5 Books On Our 2018 Reading List

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It’s the start of a New Year and many begin to list what they hope to accomplish this year. Reading is one our favorite activities, and so we’re sharing five books we’re excited to read in 2018. What’s on your reading list this year? Let us know in the comments!

#1 Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone

Brene Brown’s work on vulnerability, failure, and courage has encouraged and guided our staff team many times over the years. Her latest work discusses belonging in an age of polarization and shares insights for building bridges and community. We’re looking forward to diving into this book, which contains her signature mix of research, storytelling, and honesty.

#2 Love Undocumented: Risking Trust in a Fearful World

One of our South Atlanta neighbors wrote a book! Sarah Quezada blends personal narrative, sociological research, and Biblical wisdom in this accessible book on immigration. Bob Lupton wrote one of the acknowledgements, saying, “Love Undocumented is a poignant and highly revealing account of a journey into the perplexing, ethically conflicted, heartrending world of undocumented immigrants. A winsome and convicting work.”

#3 Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race

It’s the 10th Anniversary edition of this classic, bestselling book on the psychology of racism. Dr. Beverly Tatum promotes straight talk about race and identity and believes this forthrightness is essential for creating strong communication in our multicultural society. The first edition was powerful, and we’re looking forward to this revised and updated version ten years later!

#4 The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

Author Richard Rothstein traces the historical origins of housing segregation in America, connecting it to discriminatory practices and unrest today. As we engage in housing development and creating mixed-income neighbors, it’s important to understand the ways neighborhoods have come to be and the policies that created them.

#5 The Hate U Give

It may be a young adult novel, but this story by Angie Thomas is a highlight on our reading list. The Hate U Give follows the experience of a young teenager who sees her friend fatally shot by a police officer. She tries to understand what happened and the ways it impacts the two communities in which she lives - her poor, urban neighborhood and her fancy, suburban prep school. The book is timely and accessible.

These are five books we’re jumping into at the start of this new year! Have you read any already? What books are on your 2018 list?


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