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Upon This Rock : The Miracles of a Black Church [Paperback]

By Samuel G. Freedman (Author)
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Overview
In this widely acclaimed bestseller, the author of Small Victories tackles race in America by taking an in-depth look at the pastor of a thriving African American church in one of New York's most desperate slums. Winner of the 1993 Helen B. Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism.

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In this widely acclaimed bestseller, the author of Small Victories tackles another explosive issue, this time race in America, by taking an in-depth look at the pastor of a thriving black church in one of New York's most desperate slums.

Awards and Recognitions
Upon This Rock : The Miracles of a Black Church by Samuel G. Freedman has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Helen Bernstein Book Award - 1993 Winner - Excellence in Journalism category


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Item Specifications...


Studio: Harper Perennial
Pages   373
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.06" Width: 5.44" Height: 0.89"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 16, 1994
Publisher   Harper Perennial
ISBN  0060924594  
ISBN13  9780060924591  
UPC  099455012003  


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More About Samuel G. Freedman


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Samuel G. Freedman is a columnist for "The New York Times" and a professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He is the author of six acclaimed books, four of which have been "New York Times" Notable Books of the Year. Freedman also has written frequently for "USA TODAY", "New York" magazine, "Rolling Stone", " The Jerusalem Post, Tablet, The Forward", and Salon.com. He lives in Manhattan with his fiance and his children.

Samuel G. Freedman currently resides in New York City, in the state of New York.

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The church's firm foundation...  Oct 19, 2003
Samuel Freedman has done a remarkable job in his chronicle of the story of Reverend Johnny Ray Youngblood, a pastor of a now-thriving urban church, St. Paul Community Baptist Church. This narrative covers the history of Youngblood from before his arrival at St. Paul's, a once-thriving but fallen-upon-hard-times congregation, through Youngblood's early struggles to turn the situation around, finally into their days of success as a growing centre of ministry.

Youngblood is not the typical African-American minister, and realises this in many ways. He is compared with other ministers of significant churches, with education backgrounds at Harvard and the like, and contrasted by Freedman with those ministers who feel all that is needed for effective ministry is 'the call'. Youngblood realises that education can sometimes be a distraction, and can sometimes get in the way -- the person in pew will want the answer to the question, 'What does this mean for me?' -- but should not be abandoned or discounted in its importance.

Youngblood experienced conflict as a central feature of his ministry: conflict within the congregation, conflict within his family, and conflict with society at large. Youngblood accepted conflict head-on in many instances -- he stood up to the leaders of the congregation from the earliest times (indeed, Youngblood says that in many ways, he tried to sabotage his own accession to the pastorate at St. Paul so as not to have to deal with their problems), and dealt firmly with people and issues, as is often expected from ministers in the African-American tradition.

Even from his seminary days, when he was forced out of a student-pastorship position, conflict seemed inevitable, such that the very idea of ministry frightened Youngblood in many ways. However, there was grace in the presence of Reverend William Augustus Jones, pastor of a Brooklyn church, and instructor on the urban church experience, particularly the church in the ghetto. It was Jones who drew Youngblood to New York City, and Jones whose gentle, astute mentoring shaped Youngblood into an effective minister.

One somewhat disturbing piece in this narrative is the absence of his wife and family for the most part; we as readers know a bit of the issues of family from Youngblood's perspective, but do not hear the voices of those who were, or at least who one assumes were, the closest companions in Youngblood's ministry.

One of the ideas that comes across in this book is that the process of ministry is a never-ending education, a learning on-the-job that never stops as long as the ministry is effective. It also shows that conflict and struggle are part of the very fabric of ministry, never to be eliminated, even if it is occasionally ignored. This book is not to be ignored -- it is a success story on many levels. Freedman's sensitivity and insight into a community not his own is remarkable.

 
A Rock in a weary land  Nov 2, 2000
This book takes you on a journey filled with the miracles of faith and power of prayer. You can feel each trial and tribulation in your heart. I have visited this church after reading this book and the warmth and love is all over the church. This pastor has endured much, in order to dedicate his life to his calling. I was inspired to reach out and believe me it was a rock for me as a child of Christ and I was able to dedicate myself to the cause of Christ. It is a must read for all, young and old. My children, and my childrens children will read this.
 
A story of faith, tribulations and victory  Dec 1, 1998
This book chronicles a Brooklyn church and its community amid the crime, drugs and despair of the black community. However , faith and learning to believe in the Lord and his ultimate plan for an individual and his community makes this church an oasis amid the storms. It is a story of a pastor, with his own demons, trying to be resopnsible for the souls of his congregation and the thin ice on which he must tread. This book will make you look at the inner city and its churches in a different light.
 
A story of faith, tribulations and victory  Dec 1, 1998
This book chronicles a Brooklyn church and its community amid the crime, drugs and despair of the black community. However , faith and learning to believe in the Lord and his ultimate plan for an individual and his community makes this church an oasis amid the storms. It is a story of a pastor, with his own demons, trying to be resopnsible for the souls of his congregation and the thin ice on which he must tread. This book will make you look at the inner city and its churches in a different light.
 
A powerful, challenging account of contemporary Christianity  Mar 21, 1998
This book was well written and well resourced and led me on a pilgrimage to this black Mecca.
 

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