Freedman's vivid, wonderfully affecting book . . . is journalism of the highest order, a compassionate account of a year in the life of an extraordinary man, a charismatic Brooklyn preacher named Reverend Johnny Ray Youngblood, . . . . A sharply focused, triumphant hymn-shouting wonder of a book documenting the spiritual and worldly struggles of a people grappling with everyday realities that would test the convictions of a saint. --Entertainment Weekly (A)
Upon This Rock provides a route back to hope for all readers. --Christian Science Monitor
In this widely acclaimed bestseller, Samuel Freedman, the author of Small Victories, tackles another explosive issue, this time race in America, by taking an in-depth look at the pastor of a thriving Black church in one of New York's most desperate slums.