Letters Across the Divide: Two Friends Explore Racism, Friendship, and Faith

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In this stirring book, two friends--a black minister and a white businessman--hash out their differences, giving voice to feelings most of us have had but would never express out loud. The result is a book that provokes thought, arouses emotion, and ultimately spurs actions, stressing that the most effective way of dealing with the many facets of racial reconciliation is through real and connected friendships.
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Letters Across the Divide: Two Friends Explore Racism, Friendship, and Faith

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Overview

In this stirring book, two friends--a black minister and a white businessman--hash out their differences, giving voice to feelings most of us have had but would never express out loud. The result is a book that provokes thought, arouses emotion, and ultimately spurs actions, stressing that the most effective way of dealing with the many facets of racial reconciliation is through real and connected friendships.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801063435
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/2001
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

David Andersonis the senior pastor of Bridgeway Community Church, a multicultural congregation located in Columbia, Maryland. He is president of a consulting and resource organization called the BridgeLeader Network and a professor of cultural diversity at the University of Phoenix. Anderson received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Moody Bible Institute and is currently a doctoral candidate at Oxford Graduate School.

Brent Zuercher is a CPA and received his undergraduate degree from Southwest Baptist University and his master's degree from DePaul University. He lives in the Chicago suburbs.

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Table of Contents

Prologue: A Note to the Reader from David
1. The Start of a Conversation
2. What Is Racism?
3. Can We Ever Eliminate Racism and Attain Reconciliation?
4. Why Are Blacks So Angry?
5. Is Another Civil War Coming?
6. Why Is Everything a Racial Issue with Blacks?
7. Equality in What and For Whom?
8. Why Do I Have to Call You "African-American"?
9. What Is African American Culture?
10. Is Black English Okay?
11. How Do You React to Public Incidents of Racism?
12. Where Am I on the Continuum of Racial Reconciliation?
13. Who Should Apologize?
14. When Should We Forgive?
15. Reconciliation Begins
Epilogue: A Note to the Reader from Brent
Appendix A: Study Questions and Suggestions
Appendix B: Articles Cited in Letters
Suggested Reading
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