Draws on three national surveys on religion, as well as research conducted by congregations across the United States, to examine the profound impact it has had on American life and how religious attitudes have changed in recent decades.
How Religion Divides and Unites Us
Author: Robert D. Putnam,David E. Campbell
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Political Science
“God’s Amazing Grace: Reconciling Four Centuries of African American Marriages and Families is an insightful study that will be welcomed by thoughtful practitioners and all who ponder the African American family’s complexity. Readers familiar with the deep, rich reservoir of African American family literature will recognize many of the black scholars referenced in this work. Readers unfamiliar with these sources will be grateful to discover them and the effective use of disparate literature. “This work will become a different kind of guide for studying American history through the lens of the African American family. Underneath all the research is the search for answers to the compelling questions: Is there a correlation between slave owners’ denial to slaves, God’s design for the family, and the familial chaos that has plagued African American families for more than a hundred fifty years? And if there is connection, what is it? “The author has brought something new to a familiar topic of discussion—the Bible. The unique moral compass that steered this study is solidly anchored in the bedrock of holy scripture. In this work, the history and sociology of African American marriages are examined in light of the questions asked by Holy Scripture. In so doing, Dr. Turner skillfully attempts to help readers make sense of the story of black families in America. May this book mark the beginning to a new reality for African American families” (Dr. Willie Peterson, senior executive advisor, adjunct professor of Pastoral Ministries, Dallas Theological Seminary).
Author: Terry M. Turner
Publisher: WestBow Press
Category: Family & Relationships
Explores the issues faced by African American grandmothers who serve as primary caregivers, spiritual leaders, and conveyors of morals for their grandchildren.
African American Grandmothers as Caregivers and Conveyers of Traditional Values
Author: Dorothy Smith Ruiz
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Category: Family & Relationships
Behind our most beloved hymn is a fascinating story spanning continents, cultures, and centuries. Inspired by the way "Amazing Grace" continues to change and grow in popularity, acclaimed music writer Steve Turner embarks on a journey to trace the life of the hymn, from Olney, England, where it was written by former slave trader John Newton, to tiny Plantain Island off the coast of Africa, where Newton was held captive for almost a year, to the Kentucky-Tennessee border and other parts of the South, where the hymn first began to spread. Newton had been rescued from Africa by a merchant ship when, during an eleven-hour storm on the Atlantic, he converted to Christianity. Years later, as a minister, he wrote the hymn for use among his congregation. Through the nineteenth century, "Amazing Grace" appeared in more and more hymn books, and in the twentieth century it rose to a gospel and folk standard before exploding into pop music. It has been recorded by artists as varied as Elvis Presley, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Tiny Tim, Al Green, Johnny Cash, Rod Stewart, Chet Baker, and Destiny's Child. Amazing Grace closely examines this modern history of the hymn through personal interviews with recording artists. From John Newton's incredible life story to the hymn's role in American spirituality and culture, Amazing Grace is an illuminating, thorough, and unprecedented musical history.
The Story of America's Most Beloved Song
Author: Steve Turner
Publisher: Harper Collins
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Our popular Charming Petites "TM" have eye-catching 4-color art and a wide array of subjects. Each has a 24K gold-plated or silver-plated charm to keep on the ribbon bookmark or to wear on a bracelet or necklace. Includes the text of Amazing Grace illuminated by color photographs.
The Beloved Song
Author: John Newton
Publisher: Peter Pauper Press
"This volume is the first anthology of poetic writings on slavery from America, Britain, and around the Atlantic during the Enlightenment - the crucial period that saw the height of the slave trade but also the origins of the anti-slavery movement. Bringing together more than four hundred poems and excerpts from longer works that were written by more than two hundred and fifty poets, both famous and unknown, the book charts the emergence of slavery as part of the collective consciousness of the English-speaking world. The book includes: poems by forty women, ranging from abolitionists Hannah More and Mary Robinson to Frances Seymour, the Countess of Herford; works by more than twenty African or African American poets, including familiar names (Phillis Wheatley), intriguing figures (Afro-Dutch Latin scholar Johannes Capitein), and newly rediscovered black poets (an anonymous veteran of the Revolutionary War); and poetry by such canonical writers as Dryden, Defoe, Pope, Johnson, Blake, Boswell, Burns, Wordsworth, and Coleridge." "The poems speak of the themes of slavery: capture, torture, endurance, rebellion, thwarted romances, and spiritual longing. They also raise intriguing questions about the contradications between cultural attitudes and public policy of the time. Writers such as these, suggests editor James Basker, were not complicit in the imperial project or indifferent about slavery but actually laid the groundwork for the political changes that would follow."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
An Anthology of Poems about Slavery, 1660-1810
Author: James G. Basker
Publisher: Yale University Press
“For when I am weak, then I am strong.” - 2 Cor 12:10 As Christians, we recognize that life’s struggles can bring us strength and peace even if the challenges remain. This means that surviving is more than merely getting through an ordealÑit is being triumphant in spirit, regardless of the outcome. In Amazing Grace for Survivors, you will will witness God’s power as He forms and strengthens ordinary people who faced extraordinary circumstances. You will experience the pain in these stories and share the glory of their triumph. In the end, their grace becomes yours, for we are one body in Christ. In Amazing Grace for Survivors, you will meet: A man with cancer whose fear of dying teaches him how to live. A disabled girl who comes to understand that all life is precious. A woman who fights to adopt her son from Vietnam, and then fears she only brought him home to die. A heartbroken mother that learns to trust that her autistic son is in God’s hands. A mother that hunts down her drug-addicted daughter and brings her home. …and many more
51 Stories of Faith, Hope & Perseverance
Author: Jeff Cavins
Publisher: Ascension Press
A theologian discusses bridging the gap between the LGBTQ community and the fundamental oppression of traditional Christian doctrines. Throughout the history of Christianity, the LGBTQ community has been condemned as unrepentant sinners who are in dire need of God’s saving grace. As a result of this condemnation, they have been subjected to great spiritual, emotional and physical abuse and violence. This issue has taken on a particular urgency in light of the horrific string of suicides of young people who were subjected to harassment and bullying by their classmates because of their gender identities or sexual preferences. In From Sin to Amazing Grace, Cheng argues that people need to be liberated from the traditional thinking about sin as a violation of divine and natural laws in which grace is understood as the strength to refrain from violating such laws. He proposes a Christological model based upon the theologies of Irenaeus, Bonaventure, and Barth, in which sin and grace are defined in terms of what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. This book will serve as a useful resource for all people who struggle to make sense of traditional Christian doctrines in the context of the twenty-first century.
Discovering the Queer Christ
Author: Patrick S. Cheng
Dick B., as A.A.'s leading historian, is particularly qualified to write on this Clarence Snyder subject. First, he read the Clarence Snyder materials. Second, he met a number of Snyder sponsees at the Snyder spiritual retreats where he was invited to speak. Third, he worked with and partially edited the How It Worked book by Clarence Snyder sponsee Mitch K., Fourth, Dick and his son spent a week with Clarence's widow Grace gathering information about Clarence, Grace, and A.A. Finally, Dick was later asked by three old-timer Clarence Snyder sponsees to compile and edit their A.A. Legacy based on Snyder's teachings, techniques, beliefs, and their successes. Dick has published 33 history titles in all to date.
The Role of Clarence and Grace S. in Alcoholics Anonymous
Author: Dick B.
Publisher: Good Book Publishing Company
From his personal struggles growing up to the struggles of his congregation, author John King knows the meaning of 'Amazing Grace.' But it is the text of the hymn that captures the essence of the Christian faith. In six short stanzas this hymn lays out the most basic truth that the love and grace of God reaches out to all human beings everywhere and in all circumstances. Amazing Grace Says It All takes the text of that great hymn and helps the reader understand God's unconditional love and his amazing willingness to accept each person just as they are through personal stories of individuals finding grace.
Author: John King
Publisher: Tate Publishing
In this comprehensive volume, eminent Indiana Methodist pastor E. Carver McGriff traces the grand histories of Indiana Methodist institutions and people, intertwining the impacts of events and issues such as reformation, war, the Great Depression, civil rights, theological debates, homosexuality, women in ministry, and the Good News Movement. Amazing Grace begins with a character sketch of John Wesley and ends with a vision of tomorrow.
A History of Indiana Methodism 1801-2001
Author: E. Carver McGriff
Publisher: Providence House Pub
Based on extensive in-depth interviews with more than thirty active duty chaplains regarding their successes, failures and conflicts, the book is about the way military chaplains handle religious diversity among the enlisted they serve and within their own corps.
Author: Kim Philip Hansen
Category: Social Science
Author: Winfred Rembert,Bartholomew F. Bland
Publisher: Hudson River Museum
Category: African American art
It’s the year 1866—the Civil War is over and slavery has ended… Yet life for 18-year-old Gracie Shaw takes an unexpected turn when she is “encouraged” to marry a man sight unseen. To ensure the financial stability of her family, she agrees—until a handsome stranger captures her attention and makes going through with the marriage almost impossible. Determined to start a new life far from his old one, former Confederate soldier Logan Finley boards a train headed west—to lawless territory. When he is entrusted with the duty to escort the loveliest woman he’s ever met, he realizes he wants more than just a fresh start. He wants her. While Gracie wrestles with her desires, she soon learns that there is more to Mr. Logan Finley than she could have ever imagined. Will she find the grace within to forgive their past—or will her anger and pain blind her to true love?
Author: Lena Hart
Publisher: Maroon Ash Publishing
An enchanting intro to a collection of unforgettable characters—Elizabeth, “Queen of the Projects”; the girl “Billie” who sings like Lady Day; young Randolph who, to his family’s embarrassment, grows a second head for a while; Dean Dale Jackson, talented writer, sculptor, auto mechanic, and dedicated to the underbelly of a bottle; the Vernon family upwardly mobile but required by a will to grow cotton in their suburban backyard; and Marlene and James, who find happiness in an unexpected way, in marriage.
And Other States of Mind
Author: Odie Hawkins
Publisher: Open Road Media
John Thornton and the Clapham Sect
Author: Milton M. Klein
Publisher: University Press of the South, Incorporated
Category: Social Science
On a sunny afternoon in May 1868, nineteen-year-old Gilbert Grace stood in a Wiltshire field, wondering why he was playing cricket against the Great Western Railway Club. A batting genius, 'W. G.' should have been starring at Lord's in the grand opening match of the season. But MCC did not want to elect this humble son of a provincial doctor. W. G's career was faltering before it had barely begun. Grace finally forced his way into MCC and over the next three decades, millions came to watch him - not just at Lord's, but across the British Empire and beyond. Only W. G. could boast a fan base that stretched from an American Civil War general and the Prince of Wales's mistress to the children who fingered his coat-tails as he walked down the street, just to say 'I touched him'. The public never knew the darker story behind W. G.'s triumphal progress. Accused of avarice, W. G. was married to the daughter of a bankrupt. Disparaged as a simpleton, his subversive mind recast how to play sport - thrillingly hard, pushing the rules, beating his opponents his own way. In Amazing Grace, Richard Tomlinson unearths a life lived so far ahead of his times that W. G. is still misunderstood today. For the first time, Tomlinson delves into long-buried archives in England and Australia to reveal the real W. G: a self-made, self-destructive genius, at odds with the world and himself.
The Man Who was W.G.
Author: Richard Tomlinson
Publisher: Hachette UK
Category: Biography & Autobiography