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Preaching with Sacred Fire: An Anthology of African American Sermons, 1750 to the Present

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"Black Christianity has always had an ambiguous relationship to American culture. If African slaves grew to embrace Christianity, they did so in their own way: hallowing Exodus and wondering, 'If God delivered Daniel, why not every man?' Thus was born the amalgam 'Afro-Christianity' — a universalistic faith drenched in particularity. The 'Africannes' was a matter of style, too, given in moan and shout, which often led whites to view black religion as exotically emotional. Even Martin Luther King Jr. was known to recoil at the sight of a preacher 'jumping out' and 'screaming with his tune.'"
Jonathan Rieder, The Wilson Quarterly (Read the entire Wilson Quarterly review)

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One hundred sermons that display the victorious, although sometimes painful, historical and spiritual pilgrimage of black people in America.

A groundbreaking anthology, Preaching with Sacred Fire is a unique and powerful work. It captures the stunning diversity of the cultural and historical legacy of African American preaching more than three hundred years in the making. Each sermon, as editors Martha Simmons and Frank A. Thomas reveal, is a work of art and a lesson in unmatched rhetoric. The journey through this anthology — which includes selections from Jarena Lee, Frederick Douglass, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Gardner C. Taylor, Vashti McKenzie, and many others — offers a rare view of the unheralded role of the African American preacher in American history.

The collection provides new insights into the underpinnings of the black fight for emancipation and the rise and growth of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. Sermons from the first decade of the twenty-first century point toward the future of African American preaching. Biographies of the preachers put their work in the cultural and homiletic context of their periods.

The preachers of these sermons are men and women from a range of faiths, ancestries, and educational backgrounds. They draw on a vast and luminous landscape of poetic language, using metaphor, rhythm, and imagery to communicate with their congregations. What they all have in common is hope, resilience, and sacred fire. “Even during the most difficult and oppressive times,” Simmons and Thomas write in the preface, “the delivery, creativity, charisma, expressivity, fervor, forcefulness, passion, persuasiveness, poise, power, rhetoric, spirit, style, and vision of black preaching gave and gives hope to a community under siege.”

This magnificent work beautifully renders the complexity, spiritual richness, and strength of African American life.

Review:

“On the desk, at the bedside, or at the pulpit, this is an indispensable collection for the religious or nonreligious alike.... Simmons and Thomas present enough material here for years of study and reflection.” Library Journal (Starred Review)

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“This remarkable anthology brings readers close to the flames of this hope-inspiring religious rhetoric. These sermons warm the heart and ignite deep reflection about the true meaning of freedom.” Brad R. Braxton, former Senior Pastor, The Riverside Church of New York

Synopsis:

One hundred sermons that display the victorious, although sometimes painful, historical and spiritual pilgrimage of black people in America.

Synopsis:

A groundbreaking anthology, Preaching with Sacred Fire is a unique and powerful work. It captures the stunning diversity of the cultural and historical legacy of African American preaching more than three hundred years in the making. Each sermon, as editors Martha Simmons and Frank A. Thomas reveal, is a work of art and a lesson in unmatched rhetoric. The journey through this anthology--which includes selections from Jarena Lee, Frederick Douglass, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Gardner C. Taylor, Vashti McKenzie, and many others--offers a rare view of the unheralded role of the African American preacher in American history.

The collection provides new insights into the underpinnings of the black fight for emancipation and the rise and growth of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. Sermons from the first decade of the twenty-first century point toward the future of African American preaching. Biographies of the preachers put their work in the cultural and homiletic context of their periods.

The preachers of these sermons are men and women from a range of faiths, ancestries, and educational backgrounds. They draw on a vast and luminous landscape of poetic language, using metaphor, rhythm, and imagery to communicate with their congregations. What they all have in common is hope, resilience, and sacred fire. "Even during the most difficult and oppressive times," Simmons and Thomas write in the preface, "the delivery, creativity, charisma, expressivity, fervor, forcefulness, passion, persuasiveness, poise, power, rhetoric, spirit, style, and vision of black preaching gave and gives hope to a community under siege."

This magnificent work beautifully renders the complexity, spiritual richness, and strength of African American life.

About the Author

Martha Simmons is the editor of Preaching on the Brink and 9.11.01: African American Leaders Respond to an American Tragedy. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Frank A. Thomas is the author of They Like to Never Quit Praisin' God: The Role of Celebration in Preaching. He lives in Memphis, Tennessee.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393058314
Author:
Simmons, Martha
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Foreword by:
Taylor, Gardner C.
Foreword:
Taylor, Gardner C.
Editor:
Thomas, Frank A.
Author:
Thomas, Frank A.
Author:
Taylor, Gardner C.
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
Christian Ministry - Preaching
Subject:
Sermons - Christian
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Subject:
Preaching
Subject:
Christianity -- Sermons.
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20100831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
992
Dimensions:
9.6 x 6.6 x 1.9 in 2.985 lb

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Product details 992 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393058314 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "Black Christianity has always had an ambiguous relationship to American culture. If African slaves grew to embrace Christianity, they did so in their own way: hallowing Exodus and wondering, 'If God delivered Daniel, why not every man?' Thus was born the amalgam 'Afro-Christianity' — a universalistic faith drenched in particularity. The 'Africannes' was a matter of style, too, given in moan and shout, which often led whites to view black religion as exotically emotional. Even Martin Luther King Jr. was known to recoil at the sight of a preacher 'jumping out' and 'screaming with his tune.'"
(Read the entire Wilson Quarterly review)
"Review" by , “On the desk, at the bedside, or at the pulpit, this is an indispensable collection for the religious or nonreligious alike.... Simmons and Thomas present enough material here for years of study and reflection.” (Starred Review)
"Review" by , “This remarkable anthology brings readers close to the flames of this hope-inspiring religious rhetoric. These sermons warm the heart and ignite deep reflection about the true meaning of freedom.”
"Synopsis" by , One hundred sermons that display the victorious, although sometimes painful, historical and spiritual pilgrimage of black people in America.
"Synopsis" by , A groundbreaking anthology, Preaching with Sacred Fire is a unique and powerful work. It captures the stunning diversity of the cultural and historical legacy of African American preaching more than three hundred years in the making. Each sermon, as editors Martha Simmons and Frank A. Thomas reveal, is a work of art and a lesson in unmatched rhetoric. The journey through this anthology--which includes selections from Jarena Lee, Frederick Douglass, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Gardner C. Taylor, Vashti McKenzie, and many others--offers a rare view of the unheralded role of the African American preacher in American history.

The collection provides new insights into the underpinnings of the black fight for emancipation and the rise and growth of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. Sermons from the first decade of the twenty-first century point toward the future of African American preaching. Biographies of the preachers put their work in the cultural and homiletic context of their periods.

The preachers of these sermons are men and women from a range of faiths, ancestries, and educational backgrounds. They draw on a vast and luminous landscape of poetic language, using metaphor, rhythm, and imagery to communicate with their congregations. What they all have in common is hope, resilience, and sacred fire. "Even during the most difficult and oppressive times," Simmons and Thomas write in the preface, "the delivery, creativity, charisma, expressivity, fervor, forcefulness, passion, persuasiveness, poise, power, rhetoric, spirit, style, and vision of black preaching gave and gives hope to a community under siege."

This magnificent work beautifully renders the complexity, spiritual richness, and strength of African American life.
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