New Resources And Opportunities For “ABC Reads” Participants

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New Resources And Opportunities For “ABC Reads” Participants

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 10/24/11)—During the 2011 ABCUSA Biennial, Judson Press, publishing ministry of the American Baptist Home Mission Societies, announced Listen to the Children: Conversations with Immigrant Families/Escuchemos a los niños: Conversaciones con familias inmigrantes as the 2011-2012 ABC Reads selection. This bilingual (Spanish/English) resource by ABCUSA pastor and dean of Esperanza College of Eastern University Elizabeth Conde-Frazier addresses one of the most critical issues of our time.

Today, Judson Press announced new resources and opportunities for churches engaging in the ABC Reads program:

  • Free study guide to aid congregations, small groups, book clubs, and/or Sunday school classes in reading and discussing Listen to the Children
  • Free downloadable video of Dr. Conde-Frazier’s presentation to the Ministers Council on the topic of immigration and the church’s response
  • Free virtual book discussion with Dr. Conde-Frazier on Feb. 2, 2012
  • ABC Reads Facebook page for reviews and dialogue about the book
  • Additional 15% discount for churches purchasing ten or more copies of this ABC Reads selection

ABC Reads is a denomination-wide emphasis designed to bring together American Baptists—literally and figuratively—through the power of a book. In Listen to the Children, Conde-Frazier invites the reader to eavesdrop on conversations between immigrant parents, their children, and their caregivers. Both warm and practical, this timely resource offers unique insight into the emotions, perceptions, and realities of immigrant families, and suggests ways to minister to those in the shadows.

In his endorsement of the book, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, wrote:

“Listen to the Children stands as a clarion call for all the stakeholders in this conversation to transcend rhetoric and demagoguery and to capture the heart of the issue: the voice of immigrant children. Without a doubt, Elizabeth exposes the narrative of the community most impacted by the current polarized reality while simultaneously offering hope—hope embedded in the least of these.”

To order Listen to the Children, call 800-458-3766, or visit to save 20% off the retail price of $13.99. A 15% discount for orders of ten or more copies can also be applied to the 20% standard web discount when ordering online. Customers must enter the code ABCREADS in the discount box at checkout or refer to it when calling customer service.

Founded in 1824, Judson Press publishes Christ-centered leadership resources for the transformation of persons, congregations, communities and cultures.

La Descripción de Libre en español

Padres, pastores/as, educadores/as y líderes en la comunidad son invitados a escuchar a escondidas estas  conversaciones entre padres, hijos y guardianes.  Este recurso práctico y sensible a las necesidades emocionales y cultura de las familias ofrece una perspicacia a las emociones y percepciones de las familias inmigrantes

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