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Book of the Month


January 2016

Dorothy Knight Marsh. 2016. From Cotton Fields to Mission Fields: The Anna Knight Story. Lulu Press. 208 pages.


Born in the south to a slave mother and a white father, Anna Knight grew up in the Jasper County, Mississippi cotton fields. Realizing this wasn’t for her, she taught herself to read and write and eventually became the first in her family to graduate from College. In From Cotton Fields to Mission Fields, author Dorothy Knight Marsh tells her great-aunt’s story.

This memoir follows Anna from her early years in Mississippi, around the world, and back again. She graduated as a nurse from Battle Creek Sanitarium in Michigan and later returned home and operated a self-supporting school for the adults and children. Anna was then appointed a missionary to India, serving nearly seven years. Never forgetting those she left behind, Anna returned to the United States and restarted the school the knight riders burned.

From Cotton Fields to Mission Fields narrates the story of a woman of purpose who had no fear, dedicated her life to education, establishing schools throughout the south for all black children.

-Dorothy Knight Marsh


November 2016

Douglas Morgan. 2014. Miracles of Courage, Color, and Christ. Helping Hands Press. 96 pages.


This history of the First Church of Seventh-day Adventists of Washington, D.C., is an intriguing story of a faith community's commitment to living out the Three Angels' Message. This amazing small group of Black and White members under the conviction that Revelation 14:6 calls together people of all races, organized an integrated church in the midst of a segregated society. Read how this group fought for over a decade against social and denominational pressures to remain integrated. Follow the saga of thist first "City Mission" as it becomes a prominent African-American church with some of the denomination's most notable laymen and pastors. This church history will inspire you as you observe the miraculous hand of God in the growth and development of the "Mother" of all the churches in the Columbia Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

-Back Cover


August 2016

Emmanuel Orihentare Eregare. 2013. An African Christian Church History: Seventh-day Adventist Cosmology in Edo/Delta States: 1948 - 2012 & Ecumenical Inititiatives. Christ Coming Books. 273 pages.


Emmanuel Eregare, a professor of history at Babcock University in Nigeria, traces the coming of the Seventh-day Adventist Church to the Edo-Delta state of Nigeria, with an emphasis on challenges of the indigenization of Christianity, ecumenism, and church tradition. This work is an original contribution to the growing project of African missiological historiography by African scholars.


June 2016

Harold L. Lee with Benjamin Baker. 2013. C.D.: The Man Behind the Message. Review and Herald. 325 pgs.


If you have heard C. D. Brooks preach, it was most certainly an unforgettable experience. His distinct voice trumpets truth with an authority rarely seen in today's pulpits. The stories he skillfully weaves thrill the imagination and bring conviction to the heart. Loving yet uncompromising, Brooks delivers the Adventist message without apology. His appeals to accept Jesus reverberate in the mind long after they are over.

With a 60-year ministry spanning the ghettos of the city, sands of the desert, and islands of the sea, C. D. Brooks has led more than 15,000 souls to Christ on six continents and dozens of countries.

A media trailblazer, Brooks has spread the gospel through every type of media, including cassette, radio, television, and Internet. For 23 years this founding speaker of the Breath of Life Ministries telecast appeared in millions of homes across the globe, and is undoubtedly one of the greatest evangelists of the twentieth century.

Few have been given a window into the man behind the message-until now. In this book you catch a rare glimpse into the personal trials and triumphs of this modern apostle. From humble roots in the rural South at the beginning of the Great Depression to the Internet age in which his sermons are some of the most downloaded items online, C. D.: The Man Behind the Message is as riveting as a sermon from the man himself, and just like his preaching, it will lead you to recommit your life to Jesus Christ.

-Back Cover


May 2016

Jim Nix. 2016. Glimpses into the Life of Ellen White. Review and Herald. 96 pages.


“Brothers and sisters, I commend unto you this book.” 

Those words, spoken in 1909, were part of the closing remarks given by Ellen White at the last General Conference session she attended. Sixty five years earlier she’d accepted the call to be the Lord’s messenger. She was seventeen years old. She made it her lifelong ministry to uplift Scripture and to point people to Jesus.

Glimpses Into the Life of Ellen White is filled with stories that provide a fascinating look behind-the-scenes at the life and times of Ellen White. Some of the stories will make you smile; others will move you to tears; but all of them show that Ellen White was a very real person who chose to dedicate her life in service to the One she called, “My Father.”

We sometimes forget that our pioneers were all real people—God started our church using real people. Come to think about it, real people are all He still has to finish the work that needs to be complete before Jesus returns.

James R. Nix is a consummate storyteller who is at his finest when sharing stories of early Adventist believers and Mrs. White in particular. Glimpses Into the Life of Ellen White is filled with fascinating accounts that give a behind-the-scenes look at the life of Ellen White and provide a glimpse of the unseen world.

-Back cover


April 2016

Benjamin McArthur. 2016. A.G. Daniells: Shaper of Twentieth-Century Adventism. Pacific Press Publishing Association. 464 pages.


A consummate administrator, a man of committees and budgets, A. G. Daniells was also a man of passion. 

At the turn of the twentieth century, the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the nation found themselves entering a new world—one requiring multi level, specialized administration. America had become a major player on the world stage and was becoming predominantly urban. New ways of thinking were demanded if Adventism was to fulfill its commission to take an end-time gospel to a rapidly changing world. 

In 1901, during this crucial moment in the development of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Arthur Grosvenor Daniells was elected president of the General Conference, and Adventism desperately needed his gifts of leadership. In the manner of many effective administrators, Daniells possessed quiet, often underappreciated qualities: a capacity for work—the hard unrelenting labor of chairing endless committees, daily attending to copious amounts of correspondence, traveling across the country and across oceans; the ability to discern danger or opportunity in situations where others might see only confusion; the maturity to let others rail at him without responding in kind; a self-confidence tempered by an awareness of his limitations and need for advice; an unwavering loyalty to Ellen G. White; and above all, a commitment to his vision of an Adventist presence throughout the world. He engineered sweeping structural reforms in 1901 and 1903, and influenced the general shape of the denomination for that century and beyond. 

Decisions made, precedents set, budgets allocated, personnel appointed, and goals envisioned over the next two decades with Daniells at the helm created the modern Adventist Church. Daniells was undoubtedly one of Seventh-day Adventism’s greatest administrators, and McArthur delivers a fascinating biography of this spiritual giant.

-Adventist Book Center (http://www.adventistbookcenter.com/a-g-daniells-shaper-of-twentieth-century-adventism.html)


January 2016

DeWitt S. Williams. 2015. Precious Memories of Missionaries of Color, vol. 2. TEACH Services. 371 pgs.


Precious Memories of Missionaries of Color, volume 2 profiles ninety-five black Seventh-day Adventist missionaries from 1892 to 2014 and is a follow-up of Carol Hammond's book Precious Memories of Missionaries of Color, which was published in 2008 and featured the profiles of forty-nine families.

Author DeWitt S. Williams desired to feature the stories of those not included in the first book, so he compiled a list of all those who had served as missionaries through the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, researched their stories, and wrote about their triumphs, struggles, and everyday experiences in this volume.

It includes an alphabetical and a chronological listing of African-American missionaries included in both volume 1 and volume 2. Available through www.TeachServices.com or by calling 800-367-1844.

-Back cover


October 2015

Alberto R. Timm and Dwain N. Esmond. 2015. The Gift of Prophecy in Scripture and History. Review and Herald. 416 pgs.


Human history is dotted with the exploits of men and women, kings and queens, rogues and despots. Tomes have been written chronicling the rise and fall of empires, but who is able to trace the movements of God between the pages of history? The answer? God Himself. The Bible is a reliable record of God s unceasing effort to reconcile fallen humanity to Himself through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Christianity is based on the assumption that God exists and reveals Himself through human prophets, His special spokespersons to fallen humanity. The Gift of Prophecy in Scripture and History provides an exhaustive approach to this subject from a Seventh-day Adventist perspective. After surveying the Bible teachings about prophetic phenomena, this landmark work provides a helpful overview of how these phenomena have been understood within the Christian tradition, culminating with the prophetic ministry of Ellen G. White (1827-1915). This book breaks new ground and should remain a standard text on the subject for many years to come.

-Adventist Book Center


September 2015

Kevin L. Morgan. 2015. Journeying to the Same Heaven. TEACH Services, Inc. 220 pgs.


On the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end and Lincoln’s death, and the 100th anniversary of Ellen G. White’s death comes Journeying to the Same Heaven: Ellen G. White, the Civil War, and the Goal of Post-Racialism, by Kevin L. Morgan, minister and author of two other works on the Spirit of Prophecy: More Than Words (2009) and White Lie Soap (2013).

This volume discusses Ellen White's writings on the Civil War and slavery, and explores models for modern applications of the principles found therein. 

Journeying contains something for everyone: New and long-time Seventh-day Adventists will find its affirmation of Ellen White’s counsels reassuring; white Adventists will find its recounting of African American history revealing; black Adventists will find its candidness refreshing; and teachers will find it useful in discussing the moral basis for the American Civil War and how we can address the persistent problem of race relations.

-TEACH Services, Inc (http://www.teachservices.com/journeying-to-the-same-heaven-morgan-kevin-paperback-lsi/)


August 2015

Canute Birch. 2015. Redemption Song. Theocentric Grassroots Ministry.


The point where faith intersects culture in Jamaica has become the crossroads for a church ablaze with the Good News of the Great Commission. This inquiry is a story, a song sung by a people who have been on the other side of the proverbial Jordan, who were birthed in infamy, weaned in ignominy, and have risen to sing with certainty their Lord's song. For a while they sang it in a strange land: Jamaica. But generations later, as repatriation began to seem only a mere pie in the sky, they began calling it home. Yet, in a sense, not everyone. For there is a remnant, that, ignited by a fire akin to that of the 19th century Millerites, look for a kingdom whose Ruler and Maker is God! They instead now sing--"On Jordan's stormy banks I stand and cast a wistful eye; to Canaan's fair and happy land, where my possession lie... bound for the Promised Land." This book is their story; our song; the Good News about the joy of our redemption in Jesus Christ, and it sounds like music to the ear! 

This gripping analytical inquiry examines the successful implementation of the Adventist missiological quadrilateral by this people group in their homeland as well as in Canada, the US, and UK and exposes the key driving factors their success. In the words of Dr. Vassel G. Kerr of Northern Caribbean University--"This is an excellent piece of work!"

Over the years many have asked curiously: "How did they do it?" This study attempts to show how we did and are doing it. Perhaps this work could be used in the classrooms of our secondary and tertiary institutions, to promote this model for our worldwide mission.

-Canute Birch


 

July 2015

Roy Adams. 2014.  Beams of Heaven Guiding Me.  Outskirts Press.  230 pgs.


Over the course of his career, Roy Adams has traveled to multiple countries on nearly every continent as a pastor, seminary professor, and speaker. He’s the author of eight books and hundreds of editorials and articles—and now, Adams offers his own story, with some of the most arresting, behind-the-scenes, providential experiences of his life. His memoir also ventures into some of the most sensitive, and usually forbidden, areas of his church’s operations. Adams’ memoir is one with many twists and turns, but with a multitude of clear-cut providential interventions from a God he calls his Strong Tower. He shares the story of how God used a bunch of cockroaches to bring him to a pivotal decision in his life; and about the frightening moments at the British Columbia border when, with 33 cents left in his pocket, he came close to being refused entry—and this after a harrowing journey from his Caribbean home. Beams of Heaven Guiding Me is far from a tell-all, but Adams speaks candidly about his final years at the Adventist World headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. Here we have an insider’s look at some of the inner workings of Adventist officialdom—an invaluable tool for those making critical administrative decisions for the church in the days ahead.

-Outskirts Press (https://outskirtspress.com/bookstore/details/9781478738374)


 

June 2015

Merlin D. Burt, ed.  2015.  Understanding Ellen White.  Pacific Press.  256 pgs.


The Seventh-day Adventist Church has become a truly global movement with almost twenty million members from diverse cultures and backgrounds; many of whom are unfamiliar with the history of God’s leading and the prophetic ministry of Ellen White.  

While it does not attempt to provide the final answer for every question, Understanding Ellen White builds a foundation for interpreting her experience with God and her ministry. Basic to any understanding of Ellen White is her own walk with God. Two golden threads weave throughout her life and experience and are central to who she was and what she accomplished: the love of God in Christ and a focus on Scripture. When these two principles are correctly understood and integrated in examining Ellen White’s life and experience, then all other issues addressed in this book are put in perspective. 

Perhaps the saddest reality regarding Ellen White’s writings is that many dismiss them as irrelevant even before reading her work. A Kellogg’s Corn Flakes advertisement from several years ago is apropos when applied to Ellen White’s writings and ministry: whether you have lived with her writings your whole life or have never read her, the invitation is to “taste them again for the very first time.”

-Adventist Book Center (http://www.adventistbookcenter.com/understanding-ellen-white.html)


 

May 2015

Dan Shultz.  2014.  Adventist Musicians Biographical Resource.  International Adventist Musicians Association. 992 pgs.


Dan Shultz, a former Walla Walla University professor of music, has prepared a 992-page compilation of more than 1,100 biographies of musicians associated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
 
Shultz, who has been editor of International Adventist Musicians Association publications for thirty years, felt the need for a detailed Adventist music resource when he began creating the IAMA website 14 years ago. At the time, his online listing of Adventist musicians comprised less than 20 individuals with short biographies. He realized that there was a need for a larger collection of thorough, accurate information about musicians associated with Adventist music. Shultz wanted to share the story of each of these musicians, how each individual began his or her career and how it unfolded.
 
Shultz spent the last 14 years writing and researching information about Adventist composers and musicians. His wife, Carolyn, a retired Walla Walla University English professor, helped proofread and edit the book.
 
The dictionary contains information about more than 1100 Adventist musicians and composers from more than 60 countries and five continents in both secular and sacred music of all types. It contains a representative cross-section of musicians associated with the Adventist church, based on more than 400 interviews with each musician, and/or a colleague or family member, more than 150 information sheets provided by the musician or family. It also includes citations from many Adventist publications from the1850s to present.
 
As Shultz conducted the interviews, he discovered that each person had a unique history and a fascinating story to tell. He found that many music teachers came from homes in which they were the first to become professional musicians, and their journeys were intriguing.
 
Also included in the dictionary are 15 supplemental autobiographies, biographies, and complete interviews plus 30 tributes, eulogies, and life sketches. More than 30 Adventist composers are listed along with listings of their music, as well as discographies when applicable.
 
Shultz came to WWU in 1979 to serve as the chair of the Music Department and also direct the band. After five years, he became the primary teacher in the Introduction to Music classes. In 1997, he started the World Music class and continued to teach both classes until six years past his retirement in 2000.
 
Shultz says, “As I began my career as a music teacher, I kept hearing names of musicians and meeting colleagues who were having or had enjoyed great careers. Even so, there was very little of substance written about them except for short bios on record jackets and in printed programs, with the usual promotional hyperbole, or incomplete or inaccurate recollections by persons who had known them.”

Shultz hopes that this musical resource will “serve as the beginning for a history of music in the Seventh-day Adventist church, and that will inspire others to write about other aspects of music in our church.”

-Walla Walla University (http://www.wallawalla.edu/academics/areas-of-study/undergraduate-programs/music/news/article/view/adventist-musicians-biographical-resource-dictionary/)


 

April 2015

Ellen G. White Estate.  2014.  The Ellen G. White Letters & Manuscripts with Annotations, 1845-1859. Review and Herald. 1024 pgs.


Now you can read between the lines. Introducing a new series that will give you access to all of Ellen White’s letters, diaries, and manuscripts together with explanatory notes. The notes provide an exciting, new level of illumination to the text. They give the date of composition, identity of the addressee, and the background to events or issues alluded to in the text. You’ll also find clarification of old expressions such as “plank road,” “carriole,” and “snug dealing.” Allusions to hymns, poems, and other literary pieces have been identified.

In the past, readers were often left wondering about the outcome of an event, instruction, or prediction found in a letter. Did the sick person revive? Was Ellen White’s instruction heeded or rejected? Were predictions or promises fulfilled? Now the annotations fill you in on the rest of the story.

This first volume in the series collects every known page of Ellen White’s writing for a 15-year period and puts them in chronological order. It includes transcriptions of what she said in vision. Her letters outline the struggle to keep both church leaders and laymen navigating the course that the Lord was laying out for the small company of believers. Her diary entries in particular give you an intimate view of her life in the early days of the movement and the small joys and concerns that came her way.

-From Adventist Book Center (http://www.adventistbookcenter.com/ellen-g-white-letters-manuscripts-with-annotations-volume-1-1845-1859.html)


 

June 2014

D.J.B. Trim and Benjamin Baker, eds.  2013. Fundamental Belief 6: Creation.  General Conference Archives Press.  176 pgs.


In the twenty-first century, significant interest has arisen among Seventh-day Adventists about the Twenty–Eight Fundamental Beliefs that formally state the denomination’s doctrinal positions. There has been much discussion of how they were formulated, and in particular about how and why the wording of Belief number 6 (Creation) came to be adopted. Oral traditions differ. Rumors percolate. Debate flourishes. One result has been that the official statement on Creation is scheduled for review at the 2015 General Conference Session in San Antonio. Accordingly, for historical clarity, the committee tasked with reviewing the Fundamental Beliefs asked the General Conference Archives to examine the documentary record of the process by which the current wording was adopted.

The Archives at the Seventh-day Adventist world headquarters is the official repository of the records of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Its holdings on the drafting process, from 1975 to 1980, of the Fundamental Beliefs, are thus the most comprehensive extant. This, the inaugural volume in the GC Archives Finding Aid Series, lists each document pertaining to Belief 6 in the Archives’ collections, providing the location and a brief description. Since all the documents in question are more than thirty years old, each is available to researchers.

It is the hope of the editors that this comprehensive inventory will facilitate research in primary sources on this important episode in denominational history; and that this, in turn, will enable the church as a whole to reach a better understanding of the facts of the critical Fundamental Beliefs drafting process, and to utilize them wisely to inform present and future decisions.

-From the Introduction


 

May 2014

Terry Dopp Aamodt, Gary Land, and Ronald L. Numbers, eds.  2014.  Ellen Harmon White: American Prophet.  Oxford University Press.  400 pgs.


In America, as in Britain, the Victorian era enjoyed a long life, stretching from the 1830s to the 1910s. It marked the transition from a pre-modern to a modern way of life. Ellen Harmon White's life (1827-1915) spanned those years and then some, but the last three months of a single year, 1844, served as the pivot for everything else. When the Lord failed to return on October 22, as she and other followers of William Miller had predicted, White did not lose heart. Fired by a vision she experienced, White played the principal role in transforming a remnant minority of Millerites into the sturdy sect that soon came to be known as the Seventh-day Adventists. She and a small group of fellow believers emphasized a Saturday Sabbath and an imminent Advent. Today that flourishing denomination posts eighteen million adherents globally and one of the largest education, hospital, publishing, and missionary outreach programs in the world. Over the course of her life White generated 70,000 manuscript pages and letters, and produced 40 books that have enjoyed extremely wide circulation. She ranks as one of the most gifted and influential religious leaders in American history and this volume tells her story in a new and remarkably informative way. Some of the contributors identify with the Adventist tradition, some with other Christian denominations, and some with no religious tradition at all. Their essays call for White to be seen as a significant figure in American religious history and for her to be understood within the context of her times.

-Oxford University Press


 

April 2014

Greg Budd.  2014.  Kidnapped.  Pacific Press.  141 pgs.


Kidnapped! is the thrilling account of the abduction of Paul Ratsara, president of the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division of Seventh-day Adventists. Through this harrowing experience, the wisdom of God's providence emerges and the call to live boldly for Him is made with irresistable force.

-Adventist Book Center


 

March 2014

Keith Augustus Burton.  2013.  Laying Down the Law.  Review and Herald.  157 pgs.


The Pharisees piled up a mountain of human-made rules in their attempt to keep the law....But their fixation on the legal code ended up pushing them further away from the righteousness they sought to attain.

In contrast, some modern Christians have abandoned the law in their pursuit of righteousness, declaring themselves liberated from outdated, unessential rules.

So what role should God’s law have in the Christian’s life? What part does it play in the work of salvation? How does it relate to grace?

In Laying Down the Law Keith Augustus Burton explores the law of God through the perspective of Jesus Christ. With each chapter he reveals the role of the law, clarifies common misunderstandings, and challenges traditional assumptions about the function of the law. Through Bible verses, personal stories, and insights into the culture and worldview of biblical times, you’ll discover what the law reveals about God’s character and His loving plan for us.

-Adventist Book Center (http://www.adventistbookcenter.com/laying-down-the-law-2q14.html)


 

February 2014

Jerry Allen Moon and Denis Fortin. 2013. Ellen G. White Encyclopedia. Review and Herald. 1506 pages.


The purpose of The Ellen G. White Encyclopedia is to provide an easy-to-use standard reference that is readily comprehensible to a person without previous knowledge of the subject, yet informative enough to be useful to a specialist. Written by some 180 contributing authors from around the world, the Encyclopedia not only provides a concise yet comprehensive guide to the abundant resources already published about Ellen White, but also presents a considerable amount of new research. Both new and longtime readers will find reliable information, often presented from fresh new perspectives. To ensure the accuracy of the data presented, the entire manuscript was peer-reviewed by reputable scholars, further revised by editors, and finally reedited by the publishers.

-From the Preface 


 

January 2014

Harold L. Lee. with Benjamin Baker. 2013. C.D.: The Man Behind the Message. Review and Herald. 325 pgs.


If you have heard C. D. Brooks preach, it was most certainly an unforgettable experience. His distinct voice trumpets truth with an authority rarely seen in today's pulpits. The stories he skillfully weaves thrill the imagination and bring conviction to the heart. Loving yet uncompromising, Brooks delivers the Adventist message without apology. His appeals to accept Jesus reverberate in the mind long after they are over.

With a 60-year ministry spanning the ghettos of the city, sands of the desert, and islands of the sea, C. D. Brooks has led more than 15,000 souls to Christ on six continents and dozens of countries.

A media trailblazer, Brooks has spread the gospel through every type of media, including cassette, radio, television, and Internet. For 23 years this founding speaker of the Breath of Life Ministries telecast appeared in millions of homes across the globe, and is undoubtedly one of the greatest evangelists of the twentieth century.

Few have been given a window into the man behind the message-until now. In this book you catch a rare glimpse into the personal trials and triumphs of this modern apostle. From humble roots in the rural South at the beginning of the Great Depression to the Internet age in which his sermons are some of the most downloaded items online, C. D.: The Man Behind the Message is as riveting as a sermon from the man himself, and just like his preaching, it will lead you to recommit your life to Jesus Christ.

-Back Cover


 

December 2013

Henry Langworthy. 1897. "Africa for the African:" The Life of Joseph Booth. Kachere Publishing. 524 pgs.


This volume covers the adventurous life of a controversial and singular missionary. Beginning work as a missionary in British Central Africa in 1892, Booth joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church a decade later and pioneered the work in Malawi. But after a falling out with Adventist leadership (the Thomas Branch family in Malawi and L.R. Conradi, the president of the European Division) in 1893, Booth left the Adventist church shortly after. 

In 1897 Booth wrote a book demanding independence for Malawi and played a key role in inspiring an anti-colonial uprising eighteen years later. Africa for the African chronicles his activities in Malawi, South Africa and Lesotho, as well as his efforts in Australia, Britain, and the United States to find support for his cause in Africa.


November 2013

Dwain Esmond.  2013.  ...As I Follow Christ.  Hagerstown, MD: Review and Herald.  139 pgs.


Whether you are leading a ministry, an organization, or a family, God has given you a special mission. To fulfill that God-given purpose, secular leadership principles won't be enough: you need to know the biblical principles of leadership. In As I Follow Christ, some of the most notable leaders in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, including Ella Simmons, Charles Bradford, Delbert Baker, Pardon Mwansa, Leslie Pollard, and Willie and Elaine Oliver, share what they've learned about effective leadership. Drawing from the Bible, the writings of Ellen G. White, proven practices, and personal experience, each writer reveals a unique perspective on what it looks like to be a leader who follows God.

-Adventist Book Center (http://www.adventistbookcenter.com/as-i-follow-christ.html)


 

October 2013

Gersham Nelson.  1998.  The Life and Works of Rudolph James.  Langley Park, MD: I.A.A.S. Publishers, Inc.  247 pgs.


In The Life and Works of Rudolph James, Latin American historian Dr. Gersham Nelson provides a rare and valuable glimpse into the dynamics of the intersection of diaspora, religion and church politics.  James, a Trinidadian by birth, migrated to Toronto, Canada, where he labored as an Adventist pastor among Caribbean immigrants.  His ministerial career, though never easy, was highly productive.  Although relatively unknown, James was one of the most effect soul-winners in the denomination, and is a giant of black Canadian Adventism.

This book is not only important because of its chronicling of the life of this important man, but because it is one of the only volumes that treats on black Adventism in Canada.  In this respect, African American Adventism in the United States has been favored to the detriment of other diaspora groups.

-blacksdahistory.org


 

September 2013

George Knight.  2011.  A.T. Jones: Point Man on Adventism's Charismatic Frontier.  Hagerstown, MD: Review and Herald.  292 pgs.


Alonzo Trevier Jones' legacy from 1888 has eclipsed many of his other significant accomplishments. Unfortunately, this is a legacy that has sparked and then lit endless debates, controversies, and divisions. So there seems to be no imminent possibility of Jones being evaluated for anything other than a couple of weeks in Minneapolis 125 years ago.

However, Jones was perhaps the most sophisticated analyser and commentator of Adventism's second generation on the plight of African Americans in the Jim Crow era. Going further than proof-texting or self-righteously decrying the crimes perpetrated on America's largest minority, from the American constitution Jones systematically addressed slavery, discrimination, and racist policies. His critique is accessible to non-Christians and non-Bible believers alike, and prefigured Martin Luther King, Jr., and others, who spoke of America's broken promises to blacks based on the words of the Constitution.

In this work, a great deal on Jones' life is made available, although Knight, mired in the enduring Minneapolis debate, fails to be objective. However, this is the sole biography of Jones, and must do for now.

-blacksdahistory.org


 

August 2013

Ivy Thompson Plank and Tryphean St. John Cornett.  2012.  Rivers of Water: A History of Seventh-day Adventism in Anguilla, Its Roots and the St. John Shoot.  Nampa, ID: Pacific Press. 224 pgs.


This book covers the history of Seventh-day Adventism in Anguilla, located in the broader historical context of the Adventist Church in the United States and its migration to the Caribbean.  Spotlighting the heritage of Seventh-day Adventism in the St. John family, one of the charter families of the church in Long Bay, Anguilla, the most northeasterly island of the West Indian archipelago, the reader can trace the growth of Adventism alongside the generational progression of a pivotal family.  This new and innovative approach to the Adventist past is compelling in its organic weaving of kinship and spiritual ties.

-blacksdahistory.org


 

July 2013

Lori Bryan.  2013.  The Fullness of Faithfulness.  Review and Herald.  112 pgs.


Amid the piles of bills, the bickering children, and the boiling pot on the stove, you may feel as though you do not have a moment to call your own. But even the bills and the children and the food are not truly your own. God lent you these responsibilities long ago with a specific future in mind. His faithfulness can provide when your strength is at its weakest. How then can you discover and implement God’s plan for your life?

Meet women who have asked the same question. How could Wanda know where God was leading after unexpected unemployment? How could Linda know God’s way to raise 250 teenage girls? How could April know God’s plan for her future when cancer threatened to end her life? How could these women keep giving to God when they simply felt like giving up?

In 20 inspirational testimonies The Fullness of Faithfulness shows how women can find God’s peace and leading in turbulent times. Are you willing to discover God’s plan for the life you thought was your own?

-Adventist Book Center (http://www.adventistbookcenter.com/the-fullness-of-faithfulness.html)


 

June 2013

Delbert Baker. 2013. The Unknown Prophet. Review and Herald. 218 pgs.


More than 25 years ago society was introduced to William Ellis Foy. Foy was an African-American minister of the nineteenth century whom historical records had generally overlooked. The popular book The Unknown Prophet demonstrated that Foy received powerful revelations from God about coming tribulation, judgment, and heaven awaiting those who were faithful to God. Foy’s message was straightforward—be faithful, because Jesus is coming again!

The groundbreaking research in The Unknown Prophet did much to clear up misconceptions and set the record straight about William Foy. It told the largely unknown story of this sensitive young man of color. Furthermore, he faced incredible trials and struggles yet faithfully fulfilled his time-specific prophetic commission during the height of the Millerite movement and went on to maintain a quiet and productive ministry until his death in the late 1800s.

William Foy’s story, his ministry and message, still speaks today. This second edition is the response to a desire for an updated version, providing hope and encouragement for the twenty-first-century reader. It contains new and valuable documents and images, including the only known photo of William Foy’s son.

-blacksdahistory.org


 

May 2013

Canute Birch.  2012.  A Third Great Disappointment for the Remnant?  Ringgold, GA: TEACH Services. 270 pgs.


Do you remember singing “Jesus Loves the Little Children” in Sabbath School as a young child?  “Red and yellow, black and white, all are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.” Jesus loves everyone, but as His followers, we often struggle to follow His example.

In A Third Great Disappointment for the Remnant? Pastor Canute Birch presents his research findings on race relations, the Millerite movement, slavery, the Civil War, segregation, the evangelical movement, and much more, addressing how these events have impacted and shaped the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He goes on to examine current race relations in the Adventist Church and the creation of ethnic conferences, and warns against a final great disappointment of lost souls at Christ's second coming if we do not reconcile ourselves with each other and finish the work as one unified body.

With a passion for racial and ethnic reconciliation, Birch offers recommendations on how to strengthen the Adventist Church through understanding and healing. We are precious in God's sight, but we should also be precious in each other's sight.


 

April 2013

Brian E. Strayer.  2013.  J.N. Loughborough: The Last of the Pioneers.  Review and Herald.  480 pgs. 


It was my duty to make known to others, in a public manner, the great truths I had learned.” —J. N. Loughborough.

John Norton Loughborough took his commission seriously. At age 17 he embarked on a ministerial career that would span seven decades and propel him tens of thousands of miles around the globe. Despite a bout with tuberculosis, crushing personal sorrows, impossibly demanding schedules, and recurring ill health, he persevered in the work God asked him to do.

That work included, among many other things, visiting scattered Adventist believers, speaking at camp meetings, writing articles and books, editing periodicals, entering debates, and conducting evangelistic programs. His administrative abilities were greatly utilized by his adopted church, and during his years of service he pioneered tent meetings, selling tracts, Systematic Benevolence, fund raising, big-city gospel efforts, ship ministry, and numerous other innovative ideas.

This intriguing biography reveals a man who did not revel in controversy, yet did not shy away from standing his ground. His close friendship with James and Ellen White did not exclude him from receiving rebuke from Ellen concerning his character flaws. And his diminutive stature did not prevent him from making enormous contributions to the mission and structure of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

-Adventist Book Center (http://www.adventistbookcenter.com/j-n-loughborough-the-last-of-the-adventist-pioneers.html)


 

March 2013

Emily Starr Wilkens.  2011.  African Rice Heart.  Pacific Press.  128 pgs.


African Rice Heart is an earthy, candid, and poetic narrative that traces Emily’s journey of growth, challenge, and discovery. Read it and you, too will feel the heartbeat – sometimes strong, sometimes irregular, but always present – as Emily weaves her stories of wonder and longing, tragedy and tears, and ultimately, the sense of belonging she found during her year of service in Béré, Chad. This book will remind you that in God's hands the poor become rich, the cowardly become courageous, the ignorant become wise and the weak become strong.

-Adventist Book Center (http://www.adventistbookcenter.com/african-rice-heart.html)


 

February 2013

DeWitt S. Williams.  2012.  Highly Committed.  TEACH Services. 244 pgs.


The most important legacy a person can leave behind is reflected in what they accomplish for Christ during their lifetime. After serving the Seventh-day Adventist Church for more than a century in different capacities, the Wilson family has left quite a legacy that continues on today.  Four generations of Wilsons, along with their wives and families, have stood firm in their commitment to God and their church. Highly Committed traces the history of the Wilson family from William Henry and Isabella Wilson through Ted N. C. and Nancy Wilson, including detailed accounts of the world church presidencies of Neal and Ted. Their family's story is one of providential guidance and unwavering commitment.

-Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Highly-Committed-Wilson-Family-Story/dp/1572588497)


 

January 213

Carl Wilkens.  2011.  I'm Not Leaving.  C. Wilkens.  165 pgs.


Why did Carl Wilkens, former head of ADRA in Rwanda, decide to remain in Rwanda in 1994, with a genocide swirling around him? How did he and his wife Teresa maintain communication during the one-hundred days of terror when Tutsis were being hounded to death by Hutu militia extremists? How does the only American who chose to stay-in order to protect two Tutsi household workers-look back on that fearful time? Working from tapes made for his family, which chronicle daily events from the sublime to the horrific, Carl reconstructs in fascinating detail both personal and political events triggered by the April 6 plane crash assassination of the Presidents of Rwanda and Burundi. He takes us through the poignant good-bye to his family, as they join the mass exodus of expatriates leaving this dangerous situation. He affirms his presence in the neighborhood he has known for four years, by standing barefoot in the middle of the dusty road, waving farewell.

-Adventist Book Center


 

December 2012

Desrene Vernon.  2011.  Adventist World Radio Is On The Air.  LAP Lambert Academic Publishing. 180 pgs.


The partnership between religion and the media extends to the historical origins of the printing press and remains vital to expansion efforts of various religious organizations including the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Adventist World Radio (AWR) was established as a missionary arm of the SDA Church and has an extensive worldwide network including AWR-Africa, AWR-Asia, and AWR-Europe. To date, the Tanzania Union Mission, along with several other African Unions has been experiencing rapid church growth, yet no study appears to have been conducted to determine the contributions made by religious radio broadcasts. A historical systematic methodology was used to analyze a variety of sources including listener correspondences, radio station contracts, memos, reports, committee minutes, brochures, broadcast schedules, news articles and other archival material. The study utilized the Diffusion of Innovations (Rogers, 2003) and the Systematic Stage Model of Rambo (1993) to examine the conversion process as mediated through religious radio broadcasts. This book offers much insight for assessments of international religious broadcasters and their impact on local listeners.

-Lambert Academic Publishing (https://www.lap-publishing.com/catalog/details/store/gb/book/978-3-659-21821-7/adventist-world-radio-is-on-the-air:-a-case-study-of-tan)


 

November 2012

Yonah Hisbon Matemba.  2004.  Matandani.  Kacheri Series.  152 pgs.


The contribution of the Matandani mission to Adventist work between 1908 and 1989 through evangelisation and education resounded in Malawi and beyond. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, students from Botswana, Uganda and Rwanda came to attend its industrial training school. In the periphery of the mission, a number of out-schools and churches were established and new mission stations opened. This study provides material and analysis of the history of the Matandani mission, tracing its origins, development and decline. It argues that its decline represents a useful paradigm illustrating the current status of many Adventist missions in Africa since the onset of the shift towards indigenisation.

-African Books Collective (http://www.africanbookscollective.com/books/matandani-the-second-adventist-mission-in-malawi)


 

October 2012

Merlin D. Burt.  2011.  Adventist Pioneer Places.  Nampa, ID: Pacific Press.  172 pgs. 


It started as a movement: in tiny homes and small churches in the northeast corner of the United States. Now the Seventh-day Adventist Church circles the globe, and its members are numbered, no longer in the dozens, but in the millions. Although the church’s beginnings were small, the stories of its early years are larger than life.

Visit the historical sites where it all began: the pioneers’ homes and churches, the sites of births and deaths, the special places where visions descended and revival arose. For each landmark Adventist Pioneer Places includes maps, GPS coordinates, and captivating stories that will sweep you back in time. Whether you visit the sites on a guided tour, plan a personal trip, or settle in and read about the sites from your own home, your faith will be awakened and your understanding deepened. Each noteworthy site serves as a spiritual marker, a reminder of God’s leading in the past—and His promise to lead us still.

-Adventist Book Center (http://www.adventistbookcenter.com/adventist-pioneer-places.html)


 

September 2012

Ellen G. White.  2012.  Ministry to the Cities.  Hagerstown, MD: Review and Herald. 224 pgs.


The latest of scores of compilations culled from the writings of Seventh-day Adventist co-founder and prophetess Ellen G. White, Ministry to the Cities is unique in that it complements the official denominational program of delivering the gospel to urban areas.  The volume neatly covers the essential aspects of city evangelism and includes the most salient quotes on the topic from White's pen.  Although much of the text was first published over a century ago, the strategies have served the Adventist church well, proving remarkably effective-the denomination is currently the fastest growing church in the United States-and Ministry is especially relevant to blacks, who still disproportionately reside in urban areas.

-blacksdahistory.org

 


 

August 2012

Nathan Brown.  2010.  Pastor George: The Story of the First Aborginal Adventist Pastor.  Sydney: Australian Union Conference. 112 pgs.


Pastor George is the inspiring story of how God took a quiet Aboriginal man, born on a reserve, turned his life around, and led him to become one of the best known and loved Indigenous pastors in Australia. For all who knew George Quinlin, and those who will get to know him by his story, this will be absorbing reading that will being both smiles and tears.


 

July 2012

Kwabena Donkor, ed.  2011.  The Church, Culture and Spirits: Adventism in Africa.  Silver Spring, MD: Biblical Research Institute, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. 242 pgs.


Africa is a key nerve center of growth for the Seventh-day Adventist church in the world today. Growth here occurs in the context of ingrained traditions and ideologies, and the church always faces the challenge of steering away from syncretism while seeking to be relevant to the African culture. This book is meant to provide a critical resource to pastors, missionaries, and evangelists as they minister in an increasingly spiritualistic African religious environment.

-Biblical Research Insitute


 

June 2012

Gordon R. Doss, ed.  2011.  Africa: Adventist Mission in Africa-Challenges & Prospects.  Andrews University Press. 124 pgs.


Among Seventh-day Adventists, Africa occupies a significant place, having something over a third of the total world membership.  The highest ratios of Seventh-day Adventists to the population are in parts of southern Africa.  At the same time, other parts of Africa have only a miniscule Christian presence and the lowest ratio of Adventists to the population in the world.  This contrasting picture of evanglization is set within the general context of major humanitarian need.  How can the Adventist Church best fulfill the Great Commission in Africa?  To address this main question the "Adventist Mission in Africa: Challenges and Prospects" conference met at Andrews University from October 19-21, 2007.  Over a hundred administrators, academics, pastors and lay people gathered for a time of dialogue and reflection.  This volume containes the thoughtful papers presented.

-Andrews University Press


 

May 2012

Floyd Greenleaf. 2011. A Land of Hope: The Growth of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in South America. Casa Publicadora Brasileira.  783 pgs.


The purpose of A Land of Hope is to bring back history.  Using primary sources in connection with secondary works, veteran historian and educator Floyd Greenleaf narrates the beginnings of the Adventist presence in the powerful continent of South America, as well as its later development until the beginning of the twenty-first century. In each chapter, in addition to reliable and intelligent interpretation of facts and figures, you will discover idealism, inspiration, and hope.


 

April 2012

Frank W. Hale, Jr.  2007.  Out of the Trash came Truth.  70 pgs.


An relatively unknown aspect of the Seventh-day Adventist past is the demonstrations by African American Adventists at the 49th General Conference Session in San Francisco, California.  Veteran church administrator and civil rights activist Frank Hale recounts the historic events of the Session of which he took a leading role.  Ultimately the protests were successful, ushering in the first black elected to the vice presidency of the world church, Frank Loris Peterson.

-blacksdahistory.org


 

March 2012

Ben Carson with Candy Carson.  2012.  America the Beautiful.  Zondervan.  224 pgs.


Tackling the issues at the forefront of the American mind: healthcare, education, capitalism, and more, America the Beautiful is indispensable reading. From four-time bestselling author, internationally renowned neurosurgeon, and humanitarian Dr. Ben Carson, here is a sobering and inspiring manifesto of America's greatness, her failings, and the values and changes it will take to carry our country into a brilliant and prosperous future.

-LifeWay (http://www.lifeway.com/Product/america-the-beautiful-P005560770)


 

February 2012

John S. Nixon. 2010. Redemption in Genesis. Pacific Press. 160 pgs.


In Redemption in Genesis, John S. Nixon looks for Jesus in the Bible’s beginning – in places where most Christians would not normally seek Him, places where His presence is not obvious. A popular and practiced preacher, Nixon draws new, refreshing lessons from the familiar, well-rehearsed stories in Genesis: Creation, Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Enoch, Noah, and Abraham.
The Old Testament prophets who were looking for the Messiah exemplified the attributes of Christ in ways even they didn’t fully understand.  Through them we see how it is that Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled all righteousness by exhibiting all the graces of God in every stage of His life. He is the ultimate meaning of Eden’s lamb, of Noah’s ark, of Sodom’s destruction, of Abraham’s ram in the thicket.
Through the filter of Jesus Christ, even the metaphors, shadows, and symbols of Genesis reveal Redemption anew as that which compels us to complete self-abandonment and reliance on Him. Our experience with him will be all the sweeter for having searched Him out and brought Him forth from the murky shadows and cryptic symbols of Genesis into the clear and glorious light of revelation.

-Adventist Book Center (http://www.adventistbookcenter.com/redemption-in-genesis.html)


 

January 2012

Alwyn Nicholas. 2010. History of the Haitian SDA Churches in Florida.


In History of the Haitian SDA Churches in Florida, Alwyn Nicholas chronicles the intriguing history of the Haitian Diaspora in the framework of the Seventh-day Adventist religion.  A significant force in North American Adventism, the story of these churches with deep Caribbean roots is now accessible to the general public in this volume. 


 

December 2011

Debra Anne Wintsmith. 2011. Precious Jewels. Create Space. 218 pgs.


"I would rather kill my daughters than have them brought up Adventist!" So says Jtun Holt after Edson White thundered down the Mississippi River on his steamboat, Morning Star, on a mission to win Southern blacks to the Seventh-Day Adventist religion. The most unlikely convert south of the Mason-Dixon line is Jtun's wife, Carolina Pearl Holt, the beautiful daughter of Mississippi planters. Jtun is a newspaper writer for the Yazoo Sentinel, a paper that seethes with racist writing. Jtun and Pearl have recently lost their infant daughter, Una Pearl, to a mysterious illness which has now afflicted their new baby. Terrified that she is about to lose baby Ruby, Pearl takes her servant's advice to let the Seventh-Day Adventist doctor from the Morning Star treat her child. The Adventists heal Ruby with a combination of hydrotherapy, diet and prayer, and the young mother embraces the Adventist lifestyle. So begins the saga of Pearl and Jtun Holt, and their daughters, Ruby and Grace. Pearl and Jtun divorce. Then they reconcile, only to split up again…and again. Ruby and Grace grow up, torn by their parents' drama, while committed to their mother's beliefs. The girls become schoolteachers who fall in love with Yankee schoolteacher brothers who dislike each other, and the legacy of complicated love and scandal continues. Precious Jewels is a down-to-earth, honest portray of a family who are real, flawed human beings. Their lives are far from easy, yet they hold themselves to a higher standard and cling to their faith in Jesus through it all.

-Debra Anne Wintsmith


 

November 2011

Daniel Dada. 2010. Ascendance of A Native Son. Xlibris. 152 pgs.


He was a man born into unspeakable hardship; yet he became a legendary medical icon. Ascendance provides an inside look into the life of the eminent and renowned pediatric doctor, Daniel Dada, as author Samuel Ekundayo Alao documents his fascinating, true story.

Olushola was among the few fortunate individuals who were given the opportunity to attend a primary school established by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Nigeria. His matriculation at these Christian schools contributed immensely to his formation and provided a foundation of faith and principles. Throughout this memoir, the reader will see how Providence continually smiled upon Olushola, enabling him to climb to the pinnacle of success in the practice of medicine at a time when the Nigerian government, and indeed the world at large, was in dire need of pediatricians to specialize in the health of infants.

A retrospect of an important life, Ascendance of a Native Son provides the reader with the benefits of hardship and self-training; presents guidelines on what it takes to persevere in tribulations; and above all chronicles how one man’s journey through the highs and lows of life led to ultimate success because of faith in God, devotion to duty, and love for humanity.


 

October 2011

Stefan Hoschele. 2007. Christian Remnant-African Folk Church. Brill. 624 pgs.


The growth of Christianity in Africa during the twentieth century is one of the most fascinating shifts in the history of religions. This book presents a history of the Tanzanian Seventh-day Adventist Church, which is representative of this shift in many respects: slow beginnings, struggles over cultural issues, the emergence of a unique church life combining denominational heritage and African elements, frictions with governments, and the development of popular theology. Yet Tanzanian Adventism also exemplifies an important phenomenon which has been given little attention so far - the transformation of minority denominations to dominant religions. This study breaks new ground in analyzing how the Adventist remnant developed into an African “folk church” while attempting to remain true to its original ethos.

-Brill (http://www.brill.com/christian-remnant-african-folk-church)


 

September 2011

Frank W. Hale, Jr. 1996. Angels Watching Over Me. J.C. Winston Publishing Company. 435 pgs.


In this fascinating autobiography, legendary Seventh-day Adventist administrator, civil rights activist, and educator, Frank W. Hale, Jr., shares his life story.  Particularly informative to Adventists are the chapters covering Hale's early years in Kansas; his matriculation through Oakwood College; and his tenure as Oakwood president.  Also of interest is the theme throughout the book of staying true to one's beliefs while in secular environments.  Ultimately, Angels is the triumphant story of a man guided by principles, integrity, and a practical faith in God.

-blacksdahistory.org


 

August 2011

Glenn O. Phillips. 2010. "Singing In A Strange Land." Tapestry Press, Ltd.


Caribbean immigrants have lived in New York City for centuries. Specifically since the mid-twentieth century, increasing numbers were Seventh-day Adventist and mostly from the Commonwealth Caribbean. These ambitious immigrants were desirous of retaining their culture, Christian worship, and service. This fascinating story, gathered from documents and the collective memories of its members, recalls the challenges and triumphs that the Hansen Place S.D.A. Church congregation encountered from its inception in 1958 and throughout its fifty years seeking to preserve its Seventh-day Adventist heritage.

-Adventist Book Center (http://potomacabconline.com/SelectSKU.aspx?skuid=1182530)


 

July 2011

Jeremy Anderson. 2011. From Prodigal to Prodigy. Spirit Reign. 121 pgs.


Anderson, the son, grandson, and great grandson of Seventh-day Adventist ministers, compares his life story to the Biblical parable of Christ. For some years he lost his way in life and became captivated and corrupted by sexual promiscuity, drugs, violence and all that comes from living without Christ. As an answer to the prayers and support of his parents and grandparents, God kept him in His hands and brought this prodigal son back home. From Prodigal to Prodigy shows people how to turn from their prodigal ways and shares the benefits of breaking free from sin and claiming their inner prodigy.

-Adventist Book Center (http://www.adventistbookcenter.com/from-prodigal-to-prodigy.html)


 

June 2011

Leslie Pollard. 2011. Loving Leadership. Review and Herald. 77 pgs.


Concerned with the servant aspect of leadership, this devotional workbook focuses on the most famous literary piece on love, Paul's I Corinthians 13.  In an innovative daily/monthly format, longtime church administrator Leslie Pollard guides leaders in a quest to develop a leadership style modeled after Jesus Christ through a consistent contemplation of love.

-blacksdahistory.org


 

May 2011

Eva Keller. 2005. The Road to Clarity: Seventh-day Adventism in Madagascar. Palgrave MacMillan. 288 pgs.


In recent years, millions of people have joined churches such as the Seventh-day Adventist which prosper enormously in different parts of the world. The Road to Clarity is one of the first ethnographic in-depth studies of this phenomenon. It is a vivid account based on almost two years of participation in ordinary church members' daily religious and non-religious lives. The book offers a fascinating inquiry into the nature of long-term commitment to Adventism among rural people in Madagascar. Eva Keller argues that the key attraction of the church lies in the excitement of study, argument and intellectual exploration. This is a novel approach which challenges utilitarian and cultural particularist explanations of the success of this kind of Christianity.

-Palgrave Macmillan (http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/the-road-to-clarity-eva-keller/?k=9781403970763&loc=uk)


 

April 2011

Peter Firstbrook. 2011. The Obamas: The Untold Story of an African Family. Crown. 360 pages.


"In the first in-depth history of the Obama family, Peter Firstbrook recounts a journey that starts in a mud hut by the White Nile and ends seven centuries later in the White House. Interweaving oral history and tribal lore, interviews with Obama family members and other Kenyans, the writings of Kenyan historians, and original genealogical research, Firstbrook sets the fascinating story of the president’s family against the background of Kenya’s rich culture and complex history." (Steve Weinberg)

In this exploration, Firstbrook chronicles President Obama's strong kinship ties to Seventh-day Adventism. His grandfather, Onyango Obama, and much of Barack's extended family, were at one time Adventists, and many remain so to this day. Through the efforts of the Carscallens, a missionary family in Kenya in the early 20th century, Adventism eventually impacted the most powerful leader in the world.

-blacksdahistory.org


 

March 2011

Gottfried Oosterwal. 2009. The Lord's Prayer Through Primitive Eyes. Pacific Press. 160 pgs.


Instead of being the stereotypically degrading eurocentric missionary book popularized in the early and mid twentieth century, Oosterwal's Lord's Prayer is a reverent meditation on teaching Christ's blueprint supplication to an ethnic group unfamiliar with its basic metaphors.

Oosterwal, an SDA pioneer among the "forgotten" peoples of West New Guinea and the Philippines, founded the Department of World Mission at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University and cofounded and directed the Seventh-day Adventist Institute of World Mission. This, his newest volume, is based on his lifelong respect, care and compassion for these marginalized groups.

-blacksdahistory.org


 

February 2011

Edwin J. Humphrey, Sr., with Emory J. Tolbert. 2001. My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord. The College Press. 63 pgs.


With the recent passing of the beloved Elder Edwin Humphrey, renewed interest has been expressed in his remarkable and lengthy ministry. Together with renowned historian Emory Tolbert, Humphrey recounts the highlights of his life and career in eminently readable prose.

-blacksdahistory.org


 

January 2011

Cynthia Powell-Hicks and Janice Johnson Browne, eds. 2010. Gifts of Hope. Autumn House. 260 pgs.


Gifts of Hope features 102 inspirational stories from the pens of black Seventh-day Adventist women.  Filled with words of hope from Bible stories, personal testimonies, and family memories, this volume is geared toward women who, like the authors, face life courageously despite enormous odds.


 

December 2010

Barry Black. 2010. The Blessing of Adversity. Tyndale House. 256 pgs.


Most people see trouble as something negative and seek to avoid it whenever possible. But what if it’s those troubles that actually lead to greater blessing and purpose? In The Blessing of Adversity, a retired U.S. Navy admiral and the 62nd chaplain of the U.S. Senate distills the wisdom gained from thirty years as a counselor, theologian, and psychologist. Barry Black offers a blueprint for removing the sting of life’s trials, showing us how to let God use our pain for his glory by blessing others—and how that can actually help heal our own pain. Drawing on Scripture and his own experiences as a counselor and chaplain to some of the most powerful people in the world, Black teaches us how to deal with seasons of God’s apparent silence, offers techniques for staying encouraged in the middle of life’s storms, and shows how to find advantages in adversity.

-Tyndale House Publishers (http://www.tyndale.com/The-Blessing-of-Adversity/9781414348452#.VTK9V5P2hwM)


 

November 2010

Mervyn A. Warren. 2010. Oakwood! A Vision Splended Continues. College Press. 324 pgs.


In this updated edition of the classic Oakwood! A Vision Splendid: 1896-1996, author Mervyn A. Warren chronicles the latest era of Oakwood University, The Baker Years, 1996-2010, in over twenty illustrated pages.  The third century of existence for Adventism's sole HBCU, Oakwood's emergence into the 21st century was a time of unparalleled excitement, advancement, innovation, and achievement. Those interested in the history of this great institution and black Seventh-day Adventist history in general will appreciate this new edition.

-blacksdahistory.org


 

October 2010

Robert L. Woodfork with Emory J. Tolbert. 2010. My Journey in Ministry. South Atlantic Conference. 196 pgs.


In this anecdotal history of South Atlantic Conference, Robert L. Woodfork, longtime minister and church administrator, teams with noted historian Emory J. Tolbert to reflect on his distinguished career of over half a century in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.  Rich with insights from a keen eyewitness, My Journey is the first book-length history of the South Atlantic Conference.

-blacksdahistory.org


 

September 2010

Samuel G. London, Jr. 2009. Seventh-day Adventists and the Civil Rights Movement. University of Mississippi Press. 192 pgs.


Seventh-day Adventists and the Civil Rights Movement is the first in-depth study of the denomination's participation in civil rights politics. It considers the extent to which the denomination's theology influenced how its members responded. This book explores why a brave few Adventists became social and political activists, and why a majority of the faithful eschewed the movement.

Samuel G. London, Jr., provides a clear, yet critical understanding of the history and theology of the Seventh-day Adventist Church while highlighting the contributions of its members to political reform. Community awareness, the example of early Adventist pioneers, liberationist interpretations of the Bible, as well as various intellectual and theological justifications motivated the civil rights activities of some Adventists. For those who participated in the civil rights movement, these factors superseded the conservative ideology and theology that came to dominate the church after the passing of its founders. Covering the end of the 1800s through the 1970s, the book discusses how Christian fundamentalism, the curse of Ham, the philosophy of Booker T. Washington, pragmatism, the aversion to ecumenism and the Social Gospel, belief in the separation of church and state, and American individualism converged to impact Adventist sociopolitical thought.

-University Press of Mississippi (http://www.upress.state.ms.us/books/1207)


 

August 2010

Mervyn A. Warren. Ellen White on Preaching. Review and Herald. 80 pgs.


To aid in the art of preaching, professor of preaching Mervyn A. Warren has constructed this landmark book. It includes an extensive collection of Ellen G. White’s practical wisdom on how to develop and present a powerful sermon. Whether you are a lay preacher, pastor, or evangelist, you will be inspired and instructed by these timeless principles of preaching, including how to construct strong content, organization, language, and delivery.

The good news of salvation is the best God has to offer humanity. Shouldn’t we offer our best when we present it?

-Adventist Book Center (http://www.adventistbookcenter.com/ellen-white-on-preaching.html)


 

July 2010

Bekele Heye. 2003. The Sabbath in Ethiopia. Center for Creative Ministry. 64 pgs.


This detailed yet succinct narrative shows the centrality of the seventh-day Sabbath in Ethiopia's resistance to coercion over the nation's spiritual destiny that took place in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, bringing to light Ethiopia's remarkable legacy for the history of Christianity. Their fortitude under religious and political pressure can be instructive for all Christians.

-blacksdahistory.org


 

June 2010

Douglas Morgan. 2010. Lewis C. Sheafe: Apostle to Black America. Review and Herald. 448 pgs.


Born just as the Civil War began, Lewis Sheafe grew to manhood at a pivotal moment in American history. But instead of racial equality, the nation offered its freed slaves further oppression and injustice. Sheafe--strong-willed, dynamic, and seemingly tireless--had but two main objectives: uplift his people spiritually and socially, and consistently adhere to biblical principle in all aspects of life.

His thirst for truth led him first to the Baptists, where he became both an eloquent minister and a prominent leader of the Black community. Then his poor health led him to Battle Creek Sanitarium, where he encountered Seventh-day Adventism. Sheafe saw in the Adventist message the tenets of race relations he already championed, and he embraced it wholeheartedly. He was sent to lead the Black work in Washington, D.C., in 1902, and his evangelistic campaigns drew standing-room-only crowds of both Black and White listeners.

But during his turbulent years of Adventist ministry, he and church leaders could not agree on how to apply biblical principles of racial equality. The conflict eventually proved fatal to his ties with the denomination.

In this gripping biography Douglas Morgan pieces together the life of this forgotten leader whose story sheds light on the reason that no lasting, separate Black Adventist denomination ever formed.

-Adventist Book Center (http://www.adventistbookcenter.com/lewis-c-sheafe-ebook.html)