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Let Justice Roll Down

By: John M. Perkins,Shane Claiborne - foreword
Narrated by: John M. Perkins,Shane Claiborne
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Publisher's Summary

"Only the power of Christ's crucifixion on the cross and the glory of his resurrection can heal the deep racial wounds in both Black and White people in America." 

Here is a real-life story of the transforming power of Jesus Christ and one man's response to Jesus' call to love others. 

John Perkins, founder of Voice of Calvary ministries, was born in New Hebron, Mississippi, in 1930. His family was made up of sharecroppers, and he grew up in grinding poverty, part of a system that preserved prejudice and racism. After his brother was killed, Perkins left Mississippi for California, where he found job opportunities, racism of another kind, and faith in Jesus Christ. He returned to Mississippi to share the gospel and help his own people find equality, justice, and economic independence through self-help cooperative efforts. And he made progress - too much progress.Everything came to a head early in 1970, when John Perkins and others went through an unbelievable night of torture at the hands of white law enforcement officers. Beaten almost to death, Perkins somehow survived and so did his work, which moves ahead today with a threefold strategy: 

  • Biblical evangelism and Christian education 
  • The kind of social action that should come out of knowing Jesus Christ as savior 
  • Visible community development that is creating new models for Black housing, economic independence, education, and health care 
©2017 Baker Books (P)2017 Oasis Audio

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Struggle against Racism and Oppression

This is my book for February Black History Month.

John M. Perkin’s brother returned home from serving in the Army in World War II. He was murdered by a white deputy marshal in Mississippi, because he was talking too loudly with his girlfriend while waiting for a movie to begin. The deputy was not charged with a crime. Perkins and his brother were raised by his grandmother and aunt. Their father had abandoned them.

Perkins was drafted into the Army, and while serving in Korea he applied himself to his education. After the service, he married Vera Mae and moved to California where they had a son, Spencer. Perkins joined the ministry and moved back to Mississippi. It was difficult for them to return to the racism, poverty and ignorance of the area. They started an evangelistic movement, health care facilities, an adult education center, along with a co-operative. They began a voter registration drive which resulted with him being severely beaten by a deputy sheriff and a Mississippi highway patrol officer. The police officers were not charged with a crime. But they continued their Civil Right Movement involvement.

The book is well written and quite interesting. Perkins is a gifted storyteller. He tells of the founding of the Voice of Calvary Ministries as well as their Civil Rights work. In the book, he analyses prejudice, racism and social justice. The book was first published in 1976. The foreword is by Shane Clairborne and the postscript is by Elizabeth Perkins, his daughter.

The book is about 6 hours long. Calvin Robinson does a good job narrating the book.

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Great Book!

Excellent story of one man’s struggle to survive racial injustice and to make a difference in correcting it!

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John Perkins gave his all for justice

I loved the readers voice. He sounds like John himself. John Perkins accomplished many things toward bringing justice and equality to Mississippi and California and the whole US. I was privileged to live and work in Mendenhall for a week and see some of the progress toward education at the school and economic progress in the town. Then he went on to even greater achievements in other places including the voting rights law. There is still much to do. This book is great and really inspired me to get to work and do what I can.

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Revealing

This book is critical for white audiences to understand the unreasonable and harsh road many blacks have had to walk in America. John Pearson did God’s work while facing much opposition. This is an eye opening trip into rural Mississippi in the 1950-1970’s and the unjust treatment of blacks citizens during those times.

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Should be required reading for US Christians

American Christians of all ages will gain valuable perspective and conviction to live in unity by reading this book.

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John Perkins: Christian apostle of racial justice

Mr. Perkins shares how the love of Christ can overcome all oppression while advancing civil rights in Mississippi in the 60s. Powerful story of loss, pain and redemption.

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What a story....

Perkins is an incredible human being with a true heart of gold. He has lived a life I can not fathom yet there is so much peace and love and joy exuding from his words. This is worth a listen, no matter where you find yourself in life. Thank you Dr. Perkins.

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Excellent story of hope and healing

John Perkins’ memoir of love and diligent effort in the midst of continual opposition is inspiring and eye opening.

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I thank God for John Perkins

I was moved to tears. I have been inspired! Convicted to honor the work, the blood, sweat and tears by continuing the pursuit of unity and justice for all. I give thanks to God and praise Him for John Perkins life. And thank you Dr. John Perkins for all you have done!!! And continue to do.

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Perkins Deserves Recognition As "Author Of Wisdom"

I met John Perkins at Fresno Pacific University. The content of his Address to the students held my full attention and never left my heart, mind and spirit. John's actions throughout his life are not to be ignored. I have kept tabs on John Perkins ever since.

Learning much later in John Perkins lifestyle, that Shane Claiborne had teamed up with John, in many of John's endeavors proofed that John Perkin's wisdom works as a drawing force to attract the best people toward God's economy.

Now, John Perkins and Shane Claiborne, together, create a synergistic Spiritual force that is necessary to experience. Read and listen to everything either of them authors.

Let Justice Roll Down gifts us with provocative segments of John Perkins life, and lets us in to his thought processes that are rich in provision. Learn from him.

I found his explanation of racism to be the most logically thought out of any who have bothered to try to understand its ugly facts. John Perkins lived inside the belly of the beast of Racism, suffered through the damage at the hands of those who pledge allegiance to its heinous power, and came out scarred yet wiser for it all. John Perkins is a man who espouses love in the face of a world caught up in the claws of hate.

I recommend listening to the Audible, first, because it captures John Perkins in history. Then you will want to refer to the book or Kindle in order to have the many important thoughts of wisdom in writing. Share John Perkins and Shane Claiborne everywhere.