Archives For John Perkins


Saturday, June 16, is the birthday of John Perkins, Civil Rights activist and founder of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA)… 


In honor of his birthday, here are seven videos which serve as a fine introduction to his life and work… 


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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Howard Thurman, Annie Dillard, Henri Nouwen, MORE )

Each week, we carefully curate a handful of books for church leaders that orient us toward the health and the flourishing of our congregations.

Via our sister website Thrifty Christian Reader
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Jesus and the Disinherited

Howard Thurman

*** $2.96***

A classic book on Christianity and Race. Strikingly pertinent today, even after 50+ years… 
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This week marks the release of the latest book by John Perkins, the former civil rights activist and founder of the Christian Community Development Association!

In honor of its release, we’re giving away
FIVE copies of this new book…

Dream with Me: Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win
by John Perkins
Hardback: Baker Books


Enter to win a copy of this book!

Enter now to win (It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!) :

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)


Dangerous Territory: My Misguided Quest to Save the World

Amy Peterson

Read the starred review from Publishers Weekly… 



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You may or may not know that we have recently launched a sister website that features the best deals on the best Kindle ebooks…
(No drowning in seas of self-published drivel or Christian fiction. No dubious theology. Only the best books, just as you expect here at The Englewood Review!)

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Here are five of the very best deals that are currently running on the TCR website:

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To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul.”
– Simone Weil, philosopher,
born on this date, 1909
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The Wake Up Call
Poem of the Day:
Song of the Chattahoochee
Sidney Lanier,

who was born on this day, 1842
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Kindle Ebook Deal of the Day:
Let Justice Roll Down

By John M. Perkins
Only $1.99!!!
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The Wake Up Call – February 3, 2015


CCDA 2014

Are you going to the CCDA 2014 Conference next week?

We will be there and will be running the main conference bookstore, as we have for the past 4 years.  Please do stop by and say hello!

Here are seven new books that we will be featuring in the bookstore!
(All of these books have been released in the last year…)

Most of these authors will also be speaking at the conference. Be sure to attend their sessions.

John Perkins | Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
Lisa Sharon Harper
  | Leroy Barber
Chanequa Walker-Barnes | Slow Church | Eugene Cho

John Perkins

Mobilizing for the Common Good: The Lived Theology of John M. Perkins
(U of Mississippi Press, 2013)


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This week saw two excellent new books on the Civil Rights movement made available as free Kindle ebooks!

(Feb 8 – The offer for one of the ebooks is now over… Only the Joseph Lowery book remains…  )

If you’re like me and don’t have a Kindle, you can still read these on your computer or phone by downloading the appropriate Kindle app (it’s free!) and then using it to read your ebook!

I’m sure these are limited-time offers, so if you want them, get ’em soon!


“The Beloved Community
of Conversion and Discipleship”

A Review of
Welcoming Justice:
God’s Movement Toward Beloved Community
by Charles Marsh and John Perkins.

Reviewed by Thomas T. Turner II.

[ Read an excerpt of this book here ]

Welcoming Justice:
God’s Movement Toward Beloved Community
by Charles Marsh and John Perkins.

Paperback: IVP Books,  2009.
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Charles Marsh / John Perkins - WELCOMING JUSTICEWatching segments of Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech , I realized that the things I saw there were black and white — literally and figuratively speaking.  The film, now pushing towards fifty years, is grainy and showing too little or too much contrast, a nostalgic look back to a time that wasn’t really that long ago in the history of things.  The American people was black and white as well, and the Civil Rights movement, in its glorious triumph, pushed forth some of the most drastic social changes in the history of America in just a few years full of climactic victories.  The battles were won, yet the war wasn’t over for many in the Civil Rights movement who saw the vision of the movement as a push not for racial equality but something far greater and more whole: the beloved community of all.  Charles Marsh and John Perkins share in their book Welcoming Justice the memories and stories of the ongoing civil rights struggle and illustrate how the movement toward beloved community should be the goal of those who follow the way of Christ.

The civil rights movement, at the height of its success, divorced itself from the church.  In saying Dr. Martin Luther King’s name, we too often forget that  that he was a reverend as well.  The civil rights movement started as a Christian social justice movement, and, in a lesson just as timely today, it was co-opted by powers within the movement that cut out the spiritual foundation of social justice. Marsh writes, “without its unifying spiritual vision, the movement’s goal was no longer to identify particular social and economic ills that could be improved upon through political organizing and social reform” (25).

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A Brief Review of

Follow Me to Freedom:
Leading and Following as An Ordinary Radical.

Shane Claiborne and John Perkins.

Paperback: Regal Books, 2009.
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Reviewed by Chris Smith.

Follow Me to Freedom - Claiborne / PerkinsThere is one popular category of books from which I have yet to review any books – the leadership book.  Who knows how many books on leadership have been published in the last year… certainly hundreds, maybe thousands?  I know I’ve received at least a dozen review copies of new leadership books in the last six months, all unsolicited and all ended up unreviewed and were donated or recycled.  But when I saw that Shane Claiborne – a noted young writer, activist and founding partner of The Simple Way Community in Philadelphia – and John Perkins – an esteemed African-American Christian who was active in the civil rights movement and later founded the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) – had written a book together on leadership (and following), my interest was piqued and I knew that I would have to read and review it.  Both master storytellers, Shane and John collaborate together in Follow Me to Freedom: Leading and Following as An Ordinary Radical, to paint a balanced picture of leadership as a necessary part of the life of the church community. Before I go any further, I must warn you that Follow Me to Freedom is not a typical book; it is a collection of conversations between John and Shane (edited down from one or more larger conversations), and it has a wonderfully refreshing conversational feel to it.   The wisdom that the authors share here is down-to-earth, recognizing many dangers that come along with leadership.  John and Shane cover many qualities of leadership that we see manifested throughout scripture: e.g., vision, justice, prayer, etc.  However, there are some parts that might come as a surprise to some evangelical readers, like a chapter on civil disobedience (which really isn’t all that surprising given the activism in which both authors are involved).  I was particularly struck by Shane and John’s emphasis on the practice of stability (the commitment to being rooted in a place) as one of the highest virtues of leadership.  John says:

We need the stability that comes from putting down roots. We get so many of these volunteers. We get so many people who are coming really just to look at you, to prepare to go look somewhere else.  They’re looking for God … this has taken them from place to place and eventually to us.  Many of them give their lives for a few years and then move somewhere else.  I don’t blame them for moving on, but the fact of the matter is that it creates instability for us and the community – especially the children (161-162).

The authors are also not afraid to tackle the tricky dimensions of race in leadership. Shane observes:

I think a lot of white guys get to be leaders because they’re white guys, not because they’re leaders.  A lot of books sell, not because they’re good, but because they’re marketed well and have money behind them.  That’s not the way Jesus did things. … We – especially we men and we white folks from backgrounds of “so-called privilege”…  – need to take creative risks to make room for other leaders and voices.  It’s certainly not that women or people of color are not good leaders or dynamic communicators, … [it’s] that we haven’t been careful enough, and humble enough, and creative enough to make sure every voice is at the table (76-77).

Yes, Follow Me to Freedom is not your typical leadership book, and as a result if we will take its message seriously, we might just be formed a little bit more into the image of Christ, the sacrificial servant leader, who came to lead us out of the bondage of sin and into the freedom of God’s shalom, for which we were created!