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A Gift Grows in the Ghetto

Reimagining the Spiritual Lives of Black Men

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In his classic essay “Of Our Spiritual Strivings,” W. E. B. Du Bois asks, “how does it feel to be a problem?” This question has become a means of diagnosing the lived experience of Black men, particularly in  America’s most neglected and feared environment: the ghetto. What is often overlooked, however, is the vital role that spirituality has in remedying the problem. A Gift Grows in the Ghetto examines how not being in relationship with one’s gift can lead to feelings of despair, entrapment, and abandonment, all of which contribute to Black men feeling as though they are nothing more than a problem. By utilizing the biblical story of Ishmael’s miraculous survival, growth, and giftedness in the wilderness, the book encourages Black men to embrace a life of faith that is dependent on the God who always sees, nurtures, and is in relationship with us and our gifts in the wilderness and the ghetto. 

Jay-Paul Hinds is Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. He formerly taught at Howard University School of Divinity. He has written on the intersection of spiritual practice and social transformation in the African American community.
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