Embrace: God’s Radical Shalom for a Divided World @LeroyBarber

Tuesdays is the day for “Natasha’s Study.” It is a time of sharing book reviews, book reflections or discussions, book recommendations, or what I am learning from books. Today, I’m sharing a book review of Leroy Barber’s new release.


Why I picked up this book:

I have been following Leroy Barber’s ministry since I was introduced to his writing through Missio Alliance. I am on the bloggers list for Intervarsity Press which allows me to review new releases like these.

Who Should Read Embrace:

This book will be a good read for those who are just entering conversations about racial reconciliation, racial healing, and justice. This book offers much theological reflection and practical application. The myths presented in Chapter 9: “Yes Black Lives Matter!” is a must read for everybody.

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Dangerous Act: Living and Bankrupt

The Dangerous Act of Loving Your NeighborSo far, we have talked about the importance of paying attention, seeing, and naming and how all of those speak to the injustices of our hearts. In today’s post, we take a look at our freedom to act. “We come to the subject of acting at this point not because it is sequentially the last of the three (after perceiving and naming), nor because it is third in importance, but because the visibility of our actions wrongly inflates their importance just as the invisibility of our perceiving and naming wrongly deflates their importance (pg 161).”

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Coffee Talk: Troubled Minds and the Church’s Mission

Amy Simpson photoSometimes we don’t want to talk about hard things. Then something like a September 11th or a Rwanda genocide crisis or the reality of those violently subjected to human trafficking comes right to our doorstep to remind us that we are not invincible and we are in desperate need of God’s grace…and such is the case with the topic of mental illness. The Sandy Hook murders and suicidal death of Mega-church pastor, Rick Warren’s son has brought the topic of mental illness to the church’s doorsteps and we can no longer avoid the conversation. Since I’m no expert on the topic, I have invited my writing friend and Gifted for Leadership editor, Amy Simpson, to educate us about mental illness. In her new book, Troubled Minds, she shares the mental struggles of a person she deeply loves, her mom. In this post, Amy answers the questions: What should we look for? What can we do to embrace our brothers and sisters who are suffering in this way? What does their suffering teach us about ourselves and the gospel?

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