The Heart of Racial Justice: How Soul Change Leads to Social Change
Authors: Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil and Rev. Rick Richardson
Why I picked up this book (I have the expanded edition, which I highly recommend):
Since completing a seminary course in racial reconciliation studies in 2012, and specifically in light of the racism and injustices against people of color that have gained national attention over the past few years, I have either been praying and reading more about the gospel as the ministry of reconciliation, or reading work by those who have committed their lives and ministry to the pursuit of reconciliation. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil is one of those such reconcilers, and I have enjoyed learning from her writing, teaching, and preaching.
Since I am a blogger that regularly writes book reviews, I received this book from Intervarsity Press.
Who Should Read The Radical Disciple:
I recommend this book for any believer who cares about practically living out his or her Christian faith. It will also be enriching and beneficial for church leaders, and those who are intentional about holistic discipleship. It’s a thoughtful, yet short and quick read.
What’s in Store for You:
This is my first time reading a book written by John Stott, someone who Christianity Today Leadership Journal calls “one of the giants of evangelical Christianity in the last century.” I found his writing clear and easy flowing, grounded in biblical text and affirmed through many years of faithfully serving our God and king. Stott is no longer with us on earth but his words remain to lead, guide, and encourage still.
Stott correctly understands discipleship as a call and obedience to follow Christ, and not simply a profession of Christian faith. He unapologetically calls readers to submit to the authority of Christ, and to consider eight areas where we tend to neglect or forget our Christian calling.
I love that this book offers simple, yet practical action steps for addressing this issue in your local community. For those interested in taking a stand against human trafficking, author Eddie Byun recommends the following key areas of focus: