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  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (September 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802869017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802869012
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jim Wallis (from foreword)
"Ray should be considered an elder statesman in the world of social justice. He has mentored thousands of pastors, activists, and faithful followers for many years — both directly and indirectly — and with the publication of Liberty to the Captives, a brand-new generation has the change to benefit from his wisdom and experience."

Eldin Villafa�e
— author of Beyond Cheap Grace
"Personal, practical, and prophetic. . . . With sound biblical and theological knowledge and provocative insights, Rivera calls and challenges the church to seek a new level of urban engagement for the shalom of the city."

John M. Perkins
— author of Let Justice Roll Down
"This book needs to be read as all of us are living in a culture of captivity. Indeed, it is relevant to the church at this moment. Read this book!"

James Forbes
— Senior Minister Emeritus, Riverside Church
"I pray that progressives will heed Rivera's passionate call to ministry that is biblically inspired, spiritually empowered, and sufficiently holistic in its scope that it will help set all the captives free from shallowness of faith and narrowness of vision."

Gabriel Salguero
— President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition
"Liberty to the Captives is an extraordinary gift to the church. Ray Rivera has masterfully woven the biblical narrative with his years of incarnational ministry leadership. . . . Ray's keen insights empower both clergy and laity with the tools to fulfill their prophetic and pastoral call to engage the powers and set the captives free. This is a must-read!"

Luis Carlo
— Associate Dean, Alliance Theological Seminary, New York City
"A journey of faith and theological reflection in the making of a man and his mission who is himself immersed in the urban context. Drawing from over four decades of ministerial experience in New York City, Raymond Rivera clearly and succinctly tells his story through the lens of biblical exposition, pastoral imagination, and practical application, which he weaves together to provide the church with a personal compendium for the task of doing ministry in captivity. . . . Anyone called to do ministry to the outcast, impoverished, and disenfranchised of the world (in effect, that's everyone) should read this book."

Elizabeth D. Rios
— Executive Pastor, Save the Nations Church
"As someone personally influenced and mentored by the life and ministry of Rev. Dr. Ray Rivera, I am excited that he's finally put his urban ministry wisdom on paper for all the world to read. . . . Rev. Ray has given us a book rich in personal narrative, biblical teaching, and practical wisdom with an urgent challenge."

Samuel Cruz
— author of Masked Africanisms
"Rev. Dr. Raymond Rivera has been called by many an intuitive and indigenous theologian, and his book bears witness to that assessment. His work is refreshing, exciting, and very much needed for those who envision a church that is engaged in the real world, particularly in urban centers throughout the United States."

About the Author

Raymond Rivera is founder and president of the Bronx-based Latino Pastoral Action Center and a recipient of the 2012 Micah Justice Award from New York Theological Seminary. He has preached, taught, and modeled Christ-centered holistic ministry in various churches and developed numerous parachurch ministries in different parts of New York City.

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By James R. Hills on July 2, 2013
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I heard Rev. Rivera recently at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in which he outlined the concepts of his book. I appreciated the fact that his ministry has always been oriented towards the City (urban center) and the various ways that we engage the culture with the gospel. He points out that in some aspects we can work with the culture to help spread the gospel and in other cases we must oppose it, and at other times we must challenge our own culture if we see that it is not supporting the advance of the gospel. Many personal stories to go along with the factual information.
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