Soul Care in African American Practice

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Pub Date 05 May 2020 | Archive Date 05 Jun 2020

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2021 Christianity Today Award of Merit (Tie) - Spiritual Formation In the midst of our hectic, overscheduled lives, caring for the soul is imperative. Now, more than ever, we need to pause—intentionally—and encounter the Divine. Soul care director Barbara Peacock illustrates a journey of prayer, spiritual direction, and soul care from an African American perspective. She reflects on how these disciplines are woven into the African American culture and lived out in the rich heritage of its faith community. Using examples of ten significant men and women—Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Darrell Griffin, Renita Weems, Harold Carter, Jessica Ingram, Coretta Scott King, James Washington, and Howard Thurman—Barbara offers us the opportunity to engage in practices of soul care as we learn from these spiritual leaders. If you've yearned for a more culturally authentic experience of spiritual transformation in your life and community, this book will help you grow in new yet timeless ways. Come to the river to draw deeply for your soul's refreshment.

2021 Christianity Today Award of Merit (Tie) - Spiritual Formation In the midst of our hectic, overscheduled lives, caring for the soul is imperative. Now, more than ever, we need...


Advance Praise

"Dr. Barbara Peacock has crafted a book that reflects her own passions, principles, and practices as a preeminent person of prayer. Drawing upon the spiritual lives of ten African Americans—historical and contemporary—she unpacks the distinctive soul-shaping dynamics of their shared experience of the triune God in the midst of oppression. However, she doesn't simply write about their experience, she invites her readers to share in it through reflective and contemplative exercises at the end of each chapter. I encourage you to accompany this wise guide in exploring the African American soul . . . and your own." -David A. Currie, dean of the doctor of ministry program and the Ockenga Institute, professor of pastoral theology, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary 
"As Barbara Peacock writes, through spiritual disciplines we can hear from God as he responds to the humble cry from the intentionally consecrated heart. This is a book about the nourishment of the soul—drinking from his fountain, soaking in his presence—that results in his rest. Barbara has shared her accumulated depth of spiritual maturity that comes from a lifelong and generational journey, even through the dark night of the soul. As she describes the legacy of slavery's Middle Passage for all of us, her words resonate to the national spiritual foundation of prayer, the impact of bended knees on the very breath we breathe, who we are, and who we are becoming. Never have we needed this more." -Tom Phillips, vice president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association 
"Having been blessed by the teaching and intercessory prayer ministry of Dr. Barbara Peacock, I am so excited about Soul Care in African American Practice. As a spiritual director and a scholar, she gives voice and vision to the rich Christian spiritual tradition that has undergirded the sustenance, liberation, and transcendence of African Americans. In so doing, she calls us once again to the fountain of living water that never runs dry." -Bishop Claude Alexander, pastor of The Park Ministries, Charlotte, North Carolina 
"Barbara Peacock has lovingly offered a much-needed contribution to the modern spiritual formation movement. Her gentle teaching on soul care topics and suggestions for practicing them, enveloped by the feel and flavor of the African American experience while introducing the reader to some incredible heroes of the faith, combine to create a truly transformational text." -Stephen A. Macchia, founder and president of Leadership Transformations, Inc., author of Crafting a Rule of Life and Broken and Whole 
"The story of African American faith forged in the bellies of slave ships, midnight stints in the forest, prayer closets, and prison cells needs to be spread to every corner of creation where greed seeks to crush the image of God in humanity. The power of Jesus subverts the power of imperialism, pushes against the false gospel of racial hierarchy, and gives physical and spiritual freedom to all who desire communion with the Holy One. This book is a gift to every nation from the people whose faith comes from a sustained refusal to be slaves to a god invented in the United States." -Jonathan Walton, author of Twelve Lies that Hold America Captive and creator of the Emotionally Healthy Activist podcast and course

"Dr. Barbara Peacock has crafted a book that reflects her own passions, principles, and practices as a preeminent person of prayer. Drawing upon the spiritual lives of ten African...


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