24 Books Published by Judson Press on Our Site — Book Cover Mosaic

Click for more detail about My Fabulous Fifth Chapter: It’s My Turn Now! by Suzan Johnson Cook My Fabulous Fifth Chapter: It’s My Turn Now!

by Suzan Johnson Cook
Judson Press (Oct 15, 2021)
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Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook, best-selling author, pastor, and former United States Ambassador, delivers another great read for women. This book focuses on the changes within a woman’s life as they mature into their fifties and beyond, allowing the courage to say yes to a new self, financial planning, maintaining healthy relationships, mental and physical health concerns, faith in God, and words of inspiration. This story encourages women to ask, “Am I stuck?” As you read thru this book, enjoy reflecting on your life and how you will shape and live in your fabulous present and future possibilities.


Click for more detail about God in the Ghetto: A Prophetic Word Revisited by William Augustus Jones Jr. God in the Ghetto: A Prophetic Word Revisited

by William Augustus Jones Jr.
Judson Press (Apr 30, 2021)
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At long last, the reissue of the classic book, God in the Ghetto by the late, great William “Bill” Augustus Jones. With eerily striking resonance to present day affairs, the new edition includes Jones’ seminal analysis of systemic racism, the integral role of the church in birthing and perpetuating it, and the Black church’s response. Sociological in framing, theological in foundation and principles, and practical in application, Jones deconstructs racism in America and offers up a responsive solution.

Edited by Jennifer Jones Austin, Jones’ daughter, the book includes several never-before published sermons of the preaching giant, and features a foreword by Michael Eric Dyson, an afterword by Michael A. Walrond, and essays from notable leaders including William J. Barber, James A. Forbes, Frederick D. Haynes, Claybon J. Lea, Marvin A. McMickle, Otis Moss III, J. Alfred Smith Sr., Al Sharpton, Jacqueline Thompson, and Aundreia Alexander.


Click for more detail about Let the Oppressed Go Free: Exploring Theologies of Liberation by Marvin Andrew McMickle Let the Oppressed Go Free: Exploring Theologies of Liberation

by Marvin Andrew McMickle
Judson Press (Feb 12, 2021)
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"From pastor, scholar, and best-selling author, Marvin McMickle, comes this new volume that considers the evolution of liberation theologies in their historic and cultural contexts. Beginning with the author’s own formative experiences with the Black theology of James Cone, exploring the socioeconomic implications of Latin American liberation theologies, and considering in depth the theologies of feminist scholars, womanist theologians, and women in ministry. More than a chronological history or intellectual analysis, this book breathes with lived faith and practical theology, acknowledging the contexts out of which theologies of liberation emerge and the transforming impact they have on the social and political lives of Christians today"—


Click for more detail about With Liberty and Justice for Some: The Bible, the Constitution, and Racism in America by Susan K. Williams Smith With Liberty and Justice for Some: The Bible, the Constitution, and Racism in America

by Susan K. Williams Smith
Judson Press (Oct 12, 2020)
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  • Why have our foundational documents failed people of color?
  • Can those whom a nation has considered “we the problem” ever become “we the people”?
  • What will it take to reclaim the transforming and affirming power of God and government to secure liberty and justice for all?

In this provocative new book from prophetic preacher and pastor Susan Williams Smith, the author tackles the truths that the church in the United States has long held to be self-evident-that ours is one nation under God, that our U.S. Constitution is (almost) as infallible as the Holy Bible, and that democracy and its principles of justice for all are sacrosanct and protected by both God and government. Yet, history and headlines alike expose the fallacy of those assumptions, particularly when viewed in the light of a national culture of white supremacy and systemic racial injustice. In fact, Smith argues, the two texts we count as sacred have not been merely impotent in eliminating racism; they have been used to support and sustain white supremacy. This important work examines how our foundational documents have failed people of color and asks the question, Can those whom a nation has considered "we the problem" ever become "we the people" who are celebrated in the Preamble to the Constitution? What will it take to reclaim the transforming and affirming power of God and government to secure liberty and justice for all?

A Cultural Divide


Sometimes, a system or an institution is so broken that it cannot be fixed; it must be dismantled and rebuilt. Because America has never owned its racism, cause its core to rot, it seems highly unlikely that racism will be dismantled as a social cancer unless and until the foundation is replaced. Even as the racial, ethnic, and religious diversity of this country increases, the number of people who use both the Bible and the Constitution to hold onto racial bigotry threatens America's survival … The prayer has to be that there are enough people who will read the history of how the church and the government have worked together over the four hundred years since Africans were brought to this country to block people of African descent from receiving fair treatment…


Click for more detail about The Making of a Preacher: 5 Essentials for Ministers Today by Marvin Andrew McMickle The Making of a Preacher: 5 Essentials for Ministers Today

by Marvin Andrew McMickle
Judson Press (Oct 15, 2018)
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"No one is born with the mindset, disciplines, or skills necessary to be an effective preacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Preachers are not born; they must be made." With these words, pastor, professor, and preacher extraordinaire, Marvin McMickle offers a five-stage approach to the spiritual formation of the preacher. Drawing from the biblical life of Moses, the formation process traces the preacher’s development through the steps of Call, Character, Content, Context, and Consequences. By exploring the process of spiritual formation on display in that leader’s life in Scripture, readers will be able to consider and deepen their own preaching ministries.


Click for more detail about Black Millennials and the Church: Meet Me Where I Am by Joshua L. Mitchell Black Millennials and the Church: Meet Me Where I Am

by Joshua L. Mitchell
Judson Press (Feb 02, 2018)
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ALL Millennials are NOT the same.

The more I reviewed the literature, the more I saw the need for research and writing focused on black Millennials, because the findings and assertions about ‘all’ Millennials and their faith formation did not seem to ring true with what I was experiencing in the African American community and the black church.”
—From the Introduction

Discover how to reach, keep, and disciple black Millennials in your church and community through the authentic voices of Millennial leaders and the provocative insights of a nationwide study.

This practical resource equips church leaders with a clear picture of black Millennials, which will help African American and intercultural churches to attract and make effective disciples of this emerging generation of young adults.

Leaders will be challenged to consider their proclamation, programming, and priorities regarding young adults and walk away with a practical sense of how to move forward. Includes specific ministry principles and programming proposals for faith formation and discipleship efforts.


Click for more detail about Be My Witness: The Great Commission for Preachers by Marvin Andrew McMickle Be My Witness: The Great Commission for Preachers

by Marvin Andrew McMickle
Judson Press (Aug 01, 2016)
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Best-selling author, veteran pastor and professor, and now president of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle returns to his passion for preaching in this new book, which explores the Great Commission as recorded in Acts 1:6-8, "Be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in Judea, and in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Be My Witness offers a unique approach to the preaching task and suggests a way for preachers today to declare the gospel with relevance to the many issues and challenges society faces. McMickle explores the implications of what it means to be a witness for Jesus and considers a three-fold understanding of the word witness: * Seeing something * Saying something * Suffering something


Click for more detail about God’s Graffiti: Inspiring Stories For Teens by Romal J. Tune God’s Graffiti: Inspiring Stories For Teens

by Romal J. Tune
Judson Press (Jun 18, 2013)
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No one escapes the challenges of childhood, but we can conquer them! Highlighting noted “at-risk” youth in the Bible and sharing his own story of growing up in poverty amid crime and violence, Rev. Romal Tune details how obstacles can become opportunities through faith. In God’s Graffiti, he will help you:

•Stop past pain and failure from hindering your future
•Value good and bad experiences and use them as building blocks for success
•Deal with your anger and fear to become emotionally whole and healthy
•Restore broken relationships and see the victory in God

Both practical and inspirational, this Bible study celebrates men and women in Scripture who left troubled pasts behinds to claim purpose-filled futures!

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Click for more detail about Crazy Faith: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives by Susan K. Williams Smith Crazy Faith: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives

by Susan K. Williams Smith
Judson Press (Mar 01, 2009)
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Intimidated by the Great Commission? Cringe at the idea of evangelism on the street corner or going door-to-door? Pastor Jeff Johnson will transform your commitment to sharing the good news of Jesusas individuals and as a congregation. Identify the evangelism style that suits your personality, learn from biblical and contemporary role models who employ the same strengths, and discover the joy in introducing family, friends, or strangers to the life of faith. Includes questions for small-group discussion.


Click for more detail about Original African Heritage Study Bible-KJV-Large Print by Cain Hope Felder Original African Heritage Study Bible-KJV-Large Print

by Cain Hope Felder
Judson Press (Mar 30, 2007)
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The Original African Heritage Study Bible offers a number of unique features which reveal the African/Edenic contribution to Judaism and Christianity.


Click for more detail about The Words Of Gardner Taylor Preaching Library by Gardner C. Taylor The Words Of Gardner Taylor Preaching Library

by Gardner C. Taylor
Judson Press (Nov 30, 2006)
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Click for more detail about I’ll Do the Right Thing by Jean Alicia Elster I’ll Do the Right Thing

by Jean Alicia Elster
Judson Press (Dec 03, 2005)
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This fourth and final volume finds Joe Joe facing trouble at school. He has to make a difficult decision about whether to join a gang or to follow the example of Ralph Bunche, a prominent African American peacemaker. With the help of his grandmother, Joe Joe discovers the significance of Jesus’ teaching "Blessed are the peacemakers"—individuals who stand apart from the crowd and help other people work out their problems.


Click for more detail about Battling Prostate Cancer: Getting from Battling Prostate Cancer: Getting from "Why Me" to "What Next"

by Marvin Andrew McMickle
Judson Press (May 01, 2004)
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"I hope many men will take advantage of this wealth of information from a man who has turned vulnerability into strength." —Benjamin S. Carson Sr., M.D., Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, the John Hopkins Hospital. As a prostate cancer survivor himself, McMickle provides others with sound advice, both medical and spiritual, so that they, too, can be equipped to battle this disease. He discloses the latest medical research while challenging readers to overcome issues of fear, denial, and embarrassment. He also cites such nationally known prostate cancer survivors as Robert DeNiro, Colin Powell, and John Kerry. Bible-based meditations are intended to enable readers to bring their faith to bear in the battle.


Click for more detail about An Encyclopedia of African American Christian Heritage by Marvin Andrew McMickle An Encyclopedia of African American Christian Heritage

by Marvin Andrew McMickle
Judson Press (Jun 12, 2003)
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In this historical handbook, readers will virtually hear the voices of select African-American religious leaders and learn of the events, movements, and organizations that have contributed to the formations and development of African-American Christianity.


Click for more detail about I’ll Fly My Own Plane by Jean Alicia Elster I’ll Fly My Own Plane

by Jean Alicia Elster
Judson Press (Sep 01, 2002)
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Joe Joe Rawlings faces contemporary challenges in this series of books written around Christian themes for African-American children. This third volume introduces Joe Joe and his young readers to the Tuskegee Airmen.


Click for more detail about I Have a Dream, Too! by Jean Alicia Elster I Have a Dream, Too!

by Jean Alicia Elster
Judson Press (May 01, 2002)
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This beautifully designed book follows ten-year-old Joe Joe Rawlings as he faces challenges, and encounters guidance from a rich cast of historical characters in this series written for African-American children ages six to ten.


Click for more detail about Beyond Greens and Cornbread: Reflections on African American Christian Identity by Diane Givens Moffett Beyond Greens and Cornbread: Reflections on African American Christian Identity

by Diane Givens Moffett
Judson Press (Jan 01, 2002)
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In a voice of prophetic inspiration, Beyond Greens And Cornbread joins a traditional chorus of poetry, sermon, and song to communicate the messages of African American aspirations and inspirations, calling Christians of every ethnicity to move beyond past challenges and present traditions into a vision of hope and expectancy for the future.


Click for more detail about Just Call Me Joe Joe by Jean Alicia Elster Just Call Me Joe Joe

by Jean Alicia Elster
Judson Press (Sep 01, 2001)
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Follow ten-year-old Joe Joe Rawlings as he faces contemporary challenges with guidance gleaned from a rich cast of historical characters in this book written around Christian themes for African-American children ages six to ten.


Click for more detail about Go Down, Moses!: Daily Devotions Inpsired by Old Negro Spirituals by Leonidas A. Johnson Go Down, Moses!: Daily Devotions Inpsired by Old Negro Spirituals

by Leonidas A. Johnson
Judson Press (Dec 31, 2000)
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African American spirituals are the heart of all other American music and comprise the taproot of the musical expression of the black religious experience. "Go Down, Moses!" offers 365 daily devotions and includes a suggested Scripture reading for each day as well as a short prayer. Tying into the inspiration generated by African American spirituals, each devotion highlights the Negro spirituals that for decades have helped define African American religious culture. The suggested Scripture readings take readers through the first five books of the Old Testament, plus Joshua, and the first four books of the New Testament, plus Acts and Revelation. Readers are guided through a reading of the Bible during the course of one year.


Click for more detail about Preaching to the Black Middle Class: Words of Challenge, Words of Hope by Marvin Andrew McMickle Preaching to the Black Middle Class: Words of Challenge, Words of Hope

by Marvin Andrew McMickle
Judson Press (Jan 01, 2000)
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The first and only book to explore ministering and preaching to one of the fastest growing segments of our society, the black middle class, "Preaching to the Black Middle Class" speaks to the two separate congregations that coexist in their pewsQmiddle-class commuters and the underclass residents of the immediate neighborhood.


Click for more detail about The Substance of Things Hoped for: A Memoir of African-American Faith by Samuel D. Proctor The Substance of Things Hoped for: A Memoir of African-American Faith

by Samuel D. Proctor
Judson Press (Jul 01, 1999)
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Honored by universities, ministries, and institutions nationwide, called into service in the administration of two presidents, Samuel DeWitt Proctor, Th.D. has established himself as a preeminent theologian, orator, and educator in this country. In The Substance of Things Hoped For, he takes us on a personal journey that begins with his grandparents’ slavery and which ends with his vision of a full fruition of the African-American experience, and a celebration of the tie that holds African-American together: simple, tenacious faith. A child of the segregation-era south, Proctor is no stranger to unwarranted hatred and widespread ignorance. He has fought against racism all his life — in his schools, in his communities, and at the pulpit. In this compelling memoir, he candidly reveals the tumult of the civil rights movement in which he was deeply involved, the bitterness and anger of youths then that has exploded into the hopelessness, rage and despair of today’s youths who feel they have no future. But through all of these times, Dr. Proctor has always been a beacon of hope; here, he recounts those inspiring times when his faith has shined brightest. One man’s positive plan for today’s society, The Substance of Things Hoped For is inspiration at its most heartfelt, delivered with warmth and conviction, and founded in a lifetime of faith and reflection.


Click for more detail about Good News!: Sermons of Hope for Today’s Families by Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. Good News!: Sermons of Hope for Today’s Families

by Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.
Judson Press (Dec 15, 1995)
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Families today come in all shapes and sizes and face all kinds of issues and struggles. In Good News!, Jeremiah Wright Jr., preaches a word of hope and challenge to family members—married or single, bad or good, accepted or outcast. Never one to shy away from controversy, Dr. Wright sheds a new light on some of the most vulnerable and troublesome spots Christians find themselves in—family settings. Parenting, relating to a spouse, looking for a role model, sexuality, and making up for past failures are just a few of the issues raised by Dr. Wright’s sermons and the study questions that follow.

In his inimitable style, Dr. Wright uses candor, wit, and unmistakable power to convey the message to everyone that “God has some good news for you.” As always, his writing is both fascinating and confrontational as he shows what it means to see our human family as the place where we learn to live as members of God s family.


Click for more detail about What Makes You So Strong?: Sermons of Joy and Strength from Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. by Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. What Makes You So Strong?: Sermons of Joy and Strength from Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.

by Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.
Judson Press (Nov 01, 1993)
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This classic was preached as part of a series commemorating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Click for more detail about Somebody’s Calling My Name by Wyatt Tee Walker Somebody’s Calling My Name

by Wyatt Tee Walker
Judson Press (Dec 01, 1982)
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Traces the musical expressions of the black religious tradition from its ancestral roots to its influence upon the black religious experience today.



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