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  1. Be the Bridge: Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation
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    LaTasha Morrison
    WaterBrook / 2019 / Trade Paperback
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A leading advocate for racial reconciliation offers a clarion call for Christians to move toward relationship and deeper understanding in the midst of a divisive culture.

With racial tensions as high within the church as outside the church, it is time for Christians to become the leaders in the conversation on racial reconciliation. This power-packed guide helps readers deepen their understanding of historical factors and present realities, equipping them to participate in the ongoing dialogue and to serve as catalysts for righteousness, justice, healing, transformation, and reconciliation.

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  1. Becoming Brave: Finding the Courage to Pursue Racial Justice Now
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    Brenda Salter McNeil
    Brazos Press / 2020 / Hardcover
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Becoming Brave offers a distinctly Christian framework for addressing systemic injustice. It challenges Christians to be everyday activists who become brave enough to break the silence and work with others to dismantle systems of injustice and inequality.

Reconciliation is not true reconciliation without justice! Brenda Salter McNeil has come to this conviction as she has led the church in pursuing reconciliation efforts over the past three decades. McNeil calls the church to repair the old reconciliation paradigm by moving beyond individual racism to address systemic injustice, both historical and present. It's time for the church to go beyond individual reconciliation and "heart change" and to boldly mature in its response to racial division.

Looking through the lens of the biblical narrative of Esther, McNeil challenges Christian reconcilers to recognize the particular pain in our world so they can work together to repair what is broken while maintaining a deep hope in God's ongoing work for justice. This book provides education and prophetic inspiration for every person who wants to take reconciliation seriously.

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How should Christians respond to the stranger? A stirring memoir of a woman who once thought justice meant building stronger barriers, then met families terrified by threats in their home countries and traumatized by U.S. policies. She founded Casa de Paz, a hospitality house in Denver, which now has 700 volunteers serving immigrants in detention. 224 pages, softcover. Zondervan.

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  1. Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope
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    Esau McCaulley
    InterVarsity Press / 2020 / Trade Paperback
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Growing up in the American South, Esau McCaulley knew firsthand the ongoing struggle between despair and hope that marks the lives of some in the African American context. A key element in the fight for hope, he discovered, has long been the practice of Bible reading and interpretation that comes out of traditional Black churches. This ecclesial tradition is often disregarded or viewed with suspicion by much of the wider church and academy, but it has something vital to say. 

Reading While Black is a personal and scholarly testament to the power and hope of Black biblical interpretation. At a time in which some within the African American community are questioning the place of the Christian faith in the struggle for justice, New Testament scholar McCaulley argues that reading Scripture from the perspective of Black church tradition is invaluable for connecting with a rich faith history and addressing the urgent issues of our times. He advocates for a model of interpretation that involves an ongoing conversation between the collective Black experience and the Bible, in which the particular questions coming out of Black communities are given pride of place and the Bible is given space to respond by affirming, challenging, and, at times, reshaping Black concerns. McCaulley demonstrates this model with studies on how Scripture speaks to topics often overlooked by white interpreters, such as ethnicity, political protest, policing, and slavery.

Ultimately McCaulley calls the church to a dynamic theological engagement with Scripture, in which Christians of diverse backgrounds dialogue with their own social location as well as the cultures of others. Reading While Black moves the conversation forward.

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  1. Thou Shalt Not Be a Jerk: A Christian's Guide to Engaging Politics
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    Eugene Cho
    David C Cook / 2020 / Trade Paperback
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Cho is the founder of One Day's Wages, a grassroots movement to alleviate global poverty. He challenges Christians to never toe the line of any one party's agenda or policies, but to advocate on behalf of the vulnerable. We are not called to vilify our opponents but rather to link hands together for the common good. 240 pages, softcover. Cook.

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