New PDF release: A Breath of Fresh Air: Biblical Storytelling with Prisoners

By Amelia C. Boomershine

Breath of unpolluted Air: Biblical Storytelling with Prisoners demanding situations the behemoth of mass incarceration in the course of the convergence of biblical storytelling pedagogy, restorative justice ideas, and peacemaking circle constitution. Circle of the be aware is an interactive, artistic strategy of engagement with biblical tales. it's a non secular intervention that addresses an American legal justice process that's retributive, discriminatory, and uncontrolled. Boomershine reviews at the influence of Circle of the observe for incarcerated women and men and grounds Circle of the observe in a multifaceted starting place: the examine of the Bible as functionality literature, the historical past of criminal reform in Enlightenment England, the doctrine of the observe of God, and the development-of-hope idea. because the objective of the booklet is either advocacy and empowerment, a how-to bankruptcy is incorporated with information for implementation. Participation in Circle of the observe has confirmed to be a transformative event for women and men at once impacted by means of mass incarceration--discovering group in the middle of isolation and wish in the middle of despair.

"A must-read for these devoted to the transformation of inmates and the legal justice approach. rigorously researched, functional, but theologically astute, this persuasive testimony of the ability of biblical desire is a clarion name and available consultant. Amelia C. Boomershine offers the religion group an indelible photograph of a damaged process, its sufferers, and confirmed instruments of grace through which to set the captives free."
--C. Joseph Sprague, President, Horizon criminal Initiative

"This ebook addresses a giant social challenge: the U.S. has simply five percentage of the world's inhabitants, yet approximately 25 percentage of the world's prisoners. What makes Breath of Fresh Air a targeted piece of literature is that it combines authentic info about mass incarceration with deeply religious insights. Boomershine vividly describes her criminal ministry, which makes use of the performative voice of biblical tales with the target of empowering the lads and girls in the back of bars. A masterful storyteller herself, Boomershine's book amounts to a relocating attract remodel the retributive procedure into restorative justice."
--Werner H. Kelber, Isla and Percy E. Turner Professor Emeritus of religious study, Rice University

"Our prisons and jails are stifling and deadening areas. Boomershine's practices have the potential for respiring clean air and new lifestyles into humans within the incarcerated church, in addition to into the church outdoor legal partitions. As a result, Breath of unpolluted Air makes an enormous contribution to Christians discerning what it potential to 'visit the prisoner' in an age of mass incarceration."
--Amy Levad, collage of St. Thomas; writer of Redeeming a jail Society: A Liturgical and Sacramental reaction to Mass Incarceration

Amelia Cooper Boomershine is govt Director of GoTell Communications Inc. and an ordained deacon within the United Methodist Church. She holds an MA in early adolescence schooling from the collage of Michigan and an MDiv and DMin from United Theological Seminary.

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