Conversations with God  -     By: James M. Washington
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Conversations with God

Amistad / 2014 / Hardcover

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Prayer brings us closer to God, and these moving writings are a reminder that faith has the power to transform. With words by W. E. B. Du Bois, Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, Alice Walker, and many others, we come to recognize the significant role prayer has played in our survival. We see a glimpse of each author's dreams and fears, and their clear conviction that God hears, and responds, to our requests. At times a meditation on pain, at others a deep and affecting reflection of hope, these prayers are beacons of strength and inspiring lessons for our everyday lives. Comforting and passionate, Conversations with God is an enduring collection that is sure to be cherished by families and generations to come. Hardcover with dustjacket.

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Amistad
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 9.03 X 6.60 X 1.40 (inches)
ISBN: 0062334727
ISBN-13: 9780062334725

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Publisher's Description

As powerful today as when it was first published, Conversations with God is an intimate spiritual journey and a tribute to the power of faith. Assembled from letters and writings that span more than two hundred years, these prayers form a one-of-a-kind volume that will inspire the spirit and warm the heart.

Prayer brings us closer to God, and these moving writings are a reminder that faith has the power to transform. With words by W. E. B. Du Bois, Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, Alice Walker, and many others, we come to recognize the significant role prayer has played in our survival. We see a glimpse of each author's dreams and fears, and their clear conviction that God hears, and responds, to our requests. At times a meditation on pain, at others a deep and affecting reflection of hope, these prayers are beacons of strength and inspiring lessons for our everyday lives.

Comforting and passionate, Conversations with God is an enduring collection that is sure to be cherished by families and generations to come.

Author Bio

James Melvin Washington, Ph.D. was Professor of Church History at Union Theological Seminary and Adjunct Professor of Religion at Columbia University. He is the editor of A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings of Martin Luther King, Jr. and I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World, and the author of Frustrated Fellowship: The Black Baptist Quest for Social Power.

Editorial Reviews

“James Melvin Washington has compiled a unique history of the African-American Christian experience. . . From Phillis Wheatley to Jesse Jackson, Conversations with God presents a prolific legacy of faith, ranging from personal meditations to resounding communal celebrations.”
“Washington’s eloquent statements explaining why we should revere these prayers as living testaments of not only our faith, but also our courage and strength, are powerful and spiritually uplifting. Conversations with God is a very special book that will warm your soul and awaken your spirit.”
“This anthology of amazingly graceful passages will serve as a testament of hope for those who have carried everything to God in prayer.”
“This is the definitive collection of powerful and poignant prayers of a determined yet degraded people. Only James Washington, with his indefatigable research and theological vision, could have made this available to us.”
“Washington takes a giant step in helping to preserve the rich tradition of spirituality in African-American culture—and by extension all American culture—and celebrates the legacy of prayer that has supported and strengthened generations of blacks through good times and bad.”
“Prayer, as James Washington’s moving book chronicles, was the fuel that enabled our black foremothers and forefathers to get over the mountains of slavery and through the valleys of segregation. This testament to the spirit of African Americans. . . Will revive your spirit as it did mine.”
“These prayers speak not only to African Americans, but to the hearts and souls of people everywhere. . . A powerful testament of faith and hope that will provide a rich, enduring source of inspiration for its fortunate readers.”
“It has been years since I have seen a book which will prove such a treasure. . . Here is not a quaint collection of dusty ethnic curiosities, but a living thing with a past and a future.”

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