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Glory Road: The Journeys of 10 African-Americans into Reformed Christianity Paperback – June 17, 2009
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"This book is a wonderful encouragement to those who love the doctrines of grace. The ten men described are African Americans-but quite frankly, what their ethnicity is does not matter nearly as much as their common delight in Christ and his gospel. Their stories are sufficiently diverse that they cannot be reduced to a simplistic mold; they have enough similarity that together they bring us back to God's sovereign goodness in the cross of his Son. Read this book and rejoice."
—D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Cofounder, The Gospel Coalition
"Here we have readable, compelling personal histories that, at the same time, teach us more about God, Christ, and the Bible and give accounts of these men coming to Christ. I love reading people's testimonies of conversion! What more do we want in a book? To be encouraged, instructed, and edified, read these stories."
—Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington DC; President, 9Marks
"A reading of Glory Road is a journey of sober rejoicing. The joy is in the taste of future glory where men and women from every tribe and language and people and nation will together worship the Lamb. We rejoice in the first fruits of that glory evident in the testimonies of these gifted African-Americans now in Reformed churches. We also weep that their testimonies are so few due to these churches' long blindness to gospel priorities despite their historic commitment to doctrinal orthodoxy. May Glory Road lead to a new dawn, greeted with tears but leading to songs of joy before the day is done."
—Bryan Chapell, President Emeritus, Covenant Theological Seminary; Senior Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Peoria, Illinois
"I'm very grateful for Anthony Carter's passion for writing. I bought a case of his first book-On Being Black and Reformed, to distribute at conferences and events. My plan is to do the same thing with Glory Road, an amazing collection of testimonies. The consistent message from all the contributors is the paucity of Reformed teaching in the black community. I share with Carl Ellis the vision of seeing an indigenous Reformed movement in the African-American community. Books like Glory Road will help to facilitate this movement."
—Wy Plummer, African American Ministries Coordinator, Mission to North America, Presbyterian Church in America
"History is good for us all, but when you see it occurring right before your eyes, well that's just about as good as it gets. To the chorus of 'Dead White Men,' we now add these voices of Living Color. Together we'll all be singing praises to our sovereign God and all-sufficient Savior."
—Stephen J. Nichols, President, Reformation Bible College; Chief Academic Officer, Ligonier Ministries
"As a first-generation preacher of Reformed Theology in Antigua and Barbuda and the eastern Caribbean, I am confident and encouraged that these personal testimonies from our African-American brothers will work for a wider propagation of the message of the supremacy of God in all things throughout the global African Diaspora. The common themes of being disillusioned with the religious status quo, struggling with the inadequacy of man-centered views that were strongly defended for years, facing the loneliness and ostracism of taking a stand on an island of truth in a sea of pluralism, and the surprising discovery that the Lord had all along 'reserved . . . seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal,' are all compelling and refreshing in the narrative of each experience."
—Hensworth W.C. Jonas, Executive Director, East Caribbean Baptist Mission, St. John's, Antigua & Barbuda
About the Author
Anthony J. Carter (MA, Biblical Studies, Reformed Theological Seminary) serves as the assistant pastor of Southwest Christian Fellowship in Atlanta. The author of two books, the Non Nobis Domine blog, and numerous magazine and journal articles, Carter frequently travels as a conference speaker and guest lecturer. He is also an organizing member of the Council of Reforming Churches.
Eric C. Redmond (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) is assistant professor of Bible at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois, and associate pastor of adult ministries at Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, Illinois. He previously served on the council of the Gospel Coalition. He is the author of Ephesians: A 12-Week Study and has contributed chapters to Glory Road and Don't Call It a Comeback.
Anthony B. Bradley (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is associate professor of religious studies at the King's College in New York City, where he serves as the director of the Center for the Study of Human Flourishing and chair of the Religious and Theological Studies program. He also serves as a research fellow for the Acton Institute. He has also published cultural commentary in a variety of periodicals and lives in New York City.
Thabiti M. Anyabwile (MS, North Carolina State University) serves as a pastor at Anacostia River Church in Washington, DC, and is the author of numerous books. He serves as a council member of the Gospel Coalition, is a lead writer for 9Marks Ministries, and regularly blogs at The Front Porch and Pure Church. He and his wife, Kristie, have three children.
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Top Customer Reviews
Glory Road uses their personal accounts to trace their conversion to Christianity, their introduction to and embrace of Reformed theology, and the effect of such theology on their lives and ministries. In addition to the book's editor, Carter, Glory Road includes contributions from such notable African American Christian leaders as Reddit Andrews III, Thabiti Anyabwile, Anthony B. Bradley, Ken Jones, Michael Leach, Lance Lewis, Louis C. Love Jr., Eric C. Redmond, and Roger Skepple.
It is fitting that this book should be published in the year we remember John Calvin's five hundredth birthday. The authors are glad to consider themselves "the grateful beneficiaries of the Christ-centered, biblically-grounded theology he labored so diligently to teach and preach" (p. 12). In entitling the book as they did, their desire is that "when reading our stories, you will get a glimpse of God's glory and would be moved to come and share the road" (p. 13).
In an era when many relish bragging that their faith is "not your father's Protestantism," Carter and his co-authors return to the faith practiced not only by Calvin, Luther, and Edwards, but also by African American forebears such as Lemeul Haynes, who was often known as "the Black Puritan." Thus Glory Road is not just for African Americans, just as Reformation theology transcends ethnicity and race.Read more ›
Glory Road is a book of testimonies that describes the journeys of ten African-Americans into Reformed Christianity. Now let's first make clear that a journey to the Christian faith and a journey to Reformed theology are not the same thing. Yet in order to come to the Reformed faith (which I, like the men in this book, believe to be the most biblical explanation and understanding of the truths of Scripture) one must be saved. And ten times and in ten ways this book describes a journey from darkness to light and then a journey into a deeper understanding of Christian truths. Ten men each describe a miraculous work of God's grace. They are: Reddit Andrews, Thabiti Anyabwile, Anthony Bradley, Anthony Carter (who is the Editor of the volume), Ken Jones, Michael Leach, Lance Lewis, Louis C. Love Jr., Eric Redmond and Roger Skepple.
It struck me as just a bit of a surprise that, in the book's opening pages, there is a dedication to R.C. Sproul ("To R.C. Sproul. When God inspired 1 Corinthians 15:58, we believe he had men like you in mind."). But as I read these testimonies, time and time again it was Sproul's name that appeared.Read more ›
This book is light to moderate on theology, so it's not one to pick up if you're looking for an expose on Calvinim. Instead, think of it as a collection of 10 short auto-biographies where each man's reformed theology emerges in his writing. One appendix even includes books and teachers that/who were influential to each man.
Definitely a great read.
In the last few years we have seen and heard various African American pastors and authors write and speak passionately about the doctrines of grace. And there seems to be a fermenting excitement among some younger men in this community. This, of course, is as exciting as it is encouraging.
Whether it was their design or not the contributes of Glory Road substantiate and promote this. The book contains the testimony of God's grace in 10 African American men into Christianity, and in particular, into Reformed Theology. The editor is Anthony Carter. Carter himself is a pastor in East Point, Georgia. He is also the author of several books including On Being Black and Reformed and Experiencing the Truth. Among the contributors are Thabit Anyabwile, Eric Redmond, Ken Jones, and Anthony Bradley.
The book is basically each individual's testimony of God's grace in their respective lives. Each man has unique experiences that God used to draw them to Christ and to see the importance of biblical doctrine. As you read the book your heart resonates with the excitement, joy, and zeal that attends their discoveries.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent story on how a few preachers with diverse backgrounds came to understand reformed theology.Published 14 months ago by Alvin Blount III
Thought provoking and challenging read, very helpful as I am on that same road, raised Southern Baptist, a stint in prosperity gospel camp, yet still found wanting and un... Read morePublished 17 months ago by kevin james kensie
This book encouraged me on a personal level as the stories of these men in many ways mirrors my own journey.Published on November 18, 2013 by EaronJames
This work is ten autobiographies how ten men of color became theologians who defend the Faith, Christianity known as Calvinism. Read morePublished on August 31, 2011 by Philip S. Roeda
An excellent, passionate set of stories of how God by His glorious grace has reached into the lives of a number of Christian leaders who happen to be African American and how the... Read morePublished on June 27, 2011 by Mark Nenadov
I recently listened to an interview with Anthony J. Carter, editor of the book titled Glory Road. During the interview, Carter told the fascinating story of how, as a young boy in... Read morePublished on March 21, 2011 by Keith Heapes
Anyone who did not grow up being taught Reformed Theology; and later came to the realization of its Biblical truthfulness will love this book. Read morePublished on October 29, 2010 by Shane Kastler
What the reader has in Glory Road is what the sub-title claims to give you. You get the journeys that these men took to becoming Reformed theologians. Read morePublished on September 4, 2010 by Amazon Customer