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David Ireland combines Scripture, research, and experience to show how you can build interracial friendships, promote racial reconciliation, and support diversity in the church
How can you be a person who naturally forms cross-race relationships? Through The Skin You Live In, you'll discover how to:
• Become more comfortable when reaching across racial and cultural lines
• Develop healthy interracial friendships
• Lead a multicultural team
• Help others passionately embrace diversity
If you want to reach beyond your walls into someone else’s life, The Skin You Live In is for you. It's a safe place to let down your guard and receive cross-cultural coaching from a follower of Jesus Christ so you can start the process of friendship building across racial lines in every area of your life.
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A Perfect Blend between Practical and Impactful
This book was amazing. I live in a multicultural world. I am the Baptist Campus Minister at Drexel University in Philadelphia. I work primarily with African American students but also I am the faculty adviser for the Chinese Christian Fellowship, connect with the Muslim Student Association on regular basis and help out with International student programming. As the Baptist Campus Minister I represent the Greater Philadelphia Baptist Association which is a network of 170 churches, 100 African American churches, 35 predominantly white churches and 35 churches that worship on Sunday in a language other than English, including Ukranian, Russian, Romanian, Spanish, Korean, Tagalog, Urdu, Arabic, Chinese, French-Creole and others. I've had the opportunity to stand in front of my University and describe for them my job as being trying to connect the diversity within the church in Philadelphia to the diversity within the Academic community at Drexel. My job is awesome and this book described my job in ways that I was never able to. Although, we have some great things going for us within Christianity in Philadelphia there is still enormous room for growth. Dr. Ireland gives us a great tool for that purpose.
The subtitle is bit of a understatement. This book is not just about building friendships. It goes so much deeper. It is a call to all Christians to get into the business of racial and ethnic reconciliation. It calls us to stand up and stop allowing our outward differences to separate that which Christ has prayed to His Father to unite.
I have read other books that dealt with the idea from a more theological aspect. But after reading them I've wondered, "How do I communicate this to others?" and "How do I get people passionate about idea in a textbook?" The Skin You Live In answers those questions. Each chapter is concise, easily understood, directly applicable and powerfully motivating. The organized part of my brain loved the simple bullet point list of specific aspect of each chapter. The emotional side of me love the personal stories. The story of the church foot-washing service in chapter six brought tears to my eyes.
In case you have not realized yet, I highly recommend this book. I will be using it as a checklist for my ministries in the future. I will be using this book with students as we become Christians in an age in America without a racial majority. I will be featuring this book as we look to impact the entire globe from our base in Philadelphia. I will be recommending this book to pastors as we try to navigate what it means to exist in a racially and ethnically diverse group of churches ministering to a racially and ethnically diverse city. Dr. Ireland's book impacted me and then gave me practical ways to use that impact for change.
3/3/2013 6:54:18 PM
Excellent and Empowering
The Skin You Live In is an excellent and empowering tool that allows its audience to confront, convey, and ultimately find comfort in one's ability in building healthy relationships across cultures. Definitely a must read!
9/28/2012 4:02:53 PM
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The message of this book resonated strongly with me, and hit a lot of emotional chords. We are called to reach across the aisles of race and culture and be willing to forgive past offenses in order to "make the first move" towards reconciliation. And, as Dr. Ireland says, this only happens when we are willing to bring people into close quarters--physically (e.g., inviting folks of a different race to your home) and emotionally. This book was a quick read, but I hope by the grace of God to be practicing its principles for a lifetime! My heartfelt thanks to Dr. Ireland for sharing his heart and consequently writing what I believe to be his best book to date.
9/17/2012 1:38:57 PM