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The Third Option: Hope for a Racially Divided Nation Paperback – February 25, 2020
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"This is a landmark book, offering a compelling vision for the great issue of our day. Miles helps us to see God’s glory and the beauty of his image in everyone we meet. Read this book, then buy copies for all your friends. This message could change everything."
-- Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life
"The most profound message on reconciliation and healing that I have heard. It is a message that needs to be echoed throughout the world... This is a moment and a movement that you have to be a part of!" -- John Gray, Associate Pastor of Lakewood Church
"The Third Option reveals God’s way for bridging the racial divide: honoring the image of God placed in each of us. Pastor Miles' words will encourage you with a new compassion and new understanding of the heart of God for all people and equip you with the tools to help bring about change." -- Christine Caine, bestselling author and founder of A21 & Propel Women
"Every believer who wants to follow Christ’s example and to love our neighbors as ourselves must read this book." -- Chris Hodges, Senior Pastor of Church of the Highlands and author of Fresh Air and The Daniel Dilemma
"In a time where our country seems more divided racially and politically than at any other in recent history, we need a voice of reason to bring us to a place of understanding. I believe that Miles McPherson is that voice... I can't stress enough how important this work is and hope that it becomes a central part of the conversation going forward. Get the book, devour the concepts and be part of the change." -- Greg Surratt, Founding Pastor of Seacoast Church and President of the Association of Related Churches (ARC)
"The Third Option is exactly what we need to be reminded of. This is how JESUS wants us to live. Rather than separate ourselves by racism, we need to be one race united by love. We are all one people, one human world, all equal." -- Adrian Gonzalez, New York Mets
"A powerful and inspirational book. Chock full of stories, anecdotes, and wisdom that helps readers to build bridges across the great divides of race and ethnicity." -- Dr. David Anderson, Senior Pastor of Bridgeway Community Church and Author of Gracism: The Art of Inclusion
"The Third Option will not just inspire you; it will equip you with the necessary tools to advance, facilitate, and usher in a spirit of unity. You will not just be blessed, you will be transformed." -- Sam Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Church Leadership Conference (NHCLC)
"The Third Option forges the way forward for the Church; Christians armed with compassion, a new motivation, and a new understanding of the heart of God." -- Sergio De La Mora, Founding Pastor, Cornerstone Church
About the Author
- Publisher : Howard Books; Reprint edition (February 25, 2020)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1501172204
- ISBN-13 : 978-1501172205
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.38 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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1. Math error: the book says rates of police brutality or “bad cops” is only 1%. Not true. See research: https://www.reference.com/world-view/statistics-police-corruption-3d1862687e4bd132
2. In the late 80’s, the entire Compton police force had to be replaced by FEDS. Definitely more than 1%.
3. Frank Lucas - American Gangster: 70% of the police force were on Frank Lucas payroll. Again, much higher than 1%.
4. Miles McPherson appears to be very sincere in passion for everyone to get along and for racial reconciliation. We cannot have reconciliation when the author has rose colored glasses on. Police brutality and dirty cops are a real phenomenon. When the author is overly pro police, he invalidates the bad experiences of thousands of people who have been mistreated, abused or even killed by police.
5. From a biblical perspective, it is not factually correct that “God wants racial reconciliation”. There is a lot of wisdom in Proverbs and guidance in the New Testament of what God wants. It is very clear in the New Testament: not all will be saved and many will remain at odds with even their only family members in their belief that Jesus is Lord and Savior. Matt 9:9, Luke 13:23, 2 John 1:10 & Titus 3:10-11
6. Miles also seems to believe God is telling him these beliefs but if that were true, there would be a scriptures to back it up included in the book.
Miles may be sincere in his desire for racial reconciliation. But you cannot have reconciliation until you have truth from both sides. He is too stuck in his belief that all cops are good. This further alienates all people who have bad experience with police, but especially black or brown people. He also appears to have rushed writing this book as well, he doesn’t seem to accept that he is wrong sometimes.
Hope for a racially divided nation
This book is a much-needed book right now when our nation is so divided and there is so much hate. I appreciate how McPherson ends each chapter with practical next steps to take, reflection, and prayer. I believe everyone can learn and grow and The Third Option offers hope for all of us that peace and honor are possible.
The book is divided into a forward, introduction, and 4 sections:
1) Framing the problem
In the introduction, we learn of the author’s background, personal experience with racism, and motivation for writing this book. In the first part, the author defines racism, in- and out- groups, bias, and the third option: honor.
The second, and longest section, is designed as inward reflection, to look at “me”, my feelings, biases, blind spots, and how I can shift to the honor option. One of the most notable next steps is to visit a place where I am the minority, the only person of my race, and to write about the experience.
Part 3 challenges us to think about others honorably, to have honorable assumptions, see color-coded pain, and engage in full-color conversations. The last section of the book brings it all back together. The goal of the third option is that honor would lead to joyful, Godly unity.
If you honestly desire to improve race relations and mend the divide in our schools, churches, cities, and country, I recommend this book as a great template that addresses our own heart issues and challenges us with actually taking steps toward honoring one another.