In his new book From Times Square to Timbuktu, Wesley Granberg-Michaelson explores the consequences of world Christianity’s recent shift away from its traditional center of gravity in the West to the global South.
“This is a splendid book. Of itself, the growth of Christian numbers to the Global South is no longer surprising, nor is the tension with an increasingly secularized post-Christian West. What makes this book so valuable is the author’s ability to stand back and offer an astute and wide-ranging analysis of these trends, rooted in his wide experience and his passionate ecumenical commitment. . . . Strongly recommended.”
— Philip Jenkins, Pennsylvania State University
Centers of religious power, money, and theological capital, Granberg-Michaelson points out, remain entrenched in the global, secularized North while the Christian majority thrives and rapidly grows in the global South. World Christianity’s most decisive twenty-first-century challenge, he argues, is to build meaningful bridges between faithful churches in the global North and the spiritually exuberant churches of the global South.
“For people seeking to get a feel for global Christianity, banks of statistics are easy to find. What’s harder to find is someone who can wisely integrate data with experience gained on street level and in relationships with Christians around the world. Wes Granberg-Michaelson is the best tour guide I can imagine to give us all a guided tour of Christianity — not as a Western religion exported globally, but as a religion with many vibrant centers and a circumference as big as the planet.”
— Brian D. McClaren, author/speaker/activist (brianmclaren.net)
Check out our newest book trailer below to learn more about what Jim Wallis (Sojourners) is calling “the most important book anyone can read about the future of the church.”
Would you like to learn even more about this book — straight from the author’s mouth, perhaps? If you’re in the Grand Rapids area, you’re in luck! Wesley Granberg-Michaelson will be appearing at Eerdmans Bookstore today, August 20, from 4:00–6:00 p.m. to give a talk, visit with readers, and sign copies. We hope to see you there! (If you can’t make it to Eerdmans Bookstore in person today, we understand. We’ll have video of the event available soon.)
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