The Third Option

Hope for a Racially Divided Nation
Narrated by: Miles McPherson
Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
Categories: History, Americas
4.9 out of 5 stars (303 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Miles McPherson, founder of The Rock Church in San Diego, speaks out about the pervasive racial divisions in today’s culture and argues that we must learn to see people not by the color of their skin, but as God sees them - humans created in the image of God.

Miles McPherson has had enough of shying away from a major problem in America today: racial tension. It’s a topic that's widely recognized, yet rarely acknowledged. Sunday morning is the most segregated time in America today, and our preference for clinging to those who are like us leads to big problems in our country as a whole. Even Christians - who, if they claim to follow God, should be the people most outspoken against racism - fall short, and many of us feel obliged to choose sides. Us vs. them. Cops vs. protestors. Blacks vs. whites.

The Third Option is a plea on behalf of a brokenhearted God who, scripture teaches, is frustrated with those of us who claim to believe in him but are really “faking the faith”. McPherson argues that we must rise above the issues that divide us and be part of something bigger. The Third Option challenges both believers and seekers to fully embrace God’s goodness and power.

As senior pastor of Rock Church in San Diego, he doesn’t shy away from core issues that have caused a great divide both within the church and across the country. He believes that instead of choosing one of two sides, there is a third option - one that’s proven to bring people together, mend relationships, and promote genuine peace in communities. Miles exposes common misconceptions that keep people at a distance and encourages us to engage with those who look different from us and expand our world.

Full of practical takeaways and exercises to help us understand the points of view of others, this audiobook inspires, encourages, and equips us to make positive changes in our country - starting with ourselves. 

©2018 Miles McPherson (P)2018 Simon & Schuster Audio

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A must read! Definitely a step in the right direction.

The Third Option is an eye opening and applicable approach to help everyone repair the racial division within our nation and world today! This book is a guide for us to begin having an open dialogue in our attempt to understand the perspectives, experiences, and struggles of others in order to honor, rather than ostracize them. We must all take a step back to realize that our personal understanding of others are rarely, if ever, fully correct.

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Best Book On Race Hands Down! (Right & Left Hands)

My husband and I ordered this book and listened to and or read it (we have a hard copy as well) every morning over coffee and then had a heart to heart. It was SO EYE OPENING and FUNNY! We found many blind spots we did not know were there. Gasp! We thought we were the MOST racially open couple around and yet we learned about how right-handed people do not know how difficult life can be for a left-handed person. Driving a stick shift, sports, and so many issues that we never even think about. You know "Right Privilege" ;) Ha Ha! This helped us to understand White Privilege in a fun and non-threatening way. Miles plays hardball and is direct but at the same time, you felt like you just played a game so you laugh and enjoy the process of transforming your heart in ways that you did not even realize needed transforming. Miles is an excellent communicator. I watched him speak at a conference in St. Louis over 20 years ago and I STILL remember his message! It was that good! This book is the same. I purchased it after hearing him speak at the Global Leadership Summit in New Jersey where my husband was a break-out session speaker for New York City Relief. This book is chalked full of truth that you will remember forever. I went online to buy copies for all of my family as if there was ever a time in history to buy this book, it's now. But alas, they were all sold out! Hopefully, the printer is busy and they will be available soon. Until then, Audible is always available! Highly recommend!!!!

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A Must-Read

This book in timely, important, and very well-written. I thoroughly enjoyed how the author hits on the core issues surrounding racism and provides practical, life-changing steps to grow in this area and live the life we were created to live.

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please read

This book came into my life at the right moment. I was suffering and still dealing with blind spots. I cannot wait till I re-listen to this outstanding book.

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A brilliant take on the race issue..

A brilliant take on the race issue.. Everyone in church should read this book!

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Eye-opener

Pastor Miles does a great job narrating his book. His words are powerful and insightful. His prayer’s at the end of each chapter solidified every message he was trying to convey. Overall, a very good book.

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Fresh! Fabulous & love-based

A profound, fresh perspective on battling racism in our country. Definitely well worth the read.

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Heart Opening Read!

A must read for anyone seeking the high road when it comes to racism and other challenges associated with race.

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An antidote to " White Fragility ".

Miles is a great leader and his heart felt sincerity helps to convey a compelling message of hope. I would say that his approach offers solutions compared to wallowing in shame and despair which felt like the theme of the widely read book. " White Fragility ".

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Great book

So much wonderful information to educate us and challenge us to be better human beings.