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Dr. Perkins’ final manifesto on race, faith, and reconciliation.

We are living in historic times. Not since the Civil Rights Movement of the '60s has our country been as vigorously engaged in the reconciliation conversation. There is a great opportunity right now for culture to change, to be a more perfect union. However, it cannot be done without the church, because the faith of the people is more powerful than any law government can enact.

The church is the heart and moral compass of a nation. To turn a country away from God, you must sideline the church. To turn a nation to God, the church must turn first. Racism won't end in America until the church is reconciled first and then, and only then, it can spiritually and morally lead the way.    

In this, his crowning work, Dr. Perkins speaks honestly to the church about the things he’s discovered to be crucial about reconciliation, discipleship, and justice...the principles vital to a complete ministry of reconciliation.

He offers a call to repentance to both the white church and the black church. He explains how band-aid approaches of the past won't do. And while applauding these starter efforts, he holds that true reconciliation won't happen until we get more intentional and relational. True friendships must happen, and on every level. This will take the whole church, not just the pastors and staff.

The racial reconciliation of our churches and nation won't be done with big campaigns or through mass media. It will come one loving, sacrificial relationship at a time. The Gospel and all that it encompasses has always traveled best relationally. We have much to learn from each other and each have unique poverties that can only be filled by one another. The way forward is to become "wounded healers" who bandage each other up as we discover what the family of God really looks like. Real relationships, sacrificial love between actual people, is the way forward. Nothing less will do.

©2018 John M. Perkins and Karen Waddles (P)2018 Oasis Audio

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John Perkins' GRACIOUS MASTERPIECE.

John Perkins is going to remembered and revered in Civil Rights history. After his brother was murdered by a Deputy Sheriff while waiting in a movie line Mr. Perkins left Mississippi for California only to return & begin the movement of reconciliation through people living in interracial community together.

Now he presents another revolutionary idea at the age of 87. The idea that our "race" is not real. God made all of us in his own image and from the dust of the earth. -I cannot stop listening to these chapters over and over.

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Life changing message for life growth!

I have never been so intent on finishing an audiobook in a day! The message of reconciliation is one woven deep into to hearts of black peoples in America historically even after systematic oppression and years of racial tension, prejudice and social vulnerability. I have been deeply riveted by Mr. Perkins’ own experiences of racial prejudice and losing family based on racial biases of those around him. Yet, he emerged as one of the greatest theological minds people in our time have been blessed to experience. This message needs to shouted from the rooftops from underprivileged neighborhoods to the rooftops of the White House. The narrator’s deep and soul stirring voice kept me on the edge of seat waiting to hear what was next. Excellent performance, bar none!

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John Perkins is inspiring.

I loved this book. It is timely considering what is happening in America today. His hopeful attitude is contagious when it is tempting to give up. Seeking racial reconciliation is not easy, it takes perseverance and he is a great example of staying the course.

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Powerful

I loved this book. Brother Perkins has a beautiful testimony and the wisdom, experience and love to tackle one of our country’s ugliest traits.

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Would not recommend

Skip unless you're starting a church in a metroplex and maybe not even then. The revelation and inspiration that John conveyed in Let Justice Roll Down were mostly absent.

The book mention several times if you didn't fit its main approach, it's ok to become more educated and welcoming of people of differing backgrounds and ethnicities along with several other suggestions. However, even the core message felt overly idealistic and glossed over with a corporate-like message.

I do recommend his other work, Let Justice Roll Down.

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Beautifully narrated and makes a solid case for racial reconciliation in the US. Experience, wisdom, and the love of God shine throughout.

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Full of valuable truths

This should be required reading for every Christian. We are all united through the blood of Christ and this book helps us look at how to integrate that truth into our lives.

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Words from a wise man

I read this book al the way through in one setting because I didn’t want to stop. My grandfather was a very wise man that loved God. He didn’t have a lot of money, but he was wealthy in other ways. Reading this book was like having a long conversation with grandpa about what it vitally important in life — about race and love. Thank you, John Perkins, for sharing this with us. We are one blood.

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Let's Examine Our Hearts

This is an excellent book. It definitely is an opening for so many people to examine their hearts and find their own tensions and hatreds towards ethnicities other than their own. John Perkins how he learned to love the way God loves. With God's help there is nothing impossible. With self-examination we truly can be One Blood.

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Truth spoken to a dying World.

The good book (the bible) says my people perish from lack of knowledge. Read, Understand.