What Should I Be Reading?
Unfortunately, the last few months have reminded me that both the average Christian leader and the average Christian find it difficult to discuss race. Often discussions are silenced in the name of Scripture by the claim that because one’s identity in Christ is paramount, other identities need not even be discussed. To the contrary, race has so shaped the formation and continuation of this nation’s history that for the American Christian to know little about it is to be profoundly poor in their attempts to love their neighbor well. The following books offer a primer not only to understanding race, but also many of these works offer resources to begin having the conversation about why and how one’s union with Christ necessitates such an understanding and pushes the Christian toward their brother, sister and neighbor in active peacemaking. This is not merely a matter of doctrine. This is a matter of life and death!
*The following list is in no particular order.