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The book you are about to read brings together facets of a narrative of epic proportions. It tells about the experience of black Seventh-day Adventists amid the painful history of racial and social discrimination; it chronicles their struggles and showcases their love for their church and fellow human beings and the profound influence of their faith.
The authors of this collection of essays write with deep knowledge of the history, the theology, and the spiritual journey, which has proved that it is better to heal than to hurt, to hold onto hope over despair, and to spread love instead of hate.
You will read from or about medical doctors, a world-renowned chaplain, courageous women, distinguished scholars, skillful administrators, civil rights defenders—preachers and healers all in wonderful tune with the restorative gospel of Jesus. In the words of the introduction, these eight essays “affirm the reality that African Americans have been healed by ‘something better.’”
“Since their inception at an African American Healers conference in 2013, the timely essays and topics of this collection have only increased in relevance and significance. African American Seventh-day Adventist Healers commands attention not only because of its sound Biblical approach to complex histories and contemporary contexts within the church and secular society, but also because of its affirmative and unifying call for healing within and between Adventist communities.”
—DR. LINDA TYM, associate professor of English, Southern Adventist University
“This book is a must-read for those seeking to understand the rich history of African Americans in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. God’s people must embrace the totality of the past in order to appreciate the glorious future that He has promised. This historical and future-oriented book
offers such a glimpse!”
—WASHINGTON JOHNSON II, DMin, assistant director of Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists; captain, Chaplain Corps, United States Navy Reserve