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My Go-To Books & Resources

Someone asked me recently what I considered must reads for someone who is interested in reconciliation.  That’s a tough question!  There are many, many good books that deal with this subject.  But if I had to narrow it down to absolute musts, then these are my six picks.  Four books, one article, and one experiment.

Books

  1. Divided By Faith by Michael O. Emerson & Christian Smith
  2. Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?  by Beverly Daniel Tatum
  3. Exclusion & Embrace by Miroslav Volf
  4. More than Equals by Spencer Perkins & Chris Rice

The book by Volf is dense, I know, but it’s important.  The one by Perkins & Rice is an oldie but goody now, I guess, but still vital and relevant, I promise!

Article

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh
Even if you’re familiar with this one, it’s worth another look every now and again with a fresh perspective.

Experiment

Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes by Jane Elliot.
The wikipedia entry on this is fairly exhaustive and will give you a good overview.  If you google around, though, you’ll find a lot of fascinating entries and further exploration of her original experiment.

Upcoming

newjimcrowOn my to-read this year are these two:
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color-Blindness by Michelle Alexander.  I’ve read parts of this but I haven’t read it cover to cover and I’m ready to re-visit it this year.  And also My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor.  I’m so excited that we have a Latina as Chief Justice and I’m eager to get my hands on this one (just ordered it today!).

What about you?  What’s on your to-read list this year?  And is there anything you consider a must read for reconcilers that I didn’t include here?

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