Breaking the Fine Rain of Death
African American Health Issues and a Womanist Ethic of Care
Imprint: Wipf and Stock
224 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.45 in
- Published: February 2006
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.
"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.
Allen Temple Baptist Church