A Way Out of No Way: A Memoir of Truth, Transformation, and the New American Story

Penguin Pr. Jun. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9780593491546. $28. MEMOIR
Rev. Warnock won Georgia’s U.S. Senate special election race in January 2020, becoming the first Black elected U.S. Senator from that state. Approaching his November 2022 reelection bid, Warnock here provides his statement of personal and political identity. Tracing his journey from Savannah’s public housing as a free-lunch kid through the Upward Bound program on to Atlanta’s Morehouse College and then Union Theological Seminary in New York City, he writes of beneficial public policies and being blessed with family, friends, and mentors. He outlines lessons learned in his view of an unfolding Christian ministry avowing the worth of every human being and engaging issues of the day from mass incarceration, which entrapped one of his older brothers, to voting rights, and more. His engaging self-portrait depicts a transformation that carried a poor black church boy from straitened but fortuitous circumstances through a continuing civil rights movement to make what in his view was once unthinkable now doable.
VERDICT Warnock’s intimate account of life-changing moments and the arc of events in Georgia and America holds wide appeal and will particularly appeal to readers of faith.
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