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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

David Andersonis the senior pastor of Bridgeway Community Church, a multicultural congregation located in Columbia, Maryland. He is president of a consulting and resource organization called the BridgeLeader Network and a professor of cultural diversity at the University of Phoenix. Anderson received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Moody Bible Institute and is currently a doctoral candidate at Oxford Graduate School.

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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (February 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801063434
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801063435
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book entitled "Across Racial Divides was an extreamley emotional story of two friends that openly discuss racial issues very openly and honestly. The book touched me dramatically and gave me a new insight on racisim in the world today. Some of the topics hit home and made me realize just how many people feel on the subject of racisim. Across Racial Divides gets to the very heart of the subject. It is gripping, compelling and will surely touch each person who reads it. The book really had a positive effect.
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Let me say upfront that I'm a white conservative male. In & of itself, there's nothing wrong there. However, most white conservative males don't think racism is a problem in America anymore. To anyone out there-white conservative or otherwise-if you share that believe, then this bookmis a must read for you.
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.
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The greatest value of this book is that is an open, honest dialogue between two Christians who are close personal friends--one black, one white--about race and racism. It gave me some insights--why many blacks insist on being called African-Americans, for example. It saddened me to hear how pervasive the black man feels racism still is in this country, but it encouraged me that they agree the responses for Christian have to be repentance and forgiveness on both "sides" (though I hesitate to use that word because it emphasizes division).
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Amazing book. Anyone that reads it will find it difficult to put down. I would personally recommend this book for personal use, but also for corporate use in diversity training. Emotional and educational. As you read these remarkable letters shared between two friends, you will examine your own life, both spiritually and emotionally.
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.
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This is the most helpful book I've read on a subject most of us are afraid to dialogue about. I am a pastor of a multi-cultural church and we are using this book to help facilitate our own dialogue. It get's a the core problem of racism, "sin" and it gives some very helpful steps toward "reconciliation".
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This book was recommended to me for work on understanding how people from different backgrounds view life in the United States. It is a great attempt to educate one another on how our prejudices are formed and how to begin to change them.
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Wonderful read for those that want to know what either the black or white race thinks about the other and about racism. I am a member of a multi-racial church. This book has helped me to understand a little better what I had before perceived as a "chip on the shoulder" of some of our black members. I hope it will help me to be more understanding and work harder on my relationships with those members.
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Good book for honest answers to difficult questions that are addressed within a personal friendship. Their friendship and faith in Christ gives hope that their is a safe place to bring differences together.
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