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HarperOne’s Announcement of God Is Not a Christian

Desmond Tutu has become one of the greatest moral voices of our time. In his new book, God is Not A Christian, an essential collection of his most historic speeches and writings, we witness his unique career of provoking the powerful and confronting the world in order to protect the oppressed, the poor, and the victims of injustice.

Tutu first won renown for his courageous opposition to apartheid in South Africa, but his ministry soon took on international dimensions. Rooted in his faith and in the values embodied in the African spirit …
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“Rabble-Rouser” Now In Six Languages

The author with Sunday Times editor Mondli Makhanya at the announcement of the 2007 shortlist for the Alan Paton Award for non-fiction.

“Rabble-Rouser for Peace” has been published in Chinese, German and Dutch.

This after a launch of the Swedish translation at “Bok & Bibliotek,” the huge annual Swedish book fair in Göteborg . The Swedish publishers of the book ordered a second printing during the book fair.

In 2007 “Rabble-Rouser” was described by the judges of South Africa’s Alan Paton Award for Non-fiction as: “The definitive study of the life of one of South …
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“A riveting book… A profound portrait” – Comments on “Rabble-Rouser”

Commentators, writers and leaders have provided pre-publication comments for the jacket of “Rabble-Rouser for Peace.” Among comments which will be used, on the jackets of either the U.S. or S.A./U.K. editions:

“A superb book, showing what an extraordinary peacemaker—and warm human being—Desmond Tutu is. It makes fascinating reading.” — Mary Robinson, President, Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globablization Initiative, and Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

“Apartheid never defeated (Desmond Tutu) because of his passionate belief that the status of every human being is God-given and indelible… This book tells his story: how he …
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Why “Rabble-Rouser for Peace”?

The origins of this book lie in my experiences as the religion correspondent of The Star, Johannesburg, in the period immediately following the Soweto uprising of June 1976. With the liberation movements in exile, and parliamentary representation limited to whites, the churches provided arguably the most representative platforms for public debate on the politics of the day and the future of the country.

At the 1976 national conference of the South African Council of Churches (SACC), at the provincial synod of the Anglican Church later that year, and at ensuing SACC …
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About “Rabble-Rouser”

The first biography to cover the life of Desmond Tutu from childhood through the culmination of his struggle against apartheid and his subsequent campaign for reconciliation and human rights in and beyond South Africa.
Based on original archival research ranging from secret files of the apartheid government to internal White House files from the Reagan and first Bush administrations.
Offers Tutu’s unique insights on African post-independence politics from hitherto unpublished reports written during trips through the continent.
Discloses the intrigue in South Africa and the United Kingdom behind Tutu’s rise to leadership in the church.
Tells …
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Notes on Research and Sources used in Rabble-Rouser for Peace

“Rabble-Rouser for Peace” is based on archival research, interviews and experience including:

Research in archives and libraries spread from Cape Town to Oxford and from Southern California to Geneva
About 100 interviews with subjects ranging from Desmond Tutu’s sisters in South Africa to Kofi Annan of the United Nations and rock star Bono of U2 in Ireland
Groundbreaking research on the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to South Africans, carried out by Norwegian researcher Anne Ragnhild Breiby under the supervision of the Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, and Secretary of the …
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The Rainbow People of God

“At home in South Africa I have sometimes said in big meetings where you have black and white together: ‘Raise your hands!’ Then I’ve said, ‘Move your hands,’ and I’ve said, ‘Look at your hands — different colors representing different people. You are the rainbow people of God.’

“And you remember the rainbow in the Bible is the sign of peace. The rainbow is the sign of prosperity. We want peace, prosperity and justice and we can have it when all the people of God, the rainbow people of God, work …
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