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