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The cross and the lynching tree are the two most emotionally charged symbols in the history of the African American community. In this powerful work, theologian James H. Cone explores these symbols and their interconnection in the history and souls of black folk.

©2011 James H. Cone (P)2020 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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  • Jason Como
  • 04-07-20

Great work to listen to on July 4th 2020

So sad that I grew up as a Christian and never once in all the church messages I heard did I hear about such an amazing connection about the cross of Jesus’ suffering and the suffering of the lynched black man in America. Truly even I’ve been duped into thinking the only sources for good theology are white men! Wow. I was wrong! It’s time we start learning more from our non-white brothers and sisters about Jesus if we are ever going to see the soul of America revived.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 25-06-20

George Floyd Died At Calvary

Stunning narration of a stunning truth Jesus was lynched and that is why God provides present gospel reality for those judicially helpless and legislatively oppressed people like George Floyd. Of course, Jesus in the middle of scandalous sin. What a savior!

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  • JamieIN
  • 10-11-20

Powerful

I wish my own faith were so strong and ran as deep. I stand condemned!

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  • Jbthebaptist
  • 17-10-20

A must read for all Christians

Profoundly moving. Gave me as a white South African a profound insight into the deep suffering of our Black Sisters & Brothers.

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  • 15-10-20

Bad Theology

To suggest that Black people suffering is some how good Christianity is bad theology. Jesus came that we might have life and that more abundantly. Lynching ain’t that.

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  • It's me, oh lord!
  • 30-09-20

This is the most memorable book of my adult life!

I couldn't put this audio down! With a family of 6, I had to sneak away to listen to it. It had me on the cusp of my seat! Great writing and narration!

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  • Mike Fonseca
  • 25-08-20

Healing of America

In the journey of healing you first have to know what caused the issue and where the wound is in order to address it properly. This book not only shares the issues and where they stem from but helps us a nation and a people see how we can face our dark history as a nation and how we can heal it through the cross of Jesus. Love this book and highly recommend it especially if you are a believer in Christ and especially if you are believer who happens to be white in America.

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  • Shaniece Clark
  • 02-08-20

The Cross and Lynching Tree life a life

This is life-giving an essential read for all Black Christians. This book gives us an association with the cross.

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  • JOHN
  • 01-08-20

A view you should consider.

It is of value to try to see the world thru someone elses experience. For non-colored listeners this book reveals a reality that needs to be considered.

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  • John M Snodgrass
  • 02-07-20

A Redemptive Discomfort Close to Home

The linkage between the cross of Jesus and the practice of lynching in the U.S. is a necessary perspective that naturally evokes feelings of discomfort, but such disorientation is necessary if the Gospel is to be wrestled back from the legacy of white supremacy inherent in the white American church. Cone does not allow the white church to “take the crucified off the cross” but challenges all believers to look to the suffering of Christ and the suffering of the lynched as a beacon that pointing to the ultimate hope of resurrection. This accessible text will evoke feelings of discomfort for whites, but it is the way of the cross upon which all faithful followers of Jesus must traverse and is the absolute least one can do to understand the painful legacy of lynching in America. If one will lean in to this disorientation, a redemptive hope awaits at the end.