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Sacred Work: Planned Parenthood and Its Clergy Alliances Paperback – July 24, 2006


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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press (July 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813539501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813539508
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,877,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Provocative and engaging, Sacred Work presents a previously untold part of reproductive political history that deserves the attention of activists and scholars alike." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Tom Davis was an associate professor of religion at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, where he is also chaplain emeritus. He is an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ in Cleveland, Ohio.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By craig brammer on August 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was in the methodist clergy 1971 - 1989 and never knew that this was one of the great conflicts of the twentieth century. Planned Parenthood was firmly in place and I had no idea of the storms that

had been involved. The great names: Niebuhr, Oxnam, Fosdick, Peale

transformed the social, political and religious environment. In 1916, it was utter ignorance about sex and reproduction. By 1965, everything was available. Sacred Work is about Protestant and Jewish clergy, from pastoral concerns, fighting as great a fight as was civil rights or anti-war. Warfare is begining again; it behoves us to know our history.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lee Gooden on July 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
A book reviewer's job is to provide an informed opinion as to whether the writer accomplished their craft and has written to the best of their ability a good book. A review shouldn't be a platform for the reviewer's political or religious point of view. A review should be about the book. Reviewers should be able to back up their opinions by explaining the strengths and weaknesses of the book by taking examples from the text of the said book. The key word here of course is opinion, to what one reviewer might trumpet accolades, another might pan relentlessly. The reader must remember, it is easier to critique than create and that everyone has an opinion. Sacred Work focuses on subjects that cause great controversy and as a reviewer I dreaded writing this review, not because it is a poorly written book, on the contrary, Davis has written an incredible informative tome on the history of Planned Parenthood and the organization's involvement with the clergy. The conundrum is that as a fair and unbiased book reviewer I cannot allow my personal beliefs about Pro-Life or Pro-Choice seep into this review.

With that said let us begin.

For my entire life so far, from birth to this exact moment I have enjoyed being a heterosexual male and I haven't any plans in the near or distant future that I can foresee that would invoke me into changing genders. For a decade I have been a husband and partner to a wonderful woman. I am the father of three beautiful and magnificent daughters. I was raised by a strong and independent mother and I am proud to admit that my mother-in-law and I are friends.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Deborah A. Vuillemot on December 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
Rev Davis work captures the historical aspects of the pro reproductive choice movement. The biblical commands of justice not judgement drive the involvement of the clergy to support women in their reproductive work. Women's health care being provided in churches? What a great concept.
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