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Product Details

  • Series: Does Not Equal
  • Hardcover: 242 pages
  • Publisher: New Press, The (October 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595584196
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595584199
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,010,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lisa Sharon Harper is a bright new voice…calling us back to the true and rich traditions of evangelicalism. (Prism)

About the Author

Lisa Sharon Harper is the executive director of NY Faith & Justice, a coalition dedicated to ending poverty in New York, as well as a freelance writer, poet, and public speaker. She is a featured blogger at FaithfulDemocrats and lives in New York City.

Reverend John M. Perkins has worked extensively on advancing the principles of Christian community development and racial reconciliation. He lives in Jackson, MS.

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Currently Sojourners Senior Director of Mobilizing, Ms. Harper previously served as the founding executive director of New York Faith & Justice. In that capacity she helped establish Faith Leaders for Environmental Justice, a city-wide collaborative effort of faith leaders committed to leveraging the power of their constituencies and their moral authority in partnership with communities bearing the weight of environmental injustice. She also organized faith leaders to speak out for immigration reform and organized the South Bronx Conversations for Change, a dialogue-to-change project between police and the community.

Her writing has been featured in The National Civic Review, God's Politics blog, The Huffington Post, Relevant Magazine, Patheos.com, Urban Faith, and Prism where she has written extensively on tax reform, comprehensive immigration reform, health care reform, poverty, racial and gender justice, and transformational civic engagement.

Ms. Harper's faith-rooted approach to advocacy and organizing has activated people of faith across the U.S. and around the world to address structural and political injustice as an outward demonstration of their personal faith.

Having earned her masters degree in Human Rights from Columbia University in New York City, Ms. Harper's 2011 book, Left, Right & Christ: Evangelical Faith in Politics, was co-written with D.C. Innes (an evangelical Republican who is also a Tea-Partier). Harper and Innes explore their philosophies of government and business as well as six major issues the next generations of evangelicals must wrestle with to be faithful witnesses in the public square. (October 2011, Russell Media)

Ms. Harper's first book, Evangelical Does Not Equal Republican...or Democrat (October 2008, The New Press) offers a power-packed look at the roots of evangelical faith, how Evangelicals strayed so far from those roots, and what is bringing them back.

Ms. Harper co-founded and co-directed the Envision 2008: The Gospel, Politics, and the Future conference on the campus of Princeton University (June 2008) and co-chaired the Envision 2011: Caring for the Community of Creation: Environmental Justice, Climate Change, and Prophetic Witness symposium in New York City (June 2011). She was the recipient of Sojourners' inaugural Organizers Award and the Harlem "Sisters of Wisdom" Award. She was celebrated on Rick Warren's website Purposedriven.com as one of the site's inaugural seven "Take Action Heroes," was named "#5 of the Top 13 Women to Watch in 2012" by the Center for American Progress, was awarded the 2013 Faith and Justice Leadership Award by the National Black Women's Roundtable, was recently awarded the National Council of La Raza Capital Award for Public Service for her participation as a core faster in the 2013 #Fast4Families initiative for immigration reform and was recently recognized as one of "50 Powerful Women Religious Leaders to Celebrate on International Women's Day" by the Huffington Post.

Ms. Harper is currently in the ordination process with the Evangelical Covenant Church.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Dunbar on October 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I highly recommend this book to anyone even slightly interested in the intersection of faith and politics in America today. This very well written piece of non-fiction faithfully examines American Evangelical worldviews through the lenses of race, socio-economic experience, and historical understanding in an honest and accessible way. Harper's analysis of the development of the Religious Right, the gap between black and white evangelical worldviews, and the use of Biblical and prophetic language to illicit varying political reactions is exceedingly relevant in this unique election year in which religion has again come to the forefront of the public debate.

Anyone who seeks to understand how we got here, how things are changing, and where we're going should definitely read this book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Chow on November 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is an important book. It is required reading for anyone who wants to understand the changing face of evangelicalism in American politics today.

Despite being black, Harper started off in a white evangelical church that took for granted that Christians are Republican. Later, as she became increasingly interested in issues of race and social justice, and became influenced by John Perkins, Ron Sider, Jim Wallis, Tony Campolo, and Tom Skinner, she "crossed the divide" and became a Democrat, while retaining her evangelical identity.

The book could also have been titled "Evangelicalism and Race in America." Harper scathingly indicts the evangelical church's record on racial reconciliation. She quotes Paul Weyrich, an activist for the Religious Right: "What got us going as a political movement was [not Roe v. Wade but] the attempt on the part of the IRS to rescind the tax-exempt status of Bob Jones University because of its racially discriminatory policies." She quotes Bill McCartney, founder of the Promise Keepers movement: "Of the conference participants who had a complaint, nearly 40 percent reacted negatively to the [racial] reconciliation theme. I personally believe it was a major factor in the significant falloff in PK's 1997 attendance---it is simply a hard teaching for many."

Harper is not the first to condemn evangelicals for their blindness on issues of race and social justice, but what makes her book important is that in Harper, a new generation of evangelicals has found its voice. Blogging sites such as GodsPolitics.com and FaithfulDemocrats.com received a massive boost from the Obama campaign. This group of evangelicals is sure to have a profound impact in the years to come.

The book is not without weaknesses.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lori Neely on October 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
How and when and should politics and religion cross? This author has blended together her own historic quest for justice with evangelical history and theology. She becomes quite specific with the issue of racial reconcilation and women's issues,which alone are worth the cost of the book. Her words often are harsh...but always grounded in truth, even when some in the church may not be ready to hear it. Almost seventy top leaders of the evangelical church are interviewed. The author's informed and often prophetic voice with the seventy's most current wisdom share hope for where the Church is heading...
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