Meals from Mars: A Parable of Prejudice and Providence
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A late night fateful encounter at a gas station in a gang run neighborhood brings together Jim, a white man from the suburbs and Malik, a young black man from an inner city neighborhood. Stuck with each other for the night through tragic circumstances, they must learn to trust and look past their prejudices to discover their God-given humanity in one another.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: NavPress
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1631465449
ISBN-13: 9781631465444

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A fateful encounter late at night at a gas station in the hood brings together a white man from the suburbs and a young black man from the neighborhood. Stuck with each other for the night, they deal with their core prejudices, the walls that keep them from each other, and the discovery of their God-given humanity in one another.

When talking about race, it helps to have something specific to talk aboutⷕa story we can all wrap our heads around. In Meals from Mars, Ben Sciacca provides that story: two men from different worlds forced by circumstance to see and hear and consider one another. It is a novel that demonstrates the social challenges and relational potential for racial reconciliation.

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  1. Floyd Johnson
    Upstate NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Not Science Fiction, But Real Life Fiction
    February 8, 2017
    Floyd Johnson
    Upstate NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
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    Meals From Mars does for prejudice what The Shack did for grace. Two men find themselves running - from police and each other. They need to learn to trust each other if they are going to survive and they do that in a small unoccupied camping cabin outside of town. It would be a difficult conversation, but one that had to take place.

    Jim was delivering the groceries from Mars Chapel to Maliks grandmother. On the way home he stops for gas at a local mini mart. In the process, he is caught up in a robbery that Malik also wants to run from. For the next 20 hours they are stuck together - but able to discuss the miles and lives that separate them. Jim is willing to learn, even if it means sacrificing a bit of peace at home. But what he learns are important for all of us that care for the poor in our own communities.

    The author the executive director of a faith-based school that works with at-risk children in Birmingham, AL. Each faculty and staff member are asked to consider living in the vicinity of the school - making them stakeholders in the ministry, not just employees. Ben Sciacca writes as one who lives with and understands the problems being faced by the poor in America. The book needs to be read by pastors, the members of the local mission committee, and all who care or want to care for own poor in their own community.

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    This review is based on a free copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.
  2. NadineTimes10
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Raw Message that Brings Hope
    January 13, 2017
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    Malik is a young man on a mission: a mission to stop by a neighborhood convenience store, pick up some butter and milk for his grandma, and stay as safe as possible. Jim, a lawyer, is a man on a mission: a mission to drop off some groceries for a family in need, buy a couple gallons of gas, and get out of this neighborhood as quickly as possible. But a dangerous incident at the gas station puts a major hitch in both Malik's and Jim's plans in Meals from Mars: A Parable of Prejudice and Providence by author Ben Sciacca.

    I read the subtitle and some blurbs for this book beforehand, seeing their conspicuous statements about the book's purpose. Even as my decision and desire to read the book were immediate, I'll admit I was a little nervous. Nervous that this "parable" might be heavy-handed, using its characters as obvious pawns to preach a message, and to preach it hard, more so than, you know, telling a compelling story with believable characters.

    Once I started reading the book, it did away with my nervousness. Yes, the ideas in it are blatant, barefaced, but not at the expense of story (which includes some beautiful imagery and a dash of humor, by the way.) And it raises questions without trying to tell the reader exactly what to think.

    Sure, Malik's style of speech didn't seem the most consistent to me in some places. I also thought the story's pattern might become redundant, if one character kept raising valid points while the other one mainly sat there, stumped.

    Yet, the story ultimately balances itself out. And it doesn't sugarcoat or tie up its message in a nice, neat bow on its way to bringing hope. I think many Christian readers, especially in the U.S., would do well to read this book.

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    Tyndale House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
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