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Reconciliation Blues: A Black Evangelical's Inside View of White Christianity [Hardcover]

By Edward Gilbreath (Author)
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Pages   207
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.36" Width: 5.88" Height: 0.79"
Weight:   0.78 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2006
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830833676  
EAN  9780830833672  

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In Reconciliation Blues journalist Edward Gilbreath gives an insightful, honest picture of both the history and the present state of racial reconciliation in evangelical churches. He looks at a wide range of figures, such as Howard O. Jones, Tom Skinner, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Jesse Jackson and John Perkins.

Charting progress as well as setbacks, his words offer encouragement for black evangelicals feeling alone, clarity for white evangelicals who want to understand more deeply, and fresh vision for all who want to move forward toward Christ's prayer "that all of them may be one."

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Edward Gilbreath is the author of Reconciliation Blues: A Black Evangelical's Inside View of White Christianity. An award-winning journalist, he serves as an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and as the executive director of communications for the Evangelical Covenant Church. He was the founding editor of Urban Ministries Inc.'s online magazine, Urban Faith. Since the release of Reconciliation Blues, he has spoken to thousands of people across the nation at churches, conferences, and university campuses on issues of race, faith and culture.

Edward Gilbreath was born in 1969.

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Challenging Book  Feb 24, 2007
Every now and then someone asks, "Aren't we through with the issue of racial reconciliation yet?" Ed Gilbreath gives a comprehensive response to that question with the insight of a journalist who's been covering the topic throughout his career. This book is written in a very personal, and approachable tone, yet doesn't pull any punches in dealing out the truth. My black friends are responding that this book says exactly how they feel toward the white evangelical church. My white friends are starting to get why this is still an issue. This book is a must-read for people on both sides of the equation who care about making the Church truly reconciled.
Excellent Work  Feb 19, 2007
This book has helped me tremendously to understand the state and problem of racism in the American Evangelical Church. It is indeed a sad story.Frankly, after I read several chapters and stories from the book about those who have been victimized and belittled because of their race, I asked: Is there hope for racial reconciliation and unity in the church today in America? The church has failed to embrace and celebrate biblical diversity in her midst.

Gilbreath has done a great service to the church, walking her through the pain and suffering of racial division and segregation in Christian institutions. The author presents a careful, well-written expose of the current state of the subject-matter. The most comfortable thing is Gilbreath still believes change is not the last thing to hope for; racial harmony can happen between different racial and ethnic groups when each learn to hear each other's experience, concern, hope and support the differences. Such a goal is not easy to attain, it will require hard and persisent effort on the part of both groups and individuals (e.g. whites, blacks, hispanics, asians, etc)
Grappling With Race  Jan 29, 2007
The good-natured Gilbreath skillfully threads his story into the larger tapestry of key African-American figures who have sought to break down racial barriers in modern Christianity and culture. His observations, peppered with humor but teeming with serious food for thought, make it clear that the body of Christ remains far short of the high water mark of kingdom living.

Gilbreath' work emphasizes the richness experienced by believers who take steps beyond their comfort zones, and expose their thinking to persons of different races, cultures or socio-economic groups. Furthermore, the tone of his book makes it clear that our goal is not striving to avoid seeing "color." Awkwardly pretending race is not present does a double disservice: one to the white person who misses a chance to gain deeper empathy for blacks, and another for the black person who is muted in his efforts to share his perspectives.

The author reminds us that an unspoken tension hangs in the air until race is grappled with in a productive and loving manner, as uncomfortable and difficult as this might be. Gilbreath helps us wake up (once more) and realize the church must set the tone for the rest of western culture.
Insightful  Jan 24, 2007
I loved this book and recommend it for anyone serious about 'loving their neighbor' - for those who have been discouraged about racial reconciliation and for those who do not know what there is to be discouraged about. Galbraith masterly enters the heart and soul of evangelicals of any race and speaks truth to questions I never even dared to ask. He inspired me, challenged me, touched me, and left me just a touch closer to the person I'm created to be.
Powerful and Engaging  Jan 16, 2007
Not interested in reading another book about racial reconciliation? Read this one anyway. Gibreath weaves his own story and the stories of other contemporary Christians into the solid framework of history, creating a powerful narrative that subtly shakes the Christian out of complacency on the issue of race.

Without a hint of cynicism, Gilbreath challenges the evangelical church, of which he is an active part, to look at history and learn; to look at the present and change; to look toward the future and grow. The tone is decidedly redemptive, and by the end, you'll be hoping and praying for change in your own heart and church.

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