LaTasha MorrisonWaterBrook Press / 2019 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$9.494 out of 5 stars for Be the Bridge: Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation. View reviews of this product. 23 Reviews
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Meg B.5 Stars Out Of 5Christian, curious about racial issues, but don't know where to start? Start here!October 21, 2019Meg B.Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If you're a Christian who's curious about race and racial reconciliation, but you don't know where to start, START HERE and read this book! Latasha Morrison is compassionate, gentle, and will help you orient yourself in this conversation.
Here are a few aspects of the content I found meaningful.
| First, Morrison addresses topics like slavery, lynchings, and massacres including things I never learned in school. She made me realize how racial segregation in Christian churches; modern shootings of young innocent black lives; and disregard for Black history and culture in the Church are connected to our nation's past. This book gave me an opportunity to understand my place in history and ultimately, in God's great story of reconciling sinful humankind to Himself.
| Second, Morrison helps us see cultural roadblocks to reflecting the fullness of God's intent for the Church that we often aren't even aware of. She talks about the need to acknowledge, lament, and feel the weight of the shame and guilt of sins and evil committed by people like you and me (often our ancestors).
| Third, I was reminded how important lament and grief are in the Scriptures. And how often God called whole people groups, through prophets, to acknowledge colllective sin. Why? So they would not to repeat the past, and so they could be a counter-example of faithfulness and compassion not by just doing nothing, but by becoming a healing balm to wounds that remained open from past generations.
| Fourth, this book contains is a truly prophetic message of conviction and hope! Morrison is confident that through Jesus, the Church can be a witness of the reconciliation, diversity, justice, mercy, hope, and unity that mark God's kingdom before the eyes of a divided, bitter, tired world bent on retreating to only interacting with "our own."
I can't think of a book more necessary for the American Church in 2019.
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ANN5 Stars Out Of 5A commanding, loving, hopeful challengeOctober 16, 2019ANNQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Latasha's style is clear, compassionate, and compelling. Be the Bridge: Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation challenged me to reconsider what I learned about race relations and how I evaluated my own related actions. She is like a friend I trust holding up a mirror (gently and firmly challenging me to see the truth about my own perspective) and then handing me corrective glasses (to see the rest of my neighbors clearly). Though the focus is on her own experience as a Black American and that of those brought to this continent as slaves, she also introduces readers to the experiences of people of color outside the Black community as well her White friends in the context of racial reconciliation (and roadblocks to the same). She dispelled myths about the legal racist practices in our nation's history, including one that I heard often growing up about slaves being treated like loved family. "Family doesn't leave family in bondage," she corrects. She taught that the struggle for people of different ethnic backgrounds to live as neighbors is older than the words of the New Testament, which she uses to provide helpful, Christ-centered guidance. She is mindful of the contributions all people (not only majority culture) to perpetuate attitudes of bias. She makes powerful challenges to those who pray for God's kingdom to come and His will to be done on earth as in heaven, reminding them that love of neighbor is paramount to that end. As a woman of color who has been on the giving and receiving end of racist attitude and remarks, I found Ms. Morrison's book to be powerfully helpful in making necessary changes in my own actions. She also gave me tools to move forward in strength and purposeful peace in a culture where racial reconciliation is not yet widely pursued. I strongly recommend this book to anyone looking for an intelligent, thoughtful, helpful perspective on the problem of poor race relations and the solution of reconciliation.
Grateful5 Stars Out Of 5Eye OpeningOctober 15, 2019GratefulQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book was a learning experience in the best way. I have lived in relative ignorance, silence, and white privilege my entire life and it's time for me to change! I learned new and often disturbing facts in chapter after chapter. Latasha Morrison offers strength and forgiveness to the conversation as she reveals her own journey. She is the founder of the organization by the same name, Be the Bridge which is "committed to bringing the reconciliation power of the gospel to the racial divide in America." The subtitle of the book, "Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation" is a wake up call to the Christian church. Each chapter ends with questions for reflection and discussion and each section contains a liturgy that can be used with a group to perhaps formalize the commitment on the path of reconciliation.
Make no mistake, this may be personally challenging but may also be the most life changing book you read this year.
Nancy5 Stars Out Of 5Be The Bridge Pursing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation by Latasha MorrisonOctober 15, 2019NancyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Be The Bridge Pursing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation " by Latasha Morrison is a nonfiction book. For many years there has been racial division in the church and the world. Latasha confronts the issues that cause racial division through her book and in the Be The Bridge non profit groups. This book is a way to bring people to reconciliation and break down the barriers in racial division. I commend Latasha for the work she is doing and for writing this book. Thank you to the publisher for allowing me to read and review this book. It is an important book for our world. I hope the Be The Bridge non profit groups are successful and that the book is successful as well.
Coach Henness5 Stars Out Of 5Showing us a path forward in Christ.October 15, 2019Coach HennessQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I got an advanced copy to read and review.
A few years ago, I was really struggling. Some events caused me to really wake up to the reality of being a mixed-raced person in an all white family, church, social circle, etc. I began to see how the historical racism of America and Christianity was keeping us twisted even today. So I struggled with believing there was a way forward and through racial divisions in Christ. And then I came upon Be The Bridge and the biblical path to racial reconciliation taught in their discussion guide, and I knew there was hope.
In this book, LaTasha Morrison walks us through this biblical racial reconciliation process. She gives scripture, stories and examples where appropriate to illustrate each stage of reconciliation. She connects being a bridge builder and justice seeker with how we live out our faith in Jesus Christ.
There are discussion questions at the end of each chapter. There are also prayers and liturgies. This, to me, is incredibly useful. Not only to give us language for faithfully addressing matters of race in our own prayers but also as a community of believers.
Overall, if you've wondered about 'race relations', about the church's role, if you've questioned whether or not there is hope, questioned the often Christian approach of ignoring race/color, Be The Bridge is a book that can bring some clarity. This book can offer a path forward that is faithful to scripture, to Christ and to honoring one another as fellow image bearers of God.
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