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The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear Paperback – October 18, 2016
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“William Barber is the closest person we have to Martin Luther King, Jr. in our midst. His life and witness is shot through with spiritual maturity, subversive memory, and personal integrity. This book lays bare his prophetic vision, historical analysis, and courageous praxis.”
—Cornel West, author of Black Prophetic Fire
“Reverend William Barber and his allies are at the forefront of a new movement for justice our nation’s children and families desperately need. This book presents a blueprint for moving forward together.”
—Marian Wright Edelman, Founder of the Children’s Defense Fund and author of The Measure of Our Success
“The Third Reconstruction could not have come at a more critical time. It is breathtakingly insightful and unapologetically honest. Rev. William Barber offers an irresistible invitation to explore history as a gateway to not just our future, but our present.”
—Jennifer R. Farmer, Advancement Project
“History doesn’t just happen. History is made. Right now in North Carolina there is a movement that’s making history, and it is spreading across the land. This book is the memoir of that movement. On these pages, revival and revolution are friends, Jesus and justice kiss, evangelism and liberation are inseparable partners. Far more than a book, this is a daring call to get into the streets and be a part of the history-making, as we interrupt the patterns of injustice and build a better world.”
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“A remarkable story about a great justice movement, led by an American prophet. Everyone interested in justice should read this book.”
—James H. Cone, Charles Augustus Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology, Union Theological Seminary
“William J. Barber II is both a pastor and a prophet. The Third Reconstruction is a powerful account of a new movement in North Carolina that is teaching us four things: that ideological extremism which targets the most vulnerable is best countered by a moral movement and not a partisan one, that single issue agendas must flow into integrated visions for social justice and the common good, that multiracial movements are needed to build both racial and economic justice, and that the willingness to sacrifice outside of politics is the best way to change the inside of politics. Rev. Barber also shows us how “faith acts” can transform political actions. Barber’s unquenchable fire for justice shines through every page of this remarkable book. I strongly recommend The Third Reconstruction, which shows how a moral, multiracial, and sacrificial movement can change the future of our democracy.”
—Jim Wallis, author of The UnCommon Good, president of Sojourners, and editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine
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—Dr. William H. Chafe, former president of the Organization of American Historians, and former Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Duke University
“The Reverend William Barber knows what ails us and—what is rare in this day and age—he knows what to do about it. When ordinary people see past their differences and come together, there is nothing on earth that can stop them, not even the power of organized money.”
—Thomas Frank, author of Pity the Billionaire and What’s the Matter With Kansas?
About the Author
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is cofounder of the Rutba House for the formerly homeless and director of the School for Conversion. His books include Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals (with Shane Claiborne) and The New Monasticism.
- Publisher : Beacon Press; First Edition first Printing (October 18, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 168 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0807007412
- ISBN-13 : 978-0807007419
- Item Weight : 9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.98 x 0.49 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #273,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is not too long (168 pages in hardback) and can easily be read in a few hours. But, it creates thought and contemplation that will last for a very long time.
As I have stated about the Dali Lama ~ the same applies to William Barber, "I do not agree with his metaphysics but and definitely a follower of his philosophy. As a librarian, my training and chosen occupation in early years, I would classify this book as an Autobiography.
This book transcends ~ his personal journey ~ his religion ~ his philosophy ~ his political actions. It is a book about forming ~ partnerships ~ coalitions ~relationships. It is about working together and healing the divisions that are dividing out country in so many directions.
I am ~ reading ~ highlighting ~ commenting on my Kindle edition. This is a book that I will return to for contemplation and quotations (of which I am fond) so am ordering a hardback edition.