Monday, January 11, 2016

Under Our Skin

Can it ever get better? This is the question Benjamin Watson is asking. In a country aflame with the fallout from the racial divide—in which Ferguson, Charleston, and the Confederate flag dominate the national news, daily seeming to rip the wounds open ever wider—is there hope for honest and healing conversation? For finally coming to understand each other on issues that are ultimately about so much more than black and white?

An NFL tight end for the New Orleans Saints and a widely read and followed commentator on social media, Watson has taken the Internet by storm with his remarkable insights about some of the most sensitive and charged topics of our day. Now, in Under Our Skin, Watson draws from his own life, his family legacy, and his role as a husband and father to sensitively examine both sides of the race debate and appeal to the power and possibility of faith as a step toward healing.

My thoughts: I think Benjamin Watson does a wonderful job of presenting the race issue that was hi-lighted with Ferguson, doing a wonderful job of drawing on history and human nature to show how we have arrived, at a country, to this point. I appreciated his thoughts and the background that he gave of his own story and that of his father and Pop Pop. He has so many valid points on how the music we listen to affects the way we perceive things and how it is easy to get caught up in thinking of it as a race war. I think this is an excellent book that gets to the heart of the issue and shows how we can change for the better.
I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.

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