Through the story told in the Song of Solomon, you will learn to use the one tool that heals both victim and oppressor: God's love. This once popular interpretation of the Song of Solomon details a young woman's struggle between submitting to King Solomon as his sex slave and accepting her beloved Shepherd's invitation to come away.
The scholars who subscribed to this interpretation believed the Song of Solomon was a rallying cry to dismantle the injustices perpetuated by the unpopular King Solomon against his Northern Kingdom.
Was this interpretation buried in modern times to justify slavery and segregation? You will need to judge for yourself. The book is divided into eight lessons, each ending with a suggested spiritual practice. The reader gets a solid understanding of the Song of Solomon wrapped around an unforgettable parable: the story of an African-American baseball coach turned congressional representative, who, influenced by the Song of Solomon, spent his life dismantling injustice. The Disorderly Parable Bible Studies teach the way Jesus taught, by using stories of everyday people and things to illustrate spiritual truths.
"Through an engaging tale of an unlikely friendship between a novice writer and a celebrated political figure in Washington's halls of power, Love-Fordham crafts an imaginative but responsible commentary on one of the most enigmatic books of the Bible. In a bold re-interpretation of the Song of Solomon, Love-Fordham turns an enigmatic, often ignored biblical narrative into a powerful commentary on contemporary issues of justice, race, and hope." --Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning, Columbia Theological Seminary
"An engaging and potentially life-altering encounter with the Song of Songs. In Dismantling Injustice, April Love-Fordham combines serious Bible study, spiritual development, and Christian ethics. While this is a good book for individual study and reflection, I suspect it will be especially powerful when used in a small group setting. I, for one, can't wait to convene such a group." --Rebecca M. Blackwell, Retired Executive Presbyter, PC (USA); Steward of the Mysteries; Minister of Reconciliation
"April Love-Fordham has discovered an utterly unique method for teaching the Bible: through the narrative of a novel that reveals the deepest meaning of a book of scripture. Dismantling Injustice weaves together scholarly exegesis and insight with a profoundly intriguing and compelling novel. It has given me an entirely new way of interpreting the Song of Solomon. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants a fresh understanding of scripture."" --Kenneth Swanson, Rector, St. David's Church, Roswell, GA
April Love-Fordham, with two degrees from Georgia Tech, spent twenty years in the corporate world, including several in Washington DC as a technology advisor. She attended seminary, receiving a master's from Columbia and a doctorate from Gordon-Conwell while pastoring two churches. Living with her husband and Great Dane in Atlanta, she is writing a series of Disorderly Parable Bible Studies, which includes James in the Suburbs (2014) on the Epistle of James. Learn more at aprillovefordham.com.