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Something is wrong in our society. Deeply wrong.
The belief that all lives matter is at the heart of our founding documents--but we must admit that this conviction has never truly reflected reality in America. Movements such as Black Lives Matter have arisen in response to recent displays of violence and mistreatment, and some of us defensively answer back, "All lives matter." But do they? Really?
Do All Lives Matter? is an exploration of that question. It delves into history and current events, into Christian teaching and personal stories, in order to start a conversation about the way forward. Its raw but hopeful words will help move us from apathy to empathy and from empathy to action.
We cannot do everything. But we can each do something.
Number of Pages: 92
Vendor: Baker Books
|Publication Date: 2017|
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John M. Perkins is cofounder of the Christian Community Development Association and director of the John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development in Jackson, Mississippi. He is the author of many books, including Dream with Me and Let Justice Roll Down, named by Christianity Today as one of the top fifty books that have shaped evangelicals.
Deuce SkunksSpringfield, MOAge: 25-34Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Do All Lives Matter?March 21, 2017Deuce SkunksSpringfield, MOAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Do All Lives Matter? The Issues We Can No Longer Ignore and the Solutions We All Long For by Wayne Gordon & John M. Perkins is a rather short (85 pages) exploration of the quest to discover if all lives really matter. Based on the concepts behind to Black Lives Matter movement, this book identifies the roots of the movement and reveals whether those claiming that "All Lives Matter" are truly helping their owncause or missing the mark.
While I did find the statistics and back history of the ideas behind Black Lives Matter to be interesting, I did not find myself swayed to the authors' viewpoint that Black Lives Matter is a critical stepping stone before we can seek the notion that All Lives Matter. Why? Because the book doesn't address all of the negative actions that have been done in the name of the movement itself. Any time you have a movement or a cause, there will be people on both sides of the extremes. So while I found the authors' points to be interesting and partially relevant to today's issues, I did not feel as though it was enough to make me rally my support toward the cause with all of its current implications.
All of that being said, I do feel that this was well worth reading and would be time well spent for anyone interesting in our current racial dilemmas that would like to better understand where the Black Lives Matter movement and concept are coming from. My only concern is that it doesn't really address where the concept is going as the younger generations step forward to take claim of it. 4/5 stars. In the end, while I understood why the authors say that the quest to prove that All Lives Matter must start by demonstrating that Black Lives Matter, I feel as though demonstrating that All Lives Matter is just as valid of a starting spot for those of us that have been down similar paths.
*I received a free print copy of this book from Baker Books for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are my own.*
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Encouragement to change directionMarch 18, 2017bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4We may feel powerless as we see society becoming more violent, especially in racial areas. The authors have written this book to help change that direction of society. "The time for building a culture of peace and respect to replace a culture of violence and hatred is now." (17) They want to get people talking, coming together to find new understanding with a view to healing what divides us.
They give examples of how being black in America can be dangerous. They also review the mistreatment of Native Americans and women. This is a good section and offers a great deal of background for those who do not understand the racial tensions of today.
The authors admit it is not an easy journey. They explore the biblical basis of how we are to treat each other. They look at the roles the church and individual Christians are to have in the healing process. They give many practical suggestions, leading to changed hearts and the resulting actions. The idea is to bring people to the place of relating to others well because their lives matter. Some good examples of people who have made a difference are included.
This would be a good book to read with a group. I would recommend it to church boards and professionals. It is a good book to get people talking and thinking about what can be done in their community. It is short and not intimidating.
Food for thought: "Please do what you can to proclaim to the world that all lives matter." (82)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
Chris4 Stars Out Of 5A call for justiceMarch 8, 2017ChrisQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4In this short book, Gordon and Perkins tell their stories and experiences of inner-city racism and conflict in their communities and how, as Christians, we should care about injustice wherever it is. If all lives really do matter, we should speak up when, in the practical day-to-day world, actions against African-American and Native American communities, for example, seem to tell a different story of their lives not mattering all that much. This is unacceptable, as Gordon and Perkins will helpfully illustrate. They encourage Christians to own up to our actions and biases and walk towards a better way. Furthermore, Christians should, the authors suggest, be less careless with their dismissal of the Black Lives Matter movement, especially when God's people are a people who are to be marked by a concern for justice. This quick read is a helpful contribution to the ongoing discussion about evangelicalism and race in America.