Book Tour! Day 7 – Racial Reconciliation

Welcome to my 10 Day Book Tour.  I love to read, and I am often given books to read for review.  Over the last year, I determined that I didn’t want to turn my blog into a book review site.  However, I can’t help that I LOVE books.  I truly do.  They add so much value to my life, because I learn from them and glean new perspectives from the authors who put their hearts to the page.  So, I’ve decided that each quarter, I’m going to do a 10 Day Book Tour.  What have I been reading, what do I honestly think about the book, and to whom I would recommend it.  Each day, for ten days, you will get a peak into my bookshelf.

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I received a copy of The Gospel Life Series- Racial Reconciliation from B&H Publishers for the purpose of reviewing.  My thoughts and opinions are my own.

This is a big topic right now.  Some topics are really hard, complex, uncomfortable, and we may even try to avoid them.

If you want to have a voice in the conversation, you have to be willing to hear some hard truths.  Your eyes have to be open to see what may have been hidden from your life.  Your ears need to be open to hear the experiences of others, that differ from your own.  You also need to be prepared for what is going to come your way.

When you pray for the Lord to break your heart for what breaks His, expect to be deeply broken.  Invest in tissues, because you won’t be able to unsee or unhear.

It was in a recently interview, I heard a Pastor state that he believed that the Lord is bringing this issue forward, that we can no longer ignore it.  Another Pastor said the church needs to be on the front line on this issue, not hiding behind the pews.

The Gospel for Life Series – The Gospel and Racial Reconciliation is a great book to start your journey on this complex topic.  It’s a small book, which means it gets right to the point.  It’s also a collection of voices, with chapters contributed by J. Daniel Hays, Thabiti Anyabwile, Trillia Newbell, Eric Mason, Matthew J. Hall, and D.A. Horton.  There is also a list at the end of the book for additional reading to continue learning.

What I have learned in regard to this discussion, is that first I need to listen.  I need to read.  I need to watch.  I need to lean into those who have experience, not opinions.  I need to feel for those who hurt, not try to justify the how or why things happened.  I need to open my eyes, ears, and heart to what the Lord would say.  This book is certainly a great tool in that process.

We explore what the Bible says from our creation in His image (all of us), what the Lord purposed us for, how the Bible would have us interact with one another, how things went wrong, inter-ethnic marriage, how to get to know those who don’t look like us or come from a different background, how the church should engage, and what does the culture around us say (and how do we respond to that).

In Chapter 4, Pastor Eric Mason states:

“Churches need to recognize that one of the Enemy’s devices is to fight against reconciliation between God’s people (2 Cor. 2:11).”

When we recognize this, we know that we can’t stay silent.  It’s US versus the Enemy.

Book Tour! Day 3 – She Reads Truth

Welcome to my 10 Day Book Tour.  I love to read, and I am often given books to read for review.  Over the last year, I determined that I didn’t want to turn my blog into a book review site.  However, I can’t help that I LOVE books.  I truly do.  They add so much value to my life, because I learn from them and glean new perspectives from the authors who put their hearts to the page.  So, I’ve decided that each quarter, I’m going to do a 10 Day Book Tour.  What have I been reading, what do I honestly think about the book, and to whom I would recommend it.  Each day, for ten days, you will get a peak into my bookshelf.

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I received a copy of She Reads Truth from B&H Publishers & Lifeway Stores for the purpose of reviewing.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

You may see this book and think the title sounds familiar, that’s because She Reads Truth existed long before these pages were printed.  It began as a group of women reading The Word together, posting about their search for truth with the hashtag #SheReadsTruth.  Eventually through their website, a diverse, global community of women were discovering the Truth in the pages of their Bibles together.  This community still exists and there is even a She Reads Truth app.

I’ve followed She Reads Truth for quite sometime, so I was eager to get my hands on the book.  What happens in the pages of the book is the unfolding story of two women who were seeking truth, FULL truth.  It is a combination of two memoirs, two separate stores that led the women to the same Truth… and that our stories as different as they are can lead us to the same Truth.

Unlike a traditional memoir, which is a retelling of a single person’s story, and we are simply there to watch… Raechel Myers and Amanda Bible Williams reach out to their readers and speak to them directly.

We are invited into their story, welcome to bring our own story.  We are finding community in the pages, together.  Women who long for healing, forgiveness, and hope in the dark places.  Women who may not share the same trials, but can find Hope in the same God.

If you are not into memoirs, you may think this book isn’t your cup of tea.  But I would challenge you to read it anyway, it’s also filled with scripture, challenging questions and thoughts, encouragement, and familiarity as we understand struggle no matter how it is packaged.  The memoir portions are long and drawn out and always point back to the same universal truths.

I would recommend this book to just about any woman, and it would make a great gift too.