VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 6/7/21)—From now until June 26, Judson Press is offering 30 percent off the three-book set known as “The Judson Press Social Justice Library.” The set is comprised of “God in the Ghetto: A Prophetic Word Revisited” by William Augustus Jones Jr. and edited by Jennifer Jones Austin; “With Liberty and Justice for Some: The Bible, the Constitution, and Racism in America” by Susan K. Williams Smith; and “Let the Oppressed Go Free: Exploring Theologies of Liberation” by Marvin A. McMickle.
At long last comes the reissue of the classic book “God in the Ghetto” by the late, great William “Bill” Augustus Jones. With eerily striking resonance to present-day affairs, the new edition includes Jones’ seminal analysis of systemic racism, the integral role of the church in birthing and perpetuating it, and the Black church’s response. Sociological in framing, theological in foundation and principles, and practical in application, the book deconstructs racism in America and offers up a responsive solution. Edited by Jones’ daughter, the book includes several never-before-published sermons of the preaching giant. It features a foreword by Michael Eric Dyson, an afterword by Michael A. Walrond, and essays from notable leaders, including William J. Barber, James A. Forbes, Frederick D. Haynes, Claybon J. Lea, Marvin A. McMickle, Otis Moss III, J. Alfred Smith Sr., Al Sharpton, Jacqueline Thompson, and Aundreia Alexander.
From prophetic preacher and pastor Susan K. Williams Smith comes the provocative new book “With Liberty and Justice for Some: The Bible, the Constitution, and Racism in America.” The author tackles the truths that the church in the United States has long held to be self-evident—that ours is one nation under God, that our U.S. Constitution is (almost) as infallible as the Holy Bible, and that democracy and its principles of justice for all are sacrosanct and protected by both God and government. Yet, history and headlines alike expose the fallacy of those assumptions, particularly when viewed in light of a national culture of white supremacy and systemic racial injustice. Smith argues, the two texts we count as sacred have not been merely impotent in eliminating racism; they have been used to support and sustain white supremacy. This important work examines how our foundational documents have failed people of color and asks the questions: “Can those whom a nation has considered ‘we the problem’ ever become ‘we the people,’ who are celebrated in the Preamble to the Constitution? What will it take to reclaim the transforming and affirming power of God and government to secure liberty and justice for all?”
From pastor, scholar, and best-selling author Marvin A. McMickle comes “Let the Oppressed Go Free: Exploring Theologies of Liberation,” a new volume that considers the evolution of liberation theologies in their historical and cultural contexts. It begins with the author’s own formative experiences with the Black Theology of James Cone, explores the socioeconomic implications of Latin American liberation theologies, and considers in depth the theologies of feminist scholars, womanist theologians, and women in ministry. More than a chronological history or intellectual analysis, this book breathes with lived faith and practical theology, acknowledging the contexts out of which theologies of liberation emerge and the transforming impact they have on Christians’ social and political lives today.
Order by calling Judson Press Customer Service at 1-800-458-3766. If ordering online at judsonpress.com, use Code SOCJUS21. The 30 percent off sale for the three books ends on June 26.
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