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White Awake: An Honest Look at What It Means to Be White Paperback – September 19, 2017
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"At a time when conversations about race seem increasingly cross-pressured by various interests and motivations, readers can trust Daniel Hill to tell them the truth about racism and white supremacy. Hill does not use these fraught issues to manipulate, but rather to help his readers see more clearly. If Christians read and consider this book carefully, it will help them. It helped me."
- Michael Wear, Author of Reclaiming Hope
Examine Cultural Identity Amid Broader Injustice Conversation
Hill unpacks the broader concept of cultural identity, exploring its intersection with the concept of Christian identity by digging into the following seven stages:
- Active Participation
Meet the author
Daniel Hill has spent decades working and investing in the city of Chicago. As a part of his work as the founding pastor of River City Community Church, Hill has been engaging in reconciliation efforts in the city as well as contributing to the broader conversation concerning race and injustice.
White Awake chronicles the stages of his own journey into understanding and embracing his white cultural identity.
3 Pillars of Chicago's River City Community Church
- Neighborhood Development
"White Awake is a profoundly pastoral book with serious implications for the ecclesial, social, and political life of our nation. At a time when conversations about race seem increasingly cross-pressured by various interests and motivations, readers can trust Daniel Hill to tell them the truth about racism and white supremacy. Hill does not use these fraught issues to manipulate, but rather to help his readers see more clearly. If Christians read and consider this book carefully, it will help them. It helped me. I'm grateful to Daniel for writing White Awake."-- Michael Wear, author of Reclaiming Hope
"Daniel Hill's personal and deep dive into whiteness, reconciliation, and the dividing lines in our social matrix of race is needed like never before. At a time of ongoing racial weariness and colorblind responses, I'm so grateful for this resource. Allow the transparency and courage of this book to lead you into the needed work of unity, liberation, and justice."-- Efrem Smith, author of Killing Us Softly and The Post-Black and Post-White Church
"White Awake is at once personal, practical, and provocative. Well conceived, researched, and written, this timely book provides a detailed consideration of cultural identity and its formation from which everyone can benefit―particularly those of us who are white and willing to engage the topic not only for our own benefit but, more significantly, for the sake of the gospel, as ambassadors of Christ and ministers of reconciliation in an increasingly diverse society. Indeed, it is long past time for us to reflect deeply and responsibly on race, racialization, and reconciliation. With refreshing honesty and only the best of intentions, Daniel has provided us with a means to do just that."-- Mark DeYmaz, founding pastor of Mosaic Church, author of Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church
"Rarely have I run across a book written with more humility than what Daniel Hill accomplishes in White Awake. I was surprised from the first chapter all the way through the end, not with Daniel's intellectual grasp of the topic (although it's incredibly strong), but with his ability to walk circumspectly and see himself as the primary student in his story. White Awake offers . . . a practical and clear path for others to navigate the experience, disorientation, and ultimate awakening that comes with deep reflection on white racial identity. This book has rightfully earned a place on my bookshelf and in my list of recommended books―I'm confident it will earn a similar spot in yours as well."-- Ken Wytsma, founder of The Justice Conference, author of The Myth of Equality and Create vs. Copy
"Daniel Hill sought me out as a mentor over two decades ago, and it has been a joy to watch the progress of him and his church. Now, in White Awake, he shares lessons learned on his journey of following Jesus into the ministry of reconciliation. As Christians in this day and age, we need to all think critically and closely examine the teachings of Scripture. In this book, you will find fresh thinking around the critical topic of race, and I would encourage every Christian to read it."-- John M. Perkins, author, cofounder of the Christian Community Development Association
"In White Awake, Rev. Dr. Daniel Hill divulges his most intimate experiences of whiteness and how white privilege impacts our society. He thoughtfully uncovers cultural identity, social constructions of race, and colorblindness in a manner that is both provoking and enlightening on the pressing social reality for people of color. Hill offers seven stages to a ministry of reconciliation as he invites us to wander away from our comfort zones and challenge us to become informed new beings. White Awake is a crucial book for our time, as the social and political landscape progresses into torrential territories. This book is challenging, provocative, and significant, and I strongly recommend it."-- Grace Ji-Sun Kim, associate professor of theology, Earlham School of Religion, author of several books, including Embracing the Other and Mother Daughter Speak
"Daniel Hill has been my friend for almost two decades, and with each passing year, I learn more from him and admire him more. His passion, intelligence, and depth are gifts to the community he pastors and to the city of Chicago, and this book is a wise and helpful guide for all of us who want to learn more about both the theology and practice of reconciliation in America today."-- Shauna Niequist, New York Times–bestselling author of Present Over Perfect
"For about two decades, Daniel Hill has been wrestling with what it means to be a white man in America and a white pastor in the city of Chicago. He is fearlessly curious and inquisitive. When things get uncomfortable, he leans in. This book is Daniel's invitation to lean in to the current moment and join the movement for racial justice―lest we discover a generation from now that we slept through a revolution."-- Shane Claiborne, author and activist
"In White Awake, Daniel Hill humbly and insightfully shares his personal journey of understanding race and privilege. He provides a practical and challenging look at the blinders and barriers that hinder racial reconciliation and our ability to advocate for equity and justice for all. I am grateful for this resource that helped me better understand where I am in my own journey and how I can more effectively challenge myself and my church to be active participants in furthering the Jesus mission of reconciliation and restoration."-- Dave Ferguson, lead pastor, Community Christian Church, lead visionary, NewThing
"Many evangelicals of color have grown weary of ringing the bell and issuing the clarion call for racial justice. While we do not look for white evangelicals to legitimize or affirm our perspective, it's nice on occasion to know that there are 'woke' white evangelicals out there. It's nice to know that these efforts have not been in vain. Daniel Hill has been my friend and ally for many years. In this book, you will have the chance to hear his story and heart―and learn from a learner."-- Soong-Chan Rah, Milton B. Engebretson Associate Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism, North Park Theological Seminary, author of The Next Evangelicalism and Prophetic Lament
"White Awake is a must read for anyone serious about healing racial division in our country and our churches. Daniel Hill is a gift to the body of Christ. His work is a riveting and refreshing appeal to people of all nations to become white awake!"-- Tyshawn Gardner, Presbyterion: Covenant Seminary Review, 44/2 (Fall 2018)
- Publisher : IVP Books (September 19, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0830843930
- ISBN-13 : 978-0830843930
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #44,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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(p45. "That's why I believe that choosing to remain colorblind is willful ignorance. We would never tolerate a form of Christianity that minimizes sin as it relates to conversion or discipleship; we should therefore never tolerate Christian colorblindness either."
Just like that.... colorblindness is a sin. (!!!) And 'Christian' colorblindness is particularly deplorable.
That is just one of many Jedi mind tricks in this book.
Just stick to Scripture folks. Gal 3:28: (NASB) "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus." AMEN!
Seemingly that’s his intro to this topic, being told by someone that“you totally have a culture! It just ruins everyone else bro learn about it!”
The readers that truly enjoy the book again are reflective of the same racial mindset, seeing a woman need to point out her race for a review and say how she will give this to her white husband so he can learn like a good boy.
Not Christian, at all. So most of these points by default aren’t relevant to many readers, just the racial points.
The authors main point of this book is to make whites have either a self hatred to their past or make give them a victim superiority complex, telling whites that all the ills of other races are simply because of you and your culture, nothing to do with nature, so with this whitey needs to fix the issue he’s created right? That’s right! You need to reconcile for things you didn’t do, you simply need to apologize and feel bad because you are the same skin color as those who oppressed others hundreds of years ago.
Let us not talk about the hundreds of years of occupation and rape of Spain, Italy, France etc by the Moors. We will just gloss over that and go to a more recent time in history.
Themes of this book are “you’re racist, your culture has caused the downfall of all non whites and we will fix this” , they are presented by ‘stages’ of this white guilt. First you have an encounter by a person who is blaming you for history merely because the association of your skin color.
Next of course, if you deny the premise that whites are the reason for the downfall of the world, you’re in denial! That’s simply just a stage in white guilt. Don’t worry this book will help reassure you you have nothing to be proud of.
The next stage! You may feel disoriented beginning to hate yourself and your ancestors, again no worry you will be taught correctly.
Shame, ah of course. You need to feel guilty for everything you didn’t do. Pretty much the same concept as “a white guy stole some guys wallet so I will now feel bad as a white person”
Self righteousness, because if you don’t think you’re the ILL of the world , you’re self righteous.
Now is where you need to awaken to your whiteness! Awaken and understand “what it means to be white”. Apparently to the author it’s a whole different class of human with completely unique experiences irreplaceable by others.
And finally , participate. Get out there , diversify your neighborhoods, your school , your family your genes. Everything. Because if you don’t , you’re a horrible white person like this book would imply.
Seriously if you are wanting a book for a good laugh to see how some people are so self hating, this is for you. By far.
If you want a book looking at history from a factual perspective, not “we kinda did this so hey this might effect someone spiritually” I’d recommend culture of critique.
Maybe Mr. Hill needs to understand that not all areas are like Chicago.