Follow the link below to read Christianity Today‘s “New and Noteworthy Books” section, in which CT books editor Matt Reynolds features Cascade Books’ “Why Black Lives Matter: African American Thriving for the Twenty-First Century,” edited by Anthony B. Bradley. You can also purchase a copy of the book now at wipfandstock.com.
You can also read World Magazine‘s review of the book by editor-in-chief Marvin Olasky, along with a handful of other volumes selected in honor of Black History Month, at the link below.
About the book
Beginning with a conversation prompted by African American scholars like Dr. Alvin Poussaint of Harvard Medical School in 2007, to the current Black Lives Matter movement, there has been much debate about what led to the deaths of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, among others, as well as other systemic challenges that undermine black thriving. Anthony Bradley has assembled a team of scholars and religious leaders to provide a distinctly Christian perspective on what is needed for black communities to thrive from within. In addition to the social and structural issues that must be addressed, within black communities there are opportunities for social change based on God’s vision for human flourishing. Covering topics like the black family, hip-hop, mental health, mentoring women, masculinity, and the church, this book will open your eyes to fresh ways to participate in solutions that will truly set black America free. Although the Black Lives Matter movement keeps the church on the margins, the authors in this volume believe that enduring change cannot happen unless God speaks directly to these issues in light of the gospel. With contributions from: Vincent Bacote Bruce Fields Rev. Howard Brown Ralph C. Watkins Rev. Eric M. Mason Rev. Lance Lewis Rev. Anthony Carter Ken Jones Natalie Haslem Rev. Ken Jones Rihana Mason Yvonne RB-Banks.
Praise for Why Black Lives Matter
“Dr. Bradley has assembled a diverse group of black scholars, pastors, and practitioners to affirm the dignity of black lives. They boldly analyze and critique racist, systemic challenges and self-inflicted obstacles facing black lives today. These contributors also offer clear next steps. They place the Black Church at the center of the conversation. They affirm the truth that black lives indeed matter because God created us in his image.”
—Jarvis J. Williams, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary