We may feel powerless as we see society becoming more violent, especially in racial areas. The authors have written this book to help change that direction of society. “The time for building a culture of peace and respect to replace a culture of violence and hatred is now.” (17) They want to get people talking, coming together to find new understanding with a view to healing what divides us.
They give examples of how being black in America can be dangerous. They also review the mistreatment of Native Americans and women. This is a good section and offers a great deal of background for those who do not understand the racial tensions of today.
The authors admit it is not an easy journey. They explore the biblical basis of how we are to treat each other. They look at the roles the church and individual Christians are to have in the healing process. They give many practical suggestions, leading to changed hearts and the resulting actions. The idea is to bring people to the place of relating to others well because their lives matter. Some good examples of people who have made a difference are included.
This would be a good book to read with a group. I would recommend it to church boards and professionals. It is a good book to get people talking and thinking about what can be done in their community. It is short and not intimidating.
Food for thought: “Please do what you can to proclaim to the world that all lives matter.” (82)
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Wayne Gordon is co-founder of the Christian Community Development Association and lead pastor of Lawndale Community Church in inner-city Chicago where he has ministered for thirty years. He is co-founder of the Lawndale Christian Health Center and teaches at several colleges and universities. He and his wife had three adult children.
John M. Perkins is co-founder of the Christian Community Development Association and director of the John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development in Jackson, Mississippi. He is the author of many books.
Baker Books, 96 pages.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.