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Gracism: The Art of Inclusion
Pastor David Anderson responds to prejudice and injustice with the principle of gracism: radical inclusion for the marginalized and excluded. He offers seven sayings of the gracist with practical examples for building bridges and including others. Gracism is an opportunity to extend God's grace to all peoples, no matter what their color, class or culture.
Published June 1st 2007 by IVP Books
(first published May 1st 2007)
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I liked this and think it would be a good book for a church small group discussion. The writing style is easy, very practical and of a more evangelical nature than I'm usually comfortable with. But there is a lot to think about. He defines Gracism as the positive extension of favor on other humans based on color, class or culture. It's not enough to treat people 'equally' - he believes we are called to treat people who are oppressed with special favor. I like the African proverb he relates at th ...more
One day read--maybe two. I completely agree with the premise. Not a big fan of the writing. That aside, the concept, I believe is completely biblical; that is, in the church those in the majority out to be looking to bestow special favor on those in the minority. Minority is defined as anybody in the margins (so it could just be the new guy). Distinguishes between favoritism, which is special priority to those in power, and favor, which is special blessing we give to those in need.
I thought that this book had some interesting and helpful insights into the race issue. For some reason, though, I had a hard time getting into the way it was presented. I would recommend it for anyone wanting to read more about race relations and the topic of inclusion in general, but without high expectations.
Dr. David Anderson, founder and President of the BridgeLeader Network (BLN), is one of the world’s leading authorities on building bridges across the deep divides of race, faith, culture and wealth. His work has brought hope and healing to communities, families and people in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America.More about David A. Anderson...