Under Our Skin

Getting Real About Race - and Getting Free from the Fears and Frustrations That Divide Us
Narrated by: JD Jackson
Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
5 out of 5 stars (328 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 father to sensitively and honestly examine both sides of the race debate and appeal to the power and possibility of faith as a step toward healing.

©2015 Benjamin Watson (P)2015 Tantor

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What's Under Our Skin?

Watson shines a light on the true problem with racism. "Its not a skin problem, its a sin problem." This is powerful, thought provoking book looking at the issues of race in America. Thanks Ben, this book has not only helped me talk about race with kids and adults, more importantly it has allow me to get with God and deal with the racists views in my own heart.
Rev. Felton L. Woodson, MEd, MDiv

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A white Christian woman listening

Listening to each other of all races with open ears. Constantly learning & coming at the situation in American with open arms because we are a broken society. This book & Benjamin’s writings exceeded my expectations & pushed my thinking to constantly think outside the box. The amount of compassion & fervent Mr Watson writes with is exactly what white America needs to hear. An incredible source that I will read to our kids when they are a little older too.

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Excellent balanced book

This was a wonderful book on race relations! Benjamin is very balanced as he talks about issues facing our world today. I was very thankful that he brings it all back to the Gospel message. He is a great writer! My attention was held from the first page. It challenged my beliefs and biases and I know I’ll look at things from a different lens going forward. This is one of those books that you can’t remain unchanged after reading. Also, the narrator was great! I would highly recommend it !

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Listen & Learn!

Such a great book to help anyone’s understanding of racism in the US! And how to overcome the evil of racism!

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Fair and relevant

I added this book to my wish list several years ago when I heard Benjamin Watson speak. I bought the book this year after the racial tension came to a head again. As a white woman, I needed to hear Mr. Watson’s experiences and hear about his struggles. His authenticity and honesty were refreshing as I desire to learn more about the experiences of my black and brown brothers and sisters. I appreciated his suggestions about being a bridge toward peace. Thank you Mr. Watson for your timely and timeless book.

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Very Insightful

I appreciate his ability to explain his thoughts and feelings and to show how God influences his decisions. Hearing about his personal experiences and those of his father and grandfather were eye opening. I plan to have my 10 year old daughter listen to this story to help educate her on the experience of being black in America.

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Great Book

Timely words that get to the heart of what divides us from each other. Thank you Benjamin Watson.

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Powerfully honest

This book is powerfully honest in its discussion and ideas. I’ve been both challenged and encouraged by it. I highly recommend it!

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This is a challenging book.
Well worth the listen. Then, take action.
Christ be with you!

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A thought-provoking read

A real person’s story is so much more impacting than the polarized views we hear every day on the news. Race in America is a deeply complex issue, and the author doesn’t use hype or give cookie-cutter answers. I appreciated that he talks about racial stereotypes on both sides, seeking to understand the white person’s perspective, while outlining very clearly the black person’s experience. As the author says, racism is not a skin problem, it’s a sin problem. And we all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. This book is real and raw, but it does not leave us without hope. Lots to think about...