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Gracism: The Art of Inclusion

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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. ...more
Published June 1st 2007 by IVP Books (first published May 1st 2007)
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Sep 16, 2007 rated it it was ok
I didn't finish this one. It seemed like common sense to me. Be kind and show grace to those who need it most. ...more
Tim Lawson
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is an easy-to-read, thought-provoking work that whets the appetite for learning to live as a "gracist" rather than a racist. Anderson defines gracism as "the positive extension of favor on other humans based on color, class or culture." Using real life examples, he breaks down 1 Corinthians 12:14 - 27 into seven "sayings." These sayings are read as commitments that a person who practices gracism (a "gracist") uses in the quest to reach across lines of race, gender, religious, political ...more
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Noticing and Celebrating Differences

As I understand it, gracism, a word comprised of "racism" preceded by the letter "g" for God, encourages people to extend special favor to others based on their unique class, culture, ability or color and make that preference visible and apparent. In the preface the author writes [page 11]: "Gracism, unlike racism, doesn't focus on race for negative purposes such as discrimination. Gracism focuses on race for the purpose of positive ministry and
Shirley Freeman
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
Jul 31, 2007 rated it liked it
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.
jana Blazek
May 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
While there is nothing essentially flawed about this book's theology, hardly any of it is new information. The author appears to be self-promoting, consistently using himself and his church as the ideal example of Biblical principles. ...more
Sean Murphy
Aug 17, 2020 rated it liked it
I think this is a really good book worth reading. For me three and a half stars, not quite four. A lot of good points, but not cohesive enough for me personally. In the hands of the right person, this will be an amazing book.
Dec 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: re-searchers
An un-inspired book filled with simplistic slogans and blind faith that everything in the Bible is ground truth. This book adds little to a real issue and is not worth reading... I'm sorry I spent the time to finish it! ...more
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book isn’t enough. It just isn’t.
Nov 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
Terrible. The writing was fifth grade level and the ideas were the same. Don't judge this book by its cover which is actually very cool. Wish I hadn't spent money or time on this. ...more
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
My Resurrection in the City Bible study group chose this book. I'm sorry I missed their discussions-I'm sure I would have learned so much from their perspectives. The focus of the book is prejudice and injustice in our churches. He provides a framework for action based on the gift of grace-hence the gracism title. I had an uneven reaction to some of the chapters, ex. Chapter 4 "I Will Lift You Up" had odd examples of the author's point. However, overall, I was inspired to think outside my usual ...more
Kim Richeson
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an easy to read, practical guide for how we as individuals can contribute to overcoming racism. “Gracism, simply put, is the extension of grace and positive favor towards others, regardless of and sometimes because of color, class, or culture.” Dr. Anderson defines and provides examples of seven ways for each of us to overcome racism if and when we encounter it in our daily lives. He encourages us to adopt “Seven Sayings of a Gracist” as a personnel commitment to guiding our interactions ...more
Oct 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this is a pretty short book, I seemed to get bogged down in the middle. I would best describe it as a collections of sermons on inclusion that he tried to string together in a common framework of seven points that did not work out all that well. That said, there were a couple a particularly noteworthy concepts that I will carry with me - the most important having to do with honoring and lifting up others without being condescending in the process. He made that point much more eloquently ...more
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best book I’ve read on Race

I rarely give a book 5 stars, but this one definitely earned it. I really found this to be the best book I’ve read on race relations. The author comes at this from a biblical perspective and is not afraid to acknowledge the concerns that the majority population (white males and the like) have with the current messaging on race. I would absolutely recommend everyone read this book. I, as a white male, walked away from reading this with a new vision on how to live in gra
Cat Rayne
Mar 22, 2021 rated it liked it
Gracism by David Anderson gives a biblical perspective on the issue of racism. Published in 2007 the book is still worthy to be placed in the more recent books on the subject.

Anderson carves a plan from the foundational scripture of 1 Corinthians 12. From this he presents seven sayings (to prompt action) of a person who adds God (g) to racism.

It left a perplexing ripple of thought, and a biblical approach for everyone to heed.
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick read, helpful starting point

Book was a quick and so!writes challenging read, but in no way is the only book necessary to read about race issues and how the church would respond--which the author makes clear. 4 stars is a high ranking for me, so don't take it as bad.
Daniel Mcgregor
Simply lay out the truth

The best thing about Anderson's books (I have read one other by him) is that he takes one passage, one story and tells you how rich and profound that passage can be as it relates to humane spirit filled racial reconciliation. It is not rocket science but it is deeply personal and challenging.
Heather Dicus
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In a world where so many voices are competing for a piece of the race relations pie, it is refreshing to read about my role as a Christian from a biblical point of view and have action steps and practical ways to engage people who have live dlife in a margin unknown to me.
Lew Everling
May 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oct 29, 2020 rated it liked it
There was nothing particularly amazing about the book, but there were some rich nuggets here and there. Worth reading in this time of division.
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A must read. This book gives practical steps to living out the biblical principles of reconciliation and unity. Dr. Anderson is not afraid of difficult topics and handles them with grace.
Gretchen Hand
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Exceptional, and very challenging book!
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! I love attending church and hearing Pastor Anderson as well.
Sep 20, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2007
quick read.
Chuck Kinsey
Jul 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very easy read. simple and valid point: christians are called to extend extra grace to those who are most vulnerable.
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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.

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