Archives For Race

 

This week marks the release of the latest book by John Perkins, the former civil rights activist and founder of the Christian Community Development Association!

 
In honor of its release, we’re giving away
FIVE copies of this new book…

Dream with Me: Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win
by John Perkins
Hardback: Baker Books

 

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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…)

 

My Life, My Love, My Legacy

Coretta Scott King

 

 Read a brief, five-star review by ERB editor Chris Smith

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Embracing the Spirit of God
that Rests in us All

 
A Review of

Embrace: God’s Radical Shalom for a Divided World
Leroy Barber

Paperback: IVP Books, 2016
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Reviewed by Leroy Seat
 
 
For many years one of my favorite images of Jesus, and of Jesus-followers, is that of him welcoming us with open arms. After reading Leroy Barber’s new book, I realized that I needed a more dynamic image. Not only does Jesus stand with open arms, he also moves to embrace all who come to him. We followers of Jesus should be willing to do the same.

Barber, an African-American man who grew up in Philadelphia but who now, after several years in Atlanta, lives in Portland, Oregon, has long served as a pastor and as a leader in several organizations ministering to people in need. He has spent his adult life of more than 30 years pursuing reconciliation and justice between diverse people and groups who have often been separated by fear and prejudice.

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Choosing Honest Engagement
 
A Review of 

Race in Post-Obama America:
The Church Responds

David Maxwell, Ed. 

Paperback: WJK Books, 2016
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Reviewed by Heather Caliri
 
 

The first day of our family vacation in New York, my blonde six-year-old rushed joyfully into the opening elevator. Not a second later, she rushed out just as fast, a startled look on her face.

I looked up to see two African-American ladies staring at me, their faces shocked as my child’s.

“Come on, honey,” I said, grabbing her hand, and nodding at the women. I didn’t know what to say—so I said nothing. By staying silent, I hoped to pretend nothing had happened.

Which is exactly why many white Americans stay silent about race.

But the older of the two women spoke up. “We’re just human beings, honey,” she said to my daughter. Then she looked at me. I saw a tiredness and anger that seared my heart.

“Oh, dear Lord, ma’am,” I said. “I’m so sorry.”

The encounter hurt me. But it clearly hurt those women more.

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Rock & Roll and the Racial Imagination
 
A Review of 

Just Around Midnight: Rock and Roll and the Racial Imagination
Jack Hamilton

Hardback: Harvard UP, 2016
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Reviewed by Adam P. Newton

 
 

This might be the best book about rock & roll history I’ve ever read.

That’s a pretty bold claim, considering the amount of biographies, anthologies, oral histories, critical studies, and autobiographies from across the musical spectrum I’ve consumed in the past 15 years. And it’s not a declaration I make lightly, because I’ve recommended classics like Cash by Johnny Cash, Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azzerad, Just Kids by Patti Smith, and Life by Keith Richards to people who don’t even love music, and they’ve devoured the stories.

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Howard Thurman

Today (Nov. 18) is the birthday of Howard Thurman, noted pastor and theologian.

To mark the occasion, we offer the following introductory reading guide to his most significant books.

We’ve ordered this list in the order that we think the books should be read, and offered a brief explanation of why each book was included. We’ve also included excerpts of most the books via Google Books.

 

1) Jesus and the Disinherited

Jesus and The Disinherited is Thurman’s best known work, and is an important theological work that builds upon the love of Jesus for the marginalized. 

“[Jesus and the Disinherited] is the centerpiece of the Black prophet-mystic’s lifelong attempt to bring the harrowing beauty of the African-American experience into deep engagement with what he called ‘the religion of Jesus.’ Ultimately his goal was to offer this humanizing combination as the basis for an emancipatory way of being, moving toward a fundamentally unchained life that is available to all the women and men everywhere who hunger and thirst for righteousness, especially those ‘who stand with their backs against the wall.’”
—Vincent Harding, from the Foreword

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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…)

  

The Death of Race: Building a New Christianity in a Racial World

Brian Bantum

 

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Still Miles to Go

 
A Feature Review of 

The Fire This Time:
A New Generation Speaks about Race

Jesmyn Ward, Ed.

Hardback: Scribner, 2016.
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Reviewed by Amy Neftzger
 
 
The Fire This Time is a collection of essays compiled by National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward, who received that award in 2011 for her novel Salvage the Bones.  Both the contents and title of The Fire This Time are a response to James Baldwin’s book The Fire Next Time, but this response is one that has been a long time coming. One need only turn on the evening news to see that not much has changed since Baldwin published his book in 1962. This new collection of literary work has taken up the baton in the relay marathon for racial equality. It seems that each generation has hoped for progress, and perhaps sometimes it feels as if we’re getting somewhere, but as soon as we turn around we see that we’ve taken very few steps from the starting line and there are still miles to go.

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One of this week’s best new releases is:
 

The Fire This Time:
A New Generation Speaks about Race

Jesmyn Ward

Hardback: Scribner, 2016
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Here’s an excellent NPR interview that Ward did this week on the book:

 
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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…)

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race

Jesmyn Ward, Editor

 

Read a review from The Boston Globe

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