People Get Ready: Twelve Jesus-Haunted Misfits, Malcontents, and Dreamers in Pursuit of Justice

(Wm. B. Eerdman’s Publishing Co, coming in Spring 2023)

Presented in artfully told and thoroughly researched theological biographies, People Get Ready: Twelve Jesus-Haunted Misfits, Malcontents, and Dreamers in Pursuit of Justice is a treasure trove of redemptive life stories; it is both a companion volume to Can I Get a Witness? and a free-standing celebration of America’s forgotten peacemakers and hope-builders,

The chapters illuminate aspects of the historical figures’ religious experiences and convictions as well as the work they did in the world, all the while exploring how their convictions shaped their work, and how their work refined their convictions. Each chapter will unearth important connections between the historical figures’ lives and activism, and our present-day faith-based struggles for social justice and equity. Rather than the consensus and homogeneity imposed by the guardians of political and theological reactionary conservatism, People Get Ready strives to bring many voices—women and men; Catholics and Protestants; white, Latinx, African American, and Asian; clergy and laity; gay and straight—together.