Fractured Ground

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Westminster John Knox Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.42 inches | 0.61 pounds

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About the Author

Kimberly Wagner serves as Assistant Professor of Preaching at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. Ordained as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), her teaching and scholarship is fueled and informed by the pressing needs of the church as it seeks to serve in these challenging times. She is passionate about educating public theologians and helping clergy and communities navigate the realities of an ever-changing world and church. Her current writing and work focus on preaching and ministry in the midst and wake of trauma, particularly thinking about collective trauma, the role of the preacher, and the resources of Scripture and faith to respond to these moments.


"All clergy must, at various points in their ministries, preach in the context of trauma. These sermons, delivered next to open graves and in the face of national calamities, are heartbreakingly difficult to breathe into life. Wagner's Fractured Ground is an unflinchingly honest and intelligently hopeful guide to this most difficult work. Right out of the gate, this book is a pastoral classic."

--Scott Black Johnston, Senior Pastor at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, New York, and author of Elusive Grace: Loving Your Enemies While Striving for God's Justice

"Because our society is in an epidemic of mass trauma, Fractured Ground is unfortunately very timely. But precisely because we are in such a time, we are blessed not only by this book's timeliness but also by the fact that it is a very wise guide to those of us who must preach in the midst of disaster. Even as we lament the circumstances that make this book essential, we give profound thanks for the astute lessons and reassuring counsel Wagner offers.

--Thomas G. Long, Bandy Professor Emeritus of Preaching, Candler School of Theology, Emory University (from the foreword)