Testimony - Ways to Practice - Books

I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace
of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way
you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind —
just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you.


— 1 Corinthians 1:4-6


Books
Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith
Anne LaMotte, (Pantheon, 1999).

Daughters of Thunder : Black Women Preachers and Their Sermons, 1850-1979
Bettye Collier-Thomas, (Jossey-Bass, 1997).

Ragman and Other Cries of Faith
Walter Wangerin, Jr., (Harper San Francisco, 1994 reprint).

The Preaching Life
Barbara Brown Taylor, (Cowley, 1993).

The Sacred Journey
Frederick Buechner, (Harper San Francisco, 1991 reprint).

The Witness of Preaching
Thomas G. Long, (Westminster/John Knox Press, 1989).

Films
Crazy in Alabama
Set in the segregated South of 1965, a young Alabama boy named "Peejoe" and his glamorous, eccentric Aunt Lucille both learn important lessons about truthful testimony. (1999)

The Apostle
" Sonny" Dewey is a Texas evangelist on the lam after clubbing his wife's lover into a coma with a baseball bat. Baptizing himself with the new name "Apostle E.F.", he flees to a small town in the Louisiana Delta and continues his ministry by preaching on a local radio station and renovating an old church. (1997)

Amistad
The story of an 1839 slave mutiny and the legal status of the Africans who rose up against their captors on the high seas and are brought to trial in a New England court. The court must decide whether the defendants were born of slaves - in which case they are guilty of murder - or were illegally brought from Africa and therefore had a right to defend themselves against kidnapping. (1997)

Matewan
Set in Mingo County, West Virginia, in 1920, this story relates the experiences of a local teenage preacher caught in a struggle between coal miners, union organizers, company operators, and gun thugs. Note the testimony shared about the power of non-violent resistance (Mennonite bravery). Note also the young preacher's skill in using indirect communication through his clever recounting of Joseph being framed by Potiphar's wife. (1987)




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