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Spirituals, songs of abiding faith passed down by African Americans through the centuries, offer a remarkable view of resilience, courage, and love. Formed in the crucible of fire, these songs express the suffering and horror of slavery as well as the love of God and the promise of a better future.Author Mark Bozzuti-Jones explores the modern-day lessons of these Spirituals with scripture readings, daily devotions, and questions for reflection. With 31 days of devotions, Face to the Rising Sun offers a path forward, a way to repent and name the evils of racism and to learn and grow together in God's love.
The Rev. Dr. Mark Francisco Bozzuti-Jones is an Episcopal Jamaican priest at Trinity Church Wall Street in New York City. A former Jesuit priest, Mark has missionary experience in Belize, Brazil, and Guyana. He is an avid reader, award-winning author, and speaker, and has taught at elementary and university levels. He has a passion for the cultures in Latin America and the Caribbean.Fr. Mark’s intellectual interests include the impact of social issues on faith and spirituality, racism, and plight of the poor. He loves flowers, Brazilian and Reggae music. He believes in the inculturation of religion. He is an award-winning author, currently working on a book of poetry; recent books include God Created, Jesus the Word, The Gospel of Barack Hussein Obama According to Mark and The Rastafari Book of Common Prayer. He is married to the Rev. Dr. Kathy Bozzuti-Jones–Mark Anthony is their son.
"A vivid, gripping and challenging new book that invites the reader, through Scripture and the Spirituals alike, to think deeply about the sin of racism, and to explore ways of living God’s justice and mercy in our world. Mark Bozzuti-Jones, a gifted theologian, preacher and writer, is a perfect guide for what might seem like a daunting journey, but which is actually a journey that leads to shalom—peace, fullness, wholeness—for both the individual believer, for the worshiping community and for the world at large."
-James Martin, SJ, author of Learning to Pray
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