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Filled to Be Emptied

The Path to Liberation for Privileged People

Brandan J. Robertson

  • 2/15/2022
  • 0664267246
  • 978-0-664-26724-7
  • Paperback
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  • Paperback
  • 164
  • 5.5 x 8.5
  • 16.00 oz

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"Robertson’s words may pry open the hearts of those who have been closed to this conversation because they don’t see themselves as privileged. He makes it clear that privilege is morally neutral, not negative. It’s what we do with our privilege that matters…"

The Christian Century

“Robertson has written a vigorous summons to the advantaged to heed the call of Christ. By an alert, sustained appeal to the ancient Christian hymn of Philippians 2, Robertson lines out how we who are advantaged may embrace an alternative life that resonates with God’s good news. Though we may be ‘filled’ with the trinkets of capitalism, may we be ‘emptied’ of them in order to be ‘filled’ with the goodness of God. The focus is relentlessly on actual concrete practice. Robertson shows us a path that is emancipatory and reconciling—a major gift.”

-Walter Brueggemann, author of Journey to the Common Good

“Robertson invites vulnerable self-reflection by his own example. Releasing ourselves from captive privilege and power to pursue peace and equity is uncomfortable. Yet ultimately, it is the path toward human flourishing. Read and be challenged to deeper levels of spiritual impact right here, right now.”

-Cedric Harmon, executive director of Many Voices: A Black Church Movement for LGBT Justice

“Jesus is the ultimate example of laying down his privilege for the sake of love and justice. Through this book, Robertson offers a thoughtful exploration of how we can follow in Jesus’ footsteps. Robertson challenges each of us to confront our own privilege and choose the path that leads to flourishing for all.”

-Jennifer Butler, CEO of Faith in Public Life

“In Filled to Be Emptied, Robertson provides a challenging, compelling, and ultimately profoundly encouraging case for understanding and practicing Christianity as a socially transformative faith that requires dying to the pursuit of privilege. Anyone who seeks to understand Jesus’ call to transform the world in which we live to look more like the kingdom of God—to labor without ceasing to cocreate a more just, inclusive world ‘on Earth as it is heaven’—should read this book.”

-Adam Russell Taylor, president of Sojourners