Breaking the Fine Rain of Death

African American Health Issues and a Womanist Ethic of Care

By Emilie M. Townes

Breaking the Fine Rain of Death

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  • ISBN: 9781597525374
  • Pages: 224
  • Publication Date: 2/1/2006
  • Retail Price: $24.00
Web Price: $19.20
Web Price: $19.20

Breaking the Fine Rain of Death

African American Health Issues and a Womanist Ethic of Care

By Emilie M. Townes

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  • ISBN: 9781597525374
  • Pages: 224
  • Publication Date: 2/1/2006
  • Retail Price: $24.00
Web Price: $19.20

About-

In 'Breaking the Fine Rain of Death', Emilie Townes focuses on the health care issues affecting African Americans and does so from a womanist perspective by paying attention to race and class as well as gender. Townes describes the lamentable history of health care in African American communities and the disease that affect African Americans disproportionately -- diabetes, hypertension, low-birthrate babies, and drug-related illnesses--as well as cultural, genetic, and socio-economic factors that account for them. Townes then offers models of care that have worked in some African American communities and that need to be used on a broader scale. She explores healing models sensitive to class and cultural context, and provides practical recommendations relevant to the needs of the Black Church and the African American community.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"Emilie Townes's 'Breaking the Fire Rain of Death' is an excellent study of African American health issues. Here analysis is both historical and contemporary and focuses on 'caring and hope' as we search for ways to establish justice in our unjust care system. I strongly recommend this book."
-- James H. Cone
Briggs Distinguished Professor
Union Theological Seminary

"Professor Emilie Townes has produced a seminal work that closes the gap between town and gown with her much-needed contribution to empowering local churches to move from theology to praxis in health care. She also closes the mythological gap between soul and body by lucidly articulating a correct biblical concept of holistic health. Dr. Townes employs her interdisciplinary expertise in Bible, theology, ethics, sociology, and public health issues no only to diagnose the nature of our health care crisis but to offer prescriptions for pastors and lay leaders who are searching for answers. To God be the glory for the womanist scholarship of Emilie Townes, which help to make life more human at the dawn of the twenty-first century."
-- J. Alfred Smith, Sr.
Senior Pastor
Allen Temple Baptist Church
Oakland, California

Contributors-

Emilie M. Townes

Bio(s)-

Emilie M. Townes is the Dean and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Womanist Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. She was the first African American woman president of the American Academy of Religion (2008) and currently serves as the president of the Society for the Study of Black Religion (2012-16). She is the author or editor of eight books and was elected a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009.

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