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One of the best books in many a year!

Reviews of Garth’s new book “Occupied Territories’ are now appearing in the media – here are a few:

A powerful call for Christians to embrace God’s revolution of love through political and social action

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From his role in founding the Amos Trust to his folksy music, which I first heard at a Greenbelt circa 1980, singer-songwriter, author and Anglican priest Garth Hewitt’s ministry has always been characterised by an eclectic spirituality and a theology that is firmly rooted in biblical notions of justice and equality.

In this unusual but stimulating book, Hewitt blends song lyrics and liturgies with his own musings on justice, Jesus, extreme wealth and non-violence, with a special focus on Palestine and Bethlehem. He also unpacks the Old Testament book of Amos, the source of his charity’s name, with its prophetic imperative (famously invoked by Martin Luther King) that ‘justice roll on like a river’ (Amos 5:24).

… Set against the backdrop of the terrible violence in Gaza this summer, the book is a powerful call for Christians to embrace what Hewitt calls ‘God’s revolution of love’ through political and social action.

The questions at the end of each chapter make this book a strong study resource for small groups.

…An excellent read.

JEREMY MOODEY is CEO at Embrace the Middle East

 

One of the best books in many a year!

This surely deserves a more substantive review, but for now you may know that Garth Hewitt was a British evangelical folk/rock singer, doing thoughtful, engaging Christian music with friends of his such as the late Mark Heard and other socially conscience faith-based troubadours. Hewitt has worked for the Amos Trust traveling all over the world as a storyteller and advocate for just solutions to some of the world’s most grueling problems, and has written widely, and beautifully, including liturgical resources for peace and justice. I have a friend who knows him well, who assures me it is one of the best books in many a year!

If you … have any interest in the tragedies unfolding in the Middle East, this (book) would be very useful, very poignant, very important. Highly recommended. A beautiful cover design too — this is a very special book.

BYRON BORGER, Hearts and Minds Bookstore, Dallastown PA

 

Garth says, “Bethlehem was occupied at the time of Jesus’ birth and it is occupied now – but a theology of action that started in Bethlehem 2000 years ago and is being continued in Bethlehem today shows the way to a revolution of love and justice, a revolution that is relevant all around the world – a revolution of non-violence, or valuing all people as equal, it is a call to do justice and to show the values of hope and humanity in whatever situation we find ourself.”

 

Garth introduces the book in this short film on youtube here or vimeo here

 

Order now from the Amos Trust website here

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from the album ‘Something for the Soul’ this meditational clip has been produced for use in public worship or personal times of quiet

 

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‘I remember when I was a kid seeing Garth Hewitt on stage. He was banging on about Christians having a heart for the poor and saving the world and frankly I didn’t get any of it. Garth has always been ahead of his time and we are all catching up with what God has been saying through Garth for the last 30 years. I wish I had listened closer, but it sometimes takes a lifetime to recognise a true prophet. It is people like Garth who make us look at the world differently and realise what it is to be a true Christian.’

 

- Martin Smith (Delirious?)