Plenty Good Room | A Lenten Bible Study Based on African American Spirituals (Thornton and Baldwin)

Plenty Good Room | A Lenten Bible Study Based on African American Spirituals (Thornton and Baldwin)


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This unique short-term Bible study combines an in-depth look at Scripture, American history, and the music and lyrics of six African American spirituals.

The six-session study provides biblical, social, and historical analyses of the spirituals:

  • "Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit"
  • "This Lonesome Valley"
  • "Bow Down on Your Knees"
  • "Plenty Good Room"
  • “Ain't Dat Good News"
  • "Were You There?" 

Thornton wrote all-new lessons appropriate to the season. Leader helps can be found in the book providing discussion questions and activities. Plenty Good Room is a powerful resource for small groups, Sunday schools, choir groups, and any setting where persons seek to enrich their devotional and spiritual experience through God's Word and music. Written with Lewis V. Baldwin.

Marilyn E. Thornton
(Master of Divinity, Vanderbilt) has degrees in music from Howard University and from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. She is the lead editor for Abingdon Press’s Bible study series based on spirituals, the songbook Zion Still Sings: For Every Generation, and VBS programs. She has taught at Howard, Tennessee State, and Trevecca Nazarene universities and serves as Campus Minister of the Wesley Foundation at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Lewis V. Baldwin, a native of Alabama, received his B.A. in history from Talladega College. He received an M.A. in Black Church Studies and an M.Div. in theology from Colgate-Rochester Divinity School. He earned a Ph.D. in American Christianity from Northwestern University. Baldwin has taught at Wooster College, Colgate University, and Colgate-Rochester Divinity School, and is Professor Emeritus in Religious Studies at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of over 60 articles and several books.

Publisher: Abingdon Press
Pub date: December 2016
Paper / 64 pages / 6" x 9" 
ISBN: 9781501822483

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