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The Rainbow People of God

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The Rainbow People Of God traces South Africa's glorious victory over apartheid in the writings and speeches of one its central figures, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. From the graveside of Steven Biko to the triumphant inauguration of Nelson Mandela as President of South Africa, Tutu's words and presence helped shape events and led South Africa toward justice and freedom. This ...more
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Published August 1st 1996 by Image
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Christa Brunt
Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a really heavy book that took a while to get through, but left me with profound insight into the happenings in South Africa that I grew up with no knowledge of, and Tutu applied some really cool Biblical ideas.
Treadlightly08
This is one of those immensely valuable books which allow you to understand a period of recent history through the words of one who was there. From the Cold War to the Berlin Wall, the key events of the 1960s to the 1980s are often not well covered by popular history, as there are many people still alive who lived through the events in question. However, my generation was either not alive or too small to understand what was going on when apartheid was dismantled in South Africa in 1991, and this ...more
Nsquared
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Archbishop Tutu's sermons and work against apartheid in South Africa resonate and remain timeless with the disaster that occurred last week in Charleston, SC. History repeats itself. On June 25, 1993 four men burst into a Sunday service with guns and and grenades. Eleven people were killed immediately. Tutu's words "Rampant evil is abroad. Evil men perpetrate vile deeds of darkness of violence, of death, with breathtaking impunity. They have reached the bottom of depravity in attacking and so de ...more
Toby
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir-diary
From the young Tutu's polite letter to prime minister Vorster in 1976, through his outrage after Steve Biko's death and the continuing shootings of black South Africans, to his final joy at the fall of apartheid and the election of Nelson Mandella as president, this volume charts the steadfast hope of the archbishop throughout. Keep faith out of politics? I think not.
Mike/
Apr 23, 2010 rated it liked it
I loved the truh of his speeches and writings.
Even now, as Anglicans (one of whom I used to be) get into fits because of non-issues like homosexuality, his voice still rings true. This book is a great resource for all those interested in his work.
Justin Taylor
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ministry, apartheid
Good book. Desmond Tutu is inspiring and moving in his insight, passion and grace. He is one of those figures who is loved but I find him a bit hypocritical in places. That said we all are... Great insight into the history of the anti-apartheid struggle
Erin
Sep 02, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: peacecorps
Desmond Tutu should be read by everyone. South African history through the eyes of a very wise man!
John Steinbeck
Mar 05, 2008 rated it liked it
read this back when I thought I was going to work for the desmond tutu peace foundation. he is someone with whom a person may easily become obsessed.
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Desmond Mpilo Tutu is a South African cleric and activist who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. In 1984, Tutu became the second South African to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Tutu was the first black South African Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, and primate of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa (now the Anglican Church of Southern A ...more