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  • Series: Celebrating Faith: Explorations in Latino Spirituality and Theology
  • Paperback: 145 pages
  • Publisher: Sheed & Ward (August 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580512232
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580512237
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mario García's The Gospel of César Chávez presents the thoughts and words of one of the leading U.S. Catholic and ecumenical thinkers of the 20th century. Readers will find here many startling meditations on poverty, non-violence, collective action, and social justice, and on their relationship to human spirituality. (Stephen Pitti, professor of history & American Studies, director of Ethnicity, Race, and Migration Studies, Yale University)

This is a book to read slowly and meditatively and let it transform you. Mario García has truly given us Gospel, 'good news,' a window into the everyday wisdom, dichos, and powerful spiritual vision of César Chávez. (Timothy Matovina, associate professor of theology, director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, University of Notre Dame)

César Chávez was primarily a moral teacher, a man of great faith whose spirit inspired all those who met or heard him. Professor García's beautiful book captures, in César's own words, the depth of Chávez's convictions and the richness of his legacy for all generations. The power of his beliefs about human dignity, social justice, love, and truth is evident in this remarkable volume. This book may help us find a moral direction as we enter the perilous decades of the twenty-first century. (Richard Griswold del Castillo, professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies, San Diego State University)

The Gospel of César Chávez reveals the agony and the ecstasy of a man I was privileged to know, one living an authentic Christian life amidst injustice, suffering and even death-and never losing hope that justice will one day triumph. Like Moses, he did not see that day but never despaired of its dawning. (Moises Sandoval, author of On the Move: A History of the Hispanic Church in the United States)

At this crucial moment in our nation's history—'the immigration moment'—the witness of César Chávez gives us reason to hope. As we face the gift and task of just and lasting immigration reform, this collection of Chávez' writings reminds us that true reform of any kind must be nurtured and sustained by a lively faith and a vibrant spirituality. (Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles)

Garcia heavily annotates each chapter and ends the book with a bibloigraphy....The book dispels any misconception of Chavez's beliefs were simple or unsophisticated....Response to the book has been positive and diverse. (El Paso Times, May 2008)

About the Author

Mario T. García is a professor of history and Chicano studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of several books on Mexican American leaders, including Mexican Americans: Leadership, Ideology, Identity.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reader Views on September 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake for Reader Views (9/07)

In his introduction to "The Gospel of Cesar Chavez" Mario T. Garcia profiles the events in the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez. His intent in this manuscript was to produce a book of the spiritual reflections of Chavez which would inspire the reader to reflect themselves on the topics covered in relation to their own spirituality.

Within the pages of the introduction Garcia has provided insight into the influences that most impacted the character -- virtue, theology, philosophy, and political views of Chavez. Among those who had a profound influence on Cesar's life was Father Donald McDonnell, the writings of St. Francis of Assisi, and the teachings of Gandhi. From these men Chavez took a stance on nonviolence and the importance of sacrificing for others. Another man who was a key influence on Cesar's life was Fred Ross, a community leader for Industrial Areas Foundation.

In his crusade against the injustice of the migrant farm worker Chavez organized the people for effectiveness in strikes and boycotts. In 1968 the well-publicized Grape Boycott which lasted two years took on the moral nature of Cesar's crusades. In a 25-day march from Delano, California to Sacramento Chavez was drawing attention to the need for social justice.

Chavez had a keen awareness of the power of mass media. At the end of a 25-day fast, Cesar invited Bobby Kennedy to receive communion with him.

The 17 chapters of reflections of Cesar Chavez are drawn from countless newspaper articles, interviews, editorials, and various studies completed earlier on the life of Chavez.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on November 21, 2009
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Before this book, I had really only known of Cesar Chavez as a labor leader and activist. This book shows how his faith was the source for his politics. It's a really good book for progressives and conservatives alike.
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By Professor on February 10, 2014
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Mario Garcia has done a wonderful job of organizing César's words and thoughts into various categories, expressing his truly Christian spirit and spirtuality. I especially appreciate having César Chávez's own words.
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By Kristy on October 31, 2013
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i haven't read it but it looks good. This is a used book but the condition is much better than I'd expected.
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Professor Mario Garcia consistently produces analyses of important figures for our attention and emulation.

For a few of countless examples we may read:
Chicano Liberation Theology: The Writings and Documents of Richard Cruz and Católicos por la Raza
Blowout!: Sal Castro and the Chicano Struggle for Educational Justice
A Dolores Huerta Reader
and
Bridging Cultures: An Introduction to Chicano/Latino Studies

just to mention so very few in passing.

Here in this present volume we receive this noted historians analysis and synthesis of one of our greatest political and religious and labor leaders, Cesar Chavez, organized in his own words and reflections, thus, his gospel, his preaching of the Good NEws to the poor, and now unto us as well.

We find here sections devoted to the Poor, to Nonviolence, to Self-sacrifice, to Social Justice, to Fasting, to Gandhi, to Love.

We also find collected his thoughts and words on Human Dignity, the Power of Faith, on Pilgrimage, on Truth. We find personal religious expressions around Our LAdy of Guadalupe, on PRayer and MEditation, on the Spirituality of Antiracism (so neessary in our present time), on Ecumenism and Brotherhood.
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