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"Brenda and Rick, through their partnership and new paradigm, are providing us a way through the increasing racial and ethnic divide in our world. Racial and ethnic divisions require reconciliation that transforms the whole person and issues in corporate change. This new paradigm does not make the process easy but provides a path of hope forward for an increasingly troubled and divided world." (Geri Rodman, president, Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship/Canada)

"If there is hope that our country will ever see progress in race relations, it undoubtedly lies in the hands of our next generation. Thankfully, this book by Brenda Salter McNeil and Rick Richardson equips them--and the rest of us slow learners--with astute insights, grounded strategies, practical help and heavenly visions. It reminds us that diversity was no accident; it was God's idea all along, and these two visionaries invite us to embrace it and celebrate it as it was always meant to be." (Jo Kadlecek, coauthor with Pamela Toussaint of I Call You Friend: Four Women's Stories of Race, Faith and Friendship)

"The combination of profound spiritual insight and powerful social application is unique! Brenda and Rick have written an important book for communities of every ethnicity. Read it and be transformed!" (Rev. Ronald V. Myers Sr., M.D., chairman, National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council)

"This is a much-needed work that properly and firmly locates the ministry of racial reconciliation in the biblical context of spiritual warfare and of spiritual transformation. The book identifies God, not us, as the main actor of this kingdom ministry, passionately calling us to join him." (Peter T. Cha, associate professor, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and coeditor of Growing Heathy Asian American Churches)

"In a time when we are surrounded by social cynicism toward issues of race, The Heart of Racial Justice welcomes us back to the table of redemptive love and community. It is not set with easy answers but with honest and passionate conversation about the irrefutable reconciling nature of the gospel. We are drawn to this table because the authors embody in their own lives the very nature of the reconciliation which they envision. They are wise teachers more than harsh prophets, loving mentors more than judgmental critics, and experienced guides more than sermonizing spectators. They dare to believe there is hope at this table, and we leave nurtured with provisions to join the movement for reconciliation." (Dr. Keith R. Anderson, coauthor of Spiritual Mentoring)

"Brenda Salter McNeil is one of the most compelling voices for reconciliation in our day. She has joined with Rick Richardson, one of her long-term partners in the ministry of racial reconciliation, to write this important book. In this book the authors challenge emerging leaders in the church to choose to become a reconciliation generation. To this end The Heart of Racial Justice provides spiritual tools to equip people to dismantle the social construction of racism. This book makes a valuable contribution to the growing conversation on racial reconciliation." (Curtiss Paul DeYoung, professor of reconciliation studies, Bethel University)

"What Rick and Brenda do in this biblically grounded book is to make reconciliation practical through the example of their friendship, reflecting on those who have gone on before them and building on (and appreciating) what each one has to offer. I highly recommend that you take time to read The Heart of Racial Justice. It is a blueprint for the Christian church." (From the foreword by John M. Perkins, author of Beyond Charity: The Call to Christian Community Development)

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"Brenda Salter McNeil is one of the most compelling voices for reconciliation in our day. She has joined with Rick Richardson, one of her long-term partners in the ministry of racial reconciliation, to write this important book. In this book the authors challenge emerging leaders in the church to choose to become a reconciliation generation. To this end The Heart of Racial Justice provides spiritual tools to equip people to dismantle the social construction of racism. This book makes a valuable contribution to the growing conversation on racial reconciliation."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books; Expanded Edition edition (May 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830837221
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830837229
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #685,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil is recognized internationally as one of the foremost leaders of reconciliation and was featured as one of the 50 most influential women to watch by Christianity Today in 2012. She is an Associate Professor of Reconciliation Studies in the School of Theology at Seattle Pacific University, where she also directs the Reconciliation Studies Minor program. Dr. Salter McNeil is an author, speaker and thought leader with over 25 years of ministry experience in the field of racial, ethnic and gender reconciliation. Her mission is to inspire and equip young Christian leaders to practice reconciliation around the world and to build reconciling communities that bridge the social divides of race, gender and class.

Prior to coming to Seattle Pacific University, Dr. Brenda spearheaded a faith-based speaking, training and consulting firm specializing in biblical reconciliation with colleges, universities, churches and other Christian organizations. In addition, she was on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for 14 years, where she served as a Multiethnic Ministries Specialist in Southern California and Chicago, Illinois.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joan E. Oliver on February 16, 2005
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The Heart of Racial Justice is most definately a must have, this is a book that keeps you searching to find out whats next. This book gives direction for life changes within a mixed community. The book is a powerful tool for healing. The book is easy reading and straight forward. The Heart of Racial Justice will force you to do some self-evaluation. I love it!! the book is very rich in wisdom. Reading this book will cause you to express several emotions. The Heart of Racial Justice Is well written, this book stirs your thinking to invoke change. Change starts with one individual. Dr. Brenda I believe is a Trend-setter to this generation and to those to come. Rev Rick along with Dr Brenda are an awesome team. All I can say is get the book, get the book, get the book!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. Kellemen on July 8, 2007
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Brenda Salter McNeil has written a ground-breaking book on racial reconciliation. The subtitle alone speaks volumes about the core change needed: soul change. Only when the individual is changed by the infinite love of Christ can society then even begin to be changed. Writing with wit and wisdom, experience and truth, and speaking the truth in love, "The Heart of Racial Justice" offers a stirring, practical model for positive racial change and reconciliation.

Reviewer: Bob Kellemen is the author of Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction , Soul Physicians, and Spiritual Friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Nygaard on October 5, 2007
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This is a wonderful, Christo-centric look at the issue of racial issues in the church. By recognizing that reconciliation begins with a personal relationship with Jesus, the authors avoid many of the oft-tried and oft-failed attempts at racial justice. Christ Jesus, who reconciles us to the Father, is the one who reconciles us with each other. It is candid and refreshing, a call to unity in the body challenges the stereotypes of different races. We are forced to look at ourselves as God views us, as people created to reflect his glory in our salvation through Christ. The only concern is some questionable exegesis, in which the authors draw out of the text things which I do not believe are there. But the conclusions they come to are biblical. I would suggest this book to all, and it is suitable for small group discussion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ginny Porrata on October 29, 2014
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McNeil takes on the subject that we all need to discuss in articulate and devastatingly accurate ways. She gets to the heart of the issue-which is the heart! Most of us want to be free of racial prejudice as we walk as Christ followers, yet she enters into factual discussions that allow us to understand some practical ways to break this stranglehold in our communities. She is well intentioned and she executes well. This is a must read for students, teachers, disciples, and anyone who is still interested in changing the world - one family, school, neighborhood at a time.
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2 of 41 people found the following review helpful By QueenOPearls on August 9, 2005
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This is a perfect book for people who just want to read about bible study and do jack diddly. There isn't a whole lot of openmindedness... just .. be reasonable.. see it my way... the only way... the X-tian way.
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