Recommended Readings

The Kingdom of God Is Within You

Leo Tolstoy

An unabridged edition, sub-titled: Christianity Not As A Mystic Religion But As A New Theory Of Life; to include: The Doctrine of Nonresistance to Evil by Force Has Been Professed By A Minority of Men from the Very Foundation of Christianity – Criticisms of the Doctrine of Non-Resistance to Evil by Force On The Part Of Believers & Of Unbelievers – Christianity Misunderstood By Believers – Christianity Misunderstood By Men of Science – Contradiction Between Our Life And Our Christian Conscience – Attitude of Men of the Present Day to War – Significance of Compulsory Service – Doctrine of Non-Resistance to Evil by Force Must Inevitably Be Accepted By Men of the Present Day – The Acceptance of the Christian Conception of Life Will Emancipate Men from the Miseries of Our Pagan Life – Evil Cannot Be Supressed by the Physical Force of the Government The Moral Progress of Humanity Is Brought About Not Only By Individual Recognition of the Truth But Also Through The Establishment Of A Public Opinion – The Christian Conception of Life Has Already Arisen In Our Society, and Will Infallibly Put an End to the Present Organization Op Our Life Based On Force When That Will Be – Conclusion-Repent Ye, For The Kingdom Of Heaven Is At Hand

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The Color of Violence

INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence

What would it take to end violence against women of color? How does the mainstream antiviolence movement help? How does it hinder? When will we admit that repositioning women of color at the center of the movement— women more often harmed by the police, prisons, and border patrols than aided by them— means that we must address state violence?
In Color of Violence, INCITE! demands that we • reconsider a reliance on the criminal justice system for solving women’s struggles with domestic violence; • acknowledge how militarism subjects women to extreme levels of violence perpetrated from within, and without, their communities; • recognize how the medical establishment inflicts violence—such as involuntary sterilization and inadequate health care—on women of color; • devise new strategies for cross-cultural dialogue, theorizing, and alliance building; • and much, much more.

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Jesus and Nonviolence: A Third Way

Walter Wink

In this small book Walter Wink offers a précis of his whole thinking about this issue, including the relation of Jesus and his message to politics and nonviolence, the history of nonviolent efforts, and how nonviolence can win the day when others don’t hesitate to resort to violence or terror to achieve their aims.

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The Culture of Make Believe

Derrick Jensen

This passionate book chronicles the violent hatreds that have been overwhelming our planet, tracing them back through their sources in imperialism, slavery, the rise of global capitalism, and the ideologies of possessiveness and consumerism. Jensen’s previous book, A Language Older Than Words, a reflection on family violence and childhood abuse, attracted a wide audience. Here he puts together statistics, bits of history, and reflective interviews with friends and acquaintances to examine a world in which hatred and destruction come all too easily. As in his previous book, his intent is to recall victims as individuals. His focus is on the dangers of abstraction and the economics that result from our viewing people and things as sources of profit and elements in systems. What he intends is not a systematic picture but a stunning collection of horrific close-ups. Africans and Indians are most often in view, and women are never far from his mind. Our disdain for the environment also intrudes frequently. Jensen’s solution is a return to the simple life, perhaps much like that of the hunter-gatherers, yet he knows that such a turn must be “the end of civilization.” Readers will be moved by his argument, though more likely they will be inspired to look for solutions that let us keep art, science, and the great treasures that go with complex communal life. Surely not all abstract thought is bad, but Jensen’s aim is to shock us awake and let us stew in the world’s injustices, and at that he duly succeeds.

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By Any Means Necessary

Malcolm X

The imperialists know the only way you will voluntarily turn to the fox is to show you a wolf. In eleven speeches and interviews, Malcolm X presents a revolutionary alternative to this reformist trap, taking up political alliances, women’s rights, U.S. intervention in the Congo and Vietnam, capitalism and socialism, and more.

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A Call to Conscience (audio)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The word “landmark” may be applied not only to these speeches of King’s but to this production as well. Great care has been taken in the writing and reading of introductions to each piece by some of the great names in Civil Rights history, bearing witness to King’s call to conscience. Participants include Coretta Scott King, Andrew Young, Martin Luther King III, Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, and Dr. Dorothy I. Height. To hear an audience swell with excitement as King slowly and confidently builds emotional tension tempered with moral reasoning and intellectual prowess is to feel the thrill of what it must have been like to be in the great man’s presence. This monumental work will be an invaluable addition to all library collections. Products of their time, some of the original recordings contain flaws in audio quality, but this does not detract at all from the overwhelming power and inherent goodness of the words or the man who spoke them.

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The Jesus Factory

by Scott Lindqist

Out of the ruins of Ancient Turkey, comes a new messenger and a new gospel that will change the world. This is the story of one man’s search beyond religious fundamentalism to discover of the real meaning of Christ’s message.

The Jesus Factory is the story of love, faith, ambition, greed and power. It reaches into each one of us to our very core; challenging our long-held beliefs and identity as Christians. In the midst of our own dark night of the soul, we can find hope and a new spiritual truth, if we have the courage to face our own belief systems. This is the story of a new journey of faith and a new gospel which was lost. Your journey will bring you face to face with the lost message of the hidden Apostle. This controversial book will take you to new heights and fill you with hope as you find your own new spiritual identity.

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Would Jesus Discriminate

Rev. Dr. Cindi Love

Successful entrepreneur and corporate executive turned minister, Rev. Dr. Cindi Love relates her own story along with the early success of a powerful campaign that she believes can change America.

Rev. Dr. Love narrates her personal passage from fundamentalist evangelism to founding a successful business (#73 on INC 500′s 1990 list of Fastest Growing Private Companies); she tells of her experiences as a corporate executive and her ultimate entry into the ministry and leadership of a worldwide Christian denomination. She also details the inception and implementation of the Would Jesus Discriminate? Campaign and describes how the campaign encourages dialogue between people of all walks of life-from neighbor to neighbor and from secular to faith-based organizations; provides a useful frame for a political discourse in the religious context of America; and confronts the insidious harms of prejudice and discrimination, and insists that non-heterosexual people are no mere “afterthought” of God.

Part marketing study and part spiritual journey, but never professorial or preachy, Would Jesus Discriminate? the 21st Century Question asks readers to consider how the church came to (finally!) repent of offering scriptural support for various forms of oppression (slavery, segregation, the subjugation of women) and then draws a clear parallel between that history and today’s focus on the issue of full inclusion for non-heterosexuals.

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Uncommon Hope

Joshua Love

A DVD Enhanced Curriculum Reflecting the Heart of the Church for People Affected by HIV/AIDS

Uncommon Hope HIV/AIDS DVD Curriculum Church HIV/AIDS

Uncommon Hope offers a dynamic, small-group curriculum designed to support people of faith in answering God’s call to end the silence and inaction magnifying the human suffering and death wrought by HIV and AIDS. Whether your church or faith-based organization is just beginning to engage in HIV/AIDS ministry or has a long history in the work, Uncommon Hope provides tools and experiences to foster the development of spiritual responses that are authentic to your community, consistent with the core teachings of all major faith traditions and respectful of the rich diversity reflected in the lives most impacted by the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Uncommon Hope is open and inclusive of all people living with HIV and AIDS, whether they are infected in the body or affected as concerned and caring community members. The program is a progressive, multi-unit curriculum packaged in six chapters, each comprising a combination of educational tools, engaged learning, public action and social support. Participants are afforded the opportunity to acquire new skills and insight at each stage of the process: Awareness, Truths, Radical Change, and Inspiration.

If you hunger to minister at the true intersection of justice, mercy, compassion and hope, then read the pages of Uncommon Hope.

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