really mean to be married? And how do you stay married?

    In Becoming Married, Staying Married, couples will be encouraged to see marriage as a process that never ends. Together they will reflect on current realities particular to African American couples. They will also discover nine key principles that are required for healthy marriages, including concepts like self-awareness, flexibility, maturity, and forgiveness. Practical suggestions on how to further enhance each quality are included, in addition to African proverbs and biblical Scripture that relate to marriage. Questions for discussion and reflection are included at the end of each chapter.

    This insightful resource can be used by African American couples at various stages of their relationship, but it is especially helpful to engaged and newly married couples. Pastor may also choose to use this book as a discussion starter for premarital counseling.

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  • Sister Friends Journal

    $12.00

    Spiral bound journal features African American artwork design with message, Sister Friends.
    Lined pages

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  • Keepin It Moving Journal

    $12.00

    Front Cover Inscription: Keepin’ It Moving
    Daily scripture at top of each page

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  • Show Up Dress Up Journal

    $12.00

    SKU (UPC): 0796038233632Binding: Spiral BoundPublished: 2017Publisher: African American Expressions

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  • Write On Time Journal

    $12.00

    SKU (UPC): 0796038233625Binding: Spiral BoundPublished: 2017Publisher: African American Expressions

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  • Insights From African American Interpretation

    $29.00

    Series Foreword

    1. Introducing African American Interpretation
    2. Twentieth-Century Foundations
    3. African American Biblical Interpretation In The Early Twenty-First Century
    4. Slavery, Torture, Systemic Oppression, And Kingdom Rhetoric: An African American Reading Of Matthew 25:1-13
    5. Dis-membering, Sexual Violence, And Confinement: A Womanist Intersectional Reading Of The Story Of The Levite’s Wife (Judges 19)

    Bibliography
    Index

    Additional Info
    Each volume in the Insights series discusses discoveries and insights gained into biblical texts from a particular approach or perspective in current scholarship. Accessible and appealing to today’s students, each Insight volume discusses how this method, approach, or strategy was first developed and how its application has changed over time; what current questions arise from its use; what enduring insights it has produced; and what questions remain for future scholarship.

    Mitzi J. Smith describes the distinctive African American experience of Scripture, from slavery to Black Liberation Theology and beyond, and the unique angles of perception that an intentional African American interpretation brings to the text for a contemporary generation of scholars. Smith shows how questions of race, ethnicity, and the dynamics of “othering” have been developed in African American biblical scholarship, resulting in new reading of particular texts. Further, Smith describes challenges that scholarship raises for the future of biblical interpretation generally.

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  • Momma Knew

    $11.00

    Deeply rooted in an upbeat, urban setting, Momma Knew tells the story of Angela, a feisty and romantic young woman on her quest to find true love. Along the way, Angela takes care in her approach to dating, careful to never let on what she is truly feeling. After all, Momma said: “Never let a man know how you really feel.” Will she find what she’s looking for in the end?

    Momma Knew was written in remembrance of the author’s own mother, who would say those same words. Although the story is fictional, Hoosier admits that she, too, had a difficult time following Momma’s advice, but after surviving her own experiences, she now finds she appreciates her mother’s love and guidance even more and hopes her story inspires her readers to never give up when faced with similar situations.

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  • Role Of Faith And Religion In The Life Of African Americans

    $10.00

    African-Americans who are highly involved in religion have fewer family problems than those who are not involved. The youths in these families have better emotional control and greater involvement in positive, productive activities.

    This book is a discussion of the history of African-Americans–through hundreds of years of cruelty and brutality in slavery, war, and segregation–and the role of Christian faith and churches in helping black people survive and overcome such enormous challenges. These facts offer powerful testament to the role of faith and religion in the lives of African-Americans.

    Encouragement, hope, faith, and determination will help us receive what God has for us if we serve Him! Author Florence Van Liew Crain hopes and prays that those who think they cannot make it will be able to get up, brush themselves off, and move forward.

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  • Purple Pennies

    $10.99

    Sometimes, things are not what they seem, and the things that we carve the most are not always what we need. This story is centered around the life of a young lady named Trish who from the looks of things has it all: a great job, an ideal marriage, nice house, and other luxuries of life. But it’s not until she fights her way to the top that she actually realizes how lonely being at the top can be.

    As life would have it, it’s through a weird twists of events that she gets the chance to see her marriage, her career, and her life for what it really is, a sham of happiness coated with a tint of perfection.

    In just 48 hours, she gets the opportunity to have a second chance at life, happiness, and love.

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  • Plenty Good Room

    $9.99

    This unique short-term Bible study combines an in-depth look at Scripture, American history, and the music and lyrics of six African American spirituals. The six-session study provides biblical, social, and historical analyses of the spirituals: “Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit,” “This Lonesome Valley,” “Bow Down on Your Knees,” “Plenty Good Room,” “Ain’t Dat Good News,” and “Were You There?” Marilyn E. Thornton is writing all-new lessons appropriate to the season. Leader helps can be found in the book providing discussion questions and activities. Plenty Good Room is a powerful resource for small groups, Sunday schools, choir groups, and any setting where persons seek to enrich their devotional and spiritual experience through God’s Word and music.

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  • Introduction To African American Preaching

    $34.99

    This book by Frank A. Thomas serves as an introduction and primer on African American preaching. He sets out to answer six questions: 1) What is the historical study and scholarly treatment of black preaching? The formal study of black preaching matured in the 1990s from Abingdon Press, through the books Black Preaching by Henry Mitchell (Interdenominational Theological Center) and The Hum by Evans Crawford (Howard University). The initial chapter traces how and why black preaching evolved. 2) What is black preaching? What makes black preaching distinctive? What are the substantive methodologies and content of black preaching? Does black preaching include the preaching of the African Diaspora or is it limited to American shores? How does black preaching correlate with the preaching methodologies of other communities, i.e. Euro-American, Latino/Latina, Korean, etc. 3) What are the benchmarks of excellence in black preaching? In every preaching tradition, models and styles or examples emerge based on community recognition and acclaim within the cultural preaching tradition. These models are built on criteria that point to “excellence” in oral practice. The goal in the classroom is to surface conscious and unconscious codes of excellence, which the student can then adapt in a particular congregation. 4) What methods are practiced in African American preaching? Three methods are explored from “folk” and “educated” preaching. Methods of “old-time Negro Preaching,” are compared to the Hegelian method of Samuel DeWitt Proctor and the celebrative preaching method of Henry H. Mitchell, Frank A. Thomas, and Luke Powery. 5) What are the future trends in black preaching? What cultural and media forces are changing black preaching? 6) What are the best bibliographic resources in African American preaching?

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  • From Classism To Community

    $16.99

    In From Classism to Community, author Jini Kilgore Cockroft examines the biblical truths that all persons are made in the image of God, and persons who are transformed through faith in Jesus Christ become members of equal standing in the Christian church. With these two truths as a foundation, she proclaims that Christians should accept one another as equal inheritors of God’s grace, and should relate to one another as peers regardless of any differences in socioeconomic backgrounds. Though central to the gospel message, these assertions often are not in sync with societal realities.

    Cockroft offers a historical analysis of the origin of “classism” in the church and its influence in the development of denominations, specifically in the African American church. Referencing the works of scholars, Christian writers, and pastors from a broad spectrum of evangelical witness, alongside of her own, and those on the margins, she urges the church to exercise its power to restore, empower, and include the poor and forgotten by prayerfully finding ways to deemphasize social class distinctions while learning instead to affirm and embrace the concept of the imago dei, the belief that all humans have been made in the image of God.

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  • Black Conservative An American Hero

    $19.00

    Can a powerful piece of fiction undo the negative stereotyping cast on a group of individuals and make them noble and heroic? In this riveting and explosive novel, the author is betting it will. For years, the black left has cast politically conservative African-Americans as insensitive traitors to the Civil Rights Movement. They are seen as unhinged thinkers who dare to question liberal conventional wisdom concerning black matters and issues. They are often depicted as “Uncle Toms” and whites in dark skin who actually want blacks to be passive porters, shoe-shiners and doormats in a white society.

    The Black Conservative: An American Hero not only challenges these stereotypes, it does it by way of an engaging thriller filled with fascinating characters. The entire effect is meant to give black conservatives a human element, an insight into their thinking, and a culmination of a renewed and invigorating image of them.

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  • Rethinking Celebration : From Rhetoric To Praise In African American Preach

    $22.00

    “This book is a clarion call for African American preachers to think more deeply about the aims and ends of their preaching-namely to stop putting so much emphasis on celebratory endings to our sermons and focus more on the substantive content in our sermons. Our so-called celebratory preaching, designed to excite the congregation into action through a highly emotional closing of the sermon, has had the opposite effect. Rather than inducing action, it has lulled generations of black congregants to sleep. While we are jumping up and down, shouting, and waving our hands in the air every Sunday during the worship hour, we seem not to notice the growing number of churched and unchurched alike who are becoming powerfully alienated from any form of institutional religion.”
    -from the introduction

    “Celebration” is a term that has long been used to describe African American preaching, characterized by content that affirms the goodness and powerful intervention of God as well as style that builds from quiet beginnings to an emotionally rich crescendo in conclusion. Cleophus J. LaRue argues that while celebration is one of African American preaching’s greatest gifts to the larger church, too many black preachers have become content with the form of celebration-volume, vocabulary, pitch, speed, rhythm, and the like-to the neglect of its essence-the proclamation of the mighty acts of God in the lives of their congregations and communities. This kind of preaching, LaRue contends, fails to address the ongoing problems of the African American community and is powerless to prevent the growing disaffection of black America with the black church. In words both prophetic and practical, LaRue suggests ways to improve black preaching that honor both the form and the power of the African American homiletical practice of celebration. Preachers will learn how to use celebration more selectively and as part of a fully formed preaching practice rather than as a means of distracting the congregation from pressing social and theological questions. The book includes six illustrative sermons from LaRue as well as Paschal Sampson Wilkinson Sr., Brian K. Blount, and Claudette Anderson Copeland.

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  • Enduring Truth

    $24.99

    SKU (ISBN): 9781433692048Aaron LavenderBinding: Trade PaperPublished: 2016Publisher: B and H Publishing Group Print On Demand Product

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  • Rebirth Of African Orthodoxy

    $25.99

    Classic African Christian teaching in the patristic period (100-750 AD) preceded modern colonialism by over a thousand years. Many young African women and men are now reexamining these lost roots. They are hungry for accurate information on their brilliant Christian ancestors. Now we have accessible an abundance of powerful primary texts from early Africa as biblical passages were viewed by Cyprian, Origen, Tertullian, and Clement, as well as the leading Patriarchs Dionysius, Peter, Alexander, Athanasius, and Augustine-all Africans, born on African soil. Together they form a huge collection of profound reflections and homilies on scripture. Virtually every verse of scripture has been examined by Africans writing earlier than AD 750. The observations, debates, musings, and deliberations of early African Christian minds may now be examined through the whole range of scripture and taught to a newly receptive African audience. The high intellectual quality of these African writers is evident. African orthodoxy is not different in basic Christian teaching from global orthodoxy, but it is significantly rooted in and shaped out of home-grown African experience. African orthodoxy today is the same faith that was confessed by Athanasius and Augustine seventeen centuries ago.

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  • Poignant Journey : The Sequel To Destiny

    $17.00

    Josh Adam Johnson was like any other high school senior with big dreams. He wanted to attend the prestigious Wharton School of Business, followed by Harvard Law School, and eventually enter his father’s successful law business.

    The year was 1986, and Josh was making his dreams a reality. Times and attitudes had changed in the years since Josh was born in 1969, particularly for the Civil Rights Movement. But for all the ways times had changed, they were frighteningly similar, especially in the Highlands, where bigotry was alive, and where acts of cruelty against African Americans like Josh were all too common.

    This is the story of a young man fighting for his future while struggling with the realities of life and a society in which racism still lingered.

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  • Genesis Of Liberation

    $40.00

    Considering that the Bible was used to justify and perpetuate African American enslavement, why would it be given such authority? In this fascinating volume, Powery and Sadler explore how the Bible became a source of liberation for enslaved African Americans by analyzing its function in pre-Civil War freedom narratives. They explain the various ways in which enslaved African Americans interpreted the Bible and used it as a source for hope, empowerment, and literacy. The authors show that through their own engagement with the biblical text, enslaved African Americans found a liberating word. The Genesis of Liberation recovers the early history of black biblical interpretation and will help to expand understandings of African American hermeneutics.

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  • African American Theology

    $33.00

    This book presents a substantial introduction to the major methodologies, figures, and themes within African American theology. Frederick L. Ware explores African American theology from its inception and places it within dual contexts: first, the African American struggle for dignity and full humanity; and second, the broader scope of Christian belief. Readers will appreciate Ware’s demonstration of how black theology is expressed in a wide range of sources that includes not only scholarly publications but also African American sermons, music, news and editorials, biography, literature, popular periodicals, folklore, and philosophy. Each chapter concludes with questions for discussion and suggested resources for further study. Ware provides a seasoned perspective on where African American theology has been and where it is going, and he demonstrates its creativity within the chorus of Christian theology.

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  • Please Stop Helping Us

    $17.99

    Why is it that so many efforts by liberals to lift the black underclass not only fail, but often harm the intended beneficiaries?

    In Please Stop Helping Us, Jason L. Riley examines how well-intentioned welfare programs are in fact holding black Americans back. Minimum-wage laws may lift earnings for people who are already employed, but they price a disproportionate number of blacks out of the labor force. Affirmative action in higher education is intended to address past discrimination, but the result is fewer black college graduates than would otherwise exist. And so it goes with everything from soft-on-crime laws, which make black neighborhoods more dangerous, to policies that limit school choice out of a mistaken belief that charter schools and voucher programs harm the traditional public schools that most low-income students attend.

    In theory these efforts are intended to help the poor-and poor minorities in particular. In practice they become massive barriers to moving forward.

    Please Stop Helping Us lays bare these counterproductive results. People of goodwill want to see more black socioeconomic advancement, but in too many instances the current methods and approaches aren’t working. Acknowledging this is an important first step.

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  • Marching Through The Flame

    $17.00

    Author Chief Henry E. Allen’s experiences from the beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement to the horror of the Vietnam War are recounted with a searing simplicity that gives the truth of each event its own booming voice. Filled with unbelievable moments of survival and serendipity, “Marching Through the Flame: The Children of Selma Marched Through the Flame and Did Not Burn” will captivate the reader long after the last page has been read. Following the young Allen through his childhood, adolescence, and adulthood in the rapidly changing world around him is like stepping into American history in a way you never have before.

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  • African American Theological Ethics

    $50.00

    This volume in the Library of Theological Ethics series draws on writings from the early nineteenth through the late twentieth centuries to explore the intersection of black experience and Christian faith throughout the history of the United States. The first sections follow the many dimensions of the African American struggle with racism in this country: struggles against theories of white supremacy, against chattel slavery, and against racial segregation and discrimination. The latter sections turn to the black Christian vision of human flourishing, drawing on perspectives from the arts, religion, philosophy, ethics, and theology. It introduces students to major voices from African American Christianity, including Frederick Douglass, Richard Allen, W. E. B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King Jr., Bayard Rustin, Barbara Jordan, James H. Cone, and Jacqueline Grant. This is the essential resource for anyone who wishes to understand the role that Christian faith has played in the African American struggle for a more just society.

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  • Towards The Other America

    $16.99

    ?Chris Crass calls on all of us to join our values to the power of love and act with courage for a world where Black lives truly matter. A world where the death culture of white supremacy no longer devours the lives of Black people and no longer deforms the hearts and souls of white people. In addition to his own soul-searching essays and practical organizing advice in his “notes to activists,” Chris Crass lifts up the voices of longtime white anti-racist leaders organizing in white communities for Black Lives Matter. Crass has collected lessons and vibrant examples of this work from rural working class communities in Kentucky and Maine, mass direct action in Wisconsin and New York, faith-based efforts among Jewish communities, Unitarian Universalists, and the United Church of Christ, and national efforts like Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) and Jewish Voice for Peace.

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  • Stewardship In African American Churches

    $14.00

    Stewardship in African American Churches: A New Paradigm offers practical ideas to help church leaders lead in stewardship effectively. Based on both scripture and tradition, Melvin Amerson draws upon his experience as a stewardship consultant to help churches accomplish the following: Develop a theology of generosity Define stewardship leadership roles Celebrate the offering each week Establish endowment giving

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  • Crossover Preaching : Intercultural Improvisational Homiletics In Conversat

    $45.00

    Acknowledgments
    Abbreviations
    Introduction: “Time Is Filled With Swift Transition”
    1. Gardner C. Taylor: Case Study In Crossover Preaching
    2. Turning Ink To Blood: Performative Improvisation
    3. Rooted, But Not Restricted: Metaphorical Improvisation
    4. Transgressing The Divides: Intercultural Competence
    5. Putting Flesh To Bones: Homiletical Strategies
    Conclusion: Crossing La Frontera (the Border)
    Bibliography
    Author Index
    Subject Index

    Additional Info
    As society becomes more culturally diverse and globally connected, churches and seminaries are rapidly changing. And as the church changes, preaching must change too.

    Crossover Preaching proposes a way forward through conversation with the “dean of the nation’s black preachers,” Gardner C. Taylor, senior pastor emeritus of Concord Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York. In this richly interdisciplinary study, Jared E. Alcantara argues that an analysis of Taylor’s preaching reveals an improvisational-intercultural approach that recovers his contemporary significance and equips U. S. churches and seminary classrooms for the future.

    Alcantara argues that preachers and homileticians need to develop intercultural and improvisational proficiencies to reach an increasingly intercultural church. Crossover Preaching equips them with concrete practices designed to help them cultivate these competencies and thus communicate effectively in a changing world.

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  • Introduction To Womanist Biblical Interpretation

    $33.00

    An Introduction to Womanist Biblical Interpretation provides a much-needed introduction to womanist approaches to biblical interpretation. It argues that womanist biblical interpretation is not simply a byproduct of feminist biblical interpretation but part of a distinctive tradition of African American women’s engagement with biblical texts. While womanist biblical interpretation is relatively new in the development of academic biblical studies, African American women are not newcomers to biblical interpretation.

    Written in an accessible style, this volume highlights the importance of both the Bible and race in the development of feminism and the emergence of womanism. It provides a history of feminist biblical interpretation and discusses the current state of womanist biblical interpretation as well as critical issues related to its development and future. Although some African American women identify themselves as “womanists,” the term, its usage, its features, and its connection to feminism remain widely misunderstood. This excellent textbook is perfect for helping to introduce readers to the development and applications of womanist biblical interpretation.

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  • Autobiography Of A Black Man

    $29.00

    Autobiography of a Black Man: Run Charlie Run! Run Ed Run! by Herbert J. Dixon is a remarkable story that began with two black brothers who killed a white man in Georgia. They escaped to Missouri, changing their names and leaving family behind. When the law closed in on them, they fled to California, where they lived out their lives.

    As the third generation in line from the brothers, the author based this book on stories told by his grandparents-life stories of a poor family. He also describes his own life from his childhood to adulthood-from the fields to the US Navy. He refers to this work as a black man’s Grapes of Wrath…and Charlie and Ed started it all!

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  • Negro Project : Margaret Sangers Diabolical Duplicitous Dangerous Disastrou

    $20.00

    Bruce Fleury’s “The Negro Project: Margaret Sanger’s Diabolical, Duplicitous, Dangerous, Disastrous, and Deadly Plan for Black America” is an in-depth and engrossing cautionary tale written by the author to serve as a warning to all Americans not to forget their history, and perform their due diligence in order to be able to see the not-so-obvious objectives behind the deeds of others. This work surrounds the author’s realization of the harm Margaret Sanger and others like her brought upon the black community in the name of “women’s health” through her organization, Planned Parenthood.

    He sees the black population as being in mortal danger of extinction if Americans don’t wake up and fight the battle against abortion. Mr. Fleury raises some very compelling points in his expose and has provided a great amount of research to support his findings. The reader will most certainly learn a historical lesson that was never taught in school.

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  • Christ And Caribbean Cultures

    $14.95

    This book focuses on the Caribbean church in its attempt to unravel the significance of the Christ-Event in the Caribbean context. The Challenges for the Catholic Christian in the New Millennium (Part I) articulates the major concerns of the Caribbean church under three main themes, namely, relevance, authenticity, and evangelization. These are presented as the evangelical posture needed for the contemporary period. Christ and Ethnicity in the Caribbean (Part II) attempts, through the use of the notion of the incarnation, to unravel the concept of Christ as Saviour in the Caribbean context. It attempts to show that genuine Caribbean theology is a reflection on the Christ-Event in the lives of its people. It is geared toward helping Caribbean Christians develop a greater sense of self-worth. It purports that Christology must be related to the identity of a people if it is to engender effective pastoral action. Toward a Caribbean Christian Civilization (Part III) gives a comprehensive view of the Caribbean reality in which Christianity is lived. It takes into account the influence of the history of the region, the effects of colonialism, the evolution of its culture(s), its ethnic composition and the dispositions that surrounded it, the challenge of traditional religious elements, and the moral question in its varied dimensions. Finally, it presents some suggestions on what a Caribbean Christian civilization should look like if it is to carry out the mandate of Christ. A Theological Reflection on “Bamboo Bursting” in the Caribbean serves as a postscript. It unravels the meaning of this pre-Christmas pastime in some of the territories of the Caribbean. Short though it may be, the collection provides a fair understanding of the Caribbean church’s experience and its responsibility to be a leaven in the midst of God’s people in its particular context.

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  • Colors Come From God Just Like Me

    $9.99

    Follow a young African-American girl as she discovers God’s Creation and delights in its many colors. Through her adventures she realizes that she is also an amazing creation of God as she affirms “God made me a beautiful brown!”

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  • Shock And Awe

    $12.00

    The latter half of the 20th century was a turbulent time for race relations in the United States. In the public sphere, protests, riots, and violence were not uncommon when tensions reached their peak. But in the United States Army, a more peaceful transition took place as highly trained, highly intelligent African American officers rose through the ranks in a de-segregated military. Some of the names, like General Colin Powell, are familiar to the general public, but many more are not. Dr. Jimmie Jones, himself a retired African American officer of the United States Army, presents here a comprehensive look at the evolving role of black officers in the army over the last several decades. The story he tells is one part history and one part charming narrative as he recounts his journeys around the country as an officer moving up in the ranks and as an avid interviewer taking every opportunity possible to meet with the trailblazing men and women who broke barriers to become the first African American general officers in the army.

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  • Bridge Builders Of Natuck Green Valley

    $23.00

    Arlington County, Virginia’s oldest African American community, the Nauck community, which dates back to 1844, is rich in history and abundant with bridge builders, both past and present, who have made local and national contributions while fighting for their right to experience a good quality of life. Bridge Builders of Nauck/Green Valley: Past and Present is a compilation of the stories, interviews, and biographies of these extraordinary African Americans who pursued and found success, despite the laws at the time that limited their access to everything from home loans to education. The perseverance of the pioneers of Nauck is alive through their accomplishments, triumphs, and achievements. Whether in their own words, the words of their loved ones, or through history books, Taylor’s labor of love seeks to memorialize the important work these African Americans have achieved and the legacy they leave for future generations. Said Taylor, “Ordinary Nauck/Green Valley residents surviving Jim Crow Laws, lacking financial backing, becoming economically independent, educating themselves and their children, fighting for freedom, and remembering from whence they came should be an inspiration to all to celebrate and continue sharing future, ordinary resident’s accomplishments.”

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  • Battlefields In The World And In Christendom

    $14.00

    Battlefields in the World and in Christendom is a mesmerizing work, incorporating real life events spanning the author’s rebellious youth through his journey to adulthood and becoming a teacher, counselor, and pastor whose belief in Salvation drives his life. All of the incidents, episodes, and events here are true.

    Rev. George W. Battle grew up in a basement apartment with his father (superintendent of the building), mother, and sister, two years his senior. By the age of three, he demanded to be allowed to go to school and hounded his mother until she convinced the principal to let him attend, with the stipulation he would have to spend two years in kindergarten.

    From his very first day, George experienced bullying and racism as an Afro-American, making him strong and able to stand up for himself, no matter what the issue. We follow his struggles through school, the service, and into his adult life. At times, he was the one being unfairly treated. At other times, the chip on his shoulder seemed quite heavy, causing him to become the antagonist, which surfaced during his early days of employment and his stint in the service, where he seemed to have a problem with authority figures.

    A surprising transition occurs when George goes on to college, becoming a teacher, a counselor, and a pastor. The entertaining anecdotes lend growth and fullness to his character, and show a dedication and love of family acquired through God’s guidance.

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  • Reflect Reclaim Rejoice Study Guide

    $7.99

    This small-group study serves as a companion resource for the 2015 Emmy-winning DVD, Reflect, Reclaim, Rejoice: Preserving the Gift of Black Sacred Music. Four centuries ago, Blacks enslaved in America created a music form that gave solace even during the most inhumane conditions. Reflect, Reclaim, Rejoice: Preserving the Gift of Black Sacred Music traces the music’s history and invites readers to see and experience the ways it is being kept alive.

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  • Precious Memories Of Missionaries Of Color 2

    $32.95

    Precious Memories of Missionaries of Color, Vol. 2 profiles ninety-five black Seventh-day Adventist missionaries from 1892 to 2014 and is a follow up to Carol Hammond’s book Precious Memories of Missionaries of Color, which was published in 2008 and featured the profiles of forty-nine families. Author DeWitt S. Williams desired to feature the stories of those not included in the first book, so he compiled a list of all those who had served as missionaries through the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, researched their stories, and wrote about their triumphs, struggles, and everyday experiences in this volume.

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  • Faiths Final Chance

    $19.00

    The life that common people experience, though they may be ordinary, as that is how we measure such things, is already hard enough. But add to the equation a century of slavery and the psyche of those who experienced it, passed down to their descendents, is sure to be a fertile ground for the devil to play in. It is a tragic story that wound its way into the lives of ordinary African-Americans in modern-day America. Yet one woman would show to her brethren and fellow citizens that it is never too late, that within the heartaches and misfortunes that ensue in the everyday life on the streets, God is there, watching, waiting for us to acknowledge and allow him to walk with us through the course of our struggles in life and into triumph.

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  • Forward Together : A Moral Message For The Nation

    $19.99

    14 Chapters

    Additional Info
    In 2013, after seven years of grassroots organizing, “Moral Mondays” grabbed the nation’s attention as thousands protested North Carolina’s General Assembly in Raleigh in support of the poor, voting rights, health care, immigrant rights, and other issues. Over 13 consecutive weeks, the protests against legislative extremism resulted in the arrests of nearly 1,000 people, making it one of the largest acts of civil disobedience in U.S. history. As thousands more gathered in support each Monday, Barber, president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, became widely recognized as the leader of a new civil rights movement in the South. More than 100 “Forward Together-Moral Monday” connected events have since taken place, and the spirit of the movement has spread to Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, and New York.

    This reflection on the movement’s beginnings introduces Barber, the sources of his courage from both a biblical imagination for justice and a deep connection to “fusion” civil rights history, and the inspiring story of the Southern freedom movement’s revival. Barber invites readers into a big-tent, faith-based movement for justice that has room for black, white, and brown, gay and straight, rich and poor, old and young, Republicans and Democrats, people from all walks of life. Offering his unique analysis of what he has called the “Third Reconstruction,” Barber locates North Carolina’s struggle in the spiritual and political landscape of 21st-century America. With civil rights and social justice battles with a deep moral narrative, particularly in southern statehouses that then move to federal courts on appeal, what happens in North Carolina can shift the center of gravity in political discourse, debate, and decision-and thereby change the nation.

    “Messages of moral dissent are designed not to just be spoken and heard but to shape the prophetic consciousness of a movement and of society,” says Barber. “The prophetic voice rises when government systems and sometimes even religious systems have abdicated their responsibility to the least of these. When the forces of extremism have become so overwhelming and have depressed the hope of the people, the prophetic voice and mission is to connect words and actions in ways that build restorative hope so that there can be a movement for restorative justice. So this book is an attempt to capture the practice of ‘preaching’ in the public square, which is where pr

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  • Pulpit And Politics

    $22.99

    New from best-selling author Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle is Pulpit & Politics, which seeks to provoke an emergence of a new generation of black preacher-politicians who will move beyond spiritual leadership and into advocacy and social justice. Dr. McMickle argues for the vital role of the preacher, not only in the pulpit but in serving the community and challenging the government, from within or without.

    Key features:
    *Highlights past and present examples of African American leaders in ministry and politics, from Hiram Revels to Martin Luther King Jr. to Al Sharpton.
    *Explores the letter and spirit of the principles of religious liberty and the separation of church and state.
    *Discusses historic examples of religious advocacy around social justice issues in the black community, including the abolition of slavery and the civil rights movement.
    *Considers four models of clergy leadership in the African American church and community: priestly, prophetic, nationalist, and political.

    – See more at: http://www.judsonpress.com/product.cfm?product_id=18283#sthash.oDPWps48.dpuf

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  • Breaking Bread Breaking Beats

    $29.00

    Contents:
    Getting Started
    1. Moments In The History Of Black Churches And Hip-Hop
    2. Black Churches, Hip-Hop, And The Body
    3. Black Churches, Hip-Hop, Race, And Ethnicity
    4. Black Churches, Hip-Hop, And Poverty
    5. Black Churches, Hip-Hop, And Gender
    6. Black Churches, Hip-Hop, And Sexuality
    7. Black Churches, Hip-Hop, And Ethics
    8. Black Churches, Hip-Hop, And Globalization
    9. A Relationship Between Black Churches And Hip-Hop?
    10. The Cipher
    The CERCL Writing Collective Members
    Glossary
    Selected Bibliography
    Notes

    Additional Info
    What is hip-hop, and how does it impact the Black Church? How does the Black Church integrate hip-hop? How do black churches think about hip-hop? How do these different, yet deeply interrelated communities think about the key topics of modern life-be it gender, sex, race, or globalization?

    These questions and more are the concern of the CERCL Writing Collective, under the mentorship of Anthony Pinn. In this innovative project, ten individuals write as one voice to illuminate the ways that hip-hop and the Black Church agree, disagree, and inform each other on key topics.

    This book grows out of the popular religion and Hip-Hop course, soon to be offered as an open enrollment online course, at Rice University by Anthony B. Pinn and Bernard ‘Bun B’ Freeman. Like the course, the book offers engaging insights into one of today’s most important musical genres and reflects on its broad cultural impact.

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  • 2012 The Ending Of The Willie Lynch Letter

    $8.00

    “I wrote this piece to enlighten the minds of people in the world, especially blacks/African-Americans, about the negative psychological effects of the Willie Lynch Letter. This malicious labyrinth has impacted many lives, causing ignorance, broken homes, disrespectfulness, and poor health throughout the nation. I’m concentrating more on aiding blacks/African-Americans because this ethnic group statistically leads America in negative aspects of life, such as heart disease, poverty, broken homes, incarcerations, lack of education, etc.-and the fact that this system was directed toward African-Americans. Although all cultures and nationalities suffer from such downfalls because of such a melting pot society we live in, any man, woman, or child is capable of falling victim to Lynch’s negative behavioral application. Mankind, as a whole, needs an improvement.” About the Author Le Brown a.k.a. “Phenomenal Le” was born and raised in Florence, South Carolina. He currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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  • Mary Had A Baby

    $13.99

    In this 2014 revised edition, Mary Had a Baby has four sessions, one for each week of Advent, and is perfect for small groups, Sunday School, mid-week sessions, and choir workshops. Each lesson utilizes Scripture, song lyrics, devotional and contextual information, and discussion questions to stimulate deepening faith and a sense of community. The four spirituals featured are “Mary Had a Baby,” “Rise Up Shepherd and Follow,” “Children, Go Where I Send Thee,” and “Go, Tell It on the Mountain.”

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  • Child Shall Lead Them

    $19.00

    Foreword
    Preface
    Introduction
    1. Montgomery: Just To See Empty Bus, After Empty Bus Go By
    2. Sitting-in And Riding For Freedom
    3. Birmingham And The Children’s Crusade
    4. Mississippi: Made To Disappear
    5. Selma: What We Talk About Has Also To Do With The Children
    6. Who Will Carry The Freedom Struggle Forward?
    Notes
    Index

    Additional Info
    Half a century after some of its most important moments, the assessment of the Civil Rights Era continues. In this exciting volume, Dr. Rufus Burrow turns his attention to a less investigated but critically important byway in this powerful story-the role of children and young people in the Civil Rights Movement.

    What role did young people play, and how did they support the efforts of their elders? What did they see-and what did they do?-that their elders were unable to envision? How did children play their part in the liberation of their people?

    In this project, Burrow reveals the surprising power of youth to change the world.

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  • Civilized Blacks : Free American Negroes In The 1870s Whose Lives Parallele

    $14.00

    CIVILIZED BLACKS: FREE AMERICAN NEGROES IN THE 1870’s WHOSE LIVES PARALLELED THE LIFE OF BOOKER T. WASHINGTON by Carol Binta Civilized Blacks: Free American Negroes in the 1870’s Whose Lives Paralleled the Life of Booker T. Washington is a work of creative historical fiction designed to illuminate a commonly ignored segment of the African-American experience. Drawing on the life and work of Booker T. Washington, author Carol Binta has portrayed the trials and achievements, as well as the daily lives, of the Black American elite culture of the period. With an engaging and realistic cast of characters, she portrays accurate social structures and customs while drawing the reader into the tale she has created. Particularly striking is the emphasis on Washington’s affirming attitude toward women. Both entertaining and enlightening, Civilized Blacks: Free American Negroes in the 1870’s Whose Lives Paralleled the Life of Booker T. Washington offers a new perspective on this often forgotten portion of history. About the Author Carol Binta has a master’s degree in psychology and a bachelor’s of science from Temple University School of Communications. She was awarded six different fellowships to pursue her graduate studies in speech and communications. Full of “wonder lust,” as she calls it, she instead traveled abroad for nearly two years, observing cultural mores and family life as far east as Pakistan and to the south of the Mediterranean Island of Crete. Her five-month stay with a Sufi order in England and then in Holland ended abruptly. She immediately returned to the States, disillusioned about the vast ocean of deception that covers the globe. She found her truth in her native country in the backyard of her forefathers in South Carolina. Ms. Binta is a community activist, licensed therapist, Reiki practitioner, musician, and poet. She plans to chronicle her travels through Europe, the Middle East, and the Near East, as well as portions of her own personal journey, in future writing projects. She currently has a private practice as a psychotherapist and is the mother of three daughters, one step-son, and three grandchildren. The present project was conceived in 1992 and completed in 2012. It was initiated when Ms. Binta’s youngest daughter, Ambiya, was assigned the book Up from Slavery in the fourth grade. Ms. Binta was so inspired by the life and work of Booker T. Washington that she committed to writing an historical fiction to illustrate the Black America

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  • Liberating Black Church History

    $19.99

    “No serious scholar in biblical studies today can introduce students to his or her field without taking into account the contributions of African American scholarship. The long traditions of biblical interpretation in the black church, and the innovative research and writing performed by African-American scholars in recent years are now essential components of a critical study of the Bible.

    Yet up to now, knowing how best to introduce the fruits of African American biblical scholarship to students, particularly those in the survey class, has been difficult. Good resources exist, yet too often they were not written with the needs of introductory students in mind. This book meets that need by providing an overview of the most important developments in African American approaches to biblical scholarship. Written with the needs of beginning students in mind, it will offer insight into the particular ways that African American scholarship has shaped the world of biblical study.”

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  • Hello My Name Is Beautiful

    $13.99

    For all that we talk about self-confidence and self-acceptance, insecurity never really seems to go away, does it? Well, it can. In this book therapist and etiquette teacher Loretta A. Morman shares with you her insight on how to overcome misconceptions many girls of color have about their own selves. Various messages reach us from marketing and advertising companies, through different forms of entertainment, mainstream culture and even our own family and friends. However, those messages aren’t always true or right. There are ways to take care of yourself with love and devotion, habits and perspectives that will take you to new places of validation and esteem, ones you never thought you would reach. Morman will tell you what God’s word says about beauty and give you practical advice on how to be the best version of yourself-which is the most beautiful thing of all.

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  • Brown Skin And The Beautiful Faith

    $15.99

    Brown Skin and the Beautiful Faith: A Poet’s Reflection is Terry E. Carter’s second volume of poetry and picks up on the familiar themes of faith, family, history, Black culture and jazz, enjoyed so much by readers of his first book, Brown Skin and the Bread f Life: A Poet’s Journey. The author’s work continues to revolve around his life experiences as an artist, writer, husband, father, cultural observer, and born-again believer. His purpose is again to educate and entertain, while demonstrating the virtues of a life in Christian discipleship.

    Brown Skin and the Beautiful Faith continues to display the author’s broad poetical repertoire and the craft he’s been developing for decades. His literary influences range from Shakespeare to the Harlem Renaissance. In this new volume, Terry uses significant rhyme to dramatic effect and expands upon the lyrical framework established in Brown Skin and the Bread of Life.

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  • Help It Still Hurts

    $23.99

    When the relationship between the pastor and the congregation is good, the hope of the congregation is that the pastor never leaves from serving the church. The reality of the Scripture and life reveals that serving a church forever is not possible. Transition is an inevitable phenomenon.

    Cynthia Hinson Graham remembers being sad as a child when her pastor did not return to church after his illness. She recalls, “The church never came together as a family to talk about what happened or how they felt.” Forty years later, the senior pastor at her church announced his retirement, but offered no guidance “for the church family to come together and process their reactions or responses to the impending transition.”

    In this study, Hinson Graham examines how a congregation deals spiritually and emotionally with the loss of its long-time pastor, as well as how the exiting pastor should prepare for his or her departure. She focuses on five independent African-American churches, which are significant because they were led by a single senior pastor, rather than by a board of governance or denominational order.

    During her research, Hinson Graham explored the answers to four core questions: What were the spiritual and emotional responses to the transition of a long-term pastor? How were congregants able to express these feelings? What mindsets were most common when faced with the transition? And what, if any, processes were followed to ease the transition for the church body?

    The author acknowledges the logical concern with the reasons for the current pastor’s departure and the uncertainty concerning the incoming pastor, but these are before and after issues. The emotional and spiritual well-being of church members during the transition, however, is of concern here. In a clear and approachable voice, Hinson Graham cites extensive biblical precedents for managing such matters.

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  • If God Be For Us

    $12.49

    The Black Church will survive because it is all about faith and family. The Black Church is not simply a crowd of people that gather in a centralized location on Sunday mornings. For many, the Black Church is viewed as an extension of one’s immediate family. This extension of family is what gives the congregation a sense of community. I’m the grandson of a pastor. I grew up in the pews of the Baptist church. As a result, I have many mothers and aunts and uncles who are not blood relatives. But then again, they are blood relatives. They are my mother, father, sister, brother, cousin, uncle and aunt in the Lord. As our churches grow in number, we must also grow in ministry. The only way to do that is to grow in relationship one with the other.

    The Black Church is a village. In the most traditional use of the word, villages are small groups of families who are situated together for sociability and defense. In the village, people look out for one another. In the village, there are many mothers and fathers. The village concept is such that the success of the individual is directly connected to the success of the group. Many Black Churches function as little villages. We help each other. We support each other. There is a sense of safety that the Black Church provides to Black communities. While all Black people do not attend Black Churches, the majority of Black families appreciate the proximity of this institution within its village. It is all about faith and family. The Black Church, the black family, will survive if God be for us.

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  • Birmingham Revolution : Martin Luther King Jrs Epic Challenge To The Church

    $16.00

    From time to time prophetic Christian voices rise to challenge our nations “original sin.” In the twentieth century, compelled by the Spirit of God and a yearning for freedom, the African American church took the lead in heralding the effort. Like almost no other movement before or since, Christian people gave force to a social mission. And, remarkably, they did it largely through nonviolent actions. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.s words and historic efforts as the Moses of this civil rights movement stand out as perhaps the most significant instance of a modern Christian leader acting in a prophetic role to instigate political change. In many ways “The Letter from Birmingham Jail” stands at the center of that movement. In this book African American journalist Edward Gilbreath explores the place of that letter in the life and work of Dr. King. Birmingham Revolution is not simply a work of historical reflection. Gilbreath encourages us to reflect on the relevance of King’s work for the church and culture of our day. Whether its in debates about immigration, economic redistribution or presidential birth certificates, race continues to play a role in shaping society. What part will the church play in the ongoing struggle?

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  • Be Restored 10th Anniversary Edition

    $14.99

    Be Restored is based on a study of Nehemiah, a servant who accepted God’s calling to bring restoration to Israel. Through application questions, readers will explore: stark similarities between Israel and the African American race; faithful followers who achieved success in captivity; followers locked in prisons of hopelessness; their own need for restoration.

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  • Israels Poetry Of Resistance

    $32.00

    Noting that Israel’s earliest responses to earth-shaking changes were cast in the powerfully expressive language of poetry, Hugh R. Page Jr. argues that the careful collection and preservation of these traditions-now found in every part of the Hebrew Bible-was an act of resistance, a communal no to the forces of despair and a yes to the creative power of the Spirit.
    Further, Page argues, the power of these poems to craft and shape a future for a people who had suffered acute displacement and marginalization offers a rich spiritual repertoire for Africana peoples today, and for all who find themselves perennially outside the social or political mainstream. Here Page offers fresh translations and brief commentary on the Bible’s fifteen earliest poems, and explores the power and relevance of these poems, and the ancient mythic themes behind them, for contemporary life at the margins.

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  • Vanguards Of A Missionary Uprising

    $25.00

    With high expectations, Vanguards of a Missionary Uprising calls on Christian African-American students to step forward and lead a new international missionary movement. Celebrating their leadership potential, a veteran urban missionary makes this positive challenge from Jesus Christ’s Great Commission in the Bible. With specific examples from missions history, the author exposes the intense spiritual warfare waged against this cause. He explains past black-white controversies and how a racially united American missionary force may glorify Christ worldwide. Michael V. Fariss is the founding president of Urban Discovery Ministries. To mobilize missionaries of African descent, this outreach plants or consults churches in the U.S. and partners with Buff Bay Baptist Church in Jamaica. He authored two previous books: Reconciling an Oppressor and Transforming Inner City Evangelism.

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  • Those Sisters Can Preach

    $15.00

    Twenty-two powerful messages from women of God are assembled in this collection of sermons. Those Sisters Can Preach! is a treasured volume from some of the most revered African-American women preachers today. Their distinct voices from varied ministries blend together in one proclamation of wisdom and hope. McKenzie has joined these women of faith together through their conviction and commitment to the gospel. Each pearl of wisdom speaks volumes.

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  • African American Church

    $13.99

    In the pages of this book, Rev. Leonidas A. Johnson eloquently shares how God’s missionary call, like an aromatic stew, has been simmering within the African American church. According to him, “The African American church will play a critical role in spreading the gospel message to people groups living in areas of the world that represent the last strongholds and citadels of satanic power attempting to stop God’s Mission.”

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  • Postcolonializing God : An African Practical Theology

    $40.00

    Postcolonializing God examines how African Christianity especially as a practical spirituality can be truly a postcolonial reality. The book offers thoughts as to how African Christians and by that token others who were colonial subjects, may practice a spirituality that bears the hallmarks of their authentic cultural heritage, even if that makes them distinctly different from Christians from the colonizing nations.

    There are themes in both the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Scriptures in which God’s activities result in shattering hegemony, overthrowing the powerful, diversifying communities and affirming pluralism. These have by and large been ignored or downplayed in the formation of Christian communities by western and westernized Christians in Africa. The effect of this is that much of the practice of African Christians imitates that of a European Christianity of bygone times.

    Postcolonializing God charts a different course uplifting these ignored readings of scripture and identifying how they are expressed again by Africans who courageously seek through the practices of mysticism and African culture to portray a God whose actions liberate and diversify human experience.

    Postcolonializing God seeks to express the human diversity that seems to be the Creator’s ongoing desire for the world and thereby to continue to manifest the manifold and diverse nature and wisdom of God. It is only as humans refuse to be created in the image of any other human beings, that the richness and complexity of the divine image will be more closely viewed throughout the world.

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  • Cut Dead But Still Alive

    $23.99

    To cut dead means to refuse to acknowledge another with the intent to punish. Gregory Ellison says that this is the plight of African American young men. They are stigmatized with limited opportunity for education and disproportionate incarceration. At the same time, they are often resistant to help from social institutions including the church. They are mute and invisible to society but also in their inward being. Their voice and physical selves are not acknowledged, leaving them ripe for hopelessness and volatility. So if the need is so great yet the desire for help wanes, where is the remedy?

    Healing can begin by reframing the problem. While to cut dead is destructive, it also refers to pruning and repotting a disfigured plant-giving it new possibilities for life. In this provocative book, Ellison shows how caregivers can sow seeds of life, nurturing the neophyte with guidance, admonition, training, and support in order to become a community of reliable others, serving as an extended family.

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  • They Like To Never Quit Praisin God

    $16.00

    Foreword
    Preface
    A Word Of Gratitude And Thanks
    Introduction
    A Call To The Ministry Of The Scribe: Chronicling The African American Preaching Tradition
    1. The Performative Tradition Of African American Preaching
    2. Celebrative Design And Emotional Process
    3. A Theology Of Celebrative Preaching
    4. The Dynamics Of Celebration
    5. Designing For Celebration
    6. Guidelines For Celebration
    7. Five Sermons Illlustrating Method
    Notes
    Selected Bibliography

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    Celebration is an important component of preaching. Fifteen years, after its release, They Like to Never Quit Praising God continues to illustrate the steps that are essential to understand and experience the Gospel through celebration and praise.

    Through the unique lens of African American preaching, Thomas explores the theology, dynamics and guidelines for celebrative preaching.

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  • Embodied Spirits : Stories Of Spiritual Directors Of Color

    $18.95

    * A solid new addition to the Morehouse collection for spiritual directors
    * First book addressing the concerns and issues of people of color in spiritual direction
    * Wide ecumenical appeal
    “These essays speak of how we have incorporated our contemplative practices into our family life; our urban, non-religious background; how we have been nurtured in struggles for health and life through our contemplative prayer practices and our courage to survive and even thrive in the midst of dire circumstances. We speak of the unfolding bridge between faith and culture; our conflicts with an Interspiritual journey with a Christian foundation; our sexuality; our journey to healing and authenticity; and how we are taking this practice that began in the first centuries of the church with the desert mothers and fathers to the present and into the future with spiritual direction through the Internet across the world.” -from the Introduction

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  • Black Church : Relevant Or Irrelevant In The 21st Century

    $15.00

    1. The Importance Of The Black Church
    2. The Sleeping Giant Amid A People In Crisis
    3. Black America’s Need For A Psychological Conversion
    4. The White Church’s Participatory Role
    5. Future Leadership Of The Black Church
    6. We Need The Holy Spirit

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    Reginald F. Davis believes there is a crisis in black America. Disproportionately, black Americans rank at the top in crime, murders, drug abuse, unemployment, incarceration, poverty, education deficiencies, and HIV/AIDS cases. Physical slavery is past and the civil rights bill has been signed, yet the black community is not saved, is not healed, is not organized, is not liberated. Davis’s latest book, “The Black Church: Relevant or Irrelevant in the 21st Century?,” emerges from his great love, admiration, and deep concern for the future of the black community and the black church. Davis contends that a relevant church struggles to correct oppression, not maintain it. An irrelevant church sees the self-destructive behavior, oppression, and powerlessness of the oppressed but refuses to take the necessary steps to eradicate it. How can the black church focus on the liberation of the black community, thereby reclaiming the loyalty and respect of the black community? Davis also challenges the white church to understand and acknowledge what the malignancy of racism has done and still does to the body of Christ. He asserts that the white church cannot continue to remain silent on issues of oppression; it must preach against racism as well as be an agent of justice and liberation. Ultimately, churches-both black and white-must come together to be the Word of God to the poor, the oppressed, the marginalized.

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  • Devil In The Grove

    $15.99

    22 Chapters

    Additional Info
    Devil in the Grove is the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. Arguably the most important American lawyer of the twentieth century, Thurgood Marshall became embroiled in a case that threatened to change the course of the civil rights movement and cost him his life

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  • Victory Over A Critical Spirit

    $8.95

    “Can you believe he is wearing sandals to church?”

    “I know, and did you see what she brought for potluck? Doesn’t she know better?”

    “Tell me about it, and did you hear that the pastor supports the school board’s decision to hire another teacher? How ridiculous! The school doesn’t have the money!”

    Sound familiar? Our church is often plagued with critical comments and a negative spirit. Instead of reaching out to those in the world, we criticize them. And if they do come to church, we are quick to point out their faults in an effort to help them “grow.” Of course, we aren’t any better with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. We like to point out what we think other people are doing wrong. If we are to finish the work of spreading the gospel to the world, we must unite and cultivate the fruit of the Spirit. We must become like Jesus and banish our critical spirit and let the Holy Spirit develop a loving character in us.

    Jim Hammer shares personal stories and insights from his own spiritual journey that has brought him Victory Over a Critical Spirit. This is a must read!

    “Jim has given us a much-needed message. If we could each incorporate its principles into our lives we would bring a new peace and happiness into our families, the church, and the world.” June Strong, author of Project Sunlight and Song of Eve

    “The toxic results of being judgmental are at the heart of why Christianity and its love message have not swept the world. I thank Jim for writing such a sensitive book and for his vulnerability. May God bless you and your Christian walk as you digest and grow in grace by reading this book.” Mike Ortel, president, Northern New England Conference

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  • Race Faith And Politics

    $12.99

    In analyzing the current political and social landscape, it appears that African Americans who are born-again Christians are firmly planted in two vastly different worlds at war with each other. Is it possible for African American Christians to reconcile their love for Christ, love for culture, and love for country?

    In Race, Faith, and Politics: 7 Questions Every African American Christian Must Answer, author and minister Christopher Signil encourages you to reflect upon and solidify your position on controversial social and political issues. He provides the tools to help you clearly define where you stand while staying true to your country, your culture, and your Creator.

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  • What Every Man Of Color Should Know About Jesus

    $4.99

    SKU (ISBN): 9780963812766Melvin BanksBinding: Trade PaperPublished: 2012Publisher: Urban Spirit Publishing Company LLC

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  • Black Theology

    $44.99

    The SCM Core Text Black Theology is an accessible introduction to the teaching and learning of Black theology in Higher Education and theological educational training establishments.aaThis text aims to sensitize readers to the inherited legacy of race, ethnicity, difference and racism, which has exerted a profound influence upon the lives of all people since the Enlightenment.aaThe book shows the diversity and vibrancy of Black Theology as an international movement that emerged not in the context of the academe but from the lived experiences of Black people and yet has gained recognition as an academic discipline.

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  • Im A Black Man Who Are You

    $15.00

    In this autobiographical story set in the deep south of the United States during the turbulence of the 1960’s, Dr. David Sharp recounts the life lessons that sparked the discovery of his own uniqueness, inner beauty, joy, passion and power.

    From the first understanding of himself as “different” he allows you inside his journey toward self-acceptance. He shares how he learned to claim who he really is, and shows you the people who helped him find the strength and courage to do so.

    You will see how truth, wisdom and humor are used not just to survive, but thrive; and how the ability to “dance the blues away” or “laugh, cry, complain and count your blessings at the same time” are two of the many heroic responses to life’s deep pains.

    The story features Mbase, a long dead ancestor, who reaches through time to become part of the journey. He guides with wit and compassion and offers a reminder of the four powerful words that have echoed in their family through the generations.

    I’m a Black Man, Who are You? is a triumph of the human spirit. It will inspire you to look at yourself “differently” and answer more clearly the grand question life asks… WHO ARE YOU?

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  • African American Experience In World Mission

    $17.99

    Venture into the world of overseas missions from an African-American perspective. This collection of articles takes you deep into the history of missions in the African-American community. You will learn of the struggles to stay connected to the world of missions in spite of great obstacles. You will read of unique cultural experiences while traveling abroad. You will feel the heart for fulfilling the Great Commission both in the African-American community and beyond. All text remains the same in this revised edition, with the exception of new study guide questions at the close of each chapter. The questions can be used to help facilitate discussions in Sunday School, Bible study, seminary classes, conference workshops and other group or individual studies.

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  • Preach : The Power And Purpose Behind Our Praise

    $16.95

    Long-awaited book of sermons from renowned preachers Otis Moss III and Otis Moss, Jr.

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  • Black United Methodists Preach

    $19.99

    What accounts for the spiritual power and vitality of black preaching? What are the distinctive contributions of black preaching to the life of The United Methodist Church? How must black preaching evolve if it is to rise to the new challenges facing the UMC?

    Fifteen distinguished preachers from across the connection answer these and other questions in this important and illuminating volume.

    Gennifer Benjamin Brooks not only edits this collect, she also shares one of her own sermons along with the sermons of the following fourteen other preachers:
    Rose Booker-Jones, Leo W. Curry, Safiyah Fosua, Telley Lynette Gadson, Linda Lee , Pamela R. Lightsey, Okitakoyi Lundula, Tracy S. Malone, Gregory Palmer, Vance P. Ross, Robert O. Simpson, Rodney P. Smothers. James E. Swanson, Sr., and Dorothy Watson-Tatem.

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  • We Have Been Believers

    $29.00

    Seeking to overcome the chasm between church practice and theological reflection, James H. Evans Jr., a major and distinctive voice in American religion, situates theology squarely in the nexus of faith with freedom. There, with a sure touch, he uplifts revelatory aspects of black religious experience that reanimate classical areas of theology, and he creates a theology with a heart, soul, and voice that speak directly to our condition. Edited and introduced by Stephen G. Ray Jr., the second edition, published on the twentieth anniversary of the first, includes three new essays that identify the value of the book for womanist, evangelical, and black church audiences. The new edition concludes with an Afterword by the author himself.

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  • New Wine New Wineskins

    $22.99

    New Wine, New Wineskins helps African American congregations understand and benefit from the cultural shifts we are now experiencing. Many African American churches have thought they are immune to the cultural shock waves in our streets and neighborhoods. They simple argue that they have always been all about participation and being relational; yet like many churches, their numbers continue to decline.

    Douglas Powe suggests that the African American church, while once the bedrock of the community, is no longer on the radar for many individuals. During the Civil Rights movement African American churches initiated and even shaped transformation for an entire country, well beyond their own walls. In this post-Civil Rights era the power of many African American churches remains mired in the assumptions and practices of the 1960s, thereby exacerbating their invisibility to their surrounding communities.

    African American churches must find a way to reclaim their missional orientation, while at the same time remaining true to their historical identity and witness of speaking truth to power. The worthy goals of justice and bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ in this time, requires new practices and fresh ideas-new wine. The old framework just won’t work any more. We need new wine skins.

    These new times have much to teach and African American churches have much to learn if they want the Christian faith to grow in the hearts and lives of generations to come.

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  • Not Without A Struggle

    $18.00

    With an updated introduction, epilogue and McKenzie’s 10 Commandments for African American Women in Ministry, Not Without a Struggle provides a cogent historical, theological, and biblical overview of women’s leadership in the church. Building models of ministry that promote fellowship, support, and an environment conducive to learning and dialogue among peers and mentors, the author forges a new partnership among African American men and women.

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  • Butterflies In Autumn

    $12.95

    In this coming-of-age story, a 10-year-old boy and his family attempt to hide runaway slaves in the days prior to the Underground Railroad. The author brings this tension to life as the characters become wrapped up in what would eventually become an iconic moment in American History.

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  • My First Bible For Children Of Color

    $12.99

    My First Bible is a collection of favorite Bible stories that introduces young children to the stories of the Bible. Designed especially for Children of Color, these stories teach young children to trust and believe in Jesus and to make Jesus real in their lives. Each story can be read by your child or you can read them aloud to your children so they can easily grasp the importance of the gospel message.

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  • Womanist Theological Ethics

    $40.00

    Writing across theological disciplines, nine African American women scholars reflect on what it means to live as responsible doers of justice. With some classic essays and some contributions published here for the first time, each chapter in this new volume in the Library of Theological Ethics series presents analytical strategies for understanding the story of womanist scholarship in the service of the black community.

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  • African Memory Of Mark

    $28.00

    Preface: Not For Africans Alone
    Part 1: The African Memory Of St. Mark
    Part 2: The Identity Of The Biblical Mark Viewed From African Tradition
    Part 3: Mark In Africa
    Part 4: Mark In The Historical Record
    Part 5: The Ubiquity Of Mark
    Conclusion

    Additional Info
    We often regard the author of the Gospel of Mark as an obscure figure about whom we know little. Many would be surprised to learn how much fuller a picture of Mark exists within widespread African tradition, tradition that holds that Mark himself was from North Africa, that he founded the church in Alexandria, that he was an eyewitness to the Last Supper and Pentecost, that he was related not only to Barnabas but to Peter as well and accompanied him on many of his travels.

    In this provocative reassessment of early church tradition, Thomas C. Oden begins with the palette of New Testament evidence and adds to it the range of colors from traditional African sources, including synaxaries (compilations of short biographies of saints to be read on feast days), archaeological sites, non-Western historical documents and ancient churches.

    The result is a fresh and illuminating portrait of Mark, one that is deeply rooted in African memory and seldom viewed appreciatively in the West.

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  • What Is African American Religion

    $9.99

    Preface
    1. Standard Mappings And Theorizing Of African American Experience
    2. The Shape And Purpose Of African American Religion
    3. Why Standard Mappings And Definitions Don’t Work
    4. Remapping And Rethinking African American Religion
    5. A New Theory Of African American Religion
    Notes
    For Further Reading

    Additional Info
    Is there really a monolithic “black church”? Distilling the arguments of Pinn’s important and provocative work in Terror and Triumph, this brief work asks the central question: What really is African American religion?

    Sketching the religious landscape of African American communities today, Pinn makes explicit the tension in traditional conversations about black religion that privilege either Christianity in particular or organizations (with doctrines and creeds) in general. Discussing the misunderstandings and historical inaccuracies of such views, Pinn offers an alternate theory of black religion that begins with a basic push for embodied meaning as its core impulse.

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  • Wake Up : Hip Hop Christianity And The Black Church

    $27.99

    First an expression of black urban youth, Hip Hop music continues to expand as a cultural expression of youth and, now, young adults more generally. As a cultural phenomenon, it has even become integral to the worship experience of a growing number of churches who are reaching out to these groups. This includes not just African American churches but churches of all ethnic groups. Once seen as advocating violence, Hip Hop can be the Church’s agent of salvation and praise to transform society and reach youth and young adults in greater numbers.

    After looking at Hip Hop’s socio-historical context including its African roots, Wake Up shows how Hip Hop has come to embody the worldview of growing numbers of youth and young adults in today’s church. The authors make the case that Hip Hop represents the angst and hope of many youth and young adults and that by examining the inherent religious themes embedded in the music, the church can help shape the culture of hip-hop by changing its own forms of preaching and worship so that it can more effectively offer a message of repentance and liberation.

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  • Black Fire : One Hundred Years Of African American Pentecostalism

    $35.00

    Whether you come from an African American Pentecostal background or you just want to learn more, this book will unfold all the demensions of this important denomination’s history and contribution to the life of the church.

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  • I Believe Ill Testify

    $25.00

    LaRue is one of the best-loved preachers and writers about preaching. In past volumes, he’s brought together great collections of African American preaching to showcase the best preaching from across the country. Here he offers his own insights into what makes for great preaching.

    Filled with telling anecdotes, LaRue’s book recognizes that while great preaching comes from somewhere, it also must go somewhere, so preachers need to use the most artful language to send the Word on its journey.

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  • Singing The Lords Song In A Strange Land

    $18.99

    From the earliest meetings of the Civil Rights Movement to offering the benediction for the first African American President of the United States, Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery has been an eyewitness to some of the most significant events in our history. But, more important, he has been a voice that speaks truth to power–inspiring change that moves us forward. In Singing the Lord’s Song in a Strange Land, you will find Dr. Lowery’s most enduring speeches and messages from the past fifty years including Coretta Scott King’s funeral and the benediction given at President Obama’s inauguration. This book, however, is not simply a collection of words. It is the heart of a movement and a call to a new generation to carry the mantle–for all people.

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  • Black United Methodists

    $25.99

    For those desiring to read a concise but accurate historical outline of African Americans in The United Methodist Church, this is the book. For those desiring tidbits of data not included in typical history books, commingled with insertions of American history, this book will serves as a rich resource. – From the Foreword by Bishop Forrest C. Stith

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  • Ethnographic Study Of African American Women With Dysfunctional Histories

    $14.99

    SKU (ISBN): 9781612155210Teria GreenhowBinding: Trade PaperPublished: 2010Publisher: Xulon Press Print On Demand Product

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  • Tangible Thoughts 1

    $25.99

    Tangible Thoughts Vol. 1: Inner City Blues is the first installment of a collection of poems influenced by the experiences of Nicole Williams. She has catalogued in each poem an element of the environment in which she grew up. The title “Inner City Blues” was inspired by the Marvin Gaye song “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)”. Upon hearing this song Nicole realized that it perfectly described the tone of her poems. The song gave voice and illustration to the words she had scripted. Inner City Blues is a gritty look at the reality of inner city life. It is testament to what goes on behind the walls and fences of projects and ghettos across America. It also gives witness to the fact that your location does not determine your latitude in life. Nicole chose to rise above her station in life and this first installment in the collection of poems for Tangible Thoughts was the ladder she used. Each poem will inspire, encourage and ignite the reader. With the God given talent of turning experience into poetry Nicole is giving everyone an opportunity to understand, the “Inner City Blues”.

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  • Tangible Thoughts 1

    $15.99

    Tangible Thoughts Vol. 1: Inner City Blues is the first installment of a collection of poems influenced by the experiences of Nicole Williams. She has catalogued in each poem an element of the environment in which she grew up. The title “Inner City Blues” was inspired by the Marvin Gaye song “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)”. Upon hearing this song Nicole realized that it perfectly described the tone of her poems. The song gave voice and illustration to the words she had scripted. Inner City Blues is a gritty look at the reality of inner city life. It is testament to what goes on behind the walls and fences of projects and ghettos across America. It also gives witness to the fact that your location does not determine your latitude in life. Nicole chose to rise above her station in life and this first installment in the collection of poems for Tangible Thoughts was the ladder she used. Each poem will inspire, encourage and ignite the reader. With the God given talent of turning experience into poetry Nicole is giving everyone an opportunity to understand, the “Inner City Blues”.

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