MUST READS

To facilitate learning and education about racism, we have curated this short list of books to help inform conversations among various FPCT ministries, teams, and groups this year. While we have benefited from many secular sources because of the truths and perspectives they offer, most of the books on this short list have an explicitly Christian, biblical perspective. Because we believe that Jesus offers the ultimate solutions to the problem of racism and its effects, we believe these resources will be the most helpful for our church.

A PLACE TO START

The Third option

Miles McPherson
The Third Option challenges us to fully embrace God's creativity and beauty, as expressed in the diversity of His people. By following the steps and praying the prayers outlined in his book, Pastor Miles teaches us how we can all become leaders in unifying our communities, our churches, and the nation.

NEXT STEPS

BEYOND RACIAL GRIDLOCK

George Yancey
Christian Sociologist George Yancey surveys a range of approaches to racial healing and offers a new model for moving forward

BOOKS OF INTEREST FOR SMALL GROUPS

BE THE BRIDGE

LaTasha Morrison
Winner of the Christianity Today Book Award. Morrison, a leading advocate for racial reconciliation, calls Christians to move toward deeper understanding in the midst of a divisive culture: “Change begins with an honest conversation among a group of Christians willing to give voice to unspoken hurts, hidden fears, and mounting tensions.” 

MORE THAN EQUALS

Spencer Perkins & Chris Rice
More than ever, this book shows how the cause of racial reconciliation needs yokefellows, not solely for the sake of racial harmony but for the witness of the gospel.

COMPELLING BIOGRAPHIES

The AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF Martin Luther King, Jr.

First-person account of the extraordinary life of America's greatest civil rights leader. It begins with his boyhood as the son of a preacher, his education as a minister, his ascendancy as a leader of civil rights, & his complex relationships with leading political & social figures of the day. 

AMAZING GRACE

Eric Metaxas
Tells the story of the remarkable life of the British abolitionist William Wilberforce (1759-1833) and his twenty-year fight to abolish the British slave trade.

let justice roll down

John M. Perkins
A gripping portrayal of what happens when faith thrusts a person into the midst of a struggle against racism, oppression, and injustice. It is about the costs of discipleship—the jailings, the floggings, the despair, the sacrifice. And it is about the transforming work of faith that allowed John to respond to such overwhelming indignities with miraculous compassion, vision, and hope.