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Be the Bridge: Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation

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A leading advocate for racial reconciliation offers a clarion call for Christians to move toward relationship and deeper understanding in the midst of a divisive culture.

With racial tensions as high within the church as outside the church, it is time for Christians to become the leaders in the conversation on racial reconciliation. This power-packed guide helps readers dee
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Waterbrook Press
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Jennifer
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Today, civil discourse on difficult topics is usually anything but civil. Shares, re-tweets, and bombastic pronouncements are valued more than empathy and listening to understand. Writers like Latasha Morrison challenge us to set aside our egos, and build authentic relationships and understanding with those deemed to be "the other."

Morrison is the founder of Be the Bridge, a group whose mission is to inspire Christians and Christian churches to "have a distinctive and transformative res
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AnnaScott
Last April, I attended a conference in Montgomery, Alabama. Several of us from my department in undergrad were presenting at this conference, and when we weren't busy with that we were walking all over the city and seeing some of the museums and attractions. As the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement, you can only imagine the depth and importance of their history. We walked through these museums that talked about the horrible injustices inflicted on human beings because of their skin color, ...more
Elizabeth
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tasha beautifully weaves together the past, the present, and scripture to lead the reader on a path to reconciliation. Unlike many books, this one will leave you empowered to make forward progress toward justice in a healthy and Biblical way.
Cathy
Jul 19, 2020 rated it did not like it
How I wanted to like this book! The prevalence of racial divide over the death of George Floyd causes me to want to get involved, and I thought this book, titled with a reference to Christianity, would be the right approach. However this book did not help. I was looking for a path of reconciliation, but one was not provided.
I read the entire book. I am not a theologian.
1. Ms. Morrison states, “But to build bridges of racial reconciliation, we’ll need to confront the guilt and shame of our colle
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Jessica Rodrigues
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-nonfiction, arc
A very timely book that will appeal to Christian churchgoers concerned with Sunday-morning segregation and the worsening racial discourse in America. It contains beautiful, powerful liturgies and prayers designed to elicit a strong call to action. Highly recommended reading for American Christians, especially those who find themselves surrounded by people the same color as them on Sunday mornings.

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Rachael Mantelli
Aug 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
I realize my review is among the vast minority on here, but I want to voice my concerns with this book that's becoming popular within many churches and urge readers to read the book with much discernment (as we should with any book promoting social justice).

Pros:

Morrison shares moments of American history that I was unaware of (Mary Turner's lynching, Tulsa massacre) and does a compelling job at sharing them; I'm not sure one can read the accounts and not feel grief over those atrocities. How so
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Kristine
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it
I was chosen to be on the launch team for Be the Bridge: Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation and I was so excited to open the pages. However, I struggled to connect with the author and, in fact, did not finish the book. I am mostly white with a quarter Japanese and some Native American and my older family members have experienced racism so the topic is near to me.

I struggled with the premise that I need to apologize to people of color for what my ancestors (white people as a whole) h
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Carolyn Ogrosky
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a privilege and joy to read a book that invites us into the confluence of truth, love and challenge so beautifully. Latasha Morrison takes you from historical perspectives to church experiences to personal stories - and it takes you there with significant grace - and then leads you to the places of your own heart, causing you to look within and ask the hard questions about who you are, from where you come, what America has been and could be and what role the church plays in all of it.

If yo
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Bethany
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: black-authors
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

If you are looking for a good book to tackle racial justice and reconciliation in a church or religious environment, Be the Bridge is a fantastic choice. The author does an incredible job of laying a foundation of understanding the reality of racism, white supremacy, colorism and structural injustice in the United States both historically and today, and intersecting that with Biblical values such as humility and repentance. Scattered throughout are a combination of person
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Nicole
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Be the Bridge" by LaTasha Morrison was such an incredibly timely, poignant, and powerful book. I had the privilege of hearing LaTasha speak at a conference last fall and started to follow her journey on social media, so when I saw that this book was coming out, I knew I needed to read it. The investment of this book is one you want to make, because the words on these pages are transformational if you allow them to be. It was a book I wanted to consume quickly because of how good it was, but I s ...more
Molly Lewis
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The first time I heard Latasha Morrison speak about racial reconciliation was during a simulcast of IF: Gathering a few years ago. The way she addressed ‘the elephant in the room’ with other panel participants cracked open something within me that I didn’t even realize at the time was sealed shut. I have followed her since then through her Be the Bridge movement which is now a non-profit organization with the goal of equipping people to become reconcilers, bridge builders to racial reconciliatio ...more
Dorothy Greco
A must read. Morrison gently, clearly, and succinctly lays out the path for People of Color to move toward lament, forgiveness, and healing from racial wounds. She also educates white folks about the often invisible (to them) racist ideologies that have harmed POC and held back our country from its true potential. She does not rely on shame or manipulation to get her points across. Be the Bridge would be a great resource for small groups or churches that want to move forward in the area of under ...more
Gina Fimbel
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Latasha Morrison shares her heart and her journey through this important work. She is a leader in our generation who tirelessly works for racial justice and true reconciliation. This book is one part personal journey and another part clarion call. It is a grace-filled indictment for the church to do better and live up to the calling God has for us when it comes to eradicating White supremacy. Tasha teaches us that we can’t move forward without acknowledging the racial pain of our history. There
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Ashley Gage
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Be the Bridge: Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation by LaTasha Morrison is the conduit we currently need to help unify our nation today. LaTasha's beautiful articulation of how we build the bridge toward racial reconciliation has been transformative to me personally as a woman of color in predominately white settings. It has opened the door for me to walk through my own history through new eyes as well as opened my heart to the stories of those around me. The format of this book allows ...more
Elizabeth (Dr. Roz) Rosner
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Be the Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation by the AMAZING Latasha Morrison is a must-read for anyone who is eager to see racial reconciliation. As I read this book, there were many times I needed to pause, take time to reflect, and do some deep self-examination. The chapter on lament is especially powerful for me, because for most of my life, I did not have a practice of lament, and I know I didn't give others space to lament either. One of the quotes that resonated with me is ...more
Lisa
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love love love this book for so many reasons! I have read lots of books on race and racism and this one is one of my favorites. Latasha Morrison uses her own personal experience, historical events and scripture to help us have thoughtful reflection, prayer and discussion that moves us to internal and external awareness and action. This book brings the reader back to Christ over and over again. It's the perfect book to get a group of friends and/or church to have a book club and start the conve ...more
Fayelle
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A unique book of its kind. Morrison is excellent at approaching this subject with knowledge, kindness, strength, and conviction. I felt often like I was reading a letter from a friend rather than just a book. This one's a treasure. ...more
Jamie
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Incredibly thankful to get to work on this book and help launch it into the world. A must read! #TeamPRH
Kris Overtoom
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance copy of this book as part of its promotion. The book will be available October 15, 2019 and you can pre-order it now. This book is a good introduction to the work that Latosha Morrison started in Austin with a group of women in her circle to help her process through racists incidents that her white-majority church was not addressing and has continued through a private Facebook group of the same name. It has biblical answers to the problem with racism in our country, which s ...more
Alexandra
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Latasha’s style is clear, compassionate, and compelling. Be the Bridge: Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation challenged me to reconsider what I learned about race relations and how I evaluated my own related actions. Though the focus is on her own experience as a Black American and that of those brought to this continent as slaves, she also introduces readers to the experiences of people of color outside the Black community as well her White friends in the context of racial reconciliat ...more
Tiffysays
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A few years ago, I was really struggling. Some events caused me to really wake up to the reality of being a mixed-raced person in an all white family, church, social circle, etc. I began to see how the historical racism of America and Christianity was keeping us twisted even today. So I struggled with believing there was a way forward and through racial divisions in Christ. And then I came upon Be The Bridge and the biblical path to racial reconciliation taught in their discussion guide, and I k ...more
Allie
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can not think of a more timely message for the church in the United States than Latasha Morrison's "Be the Bridge." Having recently finished my graduate work in American history, I loved the way that she used historical narrative and fact, in addition to her personal experience, to identify deeply rooted racism in the history of the U.S. and the American church. What's even more powerful is the way that she links reconciliation and movement towards repentence and reparations to the Gospel and ...more
Danielle Wood
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I took my sweet time reading this one because there was SO MUCH GOOD STUFF to take in! I’ve been working through many stages over the last several years, figuring out what racial reconciliation means & what it looks like in my life. I’ve gone through a crisis of faith (or two or three!) because I couldn’t understand how God’s Word could ever be used to defend white supremacy and racism. I also couldn’t understand how we as Christians could sit by so silently and not be willing to take a stand ag ...more
Dani
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Latasha Morrison’s first book “Be The Bridge: Pursuing Gods Heart for Racial Reconciliation” is something all Christ followers in the United States MUST read.

The wisdom and history she shares about race, our society and the church is immense and profound.

She gives biblical backing to why all of us who have a heart for Jesus should be intentionally educating ourselves, making changes in our lives and thought process and also building bridges to reconcile with others in the area of racial reconci
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Elizabeth Johnson
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an important read for the church in America.
Each chapter brought anticipation and lament, smiles and tears, and my heart has left these pages so challenged to take the next steps as a bridge builder for racial reconciliation. All humanity bears God’s image, and we need to truly listen and acknowledge the experiences of our brothers and sisters of color. This book encouraged me to not only re-visit how I have learned history and dig into my own ancestry, but also to change the lens in wh
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Victoria Weller
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a must read for Christ followers.
One of my favorite quotes from Be the Bridge is, "The truth is that it takes every tribe, tongue, and nation to reflect the image of God in his fullness. The truth is that race is a social construct, one that has divided and set one group over the other from the earliest days of humanity. The Christian construct, though, dismantles this way of thinking and seeks to reunite us under a common banner of love and fellowship."
In her book, Morrison challenged
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Bill Hughes
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
LaTasha Morrison writes an important book about racial reconciliation. She’s open and transparent on her own struggles and experiences. She creates a space for people of all races to wrestle with the history of racism in our collective history.

God’s heart is for reconciliation and for each of us to lament for our community when another is hurting. We need to collectively seek healing and restoration as a nation and community.

This is important work. Powerful work. Redemptive and restorative wor
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Julie
2nd reading for a book club discussion: This is even better the second time through.

I am so thankful for LaTasha Morrison and her obedience to God's calling to build the racial reconciliation ministry, Be the Bridge. Being a part of the BtB Facebook group for several years now has transformed my thinking on bridge building and restorative racial reconciliation. And those changes have given me a broader understanding of Jesus' command to "love your neighbor." This book is so well-structured maki
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Sarah Marie
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook, to-review
5 stars. I loved this. Let's be real the church has faithfully oppressed minority groups and isolated them for the sake of their white causes (a complete contradiction to the Gospel and everything Jesus stood for). This is an in depth look at history and how we should repent and work towards change by listening and working together. Review to come. ...more
Jodie Pine
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: racism
Highly recommend this book to everyone who desires to be a bridge between color lines and culture divides. Latasha brilliantly weaves personal examples of her journey as a black woman in white spaces, of how she came to start her own Be the Bridge small group and then momentous Facebook movement, of several BTB members' stories with racial reconciliation, and of engaging with America's painful racial history.

The book has thought provoking questions at the end of each chapter for personal reflec
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Latasha Morrison is a bridge-builder, reconciler and a compelling voice in the fight for racial justice. When she speaks, she expresses a passion for social justice issues across the globe.

She has taken her message to audiences across the country at events that include: IF: Gathering, Justice Conference, Youth Specialties, Catalyst, Barna's State of Pastors Conference, Orange Conference, MOPS Inte
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