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Call It Grace
Finding Meaning in a Fractured World
By (author): Serene Jones
9780735223646 Hardcover English General Trade RELIGION / Christian Theology / General Mar 19, 2019
$35.00 CAD
Active 6.3 x 9.3 x 1.1 in 336 pages Viking
“Theology is a place and a story. Theology is the place and story you think of when you ask yourself about the meaning of your life, of the world, and the possibility of God.”

So begins Serene Jones’s epic work of raw truth, fierce love, and spiritual teaching as muscular as the fractured soul of this century demands. From her abiding Oklahoma roots to her historic leadership of a legendary New York seminary, her story illuminates the deep fault lines of this age—and points beyond them. With a voice that is at once frank and poetic, humble and prophetic, intimate and practical, Jones makes complex teachings around hatred, forgiveness, mercy, justice, death, sin, and grace understandable and immediately applicable for modern people. Excavating the wisdom of great theological voices—Soren Kierkegaard, Reinhold Niebuhr, John Calvin, James Baldwin, James Cone, Luce Irigaray, Saint Teresa of Avila—she brings them to life with an intimacy and vividness that illumines our lives and our culture now. At the same time, and with great beauty, Call It Grace reveals Serene Jones as a towering voice of a new, and urgently necessary, public theology for this century.

MEDIA PLATFORM: Rev. Dr. Jones will use her strong platform to market the book in her public appearances. She appears regularly on MSNBC, and has recently appeared on Charlie Rose, FOX News, PBS NewsHour, and’s Just Faith. She will also continue to leverage her existing relationships at media outlets where her writing her appeared. She has recently been published in The New York Times, TIME, The Washington Post, and Huffington Post.

WELL-CONNECTED: Through her life’s work, the author has broad and deep connections with many prominent public figures including Senator Chris Coons, Congressman Keith Ellison, Vice President Al Gore, as well as Krista Tippett, Bill Moyers, Anna Deavere Smith, Elizabeth Alexander, Cornel West, Michelle Alexander, and Jim Walllis.

SIGNIFICANT REPUTATION: Rev. Dr. Jones is a much sought-after speaker who regularly travels throughout the country and around the world. In addition to being first female president of Union Theological Seminary in its 180-year history, she is also the president of the American Academy of Religion, the largest organization of academics who study religion, with over 10,000 people attending its conferences.

A POWERFUL VOICE: An intellectual and emotional powerhouse, Rev. Dr. Jones is an astonishing writer. Here, she has gathered a lifetime of learning and reflection to create a masterful examination of human nature and meaning.

Serene Jones is the president of the historic Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. The first woman to head the 180-year-old institution, Jones occupies the Johnston Family Chair for Religion and Democracy. She is the past president of the American Academy of Religion. Jones came to Union after seventeen years at Yale University, where she was the Titus Street Professor of Theology at the Divinity School, and chair of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Yale University. Jones is the author of several books including Trauma and Grace. She is a child of the Oklahoma plains, a daughter of a university president and a single mother, a sister, a cancer survivor, a theologian, a minister, a news commentator, a public intellectual, and a devoted teacher.

Author Residence: Manhattan, New York

Author Hometown: Enid, Oklahoma

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Publicity: Print and online reviews and features

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Author Social Media: Twitter: @SereneJones

Praise for Serene Jones:

“I once listed my dear, spectacular friend Serene Jones as my ’spiritual advisor,’ and she is that and so much more. Our impassioned conversations across the last six years and through travel and adventures together and apart, have shaped [my] writing in a thousand ways and flow all the way through it.”—Krista Tippett

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