"May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me." - Jesus, John 17:23

Books

(in alphabetical order)
40 Ways to Raise a Nonracist Child by Mathias and French

40 Ways to Raise a Nonracist Child by Mathias and French

Added: 09/05/08

 Please Note: This is not a Christian book but we have included it in our resource section because it contains material that you may find helpful in understanding and building multi-ethnic community — however, please be aware that it may contain material that is not in line with biblical principles. Description of this book from the […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Crossing Cultures by Patty Lane

A Beginner’s Guide to Crossing Cultures by Patty Lane

Added: 08/16/08

Click here to go to this resource:A Beginner’s Guide to Crossing Cultures by Patty Lane Description of this book from the publisher’s website: The global village has arrived. Recent census figures show that communities in the United States are more culturally and ethnically diverse than ever before. And you may be just one of many […]

A Christian Manifesto by Francis Schaeffer

A Christian Manifesto by Francis Schaeffer

Added: 07/26/12

“A Christian Manifesto is literally a call for Christians to change the course of history-by returning to biblical Truth and by allowing Christ to be Lord in all of life.”

A Credible Witness: Reflections on Power, Evangelism and Race by Brenda Salter McNeil

A Credible Witness: Reflections on Power, Evangelism and Race by Brenda Salter McNeil

Added: 08/06/08

“Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman, introduced here as Brenda’s friend Sam, gives you the full picture of gospel reconciliation–reconciliation to God and to each other. In her powerful, prophetic way, Brenda expounds their interaction recorded in John 4 and shares her own story of coming to Christ and learning to relate to other Christians. A Credible Witness tells you why both types of reconciliation are necessary, and moves you to be a person whose evangelism happens through a right relationship with God and others.”

A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America by Ronald Takaki

A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America by Ronald Takaki

Added: 07/04/11

“Upon its first publication, A Different Mirror was hailed by critics and academics everywhere as a dramatic new retelling of our nation’s past. Beginning with the colonization of the New World, it recounted the history of America in the voice of the non-Anglo peoples of the United States–Native Americans, African Americans, Jews, Irish Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and others–groups who helped create this country’s rich mosaic culture.”

A Heart for the City: Effective Ministries to the Urban Community by John Fuder

A Heart for the City: Effective Ministries to the Urban Community by John Fuder

Added: 02/03/11

“Jesus is still the answer for urban ministries, for ministries to the downtrodden, poor, and distressed in our cities.A Heart For the City is a rich compendium of valuable information on city ministries written by people who are currently ministering in the city, including pastors, Christian school administrators, and directors of homeless missions. It includes many illustrations and case studies that will prove valuable to any who work in the city or who want to understand how to more effectively help in the city.”

A Heart for the Community: New Models for Urban and Suburban Ministry by Fuder and Castellanos

A Heart for the Community: New Models for Urban and Suburban Ministry by Fuder and Castellanos

Added: 02/03/11

“John Fuder and Noel Castellanos have gathered together a team of experts to help you minister effectively in both the urban and suburban context. Divided into four sections (Critical Issues, Church-Planting Models, Ministering to Suburban Needs, and Parachurch Ministries), A Heart for the Community is a rich resource designed to help you do ministry today.”

A Light to the Nations by Michael Goheen

A Light to the Nations by Michael Goheen

Added: 04/05/11

“God’s people now live as citizens not only of the kingdom of God but also of the many cultures of the world. The church becomes one eschatological people with many cultural expressions. The relationships among gospel, church, and culture(s) become much more complex, as God’s people are now called to engage and encounter the various cultures in which they are sent to be a light to the nations.”

A Mercy by Toni Morrison

A Mercy by Toni Morrison

Added: 03/10/09

“A powerful tragedy distilled into a jewel of a masterpiece by the Nobel Prize–winning author of Beloved and, almost like a prelude to that story, set two centuries earlier. In the 1680s the slave trade was still in its infancy. In the Americas, virulent religious and class divisions, prejudice and oppression were rife, providing the fertile soil in which slavery and race hatred were planted and took root…”

A Mosaic of Believers by Gerardo Marti

A Mosaic of Believers by Gerardo Marti

Added: 09/22/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: An in-depth look at a multiethnic congregation’s response to social change. "… Engagingly and accessibly written, this excellent book deserves wide readership among everyone interested in US religion, ethnicity, organizations and urban culture." —Choice "’A Mosaic of Believers’ ought to be of methodological value to students of […]

A Theology as Big as the City by Raymond J. Bakke

A Theology as Big as the City by Raymond J. Bakke

Added: 08/18/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: “As we look at the world-class cities around our planet, we face five new urban realities: a crack cocaine epidemic, assault weapons, massive numbers of homeless children, HIV/AIDS and (in the U.S.) what Time magazine has called `the browning of America.’ The needs of the urban population […]

Against All Odds by Christerson, Emerson, and Edwards

Against All Odds by Christerson, Emerson, and Edwards

Added: 08/09/08

“Following up on Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith’s award-winning Divided by Faith, Against All Odds breaks new ground by exploring the beliefs, practices, and structures which allow integrated religious organizations to survive and thrive despite their difficulties. Based on six in-depth ethnographies of churches and other Christian organizations, this engaging work draws on numerous interviews, so that readers can hear first-hand the joys and frustrations which arise from actually experiencing racial integration.”

Agents of Transformation by Sherwood G. Lingenfelter

Agents of Transformation by Sherwood G. Lingenfelter

Added: 06/24/10

Product description from the publisher’s website. A social system relates individual to group and sets up bias against the gospel. Anthropologist Lingenfelter helps cross-cultural ministers understand and transform culture, instead of Westernizing it.

America Beyond Black and White by Ronald Fernandez

America Beyond Black and White by Ronald Fernandez

Added: 12/11/09

“The book is an impassioned call for a new way of imagining race and ethnicity in America. For the first time in U.S. history, the black-white dichotomy that historically has defined race and ethnicity is being challenged, not by a small minority, but by the fastest-growing and arguably most vocal segment of the increasingly diverse American population — Mexicans, Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Indians, Arabs, and many more — who are breaking down and recreating the very definitions of race.”

America in Black and White by Stephan and Abigail Thernstrom

America in Black and White by Stephan and Abigail Thernstrom

Added: 09/04/08

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America the Beautiful by Ben Carson

America the Beautiful by Ben Carson

Added: 07/26/12

“Tackling the issues at the forefront of the American mind—healthcare, education, capitalism, and more America the Beautiful is indispensable reading. From four-time bestselling author, internationally renowned neurosurgeon, and humanitarian Dr. Ben Carson, here is a sobering and inspiring manifesto of America’s greatness, her failings, and the values and changes it will take to carry our country into a brilliant and prosperous future.”

Announcing the Reign of God by Mortimer Arias

Announcing the Reign of God by Mortimer Arias

Added: 06/25/10

Product description: This book offers a program for Christian evangelism based on the teachings of Jesus in Matthew, Mark, and Luke. This is a superb resource volume for those wishing to test the soundness of their understanding and practice of Christian evangelism. It is solidly grounded in the ministry of Jesus and illumined by testimonial […]

Barefoot Church: Serving the Least in a Consumer Culture by Brandon Hatmaker

Barefoot Church: Serving the Least in a Consumer Culture by Brandon Hatmaker

Added: 11/15/11

“Jesus called us to “serve the least” as a way of life. Yet we often reduce serving to a once a month program or seasonal event. Whether you are a pastor or a layperson, here you will find simple, reproducible strategies that will move your church from good intentions to compassionate action. “

Bearing the Cross by David Garrow

Bearing the Cross by David Garrow

Added: 10/06/08

Product description from the publisher’s website: Winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, this is the most comprehensive book ever written about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Based on more than seven hundred interviews with all of King’s surviving associates, as well as with […]

Being Latino in Christ by Orlando Crespo

Being Latino in Christ by Orlando Crespo

Added: 08/17/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: Life as a Latino in America is complicated. Living between the two worlds of being Latino and American can generate great uncertainty. And the strange mixture of ethnic pride and racial prejudice creates another sort of confusion. Who are you as a Latino? Who are you as […]

Being White by Harris and Schaupp

Being White by Harris and Schaupp

Added: 08/17/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: What does it mean to be white? When you encounter people from other races or ethnicities, you may become suddenly aware that being white means something. Those from other backgrounds may respond to you differently or suspiciously. You may feel ambivalence about your identity as a white […]

Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work by Tomberlin, Bird, Groseschel

Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work by Tomberlin, Bird, Groseschel

Added: 08/27/12

Thousands of Protestant churches are perplexed by plateaued or declining attendance, while other congregations nearby thrive. Is there a way for them to combine forces, drawing on both their strengths, in ways that also increase their missional impact? Church merger consultant Jim Tomberlin, with co-writer Warren Bird, makes the case that mergers today work best not with two struggling churches but with a vital, momentum-filled lead church partnering with a joining church. In this new book, they provide a complete, practical, hands-on guide for church leaders of both struggling and vibrant churches so that they can understand the issues, develop strategies, and execute a variety of forms of merger for church expansion and renewal to reinvigorate declining churches and give them a “second life.”

Beyond Black and White by George Yancey

Beyond Black and White by George Yancey

Added: 09/03/08

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Beyond Charity by John Perkins

Beyond Charity by John Perkins

Added: 08/31/08

Product description from the publisher’s website: John Perkins calls churches to leave behind old political assumptions and apply serious biblical ministry to urban problems. This new vision rejects easy answers, stressing Christian community. Product description from Christianbook.com: John Perkins has committed his life to bringing reconciliation and development to broken communities of America. In his […]

Beyond Racial Gridlock by George Yancey

Beyond Racial Gridlock by George Yancey

Added: 08/17/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: Christians have struggled with racial issues for centuries, and often inadvertently contribute to the problem. Many proposed solutions have been helpful, but these only take us so far. Adding to this complex situation is the reality that Christians of different races see the issues differently. Sociologist George […]

Beyond Rhetoric by Hines and Deyoung

Beyond Rhetoric by Hines and Deyoung

Added: 09/04/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: The late Samuel Hines, who was African American, and Curtiss DeYoung, who is Caucasian, provide an inspiring, practical theology of reconciliation that will enable readers to take concrete action. The author of two previous books on reconciliation, DeYoung merges all-new material with the unpublished manuscript Hines had […]

Beyond the Suffering by Kellemen and Edwards

Beyond the Suffering by Kellemen and Edwards

Added: 11/14/09

“Beyond the Suffering is a deeply moving and helpful book. Kellemen and Edwards clearly describe the legacy of African American soul care and spiritual direction that comes to us beyond the suffering and also because of the suffering African Americans have experienced. I highly recommend Beyond the Suffering as crucial reading for everyone involved in soul care, spiritual direction, and counseling.” — Rev. Dr. Siang­Yang Tan

Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin

Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin

Added: 08/09/08

Please Note: This is not an explicitly "Christian book" but we have included it in our resource section because it contains material that you may find helpful in understanding and building multi-ethnic community — however, please be aware that it may contain material that is not in line with biblical principles. Description of this book […]

Black Man’s Religion By Usry and Keener

Black Man’s Religion By Usry and Keener

Added: 08/17/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: Some say Christianity is white man’s religion. . . . And it is true that there is a long and ugly history of abuse of African-Americans at the hands of Anglo Christians. Afrocentric interpretations of history often point to slavery, lynchings and the like as proof that […]

Black, White, Other: In Search of Nina Armstrong by Joan Lester

Black, White, Other: In Search of Nina Armstrong by Joan Lester

Added: 08/27/12

“In Joan Steinau Lester’s Black, White Other,now available in softcover, Nina never thought much about her biracial heritage until her parents divorced. Now both of Nina’s parents are trying to assert their cultural identity upon her, while in her hometown of Los Angeles racial tensions flare, and Nina feels caught in the battle. Conflicted and alone, Nina turns to the story of her great-great grandmother who escaped from slavery, hoping to find wisdom and direction in her predecessor’s tale.”

Blended Nation: Portraits and Interviews of Mixed-Race America

Blended Nation: Portraits and Interviews of Mixed-Race America

Added: 12/10/09

“What are you? On the 2000 U.S. Census, for the first time, multiracial individuals were allowed to indicate more than one race. Nearly seven million Americans did so. Blended Nation: Portraits and Interviews of Mixed Race America features individuals from this rapidly growing demographic of mixed race Americans across the country who identify as more than one race.”

Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and the Christian by John Piper

Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and the Christian by John Piper

Added: 10/03/11

“Sharing from his own experiences growing up in the segregated South, pastor John Piper thoughtfully exposes the unremitting problem of racism. Instead of turning finally to organizations, education, famous personalities, or government programs to address racial strife, Piper reveals the definitive source of hope—teaching how the good news about Jesus Christ actively undermines the sins that feed racial strife, and leads to a many-colored and many-cultured kingdom of God.”

Bridging the Diversity Gap by Alvin Sanders

Bridging the Diversity Gap by Alvin Sanders

Added: 10/02/13

“In a diverse, divided world, Christian leaders are faced with the question of how to lead across ethnic lines to bring healing and unity to the body of Christ. How can the church more accurately reflect the vision of God’s kingdom, gathering together every tribe and nation? It all begins with leaders whose minds and hearts have been transformed by the gospel.”

Building a Healthy Multi-ethnic Church by Mark DeYmaz

Building a Healthy Multi-ethnic Church by Mark DeYmaz

Added: 08/06/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: Through personal stories, proven experience and a thorough analysis of the biblical text, Building a Healthy Multi-ethnic Church illustrates both the biblical mandate for the multi-ethnic church as well as the seven core commitments required to bring it about. Mark DeYmaz, pastor of one of the most […]

Building Unity in the Church of the New Millennium by Dwight Perry

Building Unity in the Church of the New Millennium by Dwight Perry

Added: 03/01/10

“The church has changed. It is more diverse and as such faces new and imposing challenges. Building Unity in the Church of the New Millennium is an extraordinary collection of articles from a diverse group of ministry leaders devoted to unity among those of different races, classes, genders, and other groups within the church. To love as Christ commanded, the church simply must learn to incorporate, reach out to, and become unified with the people of God’s whole kingdom.”

Carry Me Home by Diane McWhorter

Carry Me Home by Diane McWhorter

Added: 10/06/08

Product description from the publisher’s website: "The Year of Birmingham," 1963, was a cataclysmic turning point in America’s long civil rights struggle. That spring, child demonstrators faced down police dogs and fire hoses in huge nonviolent marches for desegregation. A few months later, Ku Klux Klansmen retaliated by bombing the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and […]

Change across Cultures by Bruce Bradshaw

Change across Cultures by Bruce Bradshaw

Added: 10/03/11

“I consider Bruce Bradshaw’s book a significant and timely contribution to the ethics of social transformation. His argument is convincing and compelling. No one interested in Christian ethics across cultures can afford to ignore Change across Cultures.”–Tite Tienou, Academic Dean, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Check All That Apply By Sundee Tucker Frazier

Check All That Apply By Sundee Tucker Frazier

Added: 08/17/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: Where do you fit? Who is your community? Who really understands you? Being multiracial is often confusing, frustrating and lonely. Perhaps you feel as Sundee Tucker Frazier sometimes does when faced with yet another form asking for her ethnic identifiction–like "none of the above." In this book, […]

Church Diversity by Scott Williams

Church Diversity by Scott Williams

Added: 07/06/11

“To ensure that Dr. King’s statement doesn’t ring true 50 years from now, Author Scott Williams challenges the church to get out of their comfort zone and confront the age-old elephant in the pew, known as church diversity. Church Diversity the book encourages congregants and ministry leaders alike to embrace diversity, rather than merely tolerate it.”

Cities: Missions’ New Frontier by Greenway and Monsma

Cities: Missions’ New Frontier by Greenway and Monsma

Added: 03/02/10

“Peppered with practical, experiential illustrations, Cities draws its biblical inspiration from the model of the Antiochan church in the Book of Acts. It provides foundations for the practice of urban mission and impresses upon hearts the vital importance of this field of ministry.”

Coming Together in the 21st Century by Curtiss Paul DeYoung

Coming Together in the 21st Century by Curtiss Paul DeYoung

Added: 03/02/10

“This newly revised and expanded 15th anniversary edition offers readers an in-depth study of multiculturalism and diversity in Scripture. With nearly 50 percent new material, Coming Together in the 21st Century features contributions from ethnically and culturally diverse men and women who offer their unique perspectives.”

Communicating Christ Cross-Culturally by David Hesselgrave

Communicating Christ Cross-Culturally by David Hesselgrave

Added: 09/05/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: As an unparalleled introduction to missionary communication, this thoroughly indexed book examines world views, cognitive processes, linguistic forms, behavioral patterns, social structures, communication media, and motivational sources. Description:  This revised edition of Dr. David Hesselgrave’s great work Communicating Christ Cross-Culturally updates the original edition and interacts with […]

Consuming Jesus by Paul Louis Metzger

Consuming Jesus by Paul Louis Metzger

Added: 09/04/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: Many Americans think that race problems are a thing of the past because we no longer live under the Jim Crow laws that once sustained overt structures of segregation. Unfortunately, says Paul Louis Metzger, today we live under an updated version of segregation, through the subtle power […]

Courageous Conversations About Race by Singleton and Linton

Courageous Conversations About Race by Singleton and Linton

Added: 09/04/08

Please Note: This is not a Christian book but we have included it in our resource section because it contains material that you may find helpful in understanding and building multi-ethnic community — however, please be aware that it may contain material that is not in line with biblical principles. Description of this book from […]

Cracking Your Church’s Culture Code by Samuel Chand

Cracking Your Church’s Culture Code by Samuel Chand

Added: 11/15/11

“Why is it that the best strategic plans and good leadership often are not able to move churches in the desired direction? Sam Chand contends that toxic culture is to blame. Quite often, leaders don’t sense the toxicity, but it poisons their relationships and derails their vision. “

Creating Understanding by Donald Smith

Creating Understanding by Donald Smith

Added: 09/21/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: Creating Understanding, a foundational book on which the enterprise of Christian ministry can be built, is a basic text and handbook for training and refining the skills of Christian communication. Description: This book is built on twenty-three propositions about communication, propositions that, when taken together, encompass fundamental […]

Cross-Cultural Conflict By Duane Elmer

Cross-Cultural Conflict By Duane Elmer

Added: 08/17/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: Whether at home or abroad, communicating with people of other cultures is difficult. It requires new ways of thinking and interpreting the world. When conflict arises, as it often does, the issues become even more confusing. Without a good understanding of how different cultures handle conflict, our […]

Cross-Cultural Servanthood by Duane Elmer

Cross-Cultural Servanthood by Duane Elmer

Added: 06/24/10

Product description from the publisher’s website: Duane Elmer asked people around the world how they felt about Western missionaries. The response? "Missionaries could be more effective if they did not think they were better than us." The last thing we want to do in cross-cultural ministry is to offend people in other cultures. Unfortunately, all […]

Crossing the Ethnic Divide by Kathleen Garces-Foley

Crossing the Ethnic Divide by Kathleen Garces-Foley

Added: 01/07/09

Product description from the publisher’s website: Description While religious communities often stress the universal nature of their beliefs, it remains true that people choose to worship alongside those they identify with most easily. Multiethnic churches are rare in the United States, but as American attitudes toward diversity change, so too does the appeal of a […]

Cultural Intelligence by David Livermore

Cultural Intelligence by David Livermore

Added: 09/03/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: As twenty-first-century society grows increasingly complex, pluralistic, and multicultural, it behooves Christians to communicate effectively between and among diverse populations. Research indicates that missions often fail because of cultural collision and lack of empathy and understanding between different peoples. David Livermore proposes a meta model–based on sound […]

Dismantling Racism by Joseph Barndt

Dismantling Racism by Joseph Barndt

Added: 03/02/10

“Racism has reemerged, dramatically and forcefully. All of us — people of color and white people alike — are damaged by its debilitating effects. In this book, the author addresses the “majority,” the white race in the United States. Racism permeates the individual attitudes and behavior of white people, but even more seriously, it permeates public systems, institutions, and culture. This book does not intend to attack or to produce guilt, but its message is tough and demanding.”

Disunity in Christ by Christena Cleveland

Disunity in Christ by Christena Cleveland

Added: 02/18/14

“With a personal touch and the trained eye of a social psychologist, Cleveland brings to bear the latest studies and research on the unseen dynamics at work that tend to separate us from others. Learn why Christians who have a heart for unity have such a hard time actually uniting. The author provides real insight for ministry leaders who have attempted to build bridges across boundaries.”

Diverse Worship By Pedrito Maynard-Reid

Diverse Worship By Pedrito Maynard-Reid

Added: 08/17/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: Let the nations sing. What are the universal constants of Christian worship? What are the unique elements that arise out of diverse local contexts? How do we appropriately respect and honor both the constancy and the diversity? In Diverse Worship Pedrito U. Maynard-Reid explores the multiethnic dimensions […]

Divided By Faith by Emerson and Smith

Divided By Faith by Emerson and Smith

Added: 06/13/08

A brief summary This book does an excellent job of describing the historical and sociological reasons why the Christian church has been “the most segregated major institution in America”. I think this resource is helpful because… The old cliché, you can’t know where you are going until you know where you have been is true […]

Dominion by Randy Alcorn

Dominion by Randy Alcorn

Added: 08/27/12

“Filled with insight—and with characters so real you’ll never forget them—Dominion is a dramatic story of spiritual searching, racial reconciliation, and hope. “

Dynamic Diversity by Bruce Milne

Dynamic Diversity by Bruce Milne

Added: 08/17/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: From the footpaths of our cities to the chatrooms of the Internet, people are connecting today as never before. As the planet shrinks through the multiple forces of immigration, travel, electronic communication and more fluid employment patterns, we will find ourselves increasingly forced into contact with those […]

Embracing Diversity: Leadership in Multicultural Congregations By Charles R. Foster

Embracing Diversity: Leadership in Multicultural Congregations By Charles R. Foster

Added: 08/05/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: Explore a variety of approaches congregations have taken to embrace differences; identify leadership issues diversity creates in congregations; and discover programmatic suggestions drawn from the experience of multicultural congregations to address these issues. This book helps readers to understand their own experience with racial and cultural differences […]

Enter the River by Tobin and Jody Miller Shearer

Enter the River by Tobin and Jody Miller Shearer

Added: 01/08/09

Product description from the publisher’s website: The Bible tells of Naaman the Syrian, who entered the Jordan River to be cleansed. Comparing the affliction of racism to Naaman’s illness, Enter the River invites readers into their own healing. After asking, “Why be concerned about racism?” Shearer explores definitions of prejudice and racism, the different effects […]

Exclusion and Embrace by Miroslav Volf

Exclusion and Embrace by Miroslav Volf

Added: 09/05/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: Life at the end of the twentieth century presents us with a disturbing reality. Otherness, the simple fact of being different in some way, has come to be defined as in and of itself evil. Miroslav Volf contends that if the healing word of the gospel is […]

Faiths in Conflict by Vinoth Ramachandra

Faiths in Conflict by Vinoth Ramachandra

Added: 09/21/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: Crosscultural communication and interconnection have never been greater in the history of the world. Yet the potential for intercultural conflict accompanies every advance. And religious belief, which lies at the heart of most cultures, often appears to contribute to such unrest and at times even to violence. […]

Focus by Arthur Miller

Focus by Arthur Miller

Added: 11/15/11

“Written in 1945, Focus was Arthur Miller’s first novel and one of the first books to directly confront American anti-Semitism. It remains as chilling and incisive today as it was at the time of its controversial debut.”

Forgiving As We’ve Been Forgiven by Jones and Musekura

Forgiving As We’ve Been Forgiven by Jones and Musekura

Added: 10/11/10

Greg Jones and Célestin Musekura describe how churches and communities can cultivate the habits that make forgiveness possible on a daily basis. Following the Rwandan genocide, Musekura lost his father and other family members to revenge killings. But then he heard God tell him to forgive the killers. The healing power of forgiveness in his own life inspired him to work for forgiveness and reconciliation across Africa.

Free at Last? by Carl Ellis

Free at Last? by Carl Ellis

Added: 08/17/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: It has been more than thirty years since Martin Luther King Jr. shouted those words to a crowd gathered in Washington, D.C. His speech, "I Have a Dream," is now familiar, even famous. But has his dream been realized? In Free at Last? Carl Ellis offers an […]

Free of Charge by Miroslav Volf

Free of Charge by Miroslav Volf

Added: 09/15/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: An exploration of how we can be transformed by the God who gives abundantly and who forgives unconditionally. Description: We are at our human best when we give and forgive. But we live in a world in which it makes little sense to do either one. In […]

Free To Be Bound by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Free To Be Bound by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Added: 09/04/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove was a product of the new South: color-blind and culturally sensitive. Yet despite his progressive worldview, he was unaware of the invisible borders separating neighborhood churches. Then, as a political candidate on the local campaign trail, Jonathan began to reach out to the black community, […]

From Every People and Nation by Hays and Carson

From Every People and Nation by Hays and Carson

Added: 08/17/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: "After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language . . ." (Revelation 7:9). The visions in the book of Revelation give a glimpse of the people of God at the consummation […]

Generous Justice by Tim Keller

Generous Justice by Tim Keller

Added: 07/01/11

“It is commonly thought in secular society that the Bible is one of the greatest hindrances to doing justice. Isn’t it full of regressive views? Didn’t it condone slavery? Why look to the Bible for guidance on how to have a more just society? But Timothy Keller sees it another way. In Generous Justice, Keller explores a life of justice empowered by an experience of grace: a generous, gracious justice. “

Global Church Planting by Ott and Wilson

Global Church Planting by Ott and Wilson

Added: 10/11/10

“With nearly fifty years combined global church-planting experience, Craig Ott and Gene Wilson offer here a comprehensive, up-to-date guide for cross-cultural church planting. Combining substantive biblical principles and missiological understanding with practical insights, this book walks readers through the various models and development phases of church planting.”

Globalizing Theology by Netland and Ott

Globalizing Theology by Netland and Ott

Added: 03/02/10

“In nearly every realm–political, economic, cultural, ethnic, and religious–traditional boundaries are disappearing and people worldwide are more interconnected than ever. Recent decades have also seen the globalization of Christianity and the accompanying shift in the center of gravity of Christianity from the West to the southern hemisphere and Asia. As these realities take deeper root, scholars, students, and church leaders must grapple with the implications for theological reflection and method, not to mention missiological practice.”

God and Government by Chuck Colson

God and Government by Chuck Colson

Added: 07/26/12

Appealing to scripture, reason, and history, this book tackles society’s most pressing and divisive issues. New stories and examples reflect the realities of today, from the clash with radical Islam to the deep division between “reds” and “blues.” In an era of angry finger-pointing, Colson furnishes a unique insider’s perspective that can’t be pigeonholed as either “religious right” or “religious left.”

God’s Global Mosaic by Paul-Gordon Chandler

God’s Global Mosaic by Paul-Gordon Chandler

Added: 09/20/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: God’s people around the world form a mosaic. Each piece of the picture is different but contributes to a beautiful portrait of who God is and what he is doing among his creation. As you learn from these many cultural expressions of Christianity, your own faith will […]

God’s Neighborhood By Scott Roley

God’s Neighborhood By Scott Roley

Added: 08/17/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: "Jesus relocated, and calls us to follow . . . his creation became his neighborhood." Scott Roley was once an up-and-coming singer/songwriter in the contemporary Christian music scene, but then God called him to a different kind of ministry. He left his life of privilege, became a […]

God’s Politics by Jim Wallis

God’s Politics by Jim Wallis

Added: 07/26/12

“God’s Politics offers a vision for how to convert spiritual values into real social change and has started a grassroots movement to hold our political leaders accountable by incorporating our deepest convictions about war, poverty, racism, abortion, capital punishment, and other moral issues into our nation’s public life.”

Gospel in Human Contexts by Paul Hiebert

Gospel in Human Contexts by Paul Hiebert

Added: 03/02/10

“This engagingly written book by the leading missiological anthropologist, the late Paul Hiebert, provides a helpful overview of, and perspective on, missions and missiology at the beginning of the twenty-first century. It is grounded in sophisticated theory while remaining wonderfully accessible and eminently practical.”–Robert J. Priest, professor, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Gracism: The Art of Inclusion by David Anderson

Gracism: The Art of Inclusion by David Anderson

Added: 08/06/08

“Pastor David Anderson responds to prejudice and injustice with the principle of gracism: radical inclusion for the marginalized and excluded. Building on the apostle Paul’s exhortations in 1 Corinthians 12 to honor the weaker member, Anderson presents a biblical model for showing special grace to others on the basis of ethnicity, class or other social distinction. He offers seven sayings of the gracist with practical examples for building bridges and including others.”

Growing Up in America: The Power of Race in the Lives of Teens by Flory, Edwards, Christerson

Growing Up in America: The Power of Race in the Lives of Teens by Flory, Edwards, Christerson

Added: 08/27/12

“People’s experiences of racial inequality in adulthood are well documented, but less attention is given to the racial inequalities that children and adolescents face. Growing Up in America provides a rich, first-hand account of the different social worlds that teens of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds experience. In their own words, these American teens describe, conflicts with parents, pressures from other teens, school experiences, and religious beliefs that drive their various understandings of the world. “

Honoring God in Red or Blue by Amy Black

Honoring God in Red or Blue by Amy Black

Added: 07/26/12

“It’s time to approach political divides with an extra measure of grace. Success begins with seeking God’s honor first and foremost, regardless of where we fall on the political spectrum. Don’t limit yourself to chatting about the weather.”

Inclusion: Making Room for Grace by Eric Law

Inclusion: Making Room for Grace by Eric Law

Added: 09/20/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: "Inclusion is an excellent resource for church leaders and ministers seeking better understanding and processes to respond to the diversity of people they serve. Eric Law helps us rediscover that diversity is a gift from God that is to be cherished, not a gift to be ignored […]

Introducing Cultural Anthropology: A Christian Perspective by Howell and Paris

Introducing Cultural Anthropology: A Christian Perspective by Howell and Paris

Added: 10/11/10

“What is the role of culture in human experience? This introductory cultural anthropology text helps students understand and discern this crucial issue from a Christian perspective. The book covers standard cultural anthropology topics with special attention given to issues of concern to Christians, such as cultural relativism, evolution, and missions. It offers a fresh, contemporary approach to cultural anthropology, incorporating the most recent theory and language in the discipline.”

Jesus and Justice by Peter Goodwin Heltzel

Jesus and Justice by Peter Goodwin Heltzel

Added: 10/07/09

Product description from the publisher’s website: This timely book investigates the increasing visibility and influence of evangelical Christians in recent American politics with a focus on racial justice. Peter Goodwin Heltzel considers four evangelical social movements: Focus on the Family, the National Association of Evangelicals, Christian Community Development Association, and Sojourners. The political motives and […]

Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne

Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne

Added: 07/26/12

“Amid all the buzz of politics and elections, Jesus for President is a refreshing reminder that our ultimate hope lies not in partisan political options but in the Jesus who gave his life for us. Politics for ordinary radicals who want to love the world into the kingdom of God.”

Just Don’t Marry One by George and Sherelyn Yancey

Just Don’t Marry One by George and Sherelyn Yancey

Added: 09/05/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: Interracial Christian couples challenge their families and churches to rethink previously held concepts about race relations in America. While God has joined together an increasing number of interracial marriages, fear of race mixing has driven many Christian families and churches apart. This social and spiritual distance creates […]

Kingdom Come: How Jesus Wants to Change the World by Allen Wakabayashi

Kingdom Come: How Jesus Wants to Change the World by Allen Wakabayashi

Added: 11/15/11

“Focusing on the kingdom of God will revolutionize how you live out your faith, how you think about your world and how you explain the good news about Jesus. Ultimately, understanding yourself as a citizen of the kingdom will empower you to be one of God’s change agents in the world.”

Leading Across Cultures by Sherwood G. Lingenfelter

Leading Across Cultures by Sherwood G. Lingenfelter

Added: 06/24/10

Product description from the publisher’s website. As the US becomes more culturally diverse, cross-cultural ministry is no longer solely a concern for missionaries but also for nearly all pastors and church leaders. Of particular concern is the important issue of leadership–a difficult task made even more challenging in multicultural settings. Sherwood Lingenfelter, whose Ministering Cross-Culturally […]

Let Justice Roll Down by John Perkins

Let Justice Roll Down by John Perkins

Added: 08/31/08

Here’s a real-life story of the transforming power of Jesus Christ and one man’s response to Jesus’ call to love others. John Perkins, founder of Voice of Calvary ministries, was born in New Hebron, Mississippi, in 1930. His family was made up of sharecroppers and he grew up in grinding poverty, part of a system that preserved prejudice and racism. After his brother was killed, Perkins left Mississippi for California where he found job opportunities, racism of another kind, and faith in Jesus Christ.

Let the Nations Be Glad! by John Piper

Let the Nations Be Glad! by John Piper

Added: 03/02/10

“If I had to choose only one book on missions, Let the Nations Be Glad! would be it–precisely because it’s about so much more than missions. The book’s relentless God-centered focus, with its stress on worship as the ‘fuel and goal of missions,’ provides the crucial biblical counterpoint to the anthropocentric drumbeat of our day. Don’t read it unless you’re willing to have your eyes reopened to the highest possible motive for being about the business of reaching the world for Christ.”–Duane Litfin, president, Wheaton College

Letters Across the Divide by Anderson and Zuercher

Letters Across the Divide by Anderson and Zuercher

Added: 08/09/08

From the back cover: -Why is everything a racial issue with blacks? -Why do so many whites refuse to believe that racism is a problem in America? -Should all whites apologize for the wrongs committed against African Americans? These questions aren’t asked out loud, except in the closest and rarest of friendships. David Anderson and […]

Living Faith: How Faith Inspires Social Justice by Curtiss Paul DeYoung

Living Faith: How Faith Inspires Social Justice by Curtiss Paul DeYoung

Added: 03/01/10

“In this instructive and inspiring account, Christian ethicist Curtiss DeYoung profiles three of the most dynamic and influential religious activists of the twentieth century: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Malcolm X, and Aung San Suu Kyi – each from a different generation, a different faith community, and a different continent. His portraits show how their mystic faith drove them to justice commitments and beyond customary boundaries between people from other traditions, countries, and ways of life.”

Living in Color by Randy Woodley

Living in Color by Randy Woodley

Added: 08/17/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: "We would never give Picasso a paintbrush and only one color of paint, and expect a masterpiece," writes Randy Woodley. "We would not give Beethoven a single piano key and say, ‘Play us a concerto.’ Yet we limit our Creator in just these ways." Though our Christian […]

Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church by Soong-Chan Rah

Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church by Soong-Chan Rah

Added: 02/03/11

“Borrowing from the business concept of “cultural intelligence,” he explores how God’s people can become more multiculturally adept. From discussions about cultural and racial histories, to reviews of case-study churches and Christian groups that are succeeding in bridging ethnic divides, Rah provides a practical and hopeful guidebook for Christians wanting to minister more effectively in diverse settings.”

Marginality – The Key to Multicultural Theology by Jung Young Lee

Marginality – The Key to Multicultural Theology by Jung Young Lee

Added: 09/21/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: "To transcend or to live in-beyond does not mean to be free of the two different worlds in which one exists but to live in both of them without being bound by either of them." — Jung Young Lee In this work Jung Young Lee proposes a […]

Ministering Cross-Culturally by Lingenfelter and Mayers

Ministering Cross-Culturally by Lingenfelter and Mayers

Added: 09/03/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: “[This book] will help many missionaries on the foreign mission fields to navigate through the tensions they face as they try to adapt to a host culture. However, [it] will also be beneficial for students of missions because it will prepare them for cross-cultural relationships.”–Josef Solc, Faith […]

Mixed Ministry: Working Together as Brothers and Sisters in an Oversexed Society By Sue Edwards and Kelley Matthews with Henry J. Rogers

Mixed Ministry: Working Together as Brothers and Sisters in an Oversexed Society By Sue Edwards and Kelley Matthews with Henry J. Rogers

Added: 08/30/10

Product description from the publisher’s website:. How should you relate to the opposite sex in a working environment? Are the rules different for Christians? The New Testament treats Christian men and women as sacred siblings. Is that relationship a reality in your ministry? In Mixed Ministry, the male and female authors explore complex and thorny […]

Mobilizing Hope By Adam Taylor

Mobilizing Hope By Adam Taylor

Added: 10/11/10

Martin Luther King Jr. read the words of the apostle Paul to the church in Rome–“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind”–as a call not to retreat from the world but to lead the world into the kingdom of God, where peace and justice reign. In King’s day the presenting problem was entrenched racism; the movement of God was a revolution in civil rights and human dignity. Now Adam Taylor draws insights from that movement to the present, where the burden of the world is different but the need is the same.

More Than Equals by Perkins and Rice

More Than Equals by Perkins and Rice

Added: 08/09/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: 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 […]

More Than Serving Tea By Khang, Heller de Leon, and Dean

More Than Serving Tea By Khang, Heller de Leon, and Dean

Added: 08/17/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: Asian American women are caught between different worlds. Many grew up sensing that daughters were not as valuable as sons. Family expectations and cultural stereotypes assume that Asian American women can only have certain prescribed roles, as if our worth comes only through what we do for […]

Multicultural Ministry by David Anderson

Multicultural Ministry by David Anderson

Added: 08/07/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: A practical guide to multicultural ministry in a changing America, with motivating stories and examples from the author’s personal experiences in successful multicultural ministry. It also offers practical how-to ideas from a wide circle of churches. Description: David Anderson writes about multicultural leadership not from the perspective […]

Multicultural Ministry Handbook Edited by Anderson and Cabellon

Multicultural Ministry Handbook Edited by Anderson and Cabellon

Added: 01/10/11

“The world is becoming increasingly diverse. More and more of our neighbors are from a variety of cultures, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds. But most churches are still culturally homogenous and do not represent every tribe and tongue. What can we do to minister more effectively to our multicultural society?”

My First White Friend by Patricia Raybon

My First White Friend by Patricia Raybon

Added: 09/04/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: "In mid-life Afro-American journalist Raybon made a conscious decision to stop hating white people. Her journal/analysis provides discourse on hatred and forgiveness, the rise of her hatred, and her efforts to conquer her fears and forgive the past. An unusual account of conscious change."—Kirkus Reviews.

Neither Jew Nor Gentile by George Yancey

Neither Jew Nor Gentile by George Yancey

Added: 06/29/11

“Neither Jew Nor Gentile not only documents which institutional measures are effective, but shows how and why they work. Yancey finds that efforts to encourage interracial communication and unity promote a positive atmosphere more effectively than measures that emphasize differences among racial groups, and that dialogue among racial groups appears to be essential for the development of a positive racial atmosphere on campus. “

Never to Leave Us Alone: The Prayer Life of Martin Luther King Jr. by Lewis Baldwin

Never to Leave Us Alone: The Prayer Life of Martin Luther King Jr. by Lewis Baldwin

Added: 02/02/11

“Based on years of original research, Never to Leave Us Alone is the first book-length treatment of the prayer life of the famed religious and civil rights leader. Drawing on personal prayers that King recited as a seminarian and graduate student, preacher, pastor, and then civil rights leader, award-winning historian Lewis Baldwin explains how King turned to both private prayer and meditation for his own spiritual fulfillment, and to public prayer as part of his sermonic discourse, as an aspect of his pastoral care, and as a way of moving, inspiring, and reaffirming people in the context of a crusade for equal rights, social justice, and peace. “

New Perspectives on Racial Identity Development by Wijeyesinghe and Jackson

New Perspectives on Racial Identity Development by Wijeyesinghe and Jackson

Added: 03/04/09

“Decades have passed since our original theories of racial identity development were formed, bringing with them changes in our society and in our understandings of race and racism. New Perspectives on Racial Identity Development seeks to update these foundational models. The volume brings together leaders in the field to deepen, broaden, and reassess our understandings of racial identity development among Blacks, Latinos, Asian Americans, American Indians, Whites, and multiracial people.”

Nightjohn by Gary Paulsen

Nightjohn by Gary Paulsen

Added: 02/03/11

“Travel to the Waller plantation and meet 12-year-old Sarny, a slave whose mother was sold away when she was four. Sarny first sees Nightjohn when he is brought to the plantation with a rope around his neck, his body covered with scars from many beatings. Sarny is drawn to Nightjohn when she learns that he had escaped North to freedom, only to voluntarily return to the South. Nightjohn has a self-imposed mission–to teach slaves how to read and write. He believes knowledge is the key to helping slaves break out of bondage. Sarny is willing to take the risk, even knowing that the penalty for reading is dismemberment.”

No Partiality By Douglas Sharp

No Partiality By Douglas Sharp

Added: 08/17/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: This book is about how we make sense of race and racism. Oh, I’m not using "make sense" to mean "make something understandable, reasonable, lucid or sane," and I’m certainly not using it to mean "justify." . . . Rather I’m using the phrase in its literal […]

No Perfect People Allowed: Creating a Come-as-You-Are Culture in the Church by John Burke

No Perfect People Allowed: Creating a Come-as-You-Are Culture in the Church by John Burke

Added: 03/01/10

“This book challenges Christian leaders to engage in the messy art of creating the right culture to reach our postmodern, post-Christian society. Through real stories of God’s perfect work in the lives of imperfect people, you will experience the power of an authentic church community and learn how to deconstruct barriers and bring hope and healing to America’s most unchurched generation.”

Occupied with Nonviolence: A Palestinian Woman Speaks by Jean Zaru

Occupied with Nonviolence: A Palestinian Woman Speaks by Jean Zaru

Added: 03/01/10

“Zaru vividly paints the complex realities faced by all parties in Palestine — Jews and Muslims and Christians, Israelis and Palestinians, women and men. Yet even as Zaru eloquently names the common misunderstandings of the history, present situation, and current policies of the parties there, she vividly articulates an alternative: a religiously motivated nonviolent path to peace and justice in the world’s most troubled region.”

One Blood by Ken Ham

One Blood by Ken Ham

Added: 09/05/08
One Body, One Spirit by George A. Yancey

One Body, One Spirit by George A. Yancey

Added: 08/08/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: When the church began, an amazing diversity of people from different geographic, cultural and linguistic backgrounds gathered together to confess a common faith in Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul cast a vision of one body where Jew and Gentile would worship together in unity. The Revelation to […]

One But Not The Same by Chris Williamson

One But Not The Same by Chris Williamson

Added: 10/11/10

Serious learners and people intent on changing the status quo will find sound, biblical perspectives and real life examples to guide them. Readers will discover:
– How people of different races can come together, moving beyond superficiality
– Why women should be empowered to lead in the local church
– How Christians can be one without being the same politically
– What God says about wealthy and poor Christians empowering each other

One Church, Many Tribes by Richard Twiss

One Church, Many Tribes by Richard Twiss

Added: 09/04/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: In this captivating chronicle of the Native American story, Rosebud Lakota Sioux Richard Twiss sifts through myth and legend to reveal God’s strategy for the world’s First Peoples. With wit, wisdom and passion, Twiss shows God’s desire to use the cultures of First Nations peoples–in all their […]

One New People: Models for Developing a Multiethnic Church By Manuel Ortiz

One New People: Models for Developing a Multiethnic Church By Manuel Ortiz

Added: 08/05/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: God created us with diverse cultural and individual backgrounds. He intended those differences for our corporate delight and blessing. But too often we let differences separate us from each other.In One New People Manuel Ortiz persuades us of the benefits in fellowship and outreach that we can […]

Open Friendship in a Closed Society by Peter Slade

Open Friendship in a Closed Society by Peter Slade

Added: 11/04/10

“Peter Slade offers a sustained examination of whether the Mission’s model of racial reconciliation (which stresses one-on-one, individual friendships among religious people of different races) can effectively address the issue of social justice. Slade argues that Mission Mississippi’s goal of “changing Mississippi one relationship at a time” is both a pragmatic strategy and a theological statement of hope for social and economic change in Mississippi.”

Parting the Waters by Taylor Branch

Parting the Waters by Taylor Branch

Added: 10/06/08

Product description from shoppbs.org: Hailed as the most masterful story ever told of the American civil rights movement, Parting the Waters is destined to endure for generations. Moving from the fiery political baptism of Martin Luther King, Jr., to the corridors of Camelot where the Kennedy brothers weighed demands for justice against the deceptions of […]

Peace Child by Don Richardson

Peace Child by Don Richardson

Added: 09/06/11

“This analogy became a stepping-stone by which the gospel came into the Sawi culture and started both a spiritual and a social revolution from within. With an epilogue updating how the gospel has impacted the Sawi people, PeaceChild will inspire a new generation of readers who need to hear this unforgettable story and the lessons it teaches us about communicating Christ in a meaningful way to those around us.”

People of the Dream by Michael Emerson

People of the Dream by Michael Emerson

Added: 06/23/08

A brief summary This an excellent book on the ups and downs of building multiracial congregations.  The book summarizes their findings of seven years of research by Dr. Emerson and his research team – including thousands of interviews and many visits to multi-ethnic churches. I think this resource is helpful because… It describes in detail […]

Peppermint-Filled Piñatas by Eric Michael Bryant

Peppermint-Filled Piñatas by Eric Michael Bryant

Added: 09/04/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: How can we move our churches to become relevant, responsive, and reflective of the global community? That’s the question that Eric Michael Bryant poses in Peppermint-Filled Pinatas. With stories, observations, and thought-provoking suggestions, this book maps the way beyond ethnic, racial, and cultural barriers to the communities […]

Planting Churches Cross-Culturally by David Hesselgrave

Planting Churches Cross-Culturally by David Hesselgrave

Added: 09/21/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: David J. Hesselgrave is retired as professor of mission and director of the School of World Mission at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is a past president of the Evangelical Missiological Society and is the author of Theology and Mission and Dynamic Religious Movements.

Politics – According to the Bible by Wayne Grudem

Politics – According to the Bible by Wayne Grudem

Added: 07/26/12

“Politics—According to the Bible is a readable, comprehensive political philosophy, arguing for Christian involvement based on biblical teachings and a Christian worldview. Covering over 50 specific issues relating to protection of life, marriage, family, economics, environment, national defense, internationalism, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and special interest groups … this sweeping resource is a must-read for today’s Christians.”

Prejudice and the People of God by A. Charles Ware

Prejudice and the People of God by A. Charles Ware

Added: 11/08/08

Product description from the publisher’s website: In a culture plagued by racial division and unrest, the church convinced itself that prejudice is not a pressing issue. But visit a local congregation on any given Sunday and a quick scan of the crowd will reveal that unconsciously held attitudes and presuppositions continue to divide the very […]

Protest and Invest by Rodolpho Carrasco

Protest and Invest by Rodolpho Carrasco

Added: 10/03/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: The seven articles in this volume stimulate Biblically based reflection on urban and multiethnic outreach. Use this book with your small group, church, ministry, mission team, or interns, or for individual reflection. Rodolpho Carrasco has served in urban and multiethnic contexts for more than 15 years at […]

Race, Racism, and the Biblical Narratives by Cain Hope Felder

Race, Racism, and the Biblical Narratives by Cain Hope Felder

Added: 03/01/10

” Felder’s important work clarifies the profound differences in racial attitudes in the biblical world and now. He shows processes at work in both testaments that reflect ancient ambiguity about what we call race. He uncovers misuses of the biblical text (such as the so-called curse of Ham) in subsequent interpretation and shows how the Bible has been used to trivialize African contributions and demean and enslave black people. Felder challenges scholars and church people alike to deeper and more honest engagement with the biblical text.”

Race: A Theological Account by Kameron Carter

Race: A Theological Account by Kameron Carter

Added: 10/07/09

We have posted a review of this book on our website as well. Product description from the publisher’s website: In Race: A Theological Account , J. Kameron Carter meditates on the multiple legacies implicated in the production of a racialized world and that still mark how we function in it and think about ourselves. These […]

Radical Reconciliation by Boesak and DeYoung

Radical Reconciliation by Boesak and DeYoung

Added: 08/27/12

Everyone supports “reconciliation.” But too often calls for reconciliation fall short of uprooting systems of injustice, and thus fail to accomplish the work required to truly reconcile. Such initiatives usually favor the rich and powerful while depriving the powerless of justice and dignity. The result, according to Boesak and DeYoung, is “political pietism.” And when Christians refuse to name this situation for what it is, they are practicing “Christian quietism.”

Raising Up Young Heroes by Efrem Smith

Raising Up Young Heroes by Efrem Smith

Added: 08/18/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: You already know that youth ministry is about much more than Sunday night Bible study and lock-ins. It’s about changing the lives of youth and empowering young heroes to change their world. In this book Efrem Smith provides you with a model for holistic ministry that addresses […]

Reclaiming the Urban Family by Willie Richardson

Reclaiming the Urban Family by Willie Richardson

Added: 09/05/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: A how-to plan for evangelism and practical ministry to inner-city families based on the highly successful ministry of Christian Stronghold Baptist Church in Philadelphia. Description:  Hands-on answers to the crises of urban homes. The problems urban families face–low income, drug abuse, divorce, gang involvement, domestic violence, and […]

Reconciliation Blues by Edward Gilbreath

Reconciliation Blues by Edward Gilbreath

Added: 08/18/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: Merit Award, 2007 Christianity Today Christianity and Culture Book What is the state of racial reconciliation in evangelical churches today? Are we truly united? In Reconciliation Blues journalist Edward Gilbreath gives an insightful, honest picture of both the history and the present state of racial reconciliation in […]

Reconciliation: Our Greatest Challenge–Our Only Hope by Curtiss Paul Deyoung

Reconciliation: Our Greatest Challenge–Our Only Hope by Curtiss Paul Deyoung

Added: 03/02/10

“DeYoung considers reconciliation in its broadest sense with periodic asides to illustrate practical approaches to separation based on race, gender, culture, class, nationalism, etc. The core of Reconciliation describes what is essential for actually engaging in the process of reconciliation: taking responsibility, seeking forgiveness, repairing the wrong, healing the soul, and creating a new way of relating.”

Restoring At-Risk Communities by John Perkins

Restoring At-Risk Communities by John Perkins

Added: 08/31/08

“a handbook that describes not only the theology, principles, and strategy that guide what we are doing, but also offers more practical how to’s-lessons learned from years of struggle and triumph in some of America’s toughest neighborhoods”

Set Free by De Leon-Hartshorn, Shearer, and Stoltzfus

Set Free by De Leon-Hartshorn, Shearer, and Stoltzfus

Added: 01/08/09

Product description from the publisher’s website: Racism is a name-caller. It warps self-concept, saps vibrant communities, and atrophies spiritual connection. Although it takes different forms, racism works hard shaping the identities of both white people and people of color. Using anecdote, analysis, and scriptural reflection, Set Free offers language and insight to describe the names […]

Soul Physicians: A Theology of Soul Care And Spiritual Direction by Robert Kellemen

Soul Physicians: A Theology of Soul Care And Spiritual Direction by Robert Kellemen

Added: 01/14/10

“Soul Physicians is a truly meaningful and valuable treatment of the theological, spiritual, and psychological dimensions of counseling, soul care, spiritual formation, and the relationships between them. It can serve as a textbook, a personal study guide, or a resource handbook for those desiring to approach people-helping from a thoroughly Christian and biblical viewpoint.” – Dr. Richard Averbeck

Subverting the Power of Prejudice by Sandra L. Barnes

Subverting the Power of Prejudice by Sandra L. Barnes

Added: 08/18/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: Prejudice. It’s a serious problem whether you’re on the giving or receiving end, no matter what kind it is–race, gender, age, status, wealth, looks or ability. It’s serious not only because of the damage it does to all parties, but because we block what God wants to […]

Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem

Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem

Added: 06/20/08

A brief summary This is one of my favorite books!  A book on “Systematic Theology” may sound stuffy and a little boring – don’t be fooled by the title!  In this hefty book (1290 pages) Dr. Grudem provides a well-written and easy to read summary of the central doctrines of the Christian faith.  The insights […]

Take a Trip to Diverse City by Shawna Ray

Take a Trip to Diverse City by Shawna Ray

Added: 08/09/08

From www.shoutlife.com: Shawna Ray is an author, communicator, singer, and songwriter who loves people. Her first children’s book, “TAKE A TRIP TO DIVERSE CITY,” was self-published through Winters Press and released January 2007. Shawna started her own publishing company, Rhythm Ray Inc. to release a Special Editon with national boy band, B5 January 2008 to […]

Teaching Cross-Culturally by Judith and Sherwood Lingenfelter

Teaching Cross-Culturally by Judith and Sherwood Lingenfelter

Added: 09/03/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: "Required reading for seminary students, pastors and teachers, and any who teach. . . . This book challenges us to understand the culture that impacts how and what we preach and teach. . . . [It] contains a wealth of research in the area of teaching and […]

The American Church in Crisis by David Olson

The American Church in Crisis by David Olson

Added: 11/04/08

Product description from the publisher’s website: Groundbreaking analytical research from a database of over 200,000 North American churches reveals our population is growing faster than church attendance. This guide shows the problems as well as the potential of the American church, confirming hunches, exploding myths, and offering a clear path to a brighter future. Description: […]

The Beloved Community by Charles Marsh

The Beloved Community by Charles Marsh

Added: 08/31/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: Speaking to his supporters at the end of the Montgomery bus boycott in 1956, Martin Luther King, Jr., declared that their common goal was not simply the end of segregation as an institution. Rather, "the end is reconciliation, the end is redemption, the end is the creation […]

The Bible in Politics by Richard Bauckham

The Bible in Politics by Richard Bauckham

Added: 07/26/12

“The enduring value of The Bible in Politics is that it teaches the reader how to read the Bible politically and to gain an understanding of the social relevance of the Bible that is more disciplined, more informed, more imaginative, and more politically fruitful than many interpreters–past and present–have achieved.”

The Black Church in the African American Experience by Lincoln and Mamiya

The Black Church in the African American Experience by Lincoln and Mamiya

Added: 09/05/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: Black churches in America have long been recognized as the most independent, stable, and dominant institutions in black communities. In The Black Church in the African American Experience, based on a ten-year study, is the largest nongovernmental study of urban and rural churches ever undertaken and the […]

The Blessing of Africa By Keith Augustus Burton

The Blessing of Africa By Keith Augustus Burton

Added: 08/17/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: According to some estimates, Africa will soon have the highest concentration of Christians in the world. But African Christianity has had a long and conflicted history. Even today, modern misinterpretations of Scripture argue for God’s curse upon the dark-skinned peoples of Africa. In this comprehensive study, Keith […]

The Bush Was Blazing but Not Consumed by Eric Law

The Bush Was Blazing but Not Consumed by Eric Law

Added: 09/21/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: Best-selling author Eric Law shows how to work with the dynamics of diverse cultures to create a truly inclusive community.

The Church at the End of the Twentieth Century by Francis A. Schaeffer

The Church at the End of the Twentieth Century by Francis A. Schaeffer

Added: 09/04/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: "Does the church have a future in our generation? I believe the church is in real danger…. We are facing present pressures and a present and future manipulation which will be so overwhelming in the days to come that they will make the battles of the last […]

The Church Enslaved by Campolo and Battle

The Church Enslaved by Campolo and Battle

Added: 03/01/10

“Campolo and Battle expose the realities of racial division in the churches and then lift up a vision of a church without racism. To achieve reconciliation within and among the denominations, they argue, both the black and the white church need to acknowledge and overcome substantial problems in their traditions.”

The Color of Church by Rodney M. Woo

The Color of Church by Rodney M. Woo

Added: 10/07/09

“The Color of Church unfolds the story of how God has helped Wilcrest understand the biblical principles of a multiracial church that He progressively revealed in Scripture. Each chapter parallels the biblical model or mandate and the Wilcrest transformation story from a uniracial to a multiracial congregation.”

The Color of Faith: Building Community in a Multiracial Society by Fumitaka Matsuoka

The Color of Faith: Building Community in a Multiracial Society by Fumitaka Matsuoka

Added: 03/02/10

“In The Color of Faith, Fumitaka Matsuoka provides a theological perspective on racial and ethnic plurality by exploring such issues as alienation across shifting race lines, race and justice; the interworkings of race, class, and culture; and signs of hope amid an enduring culture of opposition. Interdisciplinary in its approach, this is a constructive theological work that reflects on the role Christian faith communities play in a multiracial society and forges a new vision of human relatedness and community building.”

The Doors of the Sea: Where Was God in the Tsunami? by David Bentley Hart

The Doors of the Sea: Where Was God in the Tsunami? by David Bentley Hart

Added: 01/14/10

This fascinating small book (109 pages) was required reading for a theology course I took recently through Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. It offers “another perspective” for those who may present that all acts of nature should be seen as coming directly from the hand of God. Even if you don’t agree with all his theology, I think you may find Professor Hart’s perspective very helpful as you seek to care for those who are going through enormous suffering.

The Elusive Dream: The Power of Race in Interracial Churches by Korie Edwards

The Elusive Dream: The Power of Race in Interracial Churches by Korie Edwards

Added: 08/27/12

“In The Elusive Dream, Korie L. Edwards presents the surprising results of an in-depth study of interracial churches: they help perpetuate the very racial inequality they aim to abolish. To arrive at this conclusion, she combines a nuanced analysis of national survey data with an in-depth examination of one particular church.”

The Five Languages of Apology by Gary Chapman

The Five Languages of Apology by Gary Chapman

Added: 06/04/10

“Just as you have a different love language, you also hear and express the words and gestures of apology in a different language. New York Times bestselling author Gary Chapman has teamed up with counselor Jennifer Thomas on this groundbreaking study of the way we apologize, discovering that it’s not just a matter of will-it’s a matter of how. By helping people identify the languages of apology, this book clears the way toward healing and sustaining vital relationships. The authors detail proven techniques for giving and receiving effective apologies.”

The Global God by Aida and William Spencer

The Global God by Aida and William Spencer

Added: 09/21/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: "An eye-opening book. Its essays on American Christianity in global perspective will challenge, irritate, provoke, or encourage you."–Mark A. Noll, University of Notre Dame In The Global God: Multicultural Evangelical Views of God, editors William and Aida Besancon Spencer challenge readers to develop a fuller understanding of […]

The Gospel in Black & White by Dennis Okholm

The Gospel in Black & White by Dennis Okholm

Added: 08/17/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: After signal victories of the civil rights movement in the sixties, recent events have shown that the divide between black and white Americans remains alarmingly wide. And as African- and Euro-Americans perhaps increasingly find themselves at odds politically and culturally, Sunday-morning worship dismayingly remains the most segregated […]

The Heart of Racial Justice by Salter Mcneil and Richardson

The Heart of Racial Justice by Salter Mcneil and Richardson

Added: 08/09/08

A brief summary This book address the hostility, problems and divides in the church because of unaddressed racial divisions in the body of Christ. I think this resource is helpful because… Brenda not only cleary state the problem but give realistic and practical solutions that are biblical, challenging and beyond our comfort zones. Description of […]

The Hip-Hop Church by Smith and Jackson

The Hip-Hop Church by Smith and Jackson

Added: 08/30/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: Hip-hop is here. The beats ring out in our cities. Hip-hop culture is all around us: in the clothes youth wear, in the music they listen to, in the ways they express themselves. It is the language they speak, the rhythm they move to. It is a […]

The Hispanic Challenge By Manuel Ortiz

The Hispanic Challenge By Manuel Ortiz

Added: 08/17/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: "The Sleeping Giant" is the fastest-growing minority group in the U.S.–the Hispanic community. Hispanics, especially Puerto Ricans, Cubans and Mexicans, are changing society and the church. As a second-generation Puerto Rican, born and reared in El Barrio of New York City, Manuel Ortiz knows first-hand what it […]

The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns

The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns

Added: 03/10/09

“This book represents a powerful personal story; face to face experiences with the poor which changed the author’s life, plus, an insightful scriptural commentary. As happened with Bob Pierce, founder of World Vision; Richard Stearns’ heart has been broken with the things that break the heart of God. Now, Stearns is using his considerable CEO skills to serve the poor and oppressed. I highly recommend this book.” – John Perkins

The Ministry of Reconciliation by Robert Schreite

The Ministry of Reconciliation by Robert Schreite

Added: 09/04/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: How religions can play a significant role in reconciling peoples, communities, nations from South Africa to Bosnia, Korea to the Middle East.

The Monkey and the Fish by Dave Gibbons

The Monkey and the Fish by Dave Gibbons

Added: 03/10/09

“The Monkey and the Fish decodes profound shifts and events taking place in the world today due to globalism, multiculturalism and technology, and introduces an original approach to ministry, church, and leadership known as The Third Culture. The book title refers to an Eastern parable that will challenge you to reexamine fundamental assumptions of the evangelical movement, including erroneous interpretations that have made the church increasingly irrelevant in North America and the global village.”

The Myth of a Christian Nation by Gregory Boyd

The Myth of a Christian Nation by Gregory Boyd

Added: 11/04/08

Product description from the publisher’s website: Arguing from Scripture and history, Dr. Boyd makes a compelling case that whenever the church gets too close to any political or national ideology, it is disastrous for the church and harmful to society. Dr. Boyd contends that the American Evangelical Church has allowed itself to be co-opted by […]

The Myth of a Christian Nation by Gregory Boyd

The Myth of a Christian Nation by Gregory Boyd

Added: 07/26/12

“Arguing from Scripture and history, Dr. Boyd makes a compelling case that whenever the church gets too close to any political or national ideology, it is disastrous for the church and harmful to society. Dr. Boyd contends that the American Evangelical Church has allowed itself to be co-opted by the political right (and some by the political left) and exposes how this is harming the church’s unique calling to build the kingdom of God. “

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

Added: 08/27/12

“By targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control—relegating millions to a permanent second-class status—even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness.”

The Next Evangelicalism by Soong-Chan Rah

The Next Evangelicalism by Soong-Chan Rah

Added: 03/12/09

“In this book professor and pastor Soong-Chan Rah calls the North American church to escape its captivity to Western cultural trappings and to embrace a new evangelicalism that is diverse and multiethnic. Rah brings keen analysis to the limitations of American Christianity and shows how captivity to Western individualism and materialism has played itself out in megachurches and emergent churches alike. Many white churches are in crisis and ill-equipped to minister to new cultural realities, but immigrant, ethnic and multiethnic churches are succeeding and flourishing.”

The Ordeal Of Integration by Orlando Patterson

The Ordeal Of Integration by Orlando Patterson

Added: 09/05/08

Please Note: This is not a Christian book but we have included it in our resource section because it contains material that you may find helpful in understanding and building multi-ethnic community — however, please be aware that it may contain material that is not in line with biblical principles. Description of this book from […]

The Politics of Jesus by John Howard Yoder

The Politics of Jesus by John Howard Yoder

Added: 07/26/12

“Currently a standard in many college and seminary ethics courses, The Politics of Jesus is also an excellent resource for the general reader desiring to understand Christ’s response to the world of politics and his will for those who would follow him.”

The Post-Black and Post-White Church by Efrem Smith

The Post-Black and Post-White Church by Efrem Smith

Added: 08/27/12

Efrem Smith, an internationally recognized and innovative African-American leader, offers a workable plan for connecting theology, practical ministry models, and real stories of people in multi-ethnic Christian communities. Using the example of Jesus, Smith develops a theology of multi-ethnic and missional leadership. Embracing urban and ethnic subcultures such as hip-hop, this book provides a rich mix of multi-ethnic church development, reconciliation theology, missional church thinking, and Christian community.

The Power of Forgiveness by Kenneth Briggs

The Power of Forgiveness by Kenneth Briggs

Added: 03/01/10

“The work, by noted religion writer Kenneth Briggs, explores the dimensions and frontiers of a problem that perplexes and sometimes liberates everyone who has wronged another and/or has been wronged by another. Taking its theme and key resources from the Martin Doblmeier film of the same name, the book points in a direction of its own: probing religious meanings of the process, including the pacifist option; testing the complexities and limits of forgiving; considering the difficulties of actually carrying it out; and examining scientific claims that forgiveness improves health.”

The Power of Forgiveness: Keep Your Heart Free by Joyce Meyer

The Power of Forgiveness: Keep Your Heart Free by Joyce Meyer

Added: 03/01/10

“When someone says, “I can forgive, but I cannot forget,” they really are saying, “I will not forgive.” Unforgiveness, resentment, and bitterness are spiritual maladies that keep many people from living a Spirit-filled life. Joyce Meyer says that keeping score of all the hurts we have suffered does more spiritual damage to us than those who have offended us. In fact, we can suffer serious physical illnesses as a result of unforgiveness. Is it difficult to forgive? Absolutely, but the rewards are well worth it.”

The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis

The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis

Added: 01/14/10

“If the universe is so bad, or even half so bad, how on earth did human beings ever come to attribute it to the activity of a wise and good Creator? Men are fools, perhaps; but hardly so foolish as that. The direct inference from black to white, from evil flower to virtuous root, from senseless work to a workman infinitely wise, staggers belief.”

The Urban Christian by Bakke and Hart

The Urban Christian by Bakke and Hart

Added: 08/18/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: An Eternity 1988 Book of the Year! There are millions of opportunities for the gospel. With half of the world’s five billion people in cities, there is almost no end to the exciting challenges that await us. Ray Bakke has been there. For over twenty years he […]

The Urban Christian by Raymond Bakke

The Urban Christian by Raymond Bakke

Added: 08/27/12

“There are millions of opportunities for the gospel. With half of the world’s five billion people in cities, there is almost no end to the exciting challenges that await us. Ray Bakke has been there. For over twenty years he and his family have worked with and love the people of today’s cities, bringing a message of faith and hope. He knows how the city works and how it can be used to the advantage of the gospel. He knows how people hurt too, and he knows how Christianity can heal and make whole.”

The Wolf Shall Dwell With the Lamb by Eric Law

The Wolf Shall Dwell With the Lamb by Eric Law

Added: 09/20/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: This groundbreaking work explores how certain cultures consciously and unconsciously dominate in multicultural situations and what can be done about it.

The Wounded Heart of God by Andrew S. Park

The Wounded Heart of God by Andrew S. Park

Added: 09/05/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: Traditional doctrines of sin and salvation center primarily on the moral agency of the sinner. Andrew Sung Park addresses the relational consequence of sin–the pervasive reality of victims’ suffering and the scar from the sins of others who have wronged them. He asserts that one cannot grasp […]

Theirs Is the Kingdom: Celebrating the Gospel in Urban America by Bob Lupton

Theirs Is the Kingdom: Celebrating the Gospel in Urban America by Bob Lupton

Added: 01/31/12

“Urban ministry activist Robert Lupton moved into a high crime area of Atlanta intending to bring Christ’s message into the ghetto—but his humbling discovery of a spiritual life already flowering in the city’s urban soil forces the minister to reexamine the deepest parts of his own soul, confronting his own patronizing, materialistic attitudes and the biases he himself held against the urban poor.”

This Side of Heaven by Priest and Nieves

This Side of Heaven by Priest and Nieves

Added: 12/11/09

“This Side of Heaven is a major contribution to the study of race, ethnicity, and religion. I found an incredible wealth of knowledge and insight in the book’s chapters. This is a book to use in college and seminary courses, to read in your home, and to work through in small groups. Be prepared for serious discussions, as this volume if full of hard hitting chapters that cut to the core of religion, race, and ethnicity. Strongly recommended.” — Michael O. Emerson

To Know and Love God by David Clark

To Know and Love God by David Clark

Added: 02/03/09

Crossway Publishers has graciously allowed us to publish “Chapter 3: Theology in Cultural Context” below. It contains excellent principles for ministering in our globalized society and for approaching ministry in way that is culturally relevant and biblically sound. The content can be somewhat technical (it is a theological textbook), but if you take the time to thoughtfully read this chapter I believe it can provide you with some great insights.

Toward a Prophetic Youth Ministry by Fernando Arzola Jr.

Toward a Prophetic Youth Ministry by Fernando Arzola Jr.

Added: 08/18/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: Youth ministries in an urban context are too often left to their own devices. The resources available to them are overwhelmingly conceived, tested and produced exclusively in the suburbs, and bring little to bear on the realities of urban youth culture. As a consequence, youth ministries in […]

Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help by Bob Lupton

Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help by Bob Lupton

Added: 01/31/12

“In Toxic Charity, Lupton urges individuals, churches, and organizations to step away from these spontaneous, often destructive acts of compassion toward thoughtful paths to community development. He delivers proven strategies for moving from toxic charity to transformative charity.”

Transforming Culture by Sherwood G. Lingenfelter

Transforming Culture by Sherwood G. Lingenfelter

Added: 06/24/10

Product description from the publisher’s website. In reviewing the first edition of Transforming Culture Roger Dixon wrote, "Every once in awhile, a book appears which has the potential to change one’s life and work. Transforming Culture is one of those books." Now Sherwood Lingenfelter offers an updated version of this important manual for cross-cultural workers. […]

Trustbuilding by Rob Corcoran

Trustbuilding by Rob Corcoran

Added: 07/01/11

“Rob Corcoran has been involved in promoting dialogue and conflict reconciliation among diverse and polarized racial, ethnic, and religious groups in an array of locales in Europe, South Africa, India, and the United States for over thirty years.”

Two Nations by Andrew Hacker

Two Nations by Andrew Hacker

Added: 09/05/08

Please Note: This is not a Christian book but we have included it in our resource section because it contains material that you may find helpful in understanding and building multi-ethnic community — however, please be aware that it may contain material that is not in line with biblical principles. Description of this book from […]

Uncompromised Faith by S. Michael Craven

Uncompromised Faith by S. Michael Craven

Added: 06/25/10

Product description from the publisher’s website: In today’s culture of modernism, Christianity is an afterthought. Explore how the majesty and radical reality of God’s amazing grace has been rendered impotent in America. Then begin to tear down the cultural barriers to both the acceptance of the gospel and the mission of the church in America.

Under God by Mac and Tait

Under God by Mac and Tait

Added: 08/31/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: What does it mean to be a nation “Under God?   Where have we been as a nation, and where are we going?  Using unforgettable accounts of both famous and little-known Americans, Under God tells the stories of men and women of faith who forged our nation. […]

Understanding and Dismantling Racism by Joseph Barndt

Understanding and Dismantling Racism by Joseph Barndt

Added: 01/08/09

Product description from the publisher’s website: More than 15 years have passed since Joe Barndt wrote his influential and widely acclaimed Dismantling Racism (1991, Augsburg Books). He has now written a replacement volume – powerful, personal, and practical – that reframes the whole issue for the new context of the twenty-first century. With great clarity […]

Understanding Latin Americans by Eugene Albert Nida

Understanding Latin Americans by Eugene Albert Nida

Added: 01/08/09

Product description from the publisher’s website: “Few North Americans have a grasp of the invisible realities of Latin American culture the way Engene Nida does, and fewer still can capture it all on paper with such skill. This is an essential text for anyone headed that direction.” – Marvin Mayers, Professor of Anthropology, Wheaton College

Understanding Race and Ethnic Relations by Vincent N. Parrillo

Understanding Race and Ethnic Relations by Vincent N. Parrillo

Added: 08/09/08

Please Note: This is not an explicitly "Christian book" but we have included it in our resource section because it contains material that you may find helpful in understanding and building multi-ethnic community — however, please be aware that it may contain material that is not in line with biblical principles. Description of this book […]

United by Faith by DeYoung, Emerson, Yancey, and Kim

United by Faith by DeYoung, Emerson, Yancey, and Kim

Added: 05/24/08

« click here to read an excerpt from this book « click here to listen to a presentation on multiracial congregations that all four authors gave at the CCDA conference in 2005 A brief summary This excellent book was co-written by four Christian authors from a variety of ethnic, academic, and ministry backgrounds with a […]

Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice by Paul Kivel

Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice by Paul Kivel

Added: 03/02/10

“Uprooting Racism explores the manifestations of racism in politics, work, community, and family life. It moves beyond the definition and unlearning of racism to address the many areas of privilege for white people and suggests ways for individuals and groups to challenge the structures of racism. “

Walking with the Wind by Lewis and D’Orso

Walking with the Wind by Lewis and D’Orso

Added: 10/06/08

Product description: "The son of an Alabama sharecropper, and now a sixth-term United States Congressman, John Lewis has led an extraordinary life, one that found him at the epicenter of the civil rights movement in the late ’50s and ’60s. As Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Lewis was present at all the […]

Welcoming the Stranger By Soerens by Hwang

Welcoming the Stranger By Soerens by Hwang

Added: 10/11/10

“In this book World Relief staffers Matthew Soerens and Jenny Hwang move beyond the rhetoric to offer a Christian response to immigration. They put a human face on the issue and tell stories of immigrants’ experiences in and out of the system. With careful historical understanding and thoughtful policy analysis, they debunk myths and misconceptions about immigration and show the limitations of the current immigration system. Ultimately they point toward immigration reform that is compassionate, sensible and just, as they offer concrete ways for you and your church to welcome and minister to your immigrant neighbors.”

What Color Is Your God? by James and Lillian Breckenridge

What Color Is Your God? by James and Lillian Breckenridge

Added: 03/02/10

“This concise text offers a dynamic look at multicultural America, showing ministers and others how to honor ethnic differences and avoid pitfalls when presenting the gospel. It illustrates that cultural diversity creates an opportunity for creative expressions of church-related education.”

What Is a Healthy Church Member? by Thabiti M. Anyabwile

What Is a Healthy Church Member? by Thabiti M. Anyabwile

Added: 07/04/11

“God intends for us to play an active and vital part in the body of Christ, the local church. He wants us to experience the local church as a home more profoundly wonderful and meaningful than any other place on earth. He intends for his churches to be healthy places and for the members of those churches to be healthy as well. This book explains how membership in the local church can produce spiritual growth in its members and how each member can contribute to the growth and health of the whole.”

What’s So Amazing About Grace? by Philip Yancey

What’s So Amazing About Grace? by Philip Yancey

Added: 09/04/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: Author Philip Yancey combines his talents with Brenda Quinn’s to produce a study guide for his Gold Medallion Award-winning and best-selling book, What’s So Amazing About Grace?. Description:  We speak of grace often. But do we understand it? More important, do we truly believe in it . […]

Where the Nations Meet: The Church in a Multicultural World by Stephen A. Rhodes

Where the Nations Meet: The Church in a Multicultural World by Stephen A. Rhodes

Added: 08/04/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: Ride the subway or a bus in New York, London, Los Angeles, or any number of other cities around the country or around the world, and you will be impressed by a cacophony of languages, a crazy quilt of skin colors and a ceaseless array of cultural […]

White Guilt by Shelby Steele

White Guilt by Shelby Steele

Added: 08/09/08

Please Note: This is not an explicitly "Christian book" but we have included it in our resource section because it contains material that you may find helpful in understanding and building multi-ethnic community — however, please be aware that it may contain material that is not in line with biblical principles. Description of this book […]

Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum

Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum

Added: 08/09/08

Please Note: This is not an explicitly "Christian book" but we have included it in our resource section because it contains material that you may find helpful in understanding and building multi-ethnic community — however, please be aware that it may contain material that is not in line with biblical principles. Description of this book […]

Why the Rest Hates the West by Meic Pearse

Why the Rest Hates the West by Meic Pearse

Added: 08/18/08

Description of this book from the publisher’s website: “Why do they hate us so much?” Many in the U.S. are baffled at the hatred and anti-Western sentiment they see on the international news. Why are people around the world so resentful of Western cultural values and ideals? Historian Meic Pearse unpacks the deep divides between […]

Winning the Race to Unity by Clarence Shuler

Winning the Race to Unity by Clarence Shuler

Added: 12/15/09

“It’s been said that the most segregated time of the week is Sunday morning. The church experiences the same racial tensions as the rest of society and this certainly does not bring glory to God. In Winning the Race to Unity, Clarence Shuler directly confronts this racial divide and challenges the church to face these problems and tackle them head on. Come along on this necessary journey and prepare to grow and be changed.”

With Justice for All by John Perkins

With Justice for All by John Perkins

Added: 08/09/08

“John Perkins’s optimistic view of justice becoming a reality starts and ends with the Church. With Justice for All is Perkins’s invitation to live out the gospel in a way that brings good news to the poor and liberty to the oppressed (from Luke 4:18). This invitation is extended to every racial and ethnic group to be reconciled to one another, to work together to make our land all God wants it to be. And it is a blueprint—a practical strategy for the work of biblical justice in our time. In an age of changing demographics where the need to break the cycle of poverty is staring many of us in the face, Perkins offers hope through practical ministry principles—that work. This outstanding resource includes “Reflection” questions for personal or group study as well as “Interaction” sessions for groups to participate in activities together.”

Witnessing and Testifying: Black Women, Religion, and Civil Rights by Rosetta Ross

Witnessing and Testifying: Black Women, Religion, and Civil Rights by Rosetta Ross

Added: 03/01/10

“In a fascinating narrative style that draws on biography, social history, and original archival research, Ross shows how their moral formation and work reflect both womanist consciousness and practices of witness and testimony, both emergent from the black religious context. Ross’ major work is engrossing history and moving ethical challenge.”

You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church…and Rethinking Faith by David Kinnaman

You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church…and Rethinking Faith by David Kinnaman

Added: 03/13/13

“Now the best-selling author of unChristian, David Kinnaman, reveals the long-awaited results of a new nationwide study of 18- to 29-year-olds with a Christian background. Discover why so many are disengaging from the faith community, renew your hope for how God is at work in the next generation of teens and young adults—and find out how you can join in.”