On the Lived Theology Reading List: The Third Reconstruction

third reconstructionA call to action to a moral revolution

The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement is Rev. Dr. William J. Barber’s memoir of the 2013 grassroots movement in North Carolina that protested restrictions on voting and demanded a make-over of the state government. This memoir was written along with PLT Contributor Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and is set to come out in January 2016.

In his review of The Third Construction, PLT Contributor Peter Hartwig writes:

Barber tells the tales of his father, who moved his family back to North Carolina to fight for desegregation in the school system; of his saintly grandmother, who taught him not to help folk, but to ‘hope’ folk, to bring hope into their lives; of miraculous healings and angelic visitation. But it quickly becomes clear that the preacher has more to share than just memoirs. Through Wilson-Hartgrove’s prose, the Reverend Barber recounts not only his own biography, but also the grand and multi-layered story in which he has spent his life. It is the story of fusion politics, a coalition of unlikely friends all laboring for social justice in North Carolina; the latest chapter in the long story of liberating faith in the South; the birth-story of a grassroots moral revolution that is spreading across the entire nation. It is the story of the Gospel saving the soul of America.

For more information on Rev. Barber’s book, click here. To read Hartwig’s full review, click here.

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