All My Bones Shake
Robert Jensen, a life-long activist fighting for women’s rights, racial equality, and global justice, reveals with this book the emotional journey that brought him back to the church after an entire adulthood of religious indifference. Our world is perched on the verge of chaos, he warns. As political, economic, cultural, and ecological crises peak, the decisions we make are likely to have permanent consequences for our future and for the fate of our planet. In our nation, what underlies this chaos is a spiritual unrest, a stubborn conflict that has gotten in the way of understanding and slowed theological progress to a glacial crawl. Drawing on the Old and New Testaments, contemporary philosophy, common sense, personal intuition, and progressive politics, Jensen offers a full defense of his conclusion, holding its consistency up to the best of religious and secular teachings. A touchingly open memoir that is also a study of the religious debate in America, “All My Bones Shake” marks an entirely new communion: a way to look at religion as a tool with which we may create closer ties to all humanity and begin to create a just and sustainable society—to face with confidence the uncertainty of our lives. Both political and spiritual, radical and universal, public and very personal, Jensen’s warmhearted text is a passionate testament to the potential of religion to offer sanity and stability in the face of our culture’s growing turmoil.
Robert Jensen is an associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Journalism, where he teaches courses in media law, ethics, and politics. Jensen also serves as the director of the university’s Senior Fellows Honors Program of the College of Communication. Since joining the UT faculty in 1992, Jensen has published four critical books on media and power: Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity (South End Press, 2007); The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege (City Lights, 2005); Citizens of the Empire: The Struggle to Claim Our Humanity (City Lights, 2004); and Writing Dissent: Taking Radical Ideas from the Margins to the Mainstream (Peter Lang, 2002). In addition to these texts, Jensen writes for both the alternative and mainstream popular media, with opinion and analytic pieces on politics, power, and race appearing in papers across the country. He has appeared on-air at FOX, MSNBC, and CNN, and numerous community and commercial radio stations in Los Angeles, New York, Berkeley, and Houston.
Paper | 5 1/2″ x 8 1/4″ | 256 pgs. | ISBN: 978-1-59376-234-6 | List: $15.95 | 06/1/2009