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Before becoming a pastor, Jimi Calhoun performed alongside many world-famous musicians, including:
Hank Williams Jr.
The Four Tops
Martha and the Vandellas
In A Story of Rhythm and Grace, Calhoun weaves together engrossing stories about racial differences and reconciliation from his life in the music world and his life in the church. Reflecting on how he has often found more racial harmony on the stage and in the recording studio than in the pews, Jimi shows what religion might learn from rock and roll.
"As an African-American growing up in the 1950s and '60s, Calhoun knows firsthand about the effects of racism. His personal anecdotes about this period are eye-opening, heart-wrenching and exciting. . . . His historical and sociological insights about racism and the civil rights movement are fascinating. . . . Those looking for an unusual perspective on one of the most turbulent times in recent U.S. history will be intrigued."--Publishers Weekly
"I love Jimi's heart. He's written the right book at the right time. This book is a great read!"--Dr. John, musician
"Musician and pastor Jimi Calhoun has accomplished that all too rare achievement--he wrote an absolutely unique book that fills a true need. Artists, especially musicians, have always led when it comes to bringing racially divided people together. May God use this book to open our arms and hearts to the rhythm and grace of the whole of humanity."--Charlie Peacock, recording artist, producer, and author of A New Way to Be Human
"Jimi Calhoun is a rare combination of storyteller, sage, artist, and pastor. Reading this warm-hearted, encouraging, and challenging book is like sitting down with Jimi for a dozen leisurely lunches and talking about what it means to be human beings with different skin tones and different histories. I hope and pray that this book will infuse hundreds of thousands of pastors, small group leaders, neighbors, and coworkers with new rhythm and grace."--Brian McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christian
I wanted to wrap my arms around this author and say I'm sorry. The unbelievable stories told made me even more aware of how our words and actions effect others. Read morePublished on June 23, 2009 by Michele Santom
Overall, because of the content and style, a very enjoyable read. I found myself frequently using the highlight marker and highlighting many wisdom nuggets I wanted to remember. Read morePublished on May 29, 2009 by Dennis Marcellino