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  • Paperback: 285 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books; Rev Exp Su edition (April 26, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830822569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830822560
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Until his death in 1998, Perkins served the John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development. He was an editor of the magazine Urban Family.

Chris Rice (DMin, Duke Divinity School) is the Duke Divinity School Senior Fellow for Northeast Asia. He and his wife, Donna, serve with the Mennonite Central Committee as MCC Country Representatives for Northeast Asia. They are based in Chuncheon, South Korea. He previously served as founder and codirector of the Duke Divinity School Center for Reconciliation from 2005 to 2014. He grew up in South Korea, where his parents were Presbyterian missionaries. He also spent many years living and working in Jackson, Mississippi, with Voice of Calvary Ministries. He was managing editor of Urban Family magazine, cofounder of Reconcilers Fellowship and convener of the Issue Group on Reconciliation at the 2004 Lausanne Forum on World Evangelization. He serves as chair of the Lausanne Special Interest Committee on Reconciliation and the leadership team of the Global Network for Reconciliation. He has written for such magazines as Sojourners, Christianity Today and Christian Century, and is author of Grace Matters, coauthor (with Spencer Perkins) of More Than Equals and coauthor (with Emmanuel Katongole) of Reconciling All Things.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John J. Henderson on October 13, 1999
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A wonderful book! Rice and Perkins hold nothing back as they show that the race problems in America cannot be worked out simply by passing laws. The only way true healing can take place between hostile races is through Christ's unconditional love for all of us. They strongly encourage churches to open their doors and arms to people of different races and cultures and to work out their differences through God's Grace rather than simply passing legislation. This book offers strong, proven examples of black and white Christians learning to live and worship together in Jackson, MS. Highly recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 24, 2002
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A friend of mine and I read this book. We both have had experiences of being in all-Black and all-White congregations and the authors are right on target. This is definitely a must read for all that are concerned about reconciling the races for the greater cause of Christ. 5 stars!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on May 7, 2004
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Spencer Perkins and Chris Rice offer us a vivid portrayal of two men from extremely different backgrounds coming together with their families in true Christian community. The book is open and honest. It will help to lift the cultural blinders we all wear.
IS IT EASY? No, this book describes the self sacrifice, forgiveness, and difficulty of such an endeavour with great detail.
IS IT POSSIBLE? Yes AND No. The book ends happily ever after, but the true friendship between Spencer Perkins and Chris Rice did not. Only a week before he died of heart failure at the age of 44 Perkins spoke of his difficulties in dealing with "White Folks" and the need to forgive. In a July 13, 1998 issue of Christianity Today Perkins describes how after more than 10 years of partnership with Chris Rice they still came to what seemed like insurmountable obstacles in their relationship, but they worked through it.
WHY STRUGGLE? Because it is the right thing to do. God calls us to a ministry of reconciliation. Relationships are difficult, especially relationships with people from different backgrounds. It is not easy to remain married for 50 years, but the ones who make it are the ones who don't give up.
WHY READ THIS BOOK? It will encourage you to embrace the struggle. It will help you see others from a different perspective. It will help you to grow. It may change your life.
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This was a required text for one of my graduate courses and I didn't expect to enjoy it much. It wasn't far into the book that I began to resonate with some of the struggles for racial harmony articulated by Perkins and Rice.

In Chapter 1, Spencer Perkins states emphatically, "The Civil Rights Movement has run its course, and we've gotten just about all you can expect to get from a political movement." I, a white guy, took offense at the thought that someone would declare the struggle for civil rights obsolete. His point is well made through the development of this and subsequent chapters. The move toward reconciliation must move from race to grace.

Regardless of your religious affiliations, if you are engaged in civil rights causes or racial reconciliation you would be remiss to neglect this ground-breaking tome.

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Erik
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I'll never be the same. This book changed my attitude on racial equality. Christ Rice did a great job writing and editing the book. He brought to the fore front the true emotions of Spencer Perkins and his family. You empathetically relate to their pain and suffering. The book is a must read if you want to become honest with racial problems in America and your own back yard. Spencer and Chris go the distance, becoming life long friends who do all they can to affect change in the hearts of people who lived for generations believing racial segregation and hatred towards black families was quite all-right. This book holds my highest recommendation. It's a great read. Stan N
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