Something is wrong in our society. Deeply wrong.
The belief that all lives matter is at the heart of our founding documents--but we must admit that this conviction has never truly reflected reality in America. Movements such as Black Lives Matter have arisen in response to recent displays of violence and mistreatment, and some of us defensively answer back, "All lives matter." But do they? Really?
This book is an exploration of that question. It delves into history and current events, into Christian teaching and personal stories, in order to start a conversation about the way forward. Its raw but hopeful words will help move us from apathy to empathy and from empathy to action.
We cannot do everything. But we can each do something.
"I was both challenged and inspired! You will be too."-- Bill Hybels, senior pastor, Willow Creek Community Church;founder, Global Leadership Summit
"This book is a powerful freedom song from two veterans of the movement. It is a reminder that until black lives matter, the idea that all lives matter is still just an aspiration."-- Shane Claiborne, author;activist
"Instead of offering easy answers, John and Coach provide us with biblical and practical insights they have been living out for decades. Timely and powerful."-- Noel Castellanos, president, Christian Community Development Association
"Wayne Gordon and John Perkins speak a prophetic word about America's racial strife--past and present--and offer a hopeful vision for a future where black lives (and all lives) matter."-- Philip Ryken, president, Wheaton College
Wayne Gordon is cofounder of the Christian Community Development Association and lead pastor of Lawndale Community Church in inner-city Chicago.
John M. Perkins is cofounder of the Christian Community Development Association and the author of many books, including Let Justice Roll Down.