Today I’m eager to highlight a writer, theologian, and justice advocate who penned what I believe is one of the most important books of 2016.
Drew Hart is the author of Trouble I've Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism, which released in January and which tackles police brutality, mass incarceration, antiblack stereotypes, poverty, and everyday acts of racism by placing them in the larger framework of white supremacy. It’s an uncomfortable yet incredibly accessible read—perfect for a book club or church group new to the topic and work of racial justice. I was continuously impressed by the skill with which Drew managed to call out all the b.s. that tends to surface in well-meaning religious conversations around race (“stop being divisive; we should focus on unity!” “why dredge up the past?”) while maintaining a tone of approachability and grace. That’s not an easy thing to do.
Here’s the endorsement I wrote for the back cover: "Drew Hart masterfully cuts through all the platitudes and good intentions to reach the fleshy, beating heart of true justice. An unforgettable read, Trouble I've Seen deserves the Church's full attention and considered action. It certainly challenged and changed me."
I urge you to pick up Trouble I’ve Seen today. You’ll probably finish in a day or two.
(Note: Englewood Review of Books made Trouble I’ve Seen their book of the month. You can follow the discussion here.)
Drew has also written some of my favorite blog posts and articles, not only on race, but also on discipleship, Christian history, urban ministry and peacemaking. (Drew comes from an Anabaptist background, which makes his perspective especially fresh and interesting.)
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