A book of love written by a loving man who sees injustice to the poor with the eye and heart of a poet
Reviews of Garth’s new book “Occupied Territories, the Revolution of Love from Bethlehem to the Ends of the Earth” are now appearing in the media – here are a few:
OCCUPIED TERRITORIES is a book of love written by a loving man who sees injustice to the poor with the eye and heart of a poet. His stunning poetry and his masterful research quoting theologians and prophetic voices as well as stories of travel with the disenfranchised in many countries will be a hard read for anyone not wanting to see the real world as it is. For followers of Jesus who hear Christ’s command to care for the poor, this book will be a balm and a rallying cry. It is not just a book about injustice toward the Palestinians, though it is that. It is a prophetic book of love deeply rooted in the Christian story and Christ’s call to embrace the poor and all of those whom the powerful consider the “untouchables.” Garth Hewitt is a singer, composer and song writer as well as a theologian. Occupied Territories just sings his message of love. I highly recommend it as a study book for personal spiritual insight and for Christian congregations everywhere.
James L. Pike, Retired Pastor, The Olin T. Binkley Memorial Baptist Church, Chapel Hill, NC, USA
A powerful call for Christians to embrace God’s revolution of love through political and social action
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.”
Eden.co.uk gave Occupied Territories 5 stars:
Reviewed by Melanie Carrollvia in The Good Book Stall
Though a book for personal reading and reflection, there are so many group settings or seasons that this book could be used in—Justice and Peace groups, small church groups, at Lent, at Advent, and many more besides—the list is almost endless. This book looks at peace, at love, at the call we have placed on us by the real message of Christ and the bible and it uses the words of not only scripture, not only poem prayers (or lyrics), but the words of people that have been in places of violence, change, poverty and abandonment or revolution to highlight our need to genuinely practice a ‘Bethlehem Theology’—a theology of humble and honest love with direct action and justice at heart. A well written and well thought out book.
Order now from the Amos Trust website here