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Trouble I've Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism Paperback – January 19, 2016
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In this emotionally wrenching yet accessible book, Hart theologian and minister provides an overview of the systemic racism that nonwhite people, particularly African-Americans, face in the U.S. today, as well as the responses of Bible-based Christian theology...A savvy and balanced blend of the topics that should serve as a useful introduction for Christians of all races who haven t yet understood the full scope of the problem and been inspired to enact change. Publisher s Weekly
In this raw, honest, truth-telling book, Drew Hart offers himself his life, his story, his tears, his fire in the most vulnerable way in the hopes of interrupting the vulgar disposability of black lives in our society. This book is a gift from the heart of one of the sharpest young theologians in this country. Hold it carefully, and allow it to transform you and our blood-stained streets. Drew Hart s Trouble I ve Seen is a memoir in the tradition of the blues...it is theological blues...and it will move you to do something about the ugly residue of racism that still haunts us. Shane Claiborne, author of The Irresistible Revolution
Drew Hart masterfully cuts through all the platitudes and good intentions to reach the fleshy, beating heart of true justice. An unforgettable read, Trouble I ve Seen deserves the church s full attention and considered action. It certainly challenged and changed me.--Rachel Held Evans, bestselling author of A Year of Biblical Womanhood and Searching for Sunday
Reader, brace yourself! Trouble I ve Seen, one of the best books I ve encountered on race and Christian faith, will illuminate and challenge the assumptions that you don t even know you possess. I urge you to pay close attention to Drew Hart s eye-opening analysis. Christena Cleveland, author of Disunity in Christ, from foreword
Drew Hart makes a courageous and compelling call to the church to get on the road to racial reconciliation and righteousness. He provides practical insights and deep theological reflections in this challenging and necessary resource. You won t be comfortable with this read, but you will be led into the deep waters of the social dilemma and reality of the race matrix. In the end, there is an opportunity for the church to be a bridge over these troubled waters. Efrem Smith, president and CEO of World Impact and author of The Post-Black and Post-White Church
Drew Hart is an emerging voice in the one of the most difficult conversations facing the church today the reality and ongoing effects of white supremacy in American Christianity. He challenges the church to take a long, hard look at its complicity with the racism that still permeates our society and to be transformed in thought, word, and deed by the gospel of Jesus Christ. A provocative, powerful, and necessary book.--John R. Franke, theologian in residence, Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis
Trouble I ve Seen makes it plain: in repenting of white supremacy, we have nothing to lose and everything to be liberated from. Hart refuses to silence two gospel scandals that cannot be separated: that in Christ, Pharaoh s armies are invited into the Promised Land, but the only way in is through the waters, where Pharaoh s supremacy and his chariots are drown-ded. This is the saving solidarity of Christ s cross. Jarrod McKenna, award-winning peace activist and cofounder of First Home Project
In a critical moment of American history, Drew Hart has given us a book that is vital for the church. Trouble I ve Seen captures the complexity of race in its systemic and personal consequences and points us to why race should be central to any Christian s life as a follower of Jesus. It is a book for people who are just beginning this journey and for those of us who need encouragement along the way.--Brian Bantum, associate professor of theology, Seattle Pacific University and Seminary
From the Back Cover
What if racial reconciliation doesn't look like what you expected? The high-profile killings of young black men and women by white police officers, and the protests and violence that ensued, have convinced many white Christians to reexamine their intuitions when it comes to race and justice.
In this provocative book, theologian and blogger Drew G. I. Hart places police brutality, mass incarceration, anti-black stereotypes, poverty, and everyday acts of racism within the larger framework of white supremacy. He argues that white Christians have repeatedly gotten it wrong about race because dominant culture and white privilege have so thoroughly shaped their assumptions. He also challenges black Christians about neglecting the most vulnerable in their own communities. Leading readers toward Jesus, Hart offers concrete practices for churches that seek solidarity with the oppressed and are committed to racial justice.
What if all Christians listened to the stories of those on the racialized margins? How might the church be changed by the trouble they've seen?
"This book is a gift from the heart of one of the sharpest young theologians in the United States. Hold it carefully, and allow it to transform you--and our blood-stained streets."--Shane Claiborne, author of "The Irresistible Revolution"
Top Customer Reviews
That is what this book offers, written by someone who has and continues to do the hard work of reconciliation- Drew G.I. Hart. This book is a much needed resource for churches, organizations and individuals who want to see the restoration of the beloved community. Few books are more timely and important as this one. Order it now.
(The only reason I gave this book 4 stars, instead of 5, is because many potential readers dismiss 5 star reviews as being "fanboy" propaganda.)
DREW G. I. HART
W. E. B. DuBois, in The Souls of Black Folk, defined the problem of the day in the United States as the Negro problem and the color line. Carter G. Woodson spoke of the detrimental effect for all, not just Negroes when people use the United States construct of race to define self-worth in The Miseducation of the Negro because everyone loses if there is anyone who is the “oppressed less than” among us. Drew G. I. Hart puts into contemporary language the teachings of these great twentieth century scholars in Trouble I’ve Seen, and adds an eight-step prescription to put the reader on the right path to realizing the fulfillment of God’s kingdom with Jesus Christ resuming his role as the architect working through the church.
Hart outlines the problem of the color line in describing his experience in the city, on campus at a Christian college and interactions with Christian clergy and lay people in those environments. The problem is that the person of color lives in two worlds, the community of people of color and the dominant culture, while the person in the dominant culture is unaware of, and thus ill equipped to see the other in his different culture. The person in the dominant culture sees his experience as “the experience,” not as it really is, one of many perspectives in the midst of many cultures that are part of the United States of America. Unable to see the other’s culture, the person immersed in the dominant culture cannot find value in that which he cannot see and thus, assigns no value that which is beyond the experience of living solely in the dominant culture.Read more ›
One, it is a book of theology of the kingdom of the Messiah. Dr. Hart lays out the plans of God through Jesus Christ in instituting his kingdom, which is topsy-turvy: it is not power-based, it is not authority-based, it is not self-based. It is, instead, based upon love and community, honesty and commitment, risk and sacrifice and the great great reward of connection with Jesus. For that alone, you should read this book.
It is also a book about America, plainly stated, as it was, and is, and perhaps may not always be. It is a book about how we Christians have acquired a worldview of the church and society, of God and Jesus, that matches with our own estimation of the normalcy of "whiteness." There are books which will give you much more detail about the American past, creating the concept of "whiteness" and "blackness" in order to justify power and ownership of one person over another. There are books which will give you more details about how these all worked out in society, from redlining to education to family stability to job access, even to the point of membership and participation in the church. The thesis is that we American Christians have re-created the Jesus of Scripture to be a slightly more beneficent-appearing Uncle Sam, a Jesus committed to the supremacy of America, along with its violence and authority and rulership. The Jesus of the America church, he argues, represents a Jesus we have created in our image so that we may receive approval for our actions in his name.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is helping me strip off the layers of white supremacy that too my chagrin cling to my faith. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Heather Caliri
Drew Hart is a valuable voice to be listened to, and an excellent writer.Published 1 month ago by Jeremy D Watson
Drew Hart’s Trouble I’ve Seen is forcing me to do some hard thinking, and that’s always a good thing. I’m still trying to process and make sense of everything Hart has to say. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Chuck McKnight
I appreciated his scholarship, honesty, and especially his pointing us to the person of Christ as the solution to our racial and cultural problems.Published 2 months ago by Emmanuel McCall
Troubles I Have Seen is a needed book in regards to dealing with racism in the church. This book takes a hard, grim look on racism today. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stephen Gonzalez
'Trouble I've Seen' is a needed next-step resources for those Christians who now find that they can no longer be colorblind and are awakened to the racial injustices occurring in... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Katelin Hansen
This book is about exposing the constant issue of racial inequality in our country, not just society in general but right in the heart of the Christian community. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kyle Robertson