Since 2006, ABC Reads has been bringing American Baptists together through the power of a book. Sponsored by Judson Press, ABC Reads highlights a book annually that's appropriate for reading and discussion in small group settings, as well as individually. The book provides an opportunity for learning, sharing and growing in knowledge and faith in Sunday school classes and Bible studies, as well as men's, women's and youth groups.
ABC Reads 2013-2014
January 1, 2013 marked the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. And at the Biennial/Mission Summit held in Overland Park, Kansas in June 2013, American Baptist Home Mission Societies hosted a variety of justice-related events and activities. To continue the momentum and to encourage American Baptists to learn more about the impact of incarceration, Judson Press has named Ministry with Prisoners & Families: The Way Forward by W. Wilson Goode, Sr., Charles E. Lewis, Jr. and Harold Dean Trulear as our 2013-2014 ABC Reads selection.
Ministry with Prisoners & Families considers the effect of incarceration on the African American community and the biblical mandate for an intentional response from the church. This resource offer a paradigm for “prisoner ministry” that goes beyond traditional worship and Bible study programs. It provides insight and practical strategies for developing an authentic relational encounter—not only with prisoners but with their families, from the time of incarceration to the transition back into home, church, and society.
$1.00 from the sale of every copy of this book will fund the distribution of Christian resources to those in prison or in need.
"This book will serve as a reference for every person who desires, not only to do the work of healing, but to be a carrier of the Word of God and to cherish every man and woman afflicted with the stain of incarceration." —from the Afterword by DeeDee M. Coleman, BA, MA, DD, Chair, Progressive National Baptist Convention, Commission on Social Justice and Prison Ministry
"Each author in this volume captured the concerns of the past decade with vivid accuracy... The book creates a call and response of voices, and each contributor speaks from the passion of authority rooted in personal and credentialed experience, and many connect that authority with a theological appeal." —from the Foreword by Addie L. Richburg, President and CEO, National Alliance of Faith and Justice
"This book presents the seeds for revival within the church, stating the need, calling on the forces, equipping the Saints, and the vision for renewing and reinventing our communities from the inside out. For all those who claim the name Christian, and especially the African-American Church, this book is a must read. " —Christian Association for Prison Aftercare
"Every pastor, along with anyone engaged in prison or jail ministry, should carefully read and prayerfully consider the principles presented in this book." —W. Thomas Beckner, PhD, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Department of Criminal Justice, Psychology and Social Science, Trine University
- The Black Church Responds to the Incarceration Crisis with Charles E. Lewis and Harold Dean Trulear Oct. 22, 2011
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