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I Am That Child Paints Real Faces of AIDS, Poverty, and Sexism as
Encountered on Cameroon Mission

March 11, 2012 |

What do Mission and Outreach really look like? How tall are they? Male or female? And when does "putting faith into action" mean reaching out far beyond our wallet or comfortable lifestyle? In I Am That Child, Elizabeth Geitz helps answer these questions as she fleshes out the human faces of AIDS, poverty and sexism as experienced first-hand in an orphanage in Cameroon, West Africa.

New York, NY – Along the way, Geitz takes a hard look at race and cultural privilege and finds hope for reconciliation back home. Especially useful with church study groups and social justice/outreach campaigns, the book concludes with study and resource guides to help readers engage global poverty efforts and build community across continents or across the street.

Elizabeth Geitz’s books have been hailed by people as diverse as Desmond Tutu, Phyllis Tickle, and John Berendt. With a focus on justice issues, her writings speak to people with the passion to make a difference in the world.

"Elizabeth Geitz's odyssey to a Cameroon orphanage yields profound insights into AIDS, the criminalization of HIV, and racial and gender discrimination -- not to mention a narrative that is as breath-taking as it is inspiring." – John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

"This is the most compelling book about mission that is honest-to-God … and honest-before-God … that I have ever read. If it does not move us to contrition, affectionate love, and then to action, the fault is with us and not with the book or the story it tells." – Phyllis Tickle, author of Embracing Emergence Christianity and former religion editor for Publishers Weekly

"Geitz takes us into a brilliant world -- one seldom seen through Western eyes. If you see this world, I predict two things. First, you will not look away. Lastly, you will discover here courage and perseverance." Michael Battle, author of Ubuntu: I in You and You in Me

"… a touching account of learning and growing across boundaries of culture and economics in a Cameroonian orphanage where we see ‘the love of God materialized.’ Geitz’ book will encourage Westerners to explore solidarity with companions in the Two-Thirds World – and with those suffering injustice at home." Titus Presler, Principal of Edwardes College in Peshawar, Pakistan, and author of Going Global with God: Reconciling Mission in a World of Difference

"The stories unfold in short, lively chapters and take the reader on a fascinating journey. Elizabeth Geitz writes lucidly and engagingly of her own privilege and a pilgrimage that brought her to a renewed passion and priesthood; one hopes that she'll continue sharing more with us all." – Sam Portaro, author of Crossing the Jordan: Meditations on Vocation and Transforming Vocation

Elizabeth Geitz is an Episcopal priest and author of numerous books, including Fireweed Evangelism: Christian Hospitality in a Multi-faith World; Soul Satisfaction: Reclaiming the Divine Feminine; Gender and the Nicene Creed, and is co-editor of Women's Uncommon Prayers. A newspaper columnist, she is an award-winning writer and popular speaker who works closely with Sister Jane Mankaa and the Good Shepherd Home Board in Cameroon. Visit Elizabeth's website and blog at

The new book can be ordered through any Episcopal, religious, or secular bookstore; through any online bookseller, or direct from Cokesbury Christian stores,, or from Cokesbury customer service at 800-672-1789.

Founded in 1918 and headquartered in New York City, Church Publishing Incorporated is the publisher of official worship materials, books, and music for the Episcopal Church, plus a multi-faceted publisher and supplier to the broader ecumenical marketplace. Publishing imprints include Church Publishing, Morehouse Publishing, and Seabury Books. Additional CPI divisions include Morehouse Church Supplies, a provider of church supplies and clergy shirts; and Morehouse Education Resources, which produces lectionary-based curriculum, faith formation programs, plus e-publishing resources and services.

I Am That Child: Changing Hearts & Changing the World Elizabeth Geitz 978-0-8192-2778-2 176 pgs Paper 5.5 X 8.5 $18.00 On Sale Morehouse

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