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The Power of Proximity: Moving Beyond Awareness to Action Paperback – July 25, 2017
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"I'm grateful that Michelle has shared her struggles, her convictions, and her wisdom in The Power of Proximity. My prayer to God is that he will use this book to help us overcome our own fears and insecurities―to express our faith in Jesus Christ by walking in close proximity to the poor as an expression of our love for him." (from the foreword by Noel Castellanos, president, CCDA)
"In Jesus, God leaves all the comforts of heaven, puts on skin, and moves into a broken world―born a refugee, wandering as a homeless rabbi, executed as a criminal. In this book, Michelle Warren dares us to follow the suffering Christ by leaning into the suffering of our world. She calls us not to conform to the patterns of this world, which might otherwise convince us to move out of Jesus's neighborhood and avoid the streets of Jericho, where people still get beat up." (Shane Claiborne, author and activist)
"The great Holocaust writer and survivor Elie Wiesel says that we are most universal when we are most particular. Michelle Warren takes us through her individual and particular journey in a way that powerfully reveals the core of the call to all of us, wherever we come from, to love mercy and do justice. A wonderful book for young Christians―and for all Christians who have begun to authentically wrestle with the demands of whole-gospel discipleship. Wise, funny, and well written. Read it!" (Alexia Salvatierra, coauthor of Faith-Rooted Organizing)
"Warren offers us a theology of testimony―that is, a theology that grows out of lived life. This is an account of a journey into a richer understanding of God and the mission to which he calls his people. But a testimony is more than a retelling. The Power of Proximity beckons us to join the pilgrimage to walk alongside the vulnerable―a pilgrimage that will transform how we incarnate Christian faith." (M. Daniel Carroll R. (Rodas), Blanchard Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College, author, Christians at the Border)
"Michelle Warren is a faithful witness to the power of proximity. She writes like she lives―with great passion and purpose―and shows us the path to justice by sharing her own story with vulnerability and insight. The Power of Proximity urges us to overcome our fears and courageously cross the deep dividing lines within our society. We are challenged not only to get close to those who are hurting on the Jericho road, but to transform the whole road!" (Shawn Casselberry, executive director, Mission Year)
About the Author
Michelle Ferrigno Warren is the advocacy and policy engagement director for the Christian Community Development Association. She is an immigration, education, and human service policy specialist and is an adjunct faculty member at Denver Seminary. With over twenty years experience working in Christian community development, Michelle is a part of the national Evangelical Immigration Table and helps consult for the National Immigration Forum. She is a founding staff member of Open Door Ministries, a large community development corporation. Michelle, her husband, David, and their three children live in an immigrant neighborhood in Denver, Colorado.