Called To The Fire

Author: Chet Bush
Publisher: Abingdon Press
ISBN: 1426759924
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Called To The Fire from the Author: Chet Bush. This is the true story of Dr. Charles Johnson, an African American preacher who went to Mississippi in 1961 during the summer of the Freedom Rides. Fresh out of Bible School Johnson hesitantly followed his call to pastor in Mississippi, a hotbed for race relations during the early 1960’s. Unwittingly thrust into the heart of a national tragedy, the murder of three Civil Rights activists, he overcame fear and adversity to become a leader in the Civil Rights movement. As a key African American witness to take the stand in the trial famously dubbed the “Mississippi Burning” case by the FBI, Charles Johnson played a key role for the Federal Justice Department, offering clarity to the event that led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This story of love, conviction, adversity, and redemption climaxes with a shocking encounter between Charles and one of the murderers. The reader will be riveted to the details of a gracious life in pursuit of the call of God from the pulpit to the streets, and ultimately into the courtroom.

God S Long Summer

Author: Charles Marsh
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9780691029405
Size: 39.50 MB
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God S Long Summer from the Author: Charles Marsh. Through five intensely personal and emotional stories, Marsh asks us to consider the civil rights movement anew and to view religion as a powerful yet protean force driving social action.

Proof Of Heaven

Author: Eben Alexander
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451695195
Size: 65.63 MB
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Proof Of Heaven from the Author: Eben Alexander. Shares an account of his religiously transformative near-death experience and revealing week-long coma, describing his scientific study of near-death phenomena while explaining what he learned about the nature of human consciousness.

Born Of Conviction

Author: Joseph T. Reiff
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190246820
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Born Of Conviction from the Author: Joseph T. Reiff. Winner of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters' Nonfiction Award The dominant narrative of the role of white citizens and the white church in Mississippi's civil rights era focuses on their intense resistance to change. The "Born of Conviction" statement, signed by twenty-eight white Methodist pastors and published in the Mississippi Methodist Advocate on January 2, 1963, offered an alternative witness to the segregationist party line. Calling for freedom of the pulpit and reminding readers of the Methodist Discipline's claim that the teachings of Jesus permit "no discrimination because of race, color, or creed," the pastors sought to speak to and for a mostly silent yet significant minority of Mississippians, and to lead white Methodists to join the conversation on the need for racial justice. The document additionally expressed support for public schools and opposition to any attempt to close them, and affirmed the signers' opposition to Communism. Though a few individuals, both laity and clergy, voiced public affirmation of "Born of Conviction," the overwhelming reaction was negative-by mid-1964, eighteen of the signers had left Mississippi, evidence of the challenges faced by whites who offered even mild dissent to massive resistance in the Deep South. Dominant narratives, however, rarely tell the whole story. The statement caused a significant crack in the public unanimity of Mississippi white resistance. Signers and their public supporters also received private messages of gratitude for their stand, and eight of the signers would remain in the Methodist ministry in Mississippi until retirement. Born of Conviction tells the story of "the Twenty-Eight" illuminating the impact on the larger culture of this attempt by white clergy to support race relations change. The book explores the theological and ethical understandings of the signers through an account of their experiences before, during, and after the statement's publication. It also offers a detailed portrait of both public and private expressions of the theology and ethics of white Mississippi Methodists in general, as revealed by their responses to the "Born of Conviction" controversy.

Finding God In A Bag Of Groceries

Author: Laura Lapins Willis
Publisher: Abingdon Press
ISBN: 1426770405
Size: 77.87 MB
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Finding God In A Bag Of Groceries from the Author: Laura Lapins Willis. If your pantry was empty, your children hungry, your electricity cut off for nonpayment, and you saw no prospect of support, what would you do? For a decade in a rural Tennessee community, you went to a shabby building behind a church and found Laura Willis. Running a program to help the needy, Laura discovered a world of people she never knew: the lonely and unemployed, chronically poor families, and middle-class folks surprised to be struggling in a great recession. And to each, she offered a bag of groceries, a compassionate ear, and a heart of love. Taking a tiny food pantry and watching it grow to feed hundreds, Laura learned about her own hunger for God and began to discern her own spiritual directions, learning how her calling card—a bag of groceries—could be a gift to others and to herself of abundance and grace.

Worse Than Slavery

Author: David M. Oshinsky
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439107744
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Worse Than Slavery from the Author: David M. Oshinsky. In this sensitively told tale of suffering, brutality, and inhumanity, Worse Than Slavery is an epic history of race and punishment in the deepest South from emancipation to the civil rights era—and beyond. Immortalized in blues songs and movies like Cool Hand Luke and The Defiant Ones, Mississippi’s infamous Parchman State Penitentiary was, in the pre-civil rights south, synonymous with cruelty. Now, noted historian David Oshinsky gives us the true story of the notorious prison, drawing on police records, prison documents, folklore, blues songs, and oral history, from the days of cotton-field chain gangs to the 1960s, when Parchman was used to break the wills of civil rights workers who journeyed south on Freedom Rides.

America And Its Guns

Author: James E. Atwood
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1621893111
Size: 40.86 MB
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America And Its Guns from the Author: James E. Atwood. James Atwood contends that the thirty thousand gun deaths America suffers every year cannot be understood apart from our national myth that God has appointed America as "the trustee of the civilization of the world" and even "Christ's light to the nations." Because these purposes are noble, and we are supposedly a good and trustworthy people, violence is sometimes "required" and gives license to individuals to carry open or concealed weapons, which "save lives" and can even be "redemptive." Atwood, an avid hunter, cautions that an absolute trust in guns and violence morphs easily into idolatry. Having spent thirty-six years as a Presbyterian pastor fighting against the easy access to firearms, one of which took the life of a friend, he uses his unique experience and his biblical and theological understanding to graphically portray the impact guns have on our society. He documents how Americans have been deceived into believing that the tools of violence, whether they take the form of advanced military technology or a handgun in the bedside stand, will provide security. He closes with a wake-up call to the faith community, which he says is America's best hope to unmask the extremism of the Gun Empire.

The Hound Of Death

Author: Agatha Christie
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0007422407
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The Hound Of Death from the Author: Agatha Christie. A collection of macabre mysteries, including the superlative short story Witness for the Prosecution...

Roll Of Thunder Hear My Cry

Author: Linda Beech
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 9780590389273
Size: 67.56 MB
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Roll Of Thunder Hear My Cry from the Author: Linda Beech. Winner of the Newbery Medal, this remarkably moving novel has impressed the hearts and minds of millions of readers. Set in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, this is the story of one family's struggle to maintain their integrity, pride, and independence in the face of racism and social injustice. And it is also Cassie's story Cassie Logan, an independent girl who discovers over the course of an important year why having land of their own is so crucial to the Logan family, even as she learns to draw strength from her own sense of dignity and self-respect. * " A] vivid story.... Entirely through its own internal development, the novel shows the rich inner rewards of black pride, love, and independence." Booklist, starred review"

Trauma Room One

Author: Charles A. Crenshaw
Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.
ISBN: 9781616406103
Size: 79.10 MB
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Trauma Room One from the Author: Charles A. Crenshaw. The Texan doctor who examined President Kennedy after his fatal shooting in Dallas talks about his findings and speculations.