COVER STORY: Reviving Our Soul Force with Reesheda Graham-Washington and Shawn Casselberry

Drawing on Dr. King’s Vision of Soul Force

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7 PIVOTS FOR COURAGEOUS COMMUNITIES—In this era of daily verbal violence and no-holds-barred political confrontations, two veteran peace-and-justice activists decided to pool their wisdom about how to revive a powerful vision that has inspired them for many years. That vision—often called “soul force” by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.—originated in the philosophy of nonviolent resistance taught by Mahatma Gandhi.

First and foremost, Reesheda Graham-Washington says in our author interview, “We wanted our book to be actionable.” She adds, “We know these ideas work! We’ve used them. We’re practical about this. We’re focused on action. You can open this book and develop a workshop around it—or a whole series around it.”

As summer draws to a close and we all gear up for the busy autumn season, please read this interview with Reesheda and learn why this new book might help you transform your community, too.

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SPEAKING OF SOUL FORCE …

GOD SIGNS—Each week, Suzy Farbman brings us inspiring true stories of men and women improving our world, one life at a time. This week, as we look at the power of Spirit to transform lives, Suzy introduces us to the family of the Rev. Rennie Kaufmann, a Lutheran pastor and a popular singer who has worked with everyone from Aretha Franklin to Oprah. This week’s story is about how Rennie and his wife Karen, after raising one entire family, decided to reach out to an orphan in China who faith serious challenges with his health. Rennie’s whole approach to ministry, music and family will lift your spirits. Please, share this story with friends.

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Click on this famous photo of Pope John Paul II visiting Poland to encourage workers in the 1980s—and the link will take you to our 2018 Labor Day column.

AND, SPEAKING OF …
TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES

CELEBRATING LABOR DAY—This year, in addition to your plans for picnics, family travel, shopping and other kinds of celebration—spend a little time considering the core values behind American Labor Day. This week’s Holidays & Festivals column is packed with intriguing details about Labor Day’s history—and connections with our religious traditions as well. Want more? We’ve also got our own list of Great Books on Labor—very helpful if you’re looking for one last good book to finish off the summer. And, we did not forget that our readers love those links to holiday recipes, as well. We’ve included links to three great websites that will help you stir up something delicious for Labor Day.

Want to see all the holidays? www.InterfaithHolidays.com

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FRONT EDGE PUBLISHING

THOUSANDS OF AWARDS! Did you know that there are more than 6,000 competitions for book awards each year in the U.S. alone? In the second part of our series, marketing expert Susan Stitt writes about local, state and regional book awards. She also includes our list of the Top 5 Regional Book Awards, a list that includes our own home state’s Michigan Notable Books.

Want to learn more about publishing today? Please, share this home address with friends: www.FrontEdgePublishing.com

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SPEAKING OF MICHIGAN …

SEE THE TINY HOMES! Millions of men and women nationwide have been watching the growth of Tiny Homes Detroit. Right now in late August, visitors can contribute to the project by purchasing a ticket to tour the newest homes before residents move in. Here’s the information from Cass about reserving tickets for a tour (which includes a progressive meal by Chef Matt Prentice this year). There also are opportunities to donate other materials needed in this new neighborhood filled with hope for the future of Detroit.

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FAITH & FILM

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ED McNULTY, for decades, has published reviews, magazine articles and books exploring connections between faith and film. Most of his work is freely published. Ed supports his work by selling the Visual Parables Journal, a monthly magazine packed with discussion guides to films. This resource is used coast-to-coast by individuals who love the movies and by educators, clergy and small-group leaders.

Among Ed’s free reviews and columns are:

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