By Rachel Sinclair
We’re living in a crucial time in history when America is addressing past and present racism.
As Christians, we serve a God who cares deeply about justice for all people. The question, “How do I rightly respond?” should weigh heavily on our hearts.
One valuable way to combat injustice and support our brothers and sisters in Christ who have faced racism is to humbly listen.
Below are five faith-based books on race written by authors of color. This selection is only a handful of the many excellent resources that can help believers increase in education, conviction, empathy, and unity.
New York Times bestselling author Latasha Morrison graciously and firmly leads readers on a journey to racial reconciliation within the body of Christ. After establishing the necessity of a humble heart, Morrison explains the importance of lamentation, confession, and forgiveness as bridges that ultimately lead to restorative reconciliation.
Morrison is the founder of Be the Bridge, an organization built to “encourage racial reconciliation among all ethnicities, to promote racial unity in America, and to equip others to do the same.” Her desire in bridge-building is not only to change the lives of individuals, but to empower them to initiate racial harmony among others.
2. The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism (Jemar Tisby)
The Color of Compromise offers a historical account of the American church, chronicling the presence and various forms of racism from the colonial era all the way to the present. By honestly examining a history that many churchgoers either “ignore or just don’t know,” Tisby creates a foundation of context that is necessary for churches to pursue racially diverse congregations.
Rooted in love and biblical teaching, Tisby’s book equips Christians with concrete solutions to work together in building “a more equitable and inclusive environment among God’s people.”
Dorena Williamson says, “I write children’s books that adults need too.”
ColorFull is an illustrated picture book that tells the story of Imani and Kayla, two best friends who realize that their different skin colors are a beautiful example of God’s creativity in creation. The book is one of a three-part series, which includes ThoughtFull, a story about including and valuing people of varying abilities, and GraceFull, which encourages understanding and compassion for those in poverty.
Dr. John M. Perkins is a pastor, prolific author, and legendary civil rights activist who dedicated his life to proclaiming the gospel and restoring communities.
Born in 1930 as a sharecropper’s son in Mississippi, Perkins personally experienced extreme poverty and racial injustice that would shape his lifelong passion to help those in need and fight for civil rights.
Now age 90, Perkins penned One Blood in 2018 as his final address to the church on “what it really takes to live out biblical reconciliation.” He teaches that reconciliation must be intentional and relational, much like the way believers share the gospel in everyday life.
5. Woke Church: An Urgent Call for Christians in America to Confront Racism and Injustice (Eric Mason)
Dr. Eric Mason is the pastor of Epiphany Fellowship in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the founder and president of Thriving, an urban resource organization committed to developing ministry leaders.
In his call for believers to fight racism and injustice, Mason points to the Old Testament prophets who did not speak to please people, but rather to proclaim the Word of God to a culture in need of repentance and restoration.
The crux of Mason’s challenge is threefold, calling Christians to be aware, be redemptive and be active.