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More Than Equals: Racial Healing for the Sake of the Gospel [Paperback]

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Pages   285
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.26" Width: 5.64" Height: 0.89"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 28, 2012
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830822569  
EAN  9780830822560  

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Spencer Perkins and Chris Rice set out a bold, practical plan for racial reconciliation which has as its motivation more than harmonious living--namely, a witness to the truth and power of the Gospel.

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Recipient of a Christianity Today 1994 Critics Choice Award Here is living proof that white and black Christians can live together. When Spencer Perkins was sixteen years old, he visited his bloodied and swollen father (pastor John Perkins) in jail. Police had beaten the black activist severely, and Spencer never forgot the moment. He couldn't imagine living in community with a white person after that. But his plans were changed. Chris Rice grew up in very different circumstances, of "Vermont Yankee stock," attending an elite Eastern college and looking forward to a career in law and government. But his plans were changed. Spencer and Chris became not only friends, but yokefellows--partners for more than a decade in the difficult ministry of racial reconciliation. From their own hard-won experience, they show that there is hope for our frightening race problem, that whites and African-Americans can live together in peace. This revised and expanded edition includes a new introduction, a new afterword, a new study guide, updated resources and a new chapter by Spencer, "Playing the Grace Card." In compellingly practical detail, Chris and Spencer present their hope, which is boldly and radically Christian. "The cause of racial reconciliation needs yokefellows," they argue, ." . . not solely for the sake of racial harmony--even though it will lead to that--but for the witness of the gospel."

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More Than Equals  Aug 31, 2007
The most amazing and life-changing book I have read in the past several years!! I realized that when I am silent and passive about racism, then I am promoting it, and I have since asked forgiveness of and reconciled with some of my African American friends. The authors were incredibly honest about the issues on both sides of racism and about the need of the church to step up and be a fore-runner in reconciliation. I can't thank Spencer and Chris enough for their work.....I'm sad that Spencer is not with us any more to continue in this minsitry, though I understand that God knows best. I hope and pray that Chris will find another partner in the reconciliation ministry.
Play the Grace Card  Aug 9, 2007
The revised editon of "More Than Equals" updates this provocative work telling the story of Caucasian Chris Rice and African American John Perkins. Different by race and culture, God bond them together in ministry. Their developing relationship provides a path that all Christian can follow for healthy cross-cultural relationships.

Reviewer: Bob Kellemen, Ph.D., is the author of Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction , Soul Physicians, and Spiritual Friends.

Life changing  Mar 15, 2007
This is the book that began everything for me. Okay, so I was already living in the city--I had moved in as poor college student--but I hated it. I wanted to move out of the hood as soon as possible. Reading this book convicted me of God's calling in my life to embrace the city as my home--and to love my neighbor as myself.

I read this book just in time; shortly after, I was raped in my home while my husband was gone to a meeting at church and my children were asleep in the room next to me. I wouldn't have made it through that trial without having been deeply rooted in the awareness of God's will for me.
Not as Relevant  Mar 3, 2007
What I'm about to say may be conflicting, but I believe this from what I've seen. Although that reconciliation was much needed in previous years, it has become something else today. Rather than reconciliation between blacks, whites, and all races, it seems that today it is more about pronouncing who you are and what race you're from, making yourself seem a little more ambitious than you'd like.
Coming from a Mexican cultured background, racial issues arise only when, well, racial issues are brought up. People need to realize that true unity won't happen until we stop looking at people by a certain race. This book tries to emphasize the importance of keeping close to your culture and how strange it is to integrate to another, when in reality it's not as strange as it really is.
Marrying people from other national backgrounds is not bad; congregating with other churches of different backgrounds is not bad either; black and white Christians can live together. We don't really need proof. It's not as relevant as it once was.
The Civil Rights Movement has run its course...?  Nov 30, 2005
This was a required text for one of my graduate courses and I didn't expect to enjoy it much. It wasn't far into the book that I began to resonate with some of the struggles for racial harmony articulated by Perkins and Rice.

In Chapter 1, Spencer Perkins states emphatically, "The Civil Rights Movement has run its course, and we've gotten just about all you can expect to get from a political movement." I, a white guy, took offense at the thought that someone would declare the struggle for civil rights obsolete. His point is well made through the development of this and subsequent chapters. The move toward reconciliation must move from race to grace.

Regardless of your religious affiliations, if you are engaged in civil rights causes or racial reconciliation you would be remiss to neglect this ground-breaking tome.



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