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The Heart of Racial Justice: How Soul Change Leads to Social Change

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Racial and ethnic hostility is one of the most pervasive problems the church faces. It hinders our effectiveness as one body of believers. It damages our ability to witness to and serve seekers. Why won't this problem just go away? Because it is a spiritual battle. What should our response be in a world torn apart by prejudice, hatred and fear? We must employ spiritual wea ...more
Paperback, 187 pages
Published December 2nd 2004 by InterVarsity Press (first published November 30th 2004)
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Paul Burkhart
This is a book you would give to your really conservative friend/family member who thinks racism is pretty much non-existent, that "reverse racism" is a real thing, or that if we just believed in Jesus more then we wouldn't have racism. This is a soft-ball intro to these issues. I'd agree with most of the specifics it says, though I'm more comfortable in harder, stronger articulations of these ideas. In fact, in today's climate, I feel that a stronger rhetoric of race and resistance may actually ...more
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Erin Payseur
Mar 15, 2016 Erin Payseur rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am enjoying the challenge this book brings and the much needed focus on reconciliation. Over the last couple of years, I have become more convinced that God has called us as Christians, and me as an individual, to a ministry of reconciliation, not just racial reconciliation, but certainly including it. My name means peacemaker - sometimes I have taken that for avoiding conflict. I realize though there is a more important aspect to peacemaking than avoiding conflict, actually working through it ...more
Open Door Baltimore
Endorsed by John Perkins, the grandfather of faith-based community development in the USA, this 2004 book is an excellent "book club" offer for folks looking for a Biblically-based discussion on racial reconciliation, especially in the context of the modern Church. The book is highly effective in balancing the importance of spiritual awakening on race issues with real-world social applications. In other words, the book has both heavenly meaning and earthly relevance. With chapters like "Is There ...more
Willie Krischke
Jul 27, 2016 Willie Krischke rated it it was amazing
I get asked by pastors and church leaders on a regular basis for resources on racial reconciliation - most of them don't know how to start the conversation in their church. This is the book I'll recommend to them from now on. There are a lot of great books out there about race and ethnicity, but this is the only one I've found that's intentionally put together to a be a resource for church leaders. It's a great primer on the subject of biblical racial reconciliation. Chapter 6 alone -- which is ...more
Kyanna Joseph
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Aug 13, 2012 Sol rated it it was amazing
Incredibly encouraging and insightful to read Brenda and Rick's journey through racial reconciliation. Great to hear about their hits and misses, and their heart as they strive to bring racial reconciliation. I found it incredibly powerful to hear their description of 'this generation' and to reflect on how it is in the perfect spot to spur a wave of reconciliation that others have only dreamed of in the past.
Sep 13, 2016 Liz rated it liked it
The Heart of Racial Justice is co-authored by an African-American woman and a white man. If you're familiar with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship or Christian Community Development dialogue on race, that about sums up the book. If you're not, this book talks about racial reconciliation and its components, relational healing, identity healing, and the spiritual warfare that goes on.
Zac George
I liked it. It had some good thoughts on racial justice that I hadn't really heard before. However, I'm left wondering what to do next?

Also, I wish the authors wouldn't refer to themselves in the third person. I get it, two people wrote this book. There's just got to be a better way of writing style than that. A minor annoyance though.
Jack Kooyman
Aug 05, 2011 Jack Kooyman rated it liked it
One of the most insightful books I have read on racial justice and racism from a Christian perspective. Racism and the work toward racial justice, from the authors perspective, is first and foremost a spiritual issue. Therefore, in order to effectively address and improve things, we must begin with and depend on spiritual resources.
Impt book, great anecdotes. Some of the best chapters are the ones on true/false identity, renouncing idols, and powers and principalities. Solidly trying to express that racism is a spiritual problem and that it's messing up the mission of the church, not to mention really crappy in God's eyes.
Chuck Jackson
Must confess that I couldn't get excited about this book. The topic is great, the endorsements real, the content not to be missed but perhaps it is too academic for me. Something this important already draws me in, but I couldn't finish this book.
Natalie Bullis
Dec 31, 2013 Natalie Bullis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book gave me a ton of insight on racial reconciliation and life with God in general. I recommend this to everyone :)
Jun 06, 2010 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a really important message, but the book is written so dryly...
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