• A Way Out of No Way

  • A Memoir of Truth, Transformation, and the New American Story
  • By: Raphael G. Warnock
  • Narrated by: Raphael G. Warnock
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (76 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

On the heels of his historic election to the United States Senate, Raphael G. Warnock shares his remarkable spiritual and personal journey.

“A compelling, insightful memoir that details an extraordinary journey.”
—Bryan Stevenson

Senator Reverend Raphael G. Warnock occupies a singular place in American life. As senior pastor of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, and now as a senator from Georgia, he is the rare voice who can call out the uncomfortable truths that shape contemporary American life and, at a time of division, summon us all to a higher moral ground. 

Senator Warnock grew up in the Kayton Homes housing projects in Savannah, the eleventh of twelve children. His dad was a World War II veteran, and as a teenager his mom picked tobacco and cotton in rural Georgia. Both were Pentecostal preachers. After graduating from Morehouse College, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s alma mater, Senator Warnock studied for a decade at Union Theological Seminary while serving at Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church. At thirty-five, he became the senior pastor at Ebenezer, where Dr. King had preached and served.

In January 2021, Senator Warnock won a runoff election that flipped control of the Senate at one of the most pivotal moments in recent American history. He is the first Black senator from Georgia, only the eleventh Black senator in American history, and just the second Black senator from the South since Reconstruction. As he said in his maiden speech from the well of the senate, Senator Warnock’s improbable journey reflects the ongoing toggle between the pain and promise of the American story. 

A powerful preacher and a leading voice for voting rights and democracy, Senator Warnock has a once-in-a-generation gift to inspire and lead us forward. A Way Out of No Way tells his remarkable story for the first time.

©2022 Raphael G. Warnock (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

 “In A Way Out of No Way, U.S. senator Raphael Warnock - at once pastor and public servant - demonstrates why he is one of our nation’s most dynamic moral leaders. The lived experiences highlighted in the book show an acute awareness of the pain and promise written into America’s story. Senator Warnock’s writing simultaneously challenges Americans reckoning with the complexity of our nation's story and binds us together to deliver a better future. This work is intended for all who believe, as I do, that we have an extraordinary opportunity to transform the future of our nation, not despite our challenges but because of them.” - Stacey Abrams, politician and author of Our Time Is Now

“A compelling, insightful memoir that details an extraordinary journey. A remarkable preacher - now politician, who uncharacteristically chooses to take his famous Atlanta pulpit with him to Washington.” - Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy

“Senator Rev. Raphael Warnock lives his life with a sense of mission guided by his faith. As a preacher standing in the legacy of the King family at Ebenezer Baptist Church and as a United States senator, Raphael Warnock is helping build a better Georgia and America. Warnock’s life is a sermon that we get to witness in his remarkable book, A Way Out of No Way.” - President Jimmy Carter  

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inspiring

can't say enough about this book I love hearing his voice love hearing is preaching without sounding like it was preaching and learned a tremendous amount

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inspiring and uplifting

As one of Senator Warnocks constituents and someone who voted for him (and will vote for him again), I found this memoir to be uplifting and inspiring. I wish we had 50 more like him in the Senate.

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Authentically Engaging and Compelling!

I loved this authentically engaging, compelling, and relatable autobiographical book! Ready to read it again!

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Worth listening to by all means!

Senator Warnock is a gentleman and a scholar. I wish his colleagues will read/listen to his life’s journey. We need many more Senators with a least half of his integrity!

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absolutely gripping

loved it! Every single word gripped my attention! from beginning to end of story breathtaking!

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A journey that brings you along.

I felt the compassion, honesty love and deep thoughtful patient man With humility of a man who took a journey and traveled with God and Christ in his heart. When I heard your maiden speech in the U.S. Senate I knew your words would words would sing with meaning and conviction.

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Interesting Peek Into His Life

Loved hearing him share part of his story. The road he took to get to where he is was not linear or easy. Sounded like he set challenging goals, added value wherever he went, and continues to reap the rewards of the seeds he's planted along the way.

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A Story that Needs to be Known!

Great on all accounts. more importantly, consuming in all the needed ways! inspirational and informative. This story gives us reason to need such a one in the halls of a system that must have more like him in order to survive!