Wisdom, the focus of eight essays in this book, is the core concept of faith formation in the Black Church. Using biblical texts and African traditions, together with examples from beloved songs and narratives from exemplary lives, the search for wisdom on personal and communal levels is an essential element of Christian discipleship. Co-editors and writers Anne E. Streaty Wimberly and Evelyn L. Parker, both professors of Christian Education at theological institutions, together with seven additional scholars, cover topics that impact the pursuit of wisdom such as culture, generations, youth, mentoring, middle and late adulthood, human sexuality, and spirituality. Contributors include: Trunell D. Felder, Maisha I. Handy, Jonathan Jackson, Jr., Temba L. J. Mafico, Anthony G. Reddie, Yolanda Smith, and Edward P. Wimberly. Their conclusion, from which congregations of any cultural constituency can benefit, is that wisdom includes attitudes, beliefs, behavior, insights, and practices and must be an intentional ministry of faith formation in churches.
Reviewed by Phyllis Wezeman