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River of Struggle, River of Freedom: Trends among Black Churches and Black Pastoral Leadership

By Larry Mamiya

In River of Struggle , River of Freedom : Trends among Black Churches and Black Pastoral Leadership, Larry Mamiya reviews a number of recent studies of the black church in America and its leadership. A veteran observer of the black church, Mamiya finds resiliency and strength in this vital institution, concluding that it enjoys an overall loyalty and commitment rarely found elsewhere in American life. While he registers some criticisms (such as a growing emphasis on a ‚Äúprosperity gospel‚ÄĚ in many black mega-churches) and points out certain weaknesses such as inadequate salaries and pensions for many pastors, Mamiya generally paints a hopeful portrait of black churches in America and finds much that other Christian churches can learn from the African-American religious experience.

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