A Gift Grows in the Ghetto (Paper)

Reimagining the Spiritual Lives of Black Men

  • 9780664267056
  • 6 x 9
  • 176
  • 50.00
  • Paper
  • 066426705X
  • 10/11/2022
  • 3-5 days processing
$ 22.00


In his classic essay “Of Our Spiritual Strivings,” W. E. B. Du Bois asks, “how does it feel to be a problem?” This question has become a means of diagnosing the lived experience of Black men, particularly in  America’s most neglected and feared environment: the ghetto. What is often overlooked, however, is the vital role that spirituality has in remedying the problem. A Gift Grows in the Ghetto examines how not being in relationship with one’s gift can lead to feelings of despair, entrapment, and abandonment, all of which contribute to Black men feeling as though they are nothing more than a problem. By utilizing the biblical story of Ishmael’s miraculous survival, growth, and giftedness in the wilderness, the book encourages Black men to embrace a life of faith that is dependent on the God who always sees, nurtures, and is in relationship with us and our gifts in the wilderness and the ghetto. 

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In a breathtaking account of racism, inequity, and violence that Black men face, Hinds reminds us of the inestimable gift of attending to their spiritual lives. He directs our attention to the spiritual, not in opposition to structural, systemic, and institutional factors, but as essential to ameliorating the plight of Black men and making life more just, compassionate, and empowering for all people. This elegant book issues an important call to action that promises to make us more human and humane. —Allan Cole, Dean, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin

“Dr. Hinds’ book is ‘a voice calling in the wilderness’ with a message of hope that is grounded in interdisciplinary scholarship and his own poetic style. While focusing on the spiritual lives and journeys of Black men, he provides an invaluable resource to pastoral caregivers, mental health clinicians, educators, and anyone seeking the gifts of belonging and healing within God’s loving presence.” —George Stavros, Executive Director of the Danielsen Institute and Clinical Associate Professor of Pastoral Psychology at Boston University

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