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Mark R. Gornik


Practicing Faith in the Inner City

Books discussed in this essay

Andrew Billingsley, Mighty Like a River: The Black Church and Social Reform (Oxford Univ. Press, 1999).

Robert D. Carle and Louis A. DeCaro, Jr., eds. Signs of Hope in the City: Ministries of Community Renewal (Judson Press, rev. ed., 1999).

Roberta Brandes Gratz with Norman Mintz, Cities Back from the Edge: New Life for Downtown (Wiley, 1998).

Paul S. Grogan and Tony Proscio, Comeback Cities: A Blueprint for Urban Neighborhood Revival (Westview Press, 2000).

Nile Harper and associates, Urban Churches, Vital Signs: Beyond Charity Toward Justice (Eerdmans, 1999).

Katherine S. Newman, No Shame in My Game: The Working Poor in the Inner City (Alfred A. Knopf/Russell Sage Foundation, 1999).

Cheryl J. Sanders, Ministry at the Margins: The Prophetic Mission of Women, Youth and the Poor (InterVarsity, 1997).

Stanley P. Saunders and Charles L. Campbell, The Word on the Street: Performing the Scriptures in the Urban Context (Eerdmans, 2000).

Amy L. Sherman, Restorers of Hope: Reaching the Poor in Your Community with Church-Based Ministries That Work (Crossway, 1997).

Ray Suarez, The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration, 1966-1999 (Free Press, 1999).

Jim Wallis, Faith Works: Lessons from the Life of an Activist Preacher (Random House, 2000).

William Julius Wilson, The Bridge Over the Racial Divide: Rising Inequality and Coalition Politics (Univ. of California Press/Russell Sage Foundation, 1999).

Robert L. Woodson, Sr., The Triumphs of Joseph: How Today's Community Healers Are Reviving Our Streets and Neighborhoods (Free Press, 1998).

Two miles west of Baltimore's tourist-packed and stadium-lined inner harbor, and just a mile or so further from Fort McHenry where the "Star Spangled Banner" was composed, is the inner-city neighborhood of Sandtown. The prevailing public sentiment about Sandtown has long been, "Can anything good come from here?" Because the gospel is good news for the poor, the answer is of course, yes. Today there are many ...

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