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This book is a must read for anyone interested in a serious theological study of compassion, and more importantly, for anyone who is interested in fostering a more compassionate world. This book certainly belongs in the libraries of seminaries and Christian churches everywhere. —Kelly Brown Douglas, Elizabeth Conolly Todd Distinguished Professor of Religion, Goucher College, Maryland [Davis] weaves together a tapestry of events at the international, national, political, and yet personal levels to show that we are constantly confronted by choices to show who we are in relation to others. This is a thorough and convincing study; well written and documented. —Faye J. Calhoun, board member of the Society of Spirituality, Theology, and Health and formerly special assistant to the vice chancellor, North Carolina Central University
About the Author
Kortright Davis is currently professor of theology at the Howard University School of Divinity and is also a part-time rector at the Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. Davis is the author of several books, including Serving With Power and Emancipation Still Comin.'
I recommend this book to all those who assume leadership in the public sphere. Leaders without compassion and love will be ill-equipped to deal with the dark and lonely moments when the joy anticipated is not present. Kortright Davis' treatment of compassion, grace, and love is extraordinarily wise and serves as an orientation into the higher Christian purpose. Indeed "Compassionate Love and Ebony Grace" would be a lifeline, so to speak, for anyone seeking an understanding of the altruistic values that serve as a foundation for a religious and spiritual purpose. It normalizes the idea that personal struggles are encountered as one seeks to practice one's beliefs in the conundrum of daily life, where situations present dilemmas that boggle the mind. To that extent, Davis achieves an empathic tone to what appears to be a dialogue with his readers without being projected from a dogmatic perspective. It is a spiritual Koinonos about a lived experience of compassion and love that ultimately leads to a closer understanding of self and one's relationship with God. There's a sense of intimacy with which he broaches the meaning of Ebony grace. I have been reading this book and have not been able to put it down and what I think is happening is that it helps me to reflect on what is important in my interactions with others and think about the manifestation of what I believe and how I'm challenged to practice those beliefs, as a minister and in the various roles I undertake. A brilliant theological explication of compassion, grace, and love, this book looks at existential reality of suffering and oppression that characterized the Ebony (Black) experience, much in light of the suffering Jesus, who can say forgive them, for they do not know what they have do.Read more ›
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