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I have just finished reading Winning the Race to Unity. I must immediately take two simple actions. I'll call my friend Laurie who attends an African American church in Chicago and ask if I can go to church with her next Sunday. I need to sit in her congregation to listen and learn. If we do not become active participants in the solution, we will be counted among those perpetuate the problem and thereby break, again and again, the heart of God. The first edition of Winning the Race to Unity opened doors of understanding and healing between blacks and whites in "Bridging the Racial Divide" small groups at Willow Creek. May the impact of this second edition be even broader and deeper.
-Lynne Hybels of Willow Creek Community Church, author, editor and speaker
Winning the Race to Unity is thorough, insightful, provocative and distinctively Christian. Clarence Shuler has given us an excellent resource to stimulate, guide and stretch us in our interracial relationships, so we as Christ's followers can lead the way instead of always trying to catch up. This is a book to be read, discussed, prayed over and acted upon. I highly recommend it.
-Randy Alcorn, author of Dominion and Safety Home
Clarence Shuler's book is a must-read for people of every race and culture who are confused about the term racial reconciliation, and frustrated with the current state of race relations. It is an equipping, challenging, healing, and compelling book! Through powerful personal stories, we are led to a singular conclusion --only by following the healing power of the Word of God can we build what he calls racial partnerships as a way of life. Clarence Shuler's message is clear. There is no middle ground. White believers must take the initiative to remove the pain and injustices caused to people of color by racism, but everyone mustact. The bottom line is --the Church must choose between Christ and culture in order to bring about unity within the body of Christ.
-Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, President, Skinner Leadership Institute
Clarence Shuler cuts through some of the smokescreens, walks us through some of the unpleasant history we must accept, and draws us into action-oriented biblical justice with fresh earnestness. This book forces me to think, to pray and to change. Be prepared!
-Robert C. Andringa, Ph.D., President, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities
Clarence Shuler has been a wonderful resource to Moody Bible Institute, bringing a wealth of experience both personally and professionally to bear on the issue of racial partnership. This is a must-read for anyone desiring to move boldly into God's perfect will for His body --a body without schism --fit for heaven!
-Joseph Stowell, President, Moody Bible Institute
It is time for all of us in the body of Christ to be serious about loving one another, regardless of race or ethnicity. This is a life message and a burden that I believe God has placed on the heart of my brother Clarence Shuler. As you read this book, pray that God will speak to your own heart about what you can do to help bring about true biblical unity among Christians.
-Bob Lepine, Co-Host, FamilyLife Today
I heartily endorse Clarence Shuler's book Winning the Race to Unity. I have read several books on the subject and this one spoke to me more deeply than most. Clarence is helping the Christian community understand what biblical diversity looks like and how we can take practical steps toward an authentic unity through his writings and seminars.
-Dr. William J. Hamel, President, Evangelical Free Church of America
The church cannot focus too aggressively on the need for transethnic sensitivity and spiritually motivated therapy for our wounds in this arena of separation. If Christians can gain ground in racial unity, maybe we'll be able to learn to win the big battle --the one that separates the church attitudinally, as our sectarianism biases divide us.
-Jack W. Hayford, Senior Pastor, The Church on the Way
Clarence Shuler has captured through his life experience the principles that lead to deeper dialogue and practice in race reconciliation. I encourage the reading of this important book.
-Matthew Parker, President, Institute for Black Family Development
Shuler challenges us to hunger for the nations in our own communities. With thought-provoking questions and biblical principles, Shuler breaks down the communications barriers among God's people.
-Myrna Gutierrez, President/CEO, Integrated Solutions
Clarence understands both the black and the white communities with striking depth and compassion. He challenges us in this book as few could. Clarence is helping us to move forward with vision and hope.
-John and Susie Yates, popular writers and speakers in the area of family life
Clarence's book raises crucial questions concerning authentic racial unity in the body of Christ. His chapter on how to relate to the Black community is an instant classic. For those tired of playing the same old games, I heartily recommend this book.
-Chris Rice, author of the best-selling book, Grace Matters, Graduate Student at Duke Divinity School
Finally, a thought-provoking book that asks readers to discern racial reconciliation from an African American perspective! Clarence Shuler challenges Christians to examine the misuse of culture, power and ethics within the body of Christ and to work for the fair treatment of all humanity regardless of their social status. A must read for all who wish to transcend racial and cultural barriers.
-Alvin Sanders, Senior Pastor, River of Life Church, Doctoral Associate at University of Miami (OH)
Winning the Race to Unity by Clarence Shuler is perhaps the best book on race relations in print! It deals with difficult, sensitive matters in a Christ-like, graceful and sensitive manner. While one is convicted of his past and present sins of prejudice, discrimination and racism, one is moved to positive Christ-centered response in dealing with issues for the glory of God. I have distributed this book widely in various parts of the world through our missionaries, but also in North America to key pastors and Christian leaders. It has helped me immensely in my personal walk with God!
-Doug Nichols, International Director, Action International Ministries
God has used Clarence Shuler to speak to the greatest hindrance to the influence of the church today. Until Christians can genuinely love one another as Clarence teaches in Winning the Race to Unity we will be unable to effectively reach our world. This book is a must-read for everyone who is serious about expanding the kingdom of God in America. If we don't win the race to unity we will lose the race!
-B. Courtney McBath, Senior Founding Pastor, Calvary Revival Church
Clarence writes with love and compassion for the victims of racial bias as well as for those persons or groups who perpetuate it. This prophetic book is rare in its honesty and practicality. Reverend Shuler provides several illustrations of real problems as well as tangible steps to ameliorate them. As a sociologist who has worked in evangelical settings for nearly three decades, I think that Reverend Shuler has written one of the very best books for helping evangelical Christians understand the subleties of racial conflicts.
-Henry Allen, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, Wheaton College
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. rightly criticized the church, stating that eleven o 'clock Sunday morning was the most segregated hour in America, revealing the historical trend of God's people to be last in efforts of racial unity. Clarence's book is very insightful in explaining why the church has been slack in the race. This is a must read book for God's people who are no longer content to bring up the rear, but rather determined to win the race for racial unity.
-Vernard T. Gant, D. Min., Director, Urban Education Association of Christian Schools International
Clarence Shuler uses his gifts as a researcher and communicator to bring home some much-needed truth. His honest use of his personal history combined with the eye-opening glimpse into our nation's past allows us the opportunity to run a race free of the burden that has weighed us down for so long. I believe every member of the body of Christ should be ready to run this race, and this book will give us the courage and freedom we need to win.
-Jerald January Sr., Author, and senior pastor, Vernon Park Church of God
Clarence Shuler writes with integrity. I was surprised at how superficial my understanding of race is. A continuing dialogue is necessary, for there is such a long way to go for both sides. He has started us on the difficult journey.
-Fred Smith Sr., Businessman and contributing editor, Leadership Journal
Clarence Shuler's book is sorely needed. It is a creative and thoughtful discussion of the issues of racial reconciliation in the evangelical church. This book should be read by all who are involved in building relationships between evangelical institutions and minorities.
-H. Malcom Newton, Director of Globalization, Denver Seminary
Clarence Shuler's book is a gift for those willing to hear hard truths gleaned from his familiar storytelling technique which stirs the conscience and sharpens our perception on reconciliation.
-Dr. Cynthia D. James, Director of Northern California, Nevada, Hawaii Association of the Churches of God