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Follow Me to Freedom: Leading as an Ordinary Radicalby Shane Claiborne
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John M. Perkins was born 80 years ago in the deep South. His mother died when he was an infant, his father left when he was a child, he dropped out of school after the third grade to work with his family of bootleggers and he witnessed police shoot and kill his brother. Years later, John M. Perkins was the object of violent racism, and in 1970 he was almost beaten to death in a Mississippi jail. He had every reason to respond with bitterness, anger and rage. Instead, he forgave those who had tormented him and showed love to all. In the ensuing years, John M. Perkins has built a remarkable resume, founding the Christian Community Development Association, having a college reconciliation studies center named after him, consulting three presidents, serving on the board of directors of many organizations and having his book Let Justice Roll Down named one of the top 50 books that shaped evangelical Christianity by Christianity Today. As he approaches his 80th birthday, Perkins’s pace has not slowed. He has launched a Mississippi Delta project to help revitalize a forgotten region. He visits young men in prison. He travels extensively to challenge people, particularly the young generation, whom he calls “post-racist.” Whether teaching from the Bible or digging deep into his memories of the Civil Rights movement, when John M. Perkins speaks, people listen. In these new memoirs, he revisits the racism which was the crucible of his own life, peers deep into the power of love to overcome all evils and tells stories of the most unique characters you will ever meet. He stands up in the wake of Katrina, stands by his wife’s side through the toughest days of their lives and casts a vision that has the potential to transform every city in America.
As prophetic voices, Claiborne and Perkins lead the way in a move to change the world as the hands, feet, and heart of Jesus. The authors craft a timely message for ordinary people willing to take radical steps to see real change happen.
John M. Perkins was born 80 years ago in the deep South. His mother died when he was an infant, his father left when he was a child, he dropped out of school after the third grade to work with his family of bootleggers and he witnessed police shoot and kill his brother. Perkins himself was the object of violent racism, and in 1970 he was severely beaten by police in a Mississippi jail. He had every reason to respond with bitterness. Instead, he forgave and showed love to all. In these memoirs, he revisits the racism which was the crucible of his own life, peers deep into the power of love to overcome evil and speaks of the most unique characters you will ever meet. He stands up in the wake of Katrina, stands by his wife’s side through the toughest days of their lives and casts a vision that has the potential to transform every city in America.
Re-imagine Leading and Following in a World Longing for True Justice, Compassion and Freedom Followers of Christ yearn to see the world changed in compassionate, positive, effective ways. As prophetic voices, Shane Claiborne and John Perkins lead the way in this move to be the hands, feet and heart of Jesus. One is young, a self proclaimed reformed redneck who grew up in the hills of Tennessee and now lives in inner city Philadelphia and the other is decades older, an African-American civil rights leader who was almost beaten to death by police in Mississippi, and went on to found a reconciliation movement and counsel three American presidents. Claiborne and Perkins draw on more than a century of combined following and learning, activating and leading. Together they craft a timely message for ordinary people willing to take radical steps to see real change happen. In Follow Me to Freedom, Claiborne and Perkins lead the way toward justice for all, unfolding a proven strategy as ancient as the patriarchs of faith and as fresh as the needs of every human heart. Starting with Moses as a model, they re-imagine leading and following in a world desperate for true social justice, compassion and freedom. They offer practical ways to internalize and live out God’s promise of freedom in the twenty-first century. Followers of Christ will not only be inspired but also catalyzed into action, and the world will never be the same.
About the Author
JOHN M. PERKINS has ministered among the poor for nearly 50 years. He founded Mendenhall Ministries, Voice of Calvary Ministries and the Harambee Christian Family Center and Preparatory School, and was co-founder of the Christian Community Development Association. He was publisher of Urban Family Magazine and is the author of nine books, including the civil rights classic Let Justice Roll Down, one of the top 50 books of the last half of the twentieth century, according to Christianity Today. Despite dropping out of school before he was 10, he now holds 8 honorary doctorates. John has served on the boards of directors of World Vision, Prison Fellowship, the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), Spring Arbor College, and others. He is an international speaker and a teacher on the issues of racial reconciliation, indigenous leadership development and community development. Seattle Pacific University recently opened the John Perkins Center for Reconciliation.
SHANE CLAIBORNE, bestselling author of The Irresistible Revolution and co-author of Jesus for President, is a prominent activist and sought after speaker. He is one of the founding members of The Simple Way, a community in inner city Philadelphia that has helped birth and connects radical faith communities around the world. Shane serves on the board of directors of the Christian Community Development Association.
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