(Birmingham, Ala.)—November 6, 2013— New Hope® Publishers is proud to recognize author Taylor Field as a 2013 recipient of Wake Forest University’s Pro Humanitate Award.
The portraits of Pro Humanitate recipients include members of the Wake Forest community ranging in service from quiet acts in meeting an immediate need to large leaps of faith in founding nonprofits. However, each proves that the spirit of the Wake Forest motto is alive in the world.
According to James Powell, associate professor of classical languages at Wake Forest, the institution’s motto, Pro Humanitate, gives the university community a focal point and reminds its members that human cultivation, human flourishing, is their fundamental commitment.
For the last 25 years, Field has served as the pastor-director of Graffiti Community Ministries in New York City where he has been recognized for his church and community ministry. Through his church he provides food, clothing, afterschool programs, legal services, and addiction-recovery programs to the poor, homeless, and addicted. Graffiti Church serves 10,000 people a year.
“Wake Forest gave me opportunities to ‘first think, then do,’” said Field. “I have been particularly drawn to those who live in the shadows in the urban context, the ones that sometimes don’t get included: the unserved, those who have fallen through the cracks, those who live in the shadows. I find the courage of people in difficult situations extremely compelling. For me, the love of Christ cannot be something theoretical, but needs to be expressed in some tangible way — tutoring a child, giving someone a sandwich, providing a blanket, helping in some practical way. That’s what makes my heart sing.”
Field’s “Upside Down” series, published by New Hope, includes Upside-Down Freedom: Inverted Principles for Christian Living and Upside-Down Leadership: Rethinking Influence and Success. The third book, Upside-Down Devotion: Extreme Action for a Remarkable God, will be available in May 2014, and is guaranteed to have readers changing their perspective on how to define worship.
“Taylor writes that often we think of worship and devotion as attending church, singing, journaling, and so on,” says Andrea Mullins, publisher for New Hope. “Yet, unless we stand for those in trouble, we have missed what pleases God.”
Field’s books are available at bookstores everywhere and online. Follow Taylor’s blog at thestairwaytonowhere.com.
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