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Publisher's Summary

"Only the power of Christ's crucifixion on the cross and the glory of his resurrection can heal the deep racial wounds in both black and white people in America."
Here is a real-life story of the transforming power of Jesus Christ and one man's response to Jesus' call to love others.
John Perkins, founder of Voice of Calvary ministries, was born in New Hebron, Mississippi, in 1930. His family was made up of sharecroppers, and he grew up in grinding poverty, part of a system that preserved prejudice and racism. After his brother was killed, Perkins left Mississippi for California, where he found job opportunities, racism of another kind, and faith in Jesus Christ. He returned to Mississippi to share the gospel and help his own people find equality, justice, and economic independence through self-help cooperative efforts. And he made progress - too much progress.Everything came to a head early in 1970, when John Perkins and others went through an unbelievable night of torture at the hands of white law enforcement officers. Beaten almost to death, Perkins somehow survived and so did his work, which moves ahead today with a threefold strategy:

Biblical evangelism and Christian education
The kind of social action that should come out of knowing Jesus Christ as savior
Visible community development that is creating new models for black housing, economic independence, education, and health care

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jean on 02-21-17

Struggle against Racism and Oppression

This is my book for February Black History Month.

John M. Perkin’s brother returned home from serving in the Army in World War II. He was murdered by a white deputy marshal in Mississippi, because he was talking too loudly with his girlfriend while waiting for a movie to begin. The deputy was not charged with a crime. Perkins and his brother were raised by his grandmother and aunt. Their father had abandoned them.

Perkins was drafted into the Army, and while serving in Korea he applied himself to his education. After the service, he married Vera Mae and moved to California where they had a son, Spencer. Perkins joined the ministry and moved back to Mississippi. It was difficult for them to return to the racism, poverty and ignorance of the area. They started an evangelistic movement, health care facilities, an adult education center, along with a co-operative. They began a voter registration drive which resulted with him being severely beaten by a deputy sheriff and a Mississippi highway patrol officer. The police officers were not charged with a crime. But they continued their Civil Right Movement involvement.

The book is well written and quite interesting. Perkins is a gifted storyteller. He tells of the founding of the Voice of Calvary Ministries as well as their Civil Rights work. In the book, he analyses prejudice, racism and social justice. The book was first published in 1976. The foreword is by Shane Clairborne and the postscript is by Elizabeth Perkins, his daughter.

The book is about 6 hours long. Calvin Robinson does a good job narrating the book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Dan OBerski on 04-18-18

Reality of our past...

The reality of our past influences our future. The reality of my past hasn’t informed me of the complete truth and impact of our American history. This truth had left me without and understanding of white and black racial divides. This book has and does help show the reasons for these and the implications of these traumas which were endured. I so desire to better understand the why’s of our culture and so appreciate hero’s like John Perkins sharing and teaching us as we seek to love one another and guide our nation in unity!

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