My Name Is Child of God: A First-Person Look at Poverty (Google eBook)

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Augsburg Books, 2007 - Religion - 175 pages
2 Reviews

This personal and provocative look at poverty in America is shaped around the author's own engaging stories, song lyrics, and poems, including the well-known Call Me Child of God ... Not Those People. The story of her growing up in a large Irish Catholic working-class family in Minneapolis, Minnesota, draws together the experiences of living in poverty, the role of the church and music in her life, and the many remarkable people who populated her life and the lives of her family.

The author describes economic hardship and social challenges as being as "regular as the turning seasons in my coming up years," and refers to her life in poverty as the "soil of my art." Through her stories and reflections, Julia Dinsmore puts a face on poverty and challenges readers to answer God's call to respond to poverty and its effects.

  

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Review: My Name Is Child of God... Not "Those People": A First Person Look at Poverty

User Review  - TJ Benham - Goodreads

Julia's book is a raw look inside the day-to-day struggle of poverty. What is here comes from the heart and sometimes the pain is raw. A necessary read for anyone considering a career serving others. Read full review

Review: My Name Is Child of God... Not "Those People": A First Person Look at Poverty

User Review  - Kathryn - Goodreads

This book combined poetry with a hard nosed, first-hand look at Poverty in the United States. Those who have met the author revel in this book. I struggled with Ms. Dinsmore's style of prose but learned a great deal from her message and the description of her life. Read full review

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Contents

Head Winds The Promise of a Sure Foot
29
Coming Up Years
30
Sown Seed
51
Baptism Prayer
52
Peace Poem
53
I Am the Puppet
54
Food Stories
55
Oh Little One
69
If When and Did You Know?
123
Company Came Calling
129
In the Tail Winds with No Construction Materials in Sight
132
Birds in the BBQ Chronic Sorrows and Speaking Life
133
Katrina Survivor
136
When God Created You
137
The Main Course
140
Me and the Lutherans
141

Blame Shame
70
There Were Rainbows Somewhere over Our Sorrow
77
Reclaiming WorkingClass Men
78
Introduction to When We Left Minneapolis
82
When We Left Minneapolis
83
Cold Day Thankfulness
87
Angels Unaware?
88
Song for Jerome
92
Terrible Storms Nights Weeping Endured
95
Dont Give Up
103
Depth Charges
104
Home
112
History Survival and the Underground Economy
115
Whats in a Poem? Introduction to A Glimmer of Heaven
118
A Glimmer of Heaven
120
Song for Jacob
121
Grace on the Loose
146
We the People
149
Megs Robin
150
Birds Live in Nests
154
Just Like God?
155
RantOde to My Desire for Change
158
Part 2 Freedom Train
159
Part 3 Missin Papa
160
Part 4 Motherless Child
162
Part 5 Tedious Journey
164
Part 6 Strangest Dream
166
Just This Week
169
Dear Mother
171
I Call Myself
176
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About the author (2007)

Julia K. Dinsmore is a freelance writer, storyteller, and singer/songwriter. As a child she lived in poverty and as an adult she has found herself living below the poverty line. Her riveting stories, songs, and poems reveal what it is like to be poor in America. Articulate, clear-visioned, and endowed with a marvelous sense of justice and humor, she makes frequent presentations to college classes, church groups, and civic organizations. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota