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Drawing on biblical, historical, and contemporary stories of what she calls "crazy faith," this inspirational volume challenges readers to dare to step out and make a difference in the world. Follow in the footsteps of those who have earned a place in the Hall of Faith, including:
• Moses• Harriet Tubman• David• Nelson Mandela• Gideon• Mother Teresa• Mary McLeod Bethune• Chris Gardner (author of "The Pursuit of Happyness")
"Crazy Faith by Susan K. Williams Smith is one of the most inspirational and motivating books I have ever read (and I have lived a long time). Rather than give merely plaudits to the author, I would rather emphasize my gratitude and appreciation for something I've needed for myself...which is 'Crazy Faith.'" John Morgan, BA, MA, Pastor, Counselor
"This wonderfully small and powerful book combines Scripture with mini, historical biographies of people who have made Crazy Faith the focus of their lives." Precious Times, Holiday 2009
"...A powerful call to higher and deeper faith. [These stories] lend themselves to the proclamation of faith in churches and synagogues everywhere. Clergy may well find them useful as superb sermon illustrations, where they will no doubt inspire as effectively as they do in print form." Jerry Gladson, APC, First Christian Church, Marietta, GA, as reviewed in Sharing the Practice, Spring 2009
"Crazy Faith is a spiritual book of history, sure to inspire." The Midwest Book Review
"Susan Smith has given us a mighty work that retells the stories of those who have turned vision, faith, and action into marvels of human accomplishment. Crazy Faith: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives reminds us that faith is not a destination, but a journey, and along the way, each of us can become an instrument of God's miracles. In the stories of the s/heroes with whom we journey in the book, we discover, affirm, and renew the seeds of the Crazy Faith that lie within each of us." Dr. Iva E. Carruthers, Secretary General, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference
"Crazy Faith emphasizes the amazing accomplishments of several biblical persons and latter-day counterparts. It is well thought out and the conclusions drawn by Susan Smith are thought provoking, giving the reader another paradigm to consider. Through intriguing imagery, familiar bible renditions of struggle, faith, and courage come alive...The stories of "Crazy Faith" taken from more modern experiences are informative and truly inspiring. Each is presented with vivid details that will leave the reader in awe." Reviewed by Diane A Brown, Armchair Interviews.com
"Feisty, enthusiastic and encouraging, the author's language will inspire readers to face seemingly insurmountable challenges." Publishers Weekly starred review, Jan. 12, 2009
Susan K. Williams Smith, MDiv, DMin, has formed a private not-for-profit organization aimed at empowering urban youth all over the United States through improved literacy. "Susan K. Smith Ministries" is operating as "Crazy Faith Ministries," aiming to "worship through service." She also has her own blog, "Candid Observations," which concentrates on the intersection of race, politics and religion.
Dr. Smith is the author of Forgive Who? The Struggle to Obey God's Awful Command (Pub (United Church Press, 1999), and Carla and Annie (African American Images, 1989), a children's book. This former news reporter and talk show host makes her home in Gahanna, Ohio.
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