No Life of My Own: An Autobiography

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Frank Chikane, one of the leading figures in the Christian resistance to apartheid, recounts his life-beginning with his childhood, growing up black under apartheid, and continuing through his call to Christian ministry. He tells of his family's increasing involvement in the struggle against apartheid, of disapproval and suspension from his own church. He relates a harrowing story of escalating harassment, detention and firebombing, torture and exile-and his return, despite death threats and further detention, to...

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Overview

Frank Chikane, one of the leading figures in the Christian resistance to apartheid, recounts his life-beginning with his childhood, growing up black under apartheid, and continuing through his call to Christian ministry. He tells of his family's increasing involvement in the struggle against apartheid, of disapproval and suspension from his own church. He relates a harrowing story of escalating harassment, detention and firebombing, torture and exile-and his return, despite death threats and further detention, to South Africa to continue the fight. Through it all, one thing is clear: Frank Chikane is a man whose faith compels and sustains him in a courageous and selfless journey toward freedom.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608992874
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 158
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Shortly after this book was written, Frank Chikane was elected to succeed Desmond Tutu as General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches. He lives in the township of Soweto with his wife and children.

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Table of Contents

Acronyms vii

Foreword Albert Nolan ix

Preface xi

Introduction: A Letter to All Who Care xiii

My Early Days: Schooling in a "White Man's Country" 1

Our African Spirituality: Learning to Be Christian at the Grass-roots 6

Escaping the God of the Oppressor: Finding My Faith 10

My Calling and Training as a Pastor 17

Balancing the Pendulum 25

Detention and Torture 30

Social Action and a Struggle with My Church 36

A New Context for Doing Theology 44

Getting Involved with the People's Struggles 49

Criminals, Communists and Christians 60

On Saving the First and Second Worlds 64

Thinking about My Family-Thinking about the Kingdom 68

Letter to the Churches in Europe: April 1986 75

Letter to Friends after the State of Emergency: June 1986 85

Afterword: A Reflection on Our Life Kagiso Chikane 89

Appendix I Statement by Frank Chikane from the 1985 Treason Trial 103

Appendix II Through the Cross: An Interview with Frank Chikane Jim Wallis 125

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