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In a world in which the walls between us seem impenetrable, where factors such as race, class, values, and lifestyle inhibit meaningful connection with one another, many find it easier to avoid or ignore people who make us uncomfortable or who we do not like. But God's call to the church is not to ignore and avoid, but the embrace.
Leroy Barber has spent decades pursuing reconciliation and justice amongst groups of vastly diverse people and knows the challenge of embracing those who are difficult to embrace. Yet in Embrace: God's Radical Shalom for a Divided World, he advocates that the way to radical shalom on earth is through pursuing these relationships.
We have the opportunity as the people of God to bring true peace and unity to a world that desperately needs it. Embrace the challenge to show a divided world the bridge-building power of God's love.
|Title: Embrace: God's Radical Shalom for a Divided World|
By: Leroy Barber
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
Weight: 7 ounces
Stock No: WW844715
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The walls between us seem impenetrable. We live in an age of strife and division. Factors such as race, class, values and lifestyles keep us from connecting with others in meaningful ways. It's easy to avoid or ignore those who make us uncomfortable and those we simply do not like, but God's call to the church is to do just the opposite. Leroy Barber has spent decades pursuing reconciliation and justice amongst groups of vastly diverse people. He knows the challenge of embracing those who are difficult to embrace, yet he advocates that the way to radical shalom on earth is through pursuing these relationships. We have the opportunity as the people of God to bring true peace and unity to a world that desperately needs it. Embrace the challenge to show a divided world the bridge-building power of God's love.
Leroy Barber is the co-founder and director of the Voices Project, founder of Restoration Ministries, and college pastor at Kilns College. He has dedicated more than twenty-five years to eradicating poverty, confronting homelessness, restoring local neighborhoods, healing racism and living what Dr. King called "the beloved community." He is the author of New Neighbor and Everyday Missions, coauthor of Red, Brown, Yellow, Black and White, and a contributor to Tending to Eden and the groundbreaking book unChristian: What a New Generation Thinks about Christianity and Why It Matters.
"Leroy Barber has been on the frontlines of the struggle for racial justice for many years now. In his new book Embrace, he makes the case for why deeper and more loving relationships, especially with people who are unlike us, hold the key to creating God's kingdom here on earth and repairing the breaches in our lives and societies. Leroy's book employs powerful personal examples, accessible prose, insightful social analysis, and a mastery of Scripture that together make this a must-read for anyone who is concerned with our future together as a human family in a broken world so loved by God. He shows that talk isn't enough—that we need to repair the breaches we have caused and allowed in both our relationships and our systems. Leroy Barber is making a powerful case today for why leaders of color need our strongest affirmation and support, especially in faith-based and other critical nonprofit organizations, if we are to move forward."
—Jim Wallis, president, Sojourners, editor in chief, Sojourners, New York Times bestselling author of America's Original Sin
"Troubled times require God's people to rise up and embody God's shalom. Leroy Barber fully understands the world we live in. His life and ministry reveal a deep concern for our divided and broken world. He not only writes about shalom relationships but also demonstrates them in his own life and ministry. This book will lead you through important but sometimes difficult concepts and issues that can strengthen the church and direct you toward an embodied life of godly relationships that we will do well to emulate."
—Soong-Chan Rah, Milton B. Engebretson Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism, North Park Theological Seminary, author of Prophetic Lament
"Leroy Barber offers a simple yet deeply profound invitation to return to a foundation of relationship. Embrace is very timely with helpful insights for today's increasingly divided world. Barber challenges us to look and find the unexamined prejudices that lead us to further alienation from those God brings into our lives. A great book for those longing for depth and true transformation in their relationships."
—Nikki Toyama-Szeto, director, IJM Institute for Biblical Justice and author of God of Justice
"In Embrace: God's Radical Shalom for a Divided World, Leroy Barber draws from decades of ministry among diverse people to argue for the centrality of relationships across differences to achieving not just reconciliation, but true justice. Encouraging, openhearted words for divisive times."-- Sojourners, January 2017
"Barber also provides ways to work toward the goal of action. The steps are smallvisiting an African-American museum, or watching a movie with a predominately black castbut they are also essential. Few white people will (or can) jump fully into new community, and overcome a lifetime of being subtly imbued with racial bias. Through Embrace, Barber gives those brand new to the idea of racial justice the baby steps it might take to get these readers closer to a giant leap."-- Jamie Calloway-Hanauer, Sojourners, 10.18.16
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