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Letters Across the Divide: Two Friends Explore Racism, Friendship, and Faith Paperback – February 1, 2001
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-Why is everything a racial issue with blacks?
-Why do so many whites refuse to believe that racism is a problem in America?
-Should all whites apologize for the wrongs committed against African Americans?
These questions aren't asked out loud, except in the closest and rarest of friendships. David Anderson and Brent Zuercher are the kind of friends who can candidly discuss these thorny issues. Although their letters aren't always-or usually-tension free, Anderson and Zuercher continue the dialogue because the issues are so vital to them.
This intimate view of an intensely personal journey will disturb your coziest assumptions, make you squirm, maybe even incite a riot in your mind and heart-causing you to think differently about racial reconciliation. As you eavesdrop on the discussion of these two friends, you will see that when blacks and whites open their minds and hearts to each other, understanding dawns, healing sets in, and bridges with eternal significance are built.
"I've known, watched, and experienced David Anderson's love for Christ applied to the touchy issues of reconciliation. If you want to be part of the healing work of Christ, this book is a step in the right direction." -Joseph M. Stowell, president
About the Author
Brent Zuercher is a CPA and received his undergraduate degree from Southwest Baptist University and his master's degree from DePaul University. He lives in the Chicago suburbs.
Top Customer Reviews
This book covers reoccuring things like why most whites don't think that racism is a problem anymore & why African Americans answer it so differently. All too often, most white conservatives 0never ask their minoritiy friends & associates if they think racism is still a problem. If they did, they'd get an earfull, just like what is presented in this book.
In addition to being an ordained minister, the Lord has also called me to the ministry of Racial Reconcilliation. It's been a tough challenge but by his grace, I've stayed with it. This book has already been a valuable asset to my work. It's helped me to see things through the eyes of an African American (David)& through the eyes of a white guy, too (Brent). In listening to their correspondence back & forth, it's helped me look at several key issues connected with racism that never came to my mind at all. This book also helps to explain why America hasn't moved forward inb the area of Racial Reconcilliation. Sure, we've passed many anti-racism laws. But laws don't change the minds & hearts of people. And laws don't prevent individual racism 1-on-1.
This book should be a must read for all Christians out there. If you think you've heard everything there is to know about racism, think again. This book will challenge what you believe on the issue.
As I stated above, I work in the field of Racial reconcilliation. If any of you out there have any thoughts, feelings, opinions, suggestions, etc. on this issue, by all means get in touch with me.
Never have I witnessed two people express their emotions and feelings in such an honest and open way. This book is destined to make the Oprah Winfrey Book of the Month Club.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
No page numbers displayed, makes hard for class work. No way to match pages with course reading requirements. Need to include numbering of pages.Published 5 months ago by Chris
Very insightful and thought provoking book. I realized I need to make some changes in both thoughts and actions.Published 13 months ago by Mike Bauer
It is a good buy. It raises questions in your own mind while your reading their questions and responses. Once I started reading it I didn't want to put it down.Published on February 24, 2013 by Jessie
I appreciated the openness and honesty of the dialogue between David and Brent. To explore such sensitive subject matter and remain friends is commendable. Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by ccwriter1
Have only glanced through the book for now, but believe it to be a great read, and a good book for people of all religions to realize that religion is about understanding and... Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by WordSpinner
This book is what its title indicates. It's a series of letters between a White and a Black man, both Christians, wrestling with differing perspectives on race and racism in... Read morePublished on January 11, 2012 by Rex M. Rogers