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News from the Hill March 23, 2009 | back to index

Alumnus and adjunct faculty member Kirk Byron Jones honored with national magazine award

Rest in the Storm: Self-Care Strategies for Clergy and Other Caregivers (Judson Press 2001) by Kirk Byron Jones is one of forty books and films recently selected by Sojourners Magazine as “The Best Resources for Social Change.”

Dr. Jones is an alumnus, adjunct professor of ethics and preaching, and former Kelsey-Owens Professor of Black Ministries and assistant professor of ethics at Andover Newton Theological School. A pastor for twenty years, Dr. Jones is a frequent guest preacher, speaker, and teacher and is the author of numerous articles and books on ministry and preaching, including Holy Play: The Joyful Adventure of Unleashing Your Divine Purpose (Jossey-Bass 2007).

Rest in the Storm compiles works by such historic and contemporary thinkers on change and social justice as Sojourner Truth, Henri Nouwen, Stephen Spielberg, and Martin Luther King, Jr.  It was one of the first books to address the issue of emotional burnout among caregivers.  Since its publication, it has sold over 15,000 copies and has become a standard text in many seminaries and universities around the country.

Founded in 1971 and based in Washington, DC, Sojourners Magazine’s mission is “to articulate the biblical call to social justice, inspiring hope and building a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church, and the world.”