For readers and book buyers interested in new works that are written to support post-election civic conversations and actions this Philadelphia indie bookstore's recent newsletter highlighting several titles that fit this niche may be of interest:
I am observing several signs that we may be seeing the early edge of a new literary phenomenon. It was intriguing to read on fresheyesnow.com's regular blog, "Shelf Awareness," that indie stores specializing in a spectrum of progressive religion and spirituality books are beginning to view the Obama genre as an extension of the spirituality category. In the long tradition of American civil religion, theologians who view the church as a people called to embody a social alternative, and political writers concerned with a fuller embodiment of progressive democratic values do find much common ground.
Are we entering an era under the leadership of Obama when citizenship, as it is being defined by the country's new leader, begins to be viewed (once again) as a spiritual enterprise demanding growth in altruistic virtues? If so, will we see narratives that describe how Americans have chosen and sustained these kinds of impassioned commitments in recent years and historically, proliferating on the country's best-seller lists?
It is interesting to consider the possibility that with the new craze for a heightened form of altruistic citizen engagement, and the choice to live into its challenges taken up by millions, a new genre of progressive civic-spirituality titles may quickly emerge. If so, An American Awakening (reviewed in the book notes attached) may prove to be ahead of the pack.
Causes Courtney Cowart Supports
The Office of Disaster Response, Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana
The Louisiana Justice Institute
All Congregations Together