- Hardcover: 326 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow; 1st edition (January 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060188634
- ISBN-13: 978-0060188634
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,201,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This Far by Faith: Stories from the African American Religious Experience 1st Edition
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From Publishers Weekly
Williams, who wrote the companion volume to the award-winning PBS documentary Eyes on the Prize, and Dixie, an Indiana University professor, offer a well-illustrated companion volume to the upcoming PBS series "This Far by Faith." They follow the traditional contours of other studies of African-American religious history, beginning with slavery and following the tale through the emergence of free black churches; the nadir of the late 19th century; the Great Migration; the rise of black nationalism and urban religious traditions in the early 20th century; the civil rights movement; and the embrace of alternative religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and the Five Percenters in the 1970s through the 1990s. One particularly interesting segment discusses those mid-20th century black Christian leaders who adopted conservative stances on integration; Williams and Dixie have done a great service by presenting these ministers' views alongside the more familiar stories of civil rights leaders, demonstrating the ideological diversity of the African-American church. At times, the book's writing style can be abrupt and jerky, switching from one historical figure to the next, or between different cities, without transitions to help the reader. The prose is also overburdened with romantic language about heroes who laid their all at the altar of sacrifice, etc.-a device that may work well over six separate installments of a television series, but quickly becomes redundant in print. The real strength here is not the writing but the 76 memorable photographs and illustrations, which powerfully attest to the courage and religious convictions of generations of African Americans.
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From Library Journal
This companion to a six-part PBS special airing in February 2002 examines African American religious life.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.