"The Gospel of Barack Hussein Obama According to Mark" is designed to initiate the reader into a meditation on what it means to be human, what it means to be a manifestation of God, and how Barack Obama is a unique and important manifestation of God’s desire for human flourishing. In a blend of words from his public speeches, imagined conversation, and fictional situations, the book highlights Obama’s real stance on social justice and, in particular, economic and political empowerment. It juxtaposes ancient Biblical form and contemporary reality, challenging the reader to see and seek God in all persons. “Our life-defining texts must be porous and we must be imaginative in our engagement with them. Let this book be a reminder not to so credit sacred texts or cultural icons that they lead us to hatred and violence in the name of God. When we see the Divine in another, we must name it. We must respect it. The practice demands nothing less than Love.” Mark F. Bozzuti-Jones, Author
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The Rev. Mark Francisco Bozzuti-Jones is priest for pastoral care at Trinity Church Wall Street and is a regular retreat facilitator and spiritual director. He leads a weekly discussion group called, “The Gospel, Times, Journal & You.” Born and educated in Kingston, Jamaica, he completed graduate studies at Loyola University, Chicago, the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, the University of San Francisco, and the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, and has served as a missionary in Guyana, Belize, Mexico, and Brazil. Mark is an award-winning author and has published numerous books, including The Womb of Advent (Church Publishing), Never Said a Mumbalin’ Word (Augsburg), The Miter Fits Just Fine: A Biography of Bishop Barbara Harris (Cowley), Informed by Faith (Cowley), Sing the Faith: Spirituals (Augsburg Fortress), and the children’s books, God Created (Augsburg Fortress), God Thought of You (Morehouse), and Jesus the Word (Augsburg).
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