In the opening chapter, she talks some about preaching as a moment for Weeping, Confession, and Resistance -- explaining some of what she means by eac...moreIn the opening chapter, she talks some about preaching as a moment for Weeping, Confession, and Resistance -- explaining some of what she means by each of those words.
The rest of the chapters, though, are basically primers on various axes of oppression. Arguably useful primers -- pointing out theological pitfalls, but mostly just emphasizing why these axes of "systematic denial, domination, and oppression of people" are such big problems. Which is really not what I came to this book looking for. (Though the three sermons in the last chapter are good examples of how to do the kind of preaching she is calling for.) I also have a variety of problems with her primers.
The disability chapter isn't "great," but I don't have strong problems with it either. And I think it utilizes specific personal anecdotes effectively.
The ageism chapter feels like all statistics.
The heterosexism chapter -- I came out of that chapter feeling like I could tell you almost nothing of what it contained, it was that unmemorable; though I recognize that much of that is a factor of the fact that it wasn't new to non-representative-sample me, so perhaps I'm not the best person to be judging that chapter.
The sexism and racism chapters both felt very ineffective to me -- I didn't think they were well-structured in terms of arguing for these as pervasive systems of oppression, and the sexism chapter suffered from feeling very over-the-top and the racism chapter suffered from feeling like an overabundance of historical overviews.
The classism chapter, I took more notes on than I did any other chapter. There's definitely some interesting stuff in there ... though I'm still not sure it's well-structured as a chapter.
The author says she includes some of her own sermons with reservations, but I think they're some of the best stuff in the book -- showing how one can preach with a grounding both in a specific text and also in a deep consciousness of and concern about these issues, without suffering from many of the failings of the preceding chapters.(less)