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colonialism han

My third book, Colonialism, Han, and the Transformative Spirit (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) has sparked some interest within the theological world. I have discussed it on WATER as well as Homebrewed Christianity

I have also given many talks about the book in many different universities and colleges.  I am especially grateful when my book appears on someone’s reading list.  My friend, Dr. Christena Cleveland included it on her list of “Reconciliation Books to Read 2013“.  She is the author of a new book, Disunity in Christ.  I am so grateful to her for putting my book on her list.  Thanks Dr. Cleveland!

Below is an excerpt from her site.


 Colonialism, Han, and the Transformative Spirit by Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Theologian Grace Ji-Sun Kim’s books are always thoughtful and challenging and this one is no different. She begins by showing how our mistreatment of land and neighbor is rooted in sinful and inequitable power dynamics. Then she introduces the Korean concept of Han, a collective feeling of oppression and isolation, that most people in the world (e.g., the powerless) experience. Lastly and hopefully, she suggests that the transformative spirit – that is, the God-enabled power that humans can harness — can bring about much needed reconciliation.  This book is poetic, imaginative, intellectually-stimulating, prophetic and provocative. A true delight!

Are there any other books that have shaped your views on reconciliation and justice? Feel free to share them below.

[read also: Disunity in Christ]


BN7A3104-MGrace Ji-Sun Kim is Visiting Researcher at Georgetown University.  She is the author of 5 books, Reimagining with Christian Doctrines co-edited with Jenny Daggers (Palgrave, forthcoming), Contemplations from the Heart  (Wipf & Stock, forthcoming), Colonialism, Han and the Transformative Spirit (Palgrave Pivot), The Holy Spirit, Chi, and the Other: A Model of Global and Intercultural Pneumatology (Palgrave Macmillan) and The Grace of Sophia: A Korean North American Women’s Christology (Pilgrim Press). She is a co-editor with Dr. Joseph Cheah for the Palgrave Macmillan Book Series, “Asian Christianity in Diaspora”.