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New and noteworthy: June 2007


POLITICS
Micheal W. Casey. The Rhetoric of Sir Garfield Todd: Christian Imagination and the Dream of an African Democracy.
Waco, Texas: Baylor University, 2008. ISBM 978-1-93279286-7; 436 pages; $49.95.
Sir Garfield Todd (1908-2002) rose to political leadership in Southern Rhodesia after a career in missions and Casey shows how his political speeches    the hallmark of his political career     were grounded in a Campbellite perspectives and habits
Casey writes, “He constructed his role as a missionary through his preaching. Then he became an eloquent backbencher. He took his speaking ability and constructed the personal as prime minister.” The book includes analysis as well as 27 sermons and speeches delivered before various audiences, including parliament and the United Nations.
Casey is a professor of communications at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif.
MARRIAGE
Edward A. Gray. Marriage Mentoring: 12 Conversations for Building Strong Families.
Memphis, Tenn.: Gray, 2007.
The Marriage Mentoring program includes two DVDs and three workbooks prepared by Gray with co-authors Linda K. Oxford and Susan Giboney.
Gray describes the program as “practical support to couples as they face new stages in married life.” This program encourages older and younger couples to communicate and learn from one another.
The materials include a Leadership Training manual, a Conversation Guide and a Mentoring for Dating Couples guide.
Gray is a professor of counseling at Harding University Graduate School of Religion in Memphis, Tenn., and a licensed therapist. He and his wife, Rhonda, have three sons. The materials are supported and sold on Gray’s ministry Web site at www.12conversations.com .
HISTORY
Grant M. Clothier and Jeanie Clothier Montford. A Prairie Beacon: The Peace Creek, Kansas Church of Christ.
Overland Park, Kans.: Leathers, 2007. ISBN978-1-58597-419-1; 179 pages; $16.95; 888-888-7696.
This history of a congregation begins in 1874 and illustrates how the pioneering spirit influenced growth in Restoration churches through the 1960s. It is an exemplary congregational history, complete with photographs and documentation.
In his Introduction, Robert D. Hunter writes, “Not only will individuals whose families have been part of the rich and interesting history of the Peace Creek Church be keenly interested in this literary endeavor, but also people throughout the brotherhood.”
Clothier was born in the Peace Creek community. Montford lives in Hutchinson, Kan.
BIOGRAPHY
Edward J. Robinson. To Save My Race from Abuse: The Life of Samuel Robert Cassius.
Tuscaloosa, Ala.: University of Alabama, 2007. ISBN 0-8173-1555-1; 212 pages; $39.95; www.uapress.au.edu.
This biography documents the life of the black minister whose ministry revealed and shaped race relations prior to the rise of Marshall Keeble in the later 20th century.
Robinson writes, “While Marshall Keeble’s fame surpassed that of Cassius by the 1930s, Cassius stood unchallenged as the most vocal and visible African American preacher in Churches of Christ during the Progressive Era, 1890-1920.” In 10 chapters with careful notes and scholarly documentation, Robinson traces the impact of Cassius on race relations and the churches in Oklahoma, Colorado, and California.
Robinson is an assistant professor of history and Bible at Abilene Christian University in Texas.

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