Be the Bridge
Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation
by Latasha Morrison
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Pub Date 15 Oct 2019 | Archive Date Not set
WaterBrook & Multnomah, WaterBrook
WINNER OF THE CHRISTIAN BOOK AWARD® • Winner of the Christianity Today Book Award • A leading advocate for racial reconciliation calls Christians to move toward deeper understanding in the midst of a divisive culture.
In an era where we seem to be increasingly divided along racial lines, many are hesitant to step into the gap, fearful of saying or doing the wrong thing. At times the silence, particularly within the church, seems deafening.
But change begins with an honest conversation among a group of Christians willing to give a voice to unspoken hurts, hidden fears, and mounting tensions. These ongoing dialogues have formed the foundation of a global movement called Be the Bridge—a nonprofit organization whose goal is to equip the church to have a distinctive and transformative response to racism and racial division.
In this perspective-shifting book, founder Latasha Morrison shows how you can participate in this incredible work and replicate it in your own community. With conviction and grace, she examines the historical complexities of racism. She expertly applies biblical principles, such as lamentation, confession, and forgiveness, to lay the framework for restoration.
Along with prayers, discussion questions, and other resources to enhance group engagement, Be the Bridge presents a compelling vision of what it means for every follower of Jesus to become a bridge builder—committed to pursuing justice and racial unity in light of the gospel.
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Racial reconciliation is a topic that's not easy, nor could you cover everything necessary in one book. However, I did find "Be The Bridge" to be a book that can begin to turn the tide towards a hopeful understanding. LaTasha Morrison is the founder of "Be The Bridge," a group that encourages people of all races and cultures to come together to work towards reconciliation.
Morrison begins the book with history that many have never heard in school. She discusses not only white and black issues but also the colorism that affects the black community internally. Each chapter has a specific focus, which I found helpful. There are three main parts to the book: Part 1- The Bridge to Lament, Part 2- The Bridge to Confession and Forgiveness and Part 3-The Bridge to Restorative Reconciliation.
This is not a book to read quickly, as there are many things to ruminate on, pray over and learn from. I think this book would be best used in conjunction with a Be The Bridge group, but it could also be useful for individuals to learn from on their own, as well, as some areas may not have the availability to participate in a group (yet). This is hard work, so do not be afraid, but prepare your heart to receive the message within.
Here are a few quotes from the book that I highlighted:
"When we lack historical understanding, we lose part of our identity. We don't know where we came from and don't know what there is to celebrate or lament. Likewise, without knowing our history, it can be difficult to know what needs repairing, what needs reconciling."
"If we come together in the posture of humility, we can start to bridge the racial divide. A bridge that lifts up the marginalized voices. A bridge of voices that is about equity of marginalized voices, not equality."
"The truth is that each ethnicity reflects a unique aspect of God's image. No one tribe or group of people can adequately display the fullness of God. The truth is that it takes every tribe, tongue and nation to reflect the image of God in his fullness."
If you're willing to do the work and take to heart this book that encourages change, courage and understanding, "Be The Bridge" is for you. Thanks to #NetGalley for the opportunity to read early. All opinions are my own.
Be the Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation by LaTasha Morrison is a must read. This book is challenging in the best way. LaTasha gently guides you through how to a be a bridge builder and the process she has taken with a group in Texas. As a white female churchgoer, this book was eye opening. This book was heartbreaking and encouraging at the same time. I would encourage anyone interested in the process of racial reconciliation to read this book. I also encourage anyone that serves within the church context to read this. It is a great resource for you to start the process of bridge building in your own church.
I was blessed to receive an electronic copy via Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
The current climate we are in this book is a must for all especially those who call themselves Christ believers. The church has been implicit in the racial issues and must be the bridge in racial reconciliation.
"Without understanding the truth of racial injustice, both majority-culture and non-White-culture Christians will find themselves mired in dissonant relationships. If we avoid hard truths to preserve personal comfort or to fashion a facade of peace, our division will only widen." "Build the Bridge" is a great resource to help us begin exploring and restoring racial injustice. It is a strong, but kind source for building an understanding of both history and modern day racial relations. I'd recommend this book to anyone, willing to do the work!