NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • ECPA BESTSELLER • “When it comes to the intersection of race, privilege, justice, and the church, Tasha is without question my best teacher. Be the Bridge is THE tool I wish to put in every set of hands.”—Jen Hatmaker
WINNER OF THE CHRISTIAN BOOK AWARD® • Winner of the Christianity Today Book Award • A leading advocate for racial reconciliation calls Christians to move toward deeper understanding in the midst of a divisive culture.
In an era where we seem to be increasingly divided along racial lines, many are hesitant to step into the gap, fearful of saying or doing the wrong thing. At times the silence, particularly within the church, seems deafening.
But change begins with an honest conversation among a group of Christians willing to give a voice to unspoken hurts, hidden fears, and mounting tensions. These ongoing dialogues have formed the foundation of a global movement called Be the Bridge—a nonprofit organization whose goal is to equip the church to have a distinctive and transformative response to racism and racial division.
In this perspective-shifting book, founder Latasha Morrison shows how you can participate in this incredible work and replicate it in your own community. With conviction and grace, she examines the historical complexities of racism. She expertly applies biblical principles, such as lamentation, confession, and forgiveness, to lay the framework for restoration.
Along with prayers, discussion questions, and other resources to enhance group engagement, Be the Bridge presents a compelling vision of what it means for every follower of Jesus to become a bridge builder—committed to pursuing justice and racial unity in light of the gospel.
Morrison, social justice advocate and founder of Be the Bridge, a nonprofit that focuses on racial reconciliation, invites readers to join her mission of using biblical principles of lamentation, confession, and forgiveness to overcome racial division in her persuasive debut. During college, Morrison writes, she realized few people understood the history of black America including her and her black friends and so she started making a concerted effort to bring up African culture and African-American history in conversation. The idea for her nonprofit (now an organization with over 1,000 community groups across five countries) sprang from those conversations. She makes a strong argument that the white Christian church bears a responsibility for past sins of slavery, which has furthered racism and oppression. Morrison emphasizes that recognizing brokenness isn't enough awareness must be followed by action, and she calls for churches and the American government to make a formal apology. Morrison tone's is firm yet compassionate: "God is inviting all of us to be active participants in racial reconciliation... if we come together in the posture of humility, we can start to bridge the racial divide." Each chapter ends with a prayer and discussion questions. Though aimed at church groups, Morrison's clear-eyed vision will aid any reader trying to understand and overcome systemic, internalized racism.
Opened my eyes to things that I will never over look again.
Highly Recommend the Book
Excellent book. A true roadmap to racial reconciliation. AMEN. I recommend this book to other who are seeking Lord’s truth.