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Iconic Preacher and Social Justice Pioneer Dr. Gardner C. Taylor Debuts New Book


Iconic Preacher and Social Justice Pioneer Dr. Gardner C. Taylor Debuts New Book

"Faith in the Fire" offers wisdom for our turbulent times.

New York, NY (PRWEB) August 09, 2011

The Civil Rights Movement owed its spirit, resolve, and courage to the revolutionary religious leadership that helped create and guide it. One of the most influential figures to rise from that struggle is Dr. Gardner C. Taylor, a founding member of the Progressive National Baptist Convention along with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For over six decades, this world-renowned African American preacher has been celebrated and recognized for his deep understanding of the Christian faith and theology, his moving sermons, engaging eloquence, and commitment to social justice.

In Faith In The Fire: Wisdom for Life (SmileyBooks, August 2011, ISBN: 978-1-4019-2962-6, $21.95, hardcover with CD), the 93-year-old legend has once again teamed up with his longtime collaborator Reverend Edward L. Taylor to share a lifetime of his observations and insights on a wealth of topics—from Christian faith and love, to culture and politics, to everyday wit and wisdom.

On August 10, 2011, Dr. Taylor will be interviewed by Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West in Washington, D.C. in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Progressive National Baptist Convention and the debut of Faith In The Fire.

Poignant, deeply moving, and beautifully rendered, Dr. Taylor's words remind us of the power of African American preachers and their fearless mission to boldly proclaim a message of hope to all.

“We have won our faith in fire. When the structures of our lives are destroyed by flames, and the hungry flames of life seem to devour that beauty like a starving man before a laden table, we know that we are not alone. Faith still lives! Faith is not burned. Promises are not scorned. Faith guides us, holds us, and sustains us. By faith, the impossible will come to pass. By faith, defeat can be turned into victory and sorrow into laughing. Faith will see you through and make us more than conquerors,” says Dr. Taylor.

If you wish to schedule an interview with Rev. Edward Taylor to discuss Dr. Taylor's philosophy and legacy, please contact Leshelle Sargent or call 646-484-4963.

For more information about Faith In The Fire, please visit

About The Author:
Civil rights activist and social justice pioneer Dr. Gardner C. Taylor has been called one of the 12 greatest preachers in the English-speaking world by Newsweek. Dr. Taylor has preached around the globe, receiving more than 13 honorary degrees and countless awards, and has taught at the country's most esteemed institutions and divinity schools. Leadership, Christian Century, Time, Newsweek, Christianity Today, The New York Times, Newsday, and Ebony have recognized his extraordinary contributions. In 2000, Dr. Taylor received the Presidential Medal of Freedom presented by President Bill Clinton.

About The Editor:
The Reverend Edward L. Taylor, a native of Ville Platte, Louisiana, was educated at Louisiana College, New Brunswick Seminary, and the University of London, and has been a Resident Fellow at Harvard Divinity School. He is the editor of The Words of Gardner Taylor, The Gardner C. Taylor Preaching Library on CD-Rom, and the Essential Taylor audio series. Over the past 14 years, he has served as the pastor of several parishes. He currently resides in San Jose, California and London, England.

Faith In The Fire: Wisdom for Life
By Dr. Gardner C. Taylor
Edited by Edward L. Taylor
Publication date: August 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4019-2962-6
6-1/2” x 6”
Hardcover-with-CD and photos
240 pages $21.95


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