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Provocative and prophetic, Michael Waters provides a fresh perspective on many issues that impact our communities, families, and the future of our country. Through his political critique, you hear the voice of a street prophet. Through his analysis of hip-hop, you hear the voice of a cultural connoisseur. Through his reflections as a father, you hear the voice of a loving parent. Freestyle is inspiring, convicting, educating and in the end, uplifting. --Romal Tune, author of God's Graffiti: Inspiring Stories for Teens

Freestyle is a thoughtful snapshot into the life of one of our preachers looking at our 21st-century world through the lens of Christian hope. His musings are poignant, prophetic, and thought-provoking and will remind you of days gone by, the present, and what lingers on the horizon of tomorrow. Freestyle will also make you smile inside, and we all need a smile a day --Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, Presiding Prelate, 10th Episcopal District, African Methodist Episcopal Church

Michael W. Waters is a gifted pastor, theologian, and community activist who is uniquely qualified to provide a relevant, insightful, and challenging commentary on some of the contemporary social and spiritual issues that confront the church and community. In this book we do not hear from a detached spectator but from one who is passionately involved in the confrontation, pointing the way forward with a word of hope and reconciliation. --Zan W. Holmes Jr., pastor emeritus St. Luke Community United Methodist Church, Dallas, Texas

I am singing the praises of Dr. Michael Waters and Freestyle. From page 1 I was deeply stirred and drawn in by his prophetic yet compassionate voice. Dr. Waters reminds us that God is still at work and sovereignly carrying out his great plan for every generation. Waters is boldly leading the way into the hopeful future that God has promised. --Babbie Mason, Award-winning singer, songwriter, and author of Embraced by God

"Michael W. Waters is a gifted pastor, theologian, and community activist who is uniquely qualified to provide a relevant, insightful, and challenging commentary on some of the contemporary social and spiritual issues that confront the church and community. In this book we do not hear from a detached spectator but from one who is passionately involved in the confrontation, pointing the way forward with a word of hope and reconciliation." ---Zan W. Holmes Jr., pastor emeritus St. Luke Community United Methodist Church, Dallas, Texas

About the Author

Michael W. Waters is founding pastor of Joy Tabernacle African Methodist Episcopal Church in Dallas, Texas, one of the newest and fastest-growing A.M.E. churches in the state. As pastor, preacher, professor, author, motivational speaker, and community organizer, Waters's words of hope and empowerment have inspired national and international audiences. Featured in Ebony magazine as an emerging leader, Waters's keen insights gave been engaged on such esteemed platforms as the NBC Nightly News, the British Broadcasting Corporation's Newshour, and National Public Radio. Waters holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Methodist University (SMU) and the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Perkins School of Theology. He is currently a PhD student in Leadership Studies at Dallas Baptist University. A sought-after preacher and lecturer, Waters has made numerous presentations to church, civic, collegiate, and corporate bodies on topics ranging from Fortune 500 diversity practices and ethical leadership principles to the intersections of religion and hip-hop culture. His writings have appeared in such respected publications as The Huffington Post, The African American Pulpit, Feasting on the Gospels, and Becoming Fire: Spiritual Writings from Rising Genrations. Waters is a recipient of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award, B'nai B'rith's Harold M. Kaufman Memorial Award in Social Ethics, the Willim K. McElvaney Peace and Justice Award, and the "M" Award, SMU's highest student honor. He is married to attorney Yulise Reaves Waters, and they are the parents of three children.

Product Details

  • File Size: 516 KB
  • Print Length: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Fresh Air Books (January 21, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 21, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I0A55WA
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The Reverend Dr. Michael W. Waters is the founder and Senior Pastor of Joy Tabernacle African Methodist Episcopal Church in Dallas, Texas. As pastor, preacher, professor, author, motivational speaker, and community organizer, Dr. Waters' words of hope and empowerment have inspired national and international audiences. Named among America's emergent leaders by EBONY Magazine, and highlighted by The Associated Press, Dr. Waters' keen insights have been engaged upon such esteemed platforms as The NBC Nightly News, the British Broadcasting Corporation's Newshour, and National Public Radio. He is the author of FREESTYLE: Reflections on Faith, Family, Justice, and Pop Culture (Nashville: Upper Room Books, 2014).

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glenn A. Luhrs on May 25, 2014
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I purchased this book on the recommendation of a friend to read. Dr. Water's reflection of both spiritual practice and threats to spirituality are beautiful.
I am particularly struck by his call for men to enter the vocation as mentors in public schools. excellent!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chastity Dillard on February 24, 2014
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Dr. Michael W. Waters writings engaged topics with great biblical connection showing their relevence to the days and times we live in!
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By Gerard hudspeth on January 3, 2015
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The words paint a beautiful visual/story/perspective. Hip hop & God's power/Word...great team. I will share this book with others I know.
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By jhudson on August 13, 2014
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Great read! Very insightful and very well written!!!
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