Item description for Story of Rhythm and Grace, A: What the Church Can Learn from Rock and Roll about Healing the Racial Divide by Jimi Calhoun...
Overview Mick Jagger, meet Jack Hayford. These are the worlds spanned by musician and pastor Jimi Calhoun, who uses his experiences in both arenas to help readers dissect race relations. Before becoming a pastor, Calhoun played bass for major recording acts and performed on stage with prominent artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Etta James, Hank Williams Jr., John Lennon, and Elton John. His life is a vivid illustration of how race relations can and do succeed at the individual level. As he interweaves personal stories with reflections on race, Calhoun challenges the church to be an instrument of social change, offering hope for racial harmony in the church and in the broader culture.
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Studio: Brazos Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Feb 28, 2009
Publisher Brazos Press
ISBN 158743220X ISBN13 9781587432200
Reviews - What do customers think about Story of Rhythm and Grace, A: What the Church Can Learn from Rock and Roll about Healing the Racial Divide?
Rock Star or Pastor?? What's the difference... Jun 27, 2009
"The Story of Rhythm and Grace" is a well written book that discusses racial differences by interweaving great historical and cultural truths. Most importantly, Jimi discusses openly, the "nasty little secret" that has been kept for centurys in the modern church and the Bible Belt where the Civil War still rages in the hearts of many...even in the church. Remembering that without truth, we cannot heal the differences, Mr. Calhoun open discusses secret prejudices that still reside against anyone of a different color.
We, the church, have been guilty of lieing to ourselves about prejudice because it seems like such a nasty and unacceptable word... After all, how can we say we really love Jesus if our love is limited by color? Good question - one we must all answer with the same candor and grace that Mr. Calhoun does.
A great read... if you're willing to confront the truth. Thanks Jimi!
Rita Duggins-Brohman, California
Eye Opening Jun 23, 2009
I wanted to wrap my arms around this author and say I'm sorry. The unbelievable stories told made me even more aware of how our words and actions effect others. Being white, I was never exposed to such circumstances and never really looked from the other side. The connection he made to music, religion and racism was enlightening. This well written book was easy to read and I did not want to put it down. I feel this book should be in the pews of every church.
Until you've walked a mile in their shoes May 30, 2009
Overall, because of the content and style, a very enjoyable read. I found myself frequently using the highlight marker and highlighting many wisdom nuggets I wanted to remember. And that's before I even got out of the Prologue :-) Jimi is a great story teller, and therefore I found this book to be ... I almost used the word "entertaining", but the better word would be "engaging." Both of those keep you enrapt and wanting to read on, but the second one is deeper and more intellectually and spiritually stimulating (as well as emotionally). Chapter 2 stories were at times painful, but need to be heard. That is, as you read the many experiences of the author, there will be a secondary benefit ... you will end up seeing all the thoughts and feelings you have (or don't have) about the issue of race. Therefore, this could be a great book for classrooms, the media and church groups to kick off conversations about race relations ... their history, and how they can be improved. The author makes the point that the job of racial harmony is not over. In fact, we are just at a crossroads, and therefore these discussions are needed. Hopefully this book will be a tool to make them happen.
HELD MY INTEREST THROUGHOUT! Apr 25, 2009
I read this book and thought it was wonderful! I can understand how the world of music would make skin color inconsequential because it is a creative world and creativity doesn't observe boundaries. The church has some man made elements as an institution that sometimes hinders the heart of it. Most of the time I have been oblivious to race situations and it is probably because I never really had to think about it since being white it didn't affect me directly. No human being should feel like he or she is worth more than another human being. It is such a dangerous thing. It brings out the worst in us. I'm not a literary critic, but I thought this book was very well written and had interesting anecdotes to illustrate the main points. It held my interest throughout. I want to read it again!
Great Read -- Church, Race and Rock and Roll! Apr 20, 2009
Jimi Calhoun has written a very thought provoking and entertaining piece of work, melding rock and roll, religion and race relations.
As I read his accounts of race problems, I would think to myself, "no way this is still happening -- this is all in the past -- we elected Obama, it's all fixed now." Then I would turn on the t.v. and see the latest news reports:
Highland Mall, Austin, Texas, shuts down early during Texas Relays because of what management called "security concerns." (note: Texas Relays draws mostly African-American contestants and spectators).
OR, Ryan Moats, NFL player, held at gunpoint and harassed by Dallas policeman outside a Dallas hospital as he tried to make it to the bedside of his dying mother-in-law...
OR, Texas State Rep. Betty Brown (R)saying that Asian-Americans should change their names because they're too hard to pronounce: "Rather than everyone here having to learn Chinese -- I understand it's a rather difficult language -- do you think that it would behoove you and your citizens to adopt a name that we could deal with more readily here?" Brown said.
I had no idea all of this was still going on (and this is just one week of news in one State!).
Mr. Calhoun's book offers great insights as he encourages us to learn from our past, not live in it and to hold on to the progress we have already made. We must forgive and go forward.
This is a delightful book that I hope will not only entertain, but will make everyone aware that there is still a whole lot of work that needs to be done.