Rewriting the Racial Script of Our Time
 
A Feature Review of:
 

Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America
Jennifer Harvey

Paperback: Abingdon, 2018
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Reviewed by Cindy Wang Brandt
 
 
I have a mission: to do justice alongside my kids and all the children of our generation. But my firm conviction is that in order to do justice with them, we must first act justly towards them. For example, the best way to end vicious cycles of violence in the world is to begin by treating our children with gentleness in the home. And yet white kids, existing at the intersection of racial justice and justice for children, has been such a conundrum for the conversation—a paradox I’ve struggled to resolve—because it feels anything but gentle to raise white children into the awareness of their complicity in a racist society. Jennifer Harvey, in her latest book, Raising White Kids, demonstrates that power can and and does indeed arise out of softness, as she treats this highly contentious societal toxicity with the utmost empathy for parents—providing a “race and justice-conscious schema,” the term she uses to help parents raise white kids into a healthy self identity.

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Dallas Willard, Hauerwas, M. L’Engle, MORE )

Each week, we carefully curate a handful of books for church leaders that orient us toward the health and the flourishing of our congregations.

Via our sister website Thrifty Christian Reader
To keep up with all the latest ebook deals,
be sure to connect with TCR via email or on Facebook
 

 

#1:
Knowing Christ Today: Why We Can Trust Spiritual Knowledge

Dallas Willard

*** $1.99 ***

While perhaps not the best known of Willard’s books, this is an important one.

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Tomorrow (Feb. 23) marks the 150th anniversary of WEB DuBois’s birth. 

DuBois was a prominent sociologist and the co-founder of the NAACP.

Here are a few books and audio resources that serve as an excellent intro to his life and work:

Autobiography
(As told to Moses Asch)

This is the extraordinary life of W.E.B. DuBois in his own words, and recorded in his own voice. The autobiographical account begins at age seventeen as DuBois left Massachusetts to attend Fisk University in 1885, and ends in the 1940s as DuBois describes his struggles with the NAACP. Each experience that DuBois shares is marked by his perception of the racial environment that encompassed it and he portrays how his identity and reactions were affected. 

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Audiobooks are a great way to enjoy books while you are on the go!

While these audiobooks are available through Audible.com, we encourage you to check for them at your local library, where you may be able to listen to them for FREE!

If you find yourself regularly purchasing audiobooks from Audible, you might want to sign up for a subscription,
$14.95/month, plus two FREE audiobooks for signing up!

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Here are the best audiobooks that will be released this month…
(Some of these are new books, others are older books just released as audiobooks)

  

What Are We Doing Here?

Marilynne Robinson

Read by: Carrington MacDuffie
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The Urban Problem of Affordability

A Review of

The Creative Destruction of New York City: Engineering the City For the Elite
Alessandro Busà

Hardcover: Oxford UP, 2017
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Reviewed by Thomas V. Bona

 

When I last visited my native New York City in 2013, I made sure to walk on the High Line. I was stunned at how well the vaunted 1.45-mile greenway on an abandoned rail line on the west side of Manhattan lived up to the hype. Lush vegetation – and did I hear birdsong? – stood out over oceans of urban pavement. A literal park in the sky, it had food, drinks, art installations, and excellent people watching. I never would have explored this part of the city when I was growing up in the 1980s and 1990s, when it was mostly aging industrial buildings, garages, and night clubs. Now it was teeming with life, as were a lot of other neighborhoods. With the “back to the city” trend and the strength of New York’s economy, decades of urban decay and disinvestment were beaten back. There were record numbers of residents, jobs, and tourists. What’s not to like?

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

    

What Are We Doing Here?: Essays

Marilynne Robinson

*** Read the NY Times review of this book!

*** Watch for our review
in our Lent 2018 magazine issue

NEXT BOOK >>>>>

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Enter to win a copy of this excellent new biography!

We’re giving away FIVE copies of:

Phyllis Tickle: A Life
Jon M. Sweeney

Hardback: Church Publishing.

 

Enter to win a copy of this book!

Enter now to win (It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!) :
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Expanding Our Capacity to Love

A Feature Review of

Unafraid:
Moving Beyond Fear-Based Faith
Benjamin Corey

 
Hardcover: HarperOne, 2017
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Reviewed by Justin Cober-Lake
 
 
 
Benjamin Corey’s latest book Unafraid began with a spiritual crisis. Corey was paralyzed with fear, and he realized he could trace his problems largely to a flawed view of God. He had a fear of God – not the healthy sort of awe and respect, but a terror that one false move would bring him to God’s wrath. As the  thinker best known for his blog Formerly Fundie, he could have seen this problem in the roots of his early faith, but he also saw the same sort of issues prevalent in the context of his newer progressive outlook. His “fear-based faith” was limiting and destructive, and his new book mixes memoir, theology, and practice to look into religious fear and find a way to the God of love.

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Richard Foster, Lauren Winner, Scot McKnight, MORE )

Each week, we carefully curate a handful of books for church leaders that orient us toward the health and the flourishing of our congregations.

Via our sister website Thrifty Christian Reader
To keep up with all the latest ebook deals,
be sure to connect with TCR via email or on Facebook
 

 

#1:
Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home

Richard Foster

*** $1.99 ***

One of the most important books on prayer written in the past century.

TWO other books by Richard Foster
are on sale for  Kindle for under $2 each!!!
 
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Here are a some excellent theology* books that will be released this month:

* broadly interpreted, including ethics, church history, biblical studies, and other areas that intersect with theology

Paul: A Biography

N.T. Wright

HarperOne

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