RaveThe Chicago TribuneTo root the book in his own life and tradition, Dyson structures it as a worship service, dividing chapters into 'Hymns of Praise,' 'Invocation,' 'Benediction' and 'Sermon,' the latter of which constitutes more than half of the text. At first this seems a bit contrived, since these components don't function the same way in print as they do in person in a worshipping community. But the format also allows Dyson, a celebrated academic and news analyst, to reclaim his identity as an ordained Baptist minister. So his narrative voice carries a deeper and more intimate authority ... This personal experience — Dyson's raw honesty and self-revelation — enables him to confront his white audience and reach out to them.