America’s collective attention has been focused in recent months on issues of police brutality and racial inequality affecting people of color in our country. Although marches, prayer gatherings, and intentional conversations have been opportunities to be involved, there is a sense that many people desire to do something more substantial to impact change.
It’s often expressed through questions such as What’s next? or How can I help? I’ve asked some of these same questions but there are no simple solutions.
I do hear my friends of color repeat the encouragement to continue to educate myself and learn more about the black and racial minority experience—as well as God’s heart for reconciliation amidst the beauty of diversity.
While that may feel too easy, it often is the most difficult path. I’m reminded of Richard Foster’s probing question in his book Celebration of Discipline, “everyone thinks of changing the world, but where, oh where, are those who think of changing themselves?”
Through God’s Spirit, we have access to the power to think biblically about these spiritual issues. We can invite God to search us and know us, “to see if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23).
So, while summer is usually the perfect time to escape into the pages of a beach read, this summer consider adding a few more significant books to your list. Following are books (and some other resources) that I have found meaningful to learn more about the black and minority experience in America:
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