Occupied Territories: The Revolution of Love from  Bethlehem to the Ends of the Earth  -     By: Garth Hewitt
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Occupied Territories: The Revolution of Love from Bethlehem to the Ends of the Earth

InterVarsity Press / 2014 / Paperback

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From the heart of Bethlehem, from the heart of occupied land, comes a theology to shake the world - a theology of hope, peace and justice.

Legendary singer-songwriter Garth Hewitt has traveled the globe, hearing the echoes of God on the margins of society and in the cracks of the world's empires. Along with his justice-seeking organization the Amos Trust, he has seen the plight of the street children of South Africa, the Dalit community in India, the underprivileged in Nicaragua and Palestinians in the heart of international conflict in the Holy Land. Here he collects those echoes into a unified voice, calling for the Prince of Peace to reign from Bethlehem to the ends of the earth.

Laying out a "Bethlehem theology" for justice and reconciliation that emerges out of the story of Jesus' prophesied birth, Occupied Territories demonstrates itself in action in the present. Recounting stories from a network of community projects around the world, Hewitt raises awareness of and provides support for those working toward liberation, addressing the root causes of injustice and poverty. A lifestyle of justice is an integral part of the Bible message, as Christians seek to stand up to skewed power systems, racial tensions and our own biases.

As Christ-followers in the Kingdom of God, we are to stand with confidence on issues of human rights and justice - we are people of hope because there is a gospel of hope. Let us model what a community of justice may look like as we face the forces of domination with the light and lifestyle of this gospel.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 0830836705
ISBN-13: 9780830836703

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2014 Best Books of Christian Global Concern, Runner Up, from Byron Borger, Hearts and Minds Bookstore From the heart of Bethlehem, from the heart of occupied land, comes a theology to shake the world—a theology of hope, peace and justice. Legendary singer-songwriter Garth Hewitt has traveled the globe, hearing the echoes of God on the margins of society and in the cracks of the world's empires. Along with his justice-seeking organization the Amos Trust, he has seen the plight of the street children of South Africa, the Dalit community in India, the underprivileged in Nicaragua and Palestinians in the heart of international conflict in the Holy Land. Here he collects those echoes into a unified voice, calling for the Prince of Peace to reign from Bethlehem to the ends of the earth. Laying out a "Bethlehem theology" for justice and reconciliation that emerges out of the story of Jesus' prophesied birth, Occupied Territories demonstrates itself in action in the present. Recounting stories from a network of community projects around the world, Hewitt raises awareness of and provides support for those working toward liberation, addressing the root causes of injustice and poverty. A lifestyle of justice is an integral part of the Bible message, as Christians seek to stand up to skewed power systems, racial tensions and our own biases. As Christ-followers in the Kingdom of God, we are to stand with confidence on issues of human rights and justice—we are people of hope because there is a gospel of hope. Let us model what a community of justice may look like as we face the forces of domination with the light and lifestyle of this gospel.

Endorsements

I have long been a fan of Garth Hewitt's music, a bracing folk-rock sound - delivered with a passionate, gritty voice - and uncompromising lyrics that challenge many of our comfortable notions about what really matters most. He brings this same road-tested passion to Occupied Territories as he calls Christians to rethink their priorities and embrace God's call to work for justice as an outpouring of love. I think you'll be as inspired and challenged as I was.
-Terry Glaspey,
author of Not a Tame Lion: The Spiritual Legacy of C. S. Lewis

There are very few people who, when you think of them, you know are thinking of Bethlehem at exactly the same moment. This is the level of commitment that I have seen in Garth Hewitt over the years, even when he was a lonely (and many times marginalized) voice in a desert of theologies that had no tolerance to even hear the Palestinian cry. In this book, Garth is not only continuing his journey of giving voice to the voiceless, but as the apostles did many years ago he is challenging the world to go beyond simply listening and is calling for us to live out the message of peace, justice and love for Bethlehem and its people today.
-Sami Awad,
executive director, Holy Land Trust, Bethlehem, Palestine

Garth Hewitt has been aptly named a 'folk theologian,' and perhaps this book is a perfect illustration of it. After years of looking at the conflict in Israel-Palestine, Garth provides a personal, passionate and honest examination of the way forward that Christians need to understand. Here you will meet many of the leading Christian voices within this struggle as well as the most important Palestinian Christian cry - Kairos Palestine - which expresses the same appeal we heard in South Africa in the 1980s. Well done, Garth. If both sides had voices like yours, this conflict would have ended long ago.
-Gary Burge,
professor, Wheaton College

Editorial Reviews

"Laying out a Bethlehem theology for justice and reconciliation that emerges out of the story of Jesus' prophesied birth, Occupied Territories demonstrates itself in action in the present. Recounting stories from a network of community projects around the world, Hewitt raises awareness of and provides support for those working toward liberation, addressing the root causes of injustice and poverty. A lifestyle of justice is an integral part of the Bible message, as Christians seek to stand up to skewed power systems, racial tensions and our own biases."
"I have long been a fan of Garth Hewitt's music, a bracing folk-rock sound—delivered with a passionate, gritty voice—and uncompromising lyrics that challenge many of our comfortable notions about what really matters most. He brings this same road-tested passion to Occupied Territories as he calls Christians to rethink their priorities and embrace God's call to work for justice as an outpouring of love. I think you'll be as inspired and challenged as I was."
"There are very few people who, when you think of them, you know are thinking of Bethlehem at exactly the same moment. This is the level of commitment that I have seen in Garth Hewitt over the years, even when he was a lonely (and many times marginalized) voice in a desert of theologies that had no tolerance to even hear the Palestinian cry. In this book, Garth is not only continuing his journey of giving voice to the voiceless, but as the apostles did many years ago he is challenging the world to go beyond simply listening and is calling for us to live out the message of peace, justice and love for Bethlehem and its people today."
"Garth Hewitt has been aptly named a 'folk theologian,' and perhaps this book is a perfect illustration of it. After years of looking at the conflict in Israel-Palestine, Garth provides a personal, passionate and honest examination of the way forward that Christians need to understand. Here you will meet many of the leading Christian voices within this struggle as well as the most important Palestinian Christian cry—Kairos Palestine—which expresses the same appeal we heard in South Africa in the 1980s. Well done, Garth. If both sides had voices like yours, this conflict would have ended long ago."

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