My 2021 Top Ten Reads: #8 and #7 – Children’s Book and Justice Book

#8 – What is God Like by Rachel Held Evans and Matthew Paul Turner

I’ve read hundreds of picture books in my years of being a parent, but rarely does a children’s picture book make my top ten list. Yet this one is beautifully illustrated and presents a wonderful image of who God is and what God is like. I am grateful Matthew Paul Turner was able to finish this after Rachel’s death.

Along with that, Eugene Cho edited and finished Rachel’s book Wholehearted Faith which deserves a spot in the top ten as well. It is an honest, thoughtful and beautiful book. We lost Rachel too soon but we can be thankful for her works.

#7 – How to Fight Racism by Jemar Tisby

This was one of the first books I read back in January but it has stayed in my mind throughout the whole year. Along with his first book, Color of Compromise, this book solidifies Tisby as a scholar and leader. I am excited to continue to learn from him over the years. Of course, this book is not just for head knowledge but contains practical tools and ideas.

I like to list “honorable mention” type books on the same theme as the books in my top ten. This year I have been slowly reading Taylor Branch’s trilogy on the Civil Rights movement: Parting the Waters (1954-1963), Pillar of Fire (1963-1965) and At Canaan’s Edge (1965-1968). These books are THICK and filled with names. I’d be lying if I said I read every single word. But they are an accomplishment of scholarship. I hope to finish At Canaan’s Edge by years end. For history buffs, these are worthy of a feast.

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