(Nashville, TN) – Abingdon Press is pleased to announce Who Lynched Willie Earle? Preaching to Confront Racism by William H. Willimon has been selected as a finalist in the ECPA Christian Book award program’s Ministry Resources Category.
In Who Lynched Willie Earle? Willimon encourages preachers to see American racism as an opportunity for Christians to honestly name our sin and engage in acts of “detoxification, renovation, and reparation.” Preaching that confronts racism powerfully communicates salvation from the sinful narratives of American white supremacy. It hears black pain, naming white complicity, and offers a Gospel-centered critique of American exceptionalism and civil religion.
“Will Willimon’s books are inspiring, creative, humorous, prophetic, and edgy. That’s in part how the author makes the lynching of Willie Earle in 1947 so relevant today,” noted Paul Franklyn, Associate Publisher at Abingdon Press. “We are honored to be a finalist and pleased to be recognized by the ECPA for this important work.”
The Christian Book Award® program recognizes the highest quality in Christian books and Bibles and is among the oldest and most prestigious awards program in the religious publishing industry. Finalists and winners are selected in eleven categories: Bibles, Bible Reference works, Bible Study. Ministry Resources, Biography & Memoir, Christian Living, Faith & Culture, Devotion & Gift, Children (ages 0-8), Young People’s Literature (nonfiction), and New Author. The winners will be announced May 1, 2018 at the ECPA Awards Celebration at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C.
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