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I am reposting Eerdmans Blog: Eerdword. They posted this piece to celebrate #AAPIHeritageMonth, but I just noticed it now. Better to post it late than never.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Embracing the Other

In 2015, we published Grace Ji-Sun Kim’s Embracing the Other: The Transformative Spirit of Love. For today’s #ThrowbackListThursday post, we wanted to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by featuring an excerpt of Embracing the Other.

About the Book

We live in a time of great racial strife and global conflict. How do we work toward healing, reconciliation, and justice among all people, regardless of race or gender? In Embracing the Other: The Transformative Spirit of Love, Grace Ji-Sun Kim demonstrates that it is possible only through God’s Spirit.

Working from a feminist Asian perspective, Kim develops a new constructive global pneumatology that works toward gender and racial- ethnic justice. She draws on concepts from Asian and indigenous cultures to reimagine the divine as “Spirit God” who is restoring shalom in the world. Through the power of Spirit God, Kim says, our brokenness is healed and we can truly love and embrace the Other.

Look Inside

Introduction and first chapter

An innovative Asian feminist perspective on God’s Spirit.

Part of the Prophetic Christianity series

The Prophetic Christianity series, edited by Bruce Ellis Benson, Malinda Elizabeth Berry, and Peter Goodwin Heltzel, explores the complex relationship between Christian doctrine and contemporary life. Deeply rooted in the Christian tradition yet taking postmodern and postcolonial perspectives seriously, series authors navigate difference and dialogue constructively about divisive and urgent issues of the early twenty-first century. The books in the series are sensitive to historical contexts, marked by philosophical precision, and relevant to contemporary problems. Embracing shalom justice, series authors seek to bear witness to God’s gracious activity of building beloved community.


“Grace Ji-Sun Kim’s book Embracing the Other represents a bold, original, and insightful challenge to prophetically confront the sins of racism and sexism through the life-giving power of the Spirit. This book is an important Korean-American contribution to the spiritual revitalization of North American churches and the struggles against everyday racism and sexism. I highly recommend it.”
— Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza
Harvard Divinity School

“Grace Ji-Sun Kim continues to offer us insightful and original work that makes a difference in both the church and the academy, a rare accomplishment in the scholarly world. This book shows the growing impact of her fresh voice — prophetic, priestly, and practical.”
—Dwight N. Hopkins
University of Chicago

Buy Now

Embracing the Other is available for purchase at Amazon and Eerdmans.com.

Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Grace Ji-Sun Kim is associate professor of theology at Earlham School of Religion and a regular blogger on The Huffington Post. Her other books include The Grace of Sophia: A Korean North American Women’s ChristologyThe Holy Spirit, Chi, and the Other: A Model of Global and Intercultural Pneumatology; and Contemplations from the Heart: Spiritual Reflections on Family, Community, and the Divine.


Eerdmans Author Interviews: Grace Ji-Sun Kim

January 18, 2016

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