Item description for Letters Across the Divide: Two Friends Explore Racism, Friendship, and Faith by David Anderson & Brent Zuercher...
Overview Two friends, a black minister and a white businessman, candidly discuss hang-ups, stereotypes, and sins that inhibit interracial friendships, resulting in a book that provokes thought and spurs action, stressing that the most effective way of dealing with the many facets of racial reconciliation is through real and connected friendships.
Publishers Description In this stirring book, two friends--a black minister and a white businessman--hash out their differences, giving voice to feelings most of us have had but would never express out loud. The result is a book that provokes thought, arouses emotion, and ultimately spurs actions, stressing that the most effective way of dealing with the many facets of racial reconciliation is through real and connected friendships.
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More About David Anderson & Brent Zuercher
David Andersonis the senior pastor of Bridgeway Community Church, a multicultural congregation located in Columbia, Maryland. He is president of a consulting and resource organization called the BridgeLeader Network and a professor of cultural diversity at the University of Phoenix. Anderson received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Moody Bible Institute and is currently a doctoral candidate at Oxford Graduate School. Brent Zuercher is a CPA and received his undergraduate degree from Southwest Baptist University and his master's degree from DePaul University. He lives in the Chicago suburbs.
David Anderson currently resides in St. Louis, in the state of Missouri.
Reviews - What do customers think about Letters Across the Divide: Two Friends Explore Racism, Friendship, and Faith?
A very creative dialogue on racism. Oct 12, 2008
This is the most helpful book I've read on a subject most of us are afraid to dialogue about. I am a pastor of a multi-cultural church and we are using this book to help facilitate our own dialogue. It get's a the core problem of racism, "sin" and it gives some very helpful steps toward "reconciliation".
Groundbreaking Jun 20, 2007
Pastor David Anderson and author Brent Zuercher have penned a groundbreaking and unique book. What happens when two friends of different races explore racism and faith? "Letters across the Divide" happens. For a firsthand account of what multicultural relationships could look like, read this book.
Reviewer: Bob Kellemen, Ph.D., is the author of Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction , Spiritual Friends: A Methodology of Soul Care And Spiritual Direction, and Soul Physicians: A Theology of Soul Care and Spiritual Direction.
Excellent Book On Racism May 10, 2004
Let me say upfront that I'm a white conservative male. In & of itself, there's nothing wrong there. However, most white conservative males don't think racism is a problem in America anymore. To anyone out there-white conservative or otherwise-if you share that believe, then this bookmis a must read for you.
This book covers reoccuring things like why most whites don't think that racism is a problem anymore & why African Americans answer it so differently. All too often, most white conservatives 0never ask their minoritiy friends & associates if they think racism is still a problem. If they did, they'd get an earfull, just like what is presented in this book.
In addition to being an ordained minister, the Lord has also called me to the ministry of Racial Reconcilliation. It's been a tough challenge but by his grace, I've stayed with it. This book has already been a valuable asset to my work. It's helped me to see things through the eyes of an African American (David)& through the eyes of a white guy, too (Brent). In listening to their correspondence back & forth, it's helped me look at several key issues connected with racism that never came to my mind at all. This book also helps to explain why America hasn't moved forward inb the area of Racial Reconcilliation. Sure, we've passed many anti-racism laws. But laws don't change the minds & hearts of people. And laws don't prevent individual racism 1-on-1.
This book should be a must read for all Christians out there. If you think you've heard everything there is to know about racism, think again. This book will challenge what you believe on the issue.
As I stated above, I work in the field of Racial reconcilliation. If any of you out there have any thoughts, feelings, opinions, suggestions, etc. on this issue, by all means get in touch with me.
I need to read this book! Apr 7, 2002
I happened to be up early this morning and turned on C-Span's "booknotes" to hear David Anderson. When he was finished speaking, I knew I had to buy this book. Even though I have not yet read it, the message that Mr. Anderson shared about commitment, respect, sincerity and acceptance and his evident faith and alignment with his Christian beliefs were so incredibly powerful, that I knew I needed to place an order immediately. I can't honestly offer a "star" rating as yet, but since I had to make a choice, I feel my rating is justified based on what I've seen so far.
Example of How And Why We Need To Heal Dec 6, 2001
Anderson and Zuercher should be applauded for their courage to tackle the ongoing subject of Racism in America. I found the book very informative and encouraging, especially when Mr. Zuercher admitted to thoughts he did not realized he harbored against Blacks. I found the book informative as Mr. Anderson set an example for all us, on how to deal with persons who hate just because of something they see on the outside (skin color, religion style, etc.) This book is for anyone wanting to grow in their relationships with others.