Under Our Skin: Getting Real About Race   -     By: Benjamin Watson, Ken Petersen
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Can it ever get better? This is the question Benjamin Watson is asking. In a country aflame with the fallout from the racial divide-in which Ferguson, Charleston, and the Confederate flag dominate the national news, daily seeming to rip the wounds open ever wider-is there hope for honest and healing conversation? For finally coming to understand each other on issues that are ultimately about so much more than black and white?

An NFL tight end for the New Orleans Saints and a widely read and followed commentator on social media, Watson has taken the Internet by storm with his remarkable insights about some of the most sensitive and charged topics of our day. Now, in Under Our Skin, Watson draws from his own life, his family legacy, and his role as a black father to sensitively examine both sides of the race debate and appeal to the power and possibility of faith as a step toward healing.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 1.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1496413296
ISBN-13: 9781496413291

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Can it ever get better? This is the question Benjamin Watson is asking. In a country aflame with the fallout from the racial divide—in which Ferguson, Charleston, and the Confederate flag dominate the national news, daily seeming to rip the wounds open ever wider—is there hope for honest and healing conversation? For finally coming to understand each other on issues that are ultimately about so much more than black and white?

An NFL tight end for the New Orleans Saints and a widely read and followed commentator on social media, Watson has taken the Internet by storm with his remarkable insights about some of the most sensitive and charged topics of our day. Now, in Under Our Skin, Watson draws from his own life, his family legacy, and his role as a husband and father to sensitively and honestly examine both sides of the race debate and appeal to the power and possibility of faith as a step toward healing.

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  1. Lafayette, Indiana
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Eye-Opening Book
    March 5, 2016
    Vicky
    Lafayette, Indiana
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Here is my disclaimer: I am a huge New Orleans Saints fan and did read Benjamin Watson's Facebook post after Ferguson and was amazed by his writing. These are two of the reasons I picked this book to review. I was not disappointed at all.

    Each chapter of Under Our Skin deals with Mr. Watson's facebook post. The titles are:Angry,Frustrated, Fearful, Embarrassed, Sad, Sympathetic, Offended, Confused, Introspective, Hopeless, Hopeful, and Encouraged. This book expands on his thoughts about serious and troubling issues facing America today. How can Americans with different skin tones relate to one another? The author wants people to have serious, healthy discussions on race and racism. When we focus on another persons skin, we miss the reality of our own sin. The times we have judged others and the bias and prejudice in our own hearts. Wow, these are powerful words that make self examination hard but needed. The author shares many personal experiences and wisdom he has learned. A quote from the book. "Individually we may feel as if there's not much we can do. But maybe we underestimate what God can do through us".

    Under Our Skin helped me as an older, white female, to really see inside someone with black skin. Benjamin Watson helped me grasp his thinking, motives, prejudges and the perception black people feel in a "white world". This is a book I will re-read just to remind myself that change can start with me. A must read for everyone because we are all on planet earth to get along. "God gives race a new meaning, it's called the human race, may we always remember this".

    Thanks to Tyndale Publishers for this free copy to review just for my honest opinion.
  2. Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Perspective!
    February 8, 2016
    Rachel
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is obviously a very controversial and touchy subject. What are the right things to say? What are the right things to do? No matter your race you have probably thought these very things. Why can't we just simply live in the world together and be kind to each other?

    Benjamin discusses these things as well as several others in his book, Under Our Skin. I have very much been a fan of Benjamin after his response to Ferguson a couple of years ago. Not because he chose my side or said what I thought but because he told the truth. The problems that face us all today, whether it's related to race, religion or something else, is a sin problem. The heart of the problem is literally the heart and what's in it. Benjamin expounds on these things and the things h chose to talk about after Ferguson, in this book,

    I was very impressed with a lot of the things he had to say in the book. I also learned things I didn't know. I completely agreed with a lot of things he had to say. There were a few things that I wasn't sure I agree with but that can happen with anything. I admire his desire to try to serve the Lord and help everyone understand why he thinks the way he does.

    This book handles a very delicate subject very well and I highly recommend it. Even if you would just like to see the world through a different perspective.

    Thank you to Tyndale Blogger Network for the opportunity to review this book. A positive review was not required.
  3. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Eye-Opener and Game Changer
    January 27, 2016
    cici
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    It amazes me how many times the color of ones skin can affect ones life, their entire life. I do not know if it is harder now than it was say 20 years ago. Or if it has to do with the one main factor that the media have made it their main point in constantly airing the terrible situations that occur. Either way, the race debate is and will always be one of the most discussed topics of our time. However, Under Our Skin by Benjamin Watson and Ken Petersen discuss the issues of this plague and offer one of the most plausible solutions I have heard in a long time. Simply put, faith. It may seem like a nothing kind of solution, but if we were all to believe that we can be the change and stop the maddening hate towards each other we can heal hte wrong that is now for the betterment of future generations. I could not put this book down and I wish this were part of class reading since it is so much more relatable than half of the books involving this subject. I was actually not expection to be so inspired and I am happy to say that I would gladly re-read this book. I am sure I may have missed a point or two. Must read for anyone, any race. I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers for this review and all opinions are my own.
  4. Maine
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Under our Skin ~ Benjamin Watson
    December 27, 2015
    debs
    Maine
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Benjamin Watson is a tight end for the New Orleans Saints and writes this book about today's media and how society handles certain situations in the headlines. All stories and information in this book is based on real happenings in today's world. From Ferguson to Charlotte, SC, Benjamin covers it all in this book. I was surprised that this book is not one sided, he tells of history and how each side has their own story and beliefs of what is really happening.

    I would recommend this to those that want a good explanation and a well written background of history and how today's media plays a role of discrimination. This is not a book that you can just sit down and read from cover to cover, you need to read it slowly to take it all in. You will need to read a chapter put it down, digest what he is saying and then go back for more. Benjamin has done a great job putting his thoughts in the pages of this book, it is well thought out and done in a format that is easy to understand. He has done his homework and it is a book well worth the time to read.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Tyndale. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising
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