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The Ministry of Music in the Black ChurchThe Ministry of Music in the Black Church
J. Wendell Mapson
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The Ministry of Music in the Black Church explores the heritage of African American music, evaluates the theological relevance of today's music, and suggests how pastors can use music effectively to enhance worship.
     

 
Zion Still Sings! Pew EditionZion Still Sings! Pew Edition
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Following up its vaunted predecessor, Songs of Zion, this makes a marvelous up-to-date resource for the African American church or anybody who wants to take advantage of this rich musical heritage. The 220 songs include spirituals, black gospel, rap, hip-hop, traditional, and contemporary hymns. 239 pages, softcover. Abingdon.
     

 
Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Black ChurchJoy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Black Church
Barbara A. Holmes

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Holmes's research--through oral histories, church records, and written accounts--details not only ways in which contemplative experience is built into African American collective worship but also the legacy of African monasticism, a history of spiritual exemplars, and unique meditative worship practices.
     

 

 
In Spirit and Truth: The Music of African American WorshipIn Spirit and Truth: The Music of African American Worship
Melva Wilson Costen
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Fills a gap in the current literature. Costen tours all manner of African American worship experiences (camp-meeting songs, black-metered hymns, anthemized spirituals, Pentecostal music, and contemporary gospel), tracing out both the origins and later developments, while proposing new models for tomorrow. 304 pages, softcover. Westminster/John Knox.
     

 
Songs of ZionSongs of Zion
Verolga Nix
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Songs of Zion features gospels, spirituals, ethnic benedictions, chants, and songs from the African-American Liberation that reflect black heritage along with tradition and the contemporary black experience. Also included are historical accounts of black worship, indexes, and special music.
     

 
Practical Virtues: Readings, Sermons, Prayers, and  Hymns for the African American FamilyPractical Virtues: Readings, Sermons, Prayers, and Hymns for the African American Family
Rev. Floyd H. Flake
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As pastors of one of New York City's largest churches, Reverend Floyd Flake and his wife, Reverend M. Elaine McCollins Flake, are frequently sought after by those in need of guidance. Throughout their ministry, the Flakes have drawn from a distinguished array of stories, letters, hymns, narratives, and poems -- from James Baldwin and Maya Angelou to Arthur Ashe and Colin Powell -- to inspire families to live ethically in an often unethical world. Now, with Practical Virtues, they've gathered their favorites into a single, indispensable collection, paired with spiritual exercises for the soul.
     

 
African American Heritage Hymnal (Hardcover)African American Heritage Hymnal (Hardcover)
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Featuring traditional, gospel, and modern worship compositions, this special collection of 586 hymns includes contributions from Thomas A. Dorsey, Andrae Crouch, and others. With large, clear print and musical notation, it also provides 52 Sundays of responsive readings and litanies based on the African American liturgical year, extensive indexes, and NRSV Scripture references. 1100 pages, hardcover from GIA.
     

 
More African American Special Days: 15 Complete Worship ServicesMore African American Special Days: 15 Complete Worship Services
Cheryl Kirk-Duggan

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African American Special DaysAfrican American Special Days
Cheryl Kirk-Duggan
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A collection of worship services for various special days celebrated in most African American churches. Programs provide an introduction tying the African American heritage to the occasion, with a welcome address, prayer, litany, Scripture, and suggested parament colors. Includes graduation/promotion, homecoming, Mother/Father's Days, groundbreaking and cornerstone services, mortgage-burning, Black History celebration, and others.
     

 
Come Sunday: The Liturgy of ZionCome Sunday: The Liturgy of Zion
William McClain

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Come Sunday: The Liturgy of Zion by William B. McClain Companion to "Songs of Zion"; discusses liturgical time, spirituals, gospel songs; includes Scripture/ lectionary index.
     

 
Diverse Worship: African-American, Caribbean and Hispanic PrespectivesDiverse Worship: African-American, Caribbean and Hispanic Prespectives
Pedrito Maynard-Reid
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In this book Pedrito Maynard-Reid explores the multiethnic dimensions of worship by looking at three specific cultural contexts for worship--African-American, Caribbean and Hispanic. After surveying worship and culture through history, the author devotes a section to each of these three cultural contexts. In these sections worship traditions are colorfully described and characterized. Historical developement and change are explored. In each section we gain new perspective on what it means to worship God.
     

 
Poems of a Son Prayers of a FatherPoems of a Son Prayers of a Father
William D. Watley, Matthew L. Watley
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Poems of a Son, Prayers of a Father is a heartwarming dialogue between an African American pastor and his teenage son which reveals the deep bond of love existing in a close knit family. Perfect for family gift giving.
     

 

 
An African Prayer BookAn African Prayer Book
Desmond Tutu
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Archbishop Desmond Tutu guides readers on an extraordinary spiritual journey in this collection of prayers reflecting the rich soul of Africa.

One of the greatest leaders of our time, Desmond Tutu is beloved and admired throughout the world. His strength, grace, and optimism in the face of the atrocities of apartheid in South Africa and his tireless work as chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission symbolize the abiding power of his Christian faith. Archbishop Tutu shares the source of his strength in An African Prayer Book, a profoundly moving and inspiring exploration of the spiritual riches in the vast and varied continent of Africa.

From thunderous multi-invocation litanies to quiet meditations, An African Prayer Book beautifully conveys the many ways of speaking to God. It brings together meditations and invocations Tutu has used over the years, the prayers of Monica, Augustine, Clement of Alexandria, Cyprian of Carthage, other great mothers and fathers of the Church, and an unusual selection of prayers from the African diasporas of North America and the Caribbean.

With an original introduction and commentary throughout that resounds with the Archbishop's characteristic energy and hopefulness, An African Prayer Book is a one-of-a-kind guide to devotion. Addressing universal themes and timeless concerns, particularly the need to confront despair and suffering, it will appeal to people of all faiths.

Desmond Tutu, the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, retired as Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, in 1996 and was later named as Chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission by Nelson Mandela. He lives in South Africa and lectures throughout the world.
     


 
When Marian SangWhen Marian Sang
Pam Munoz Ryan
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Celebrate Black History Month---and the rich history of gospel music---with this enthralling true story of a courageous African American girl with a very special gift! Lavishly illustrated by Caldecott Honor medalist Brian Selznick, this tale begins with 6-year-old Marian Anderson singing "Let Us Break Bread Together" in her parents' cozy kitchen, and ends with her triumphant 1939 concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. 40 pages, hardcover from Scholastic.
     
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