Some More Sale Books from the Fortress Press Sale

I have been intentionally trying to read more books either about racial issues or by minority authors. So I pulled these books from the broader sale. You can find the whole sale here and my earlier recommendations of sale books here.

The Death of Race: Building a New Christianity in a Racial World by Brian Bantum for $2.99 – Brian Bantum says that race is not merely an intellectual category or a biological fact. Much like the incarnation, it is a “word made flesh,” the confluence of various powers that allow some to organize and dominate the lives of others. In this way racism is a deeply theological problem, one that is central to the Christian story and one that plays out daily in the United States and throughout the world. In The Death of Race, Bantum argues that our attempts to heal racism will not succeed until we address what gives rise to racism in the first place: a fallen understanding of our bodies that sees difference as something to resist, defeat, or subdue. Therefore, he examines the question of race, but through the lens of our bodies and what our bodies mean in the midst of a complicated, racialized world, one that perpetually dehumanizes dark bodies, thereby rendering all of us less than God’s intention.

Bodies of Peace: Ecclesiology, Nonviolence, and Witness by Myles Werntz for $4.99 – This book argues that Christian nonviolence is both formed by and forms ecclesial life, creating an inextricable relationship between church commitment and resistance to war. Examining the work of John Howard Yoder, Dorothy Day, William Stringfellow, and Robert McAfee Brown, this book explores how each thinker’s advocacy for nonviolent resistance depends deeply upon the ecclesiology out of which it comes. These forms comprise four strands of a comprehensive Christian approach to a nonviolent witness rooted in ecclesial life. Because each of these figures’ ecclesiology implicates a different mode of resistance to war and a different relation between ecclesiology and resistance to war, the volume argues that any account of an ecclesially-informed resistance to war must be open to a multitude of approaches, not as pragmatic concessions, but as a foretaste of ecumenical unity. Insofar as the pursuit of peace in the world can be seen as a church bearing out the work of the Spirit, the approach of other ecclesial traditions can be seen not as competitors but as common works of the Spirit, which other traditions may learn from and be challenged by.

Hispanic/Latino Theology: Challenge and Promise by Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz for $4.99 – U.S. Hispanic/Latino voices have emerged in the last ten years to become one of the strongest and most creative theological movements in the Americas. Fully ecumenical and organized in a systematic, collaborative framework, this major volume features Hispanic theology as seen from three perspectives: sources (the Bible, oral tradition, church history, etc,); loci (urban barrios, exile, liberations, etc.); and rich and vigorous expressions (mujuerista theology, popular religions, and theopoetics).

Marginality: The Key to Multicultural Theology by Jung Young Lee for $4.99 – In this work Jung Young Lee proposes a framework that justifies and undergirds development of contextual theologies without becoming itself dominating. Lee aims to address the dilemmas of contextual theology not by moving one or another group from the margin to the center, but by redefining marginality itself as central. Marginality, he contends, is not only the experience of being outside the dominant group or in-between groups, but also “in-beyond”-a holistic, process-oriented definition that highlights the catalytic, transformative potential of living at the creative nexus of worlds. Lee’s insight into marginality leads him directly into a new model for contextual theologies that focuses not on historical experience but on creative potential. His chapters work out concretely what such a notion can mean culturally, methodologically, and doctrinally to a movement that professes to follow the very paradigm of creative marginality, Jesus Christ.

To Make the Wounded Whole: The cultural Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr by Lewis V. Baldwin for $4.99 – This book is a conscious effort to explore the dimensions of King’s cultural legacy, and aspires to demonstrate how King’s vision gradually transcended southern particularism to assume national and international implications.

Playing: Christian Explorations Of Daily Living by James H. Evans Jr. for $4.99 – Playing often connotes frivolity. But James Evans, in this insightful study, offers another view: playing lies at the heart of Christian faith in the triune God. Through a close examination of African-American literature and experience, and a re-examination of basic doctrinal affirmations, Evans recovers play as a subversive and even revolutionary activity, a practice of faith that gives life in the midst of structures and authorities that suffocate. In this study, Jesus becomes the political, cultural and religious player who redeems by changing the game so that it no longer excludes, but instead gives life. God creates us for freedom in a field of play. The Spirit summons us toward God’s Reign where the freedom of play never ends. Playing, in this view, is hardly frivolous, but the pulse of life itself. Evans invites us to play as we live and work.

Extremist for Love: Martin Luther King Jr: Man of Ideas and Nonviolent Social Action by Rufus Burrow Jr. for $4.99 – In spite of extensive research and publishing on King, not nearly enough attention has been given to the convergence of ideas and action in his life. In an era where people are often sorted into the categories of ‘thinker’ and ‘doer’, King stands out—a rare mix of the deeply profound thinker and intellect who put the fruit of that reflection into the service of direct social action.

Sing a New Song: Liberating Black Hymnody by Jon Michael Spencer for $4.99 – Jon Michale Spencer’s bold book steps into the intersection of African American life and Christian traditions. He tracks ways in which distortions within the biblical and theological traditions-notably their biases and myths about gender, race, and class-have infected even black Christianity. His learned and eloquent plea for a more critical Christianity has important implications for all churches.

A Child Shall Lead Them: Martin Luther King Jr, Young People and the Movement by Rufus, Jr. Burrow for $4.99 – 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.

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