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Reconciliation is not true reconciliation without justice! Brenda Salter McNeil has come to this conviction as she has led the church in pursuing reconciliation efforts over the past three decades. McNeil calls the church to repair the old reconciliation paradigm by moving beyond individual racism to address systemic injustice, both historical and present. It's time for the church to go beyond individual reconciliation and "heart change" and to boldly mature in its response to racial division.  

Looking through the lens of the biblical narrative of Esther, McNeil challenges Christian reconcilers to recognize the particular pain in our world so they can work together to repair what is broken while maintaining a deep hope in God's ongoing work for justice. This book provides education and prophetic inspiration for every person who wants to take reconciliation seriously.  

Becoming Brave offers a distinctly Christian framework for addressing systemic injustice. It challenges Christians to be everyday activists who become brave enough to break the silence and work with others to dismantle systems of injustice and inequality.

©2020 Brenda Salter McNeil (P)2020 Recorded Books

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  • Edithann T Morales
  • 21-04-2021

Motivating & Inspiration

This was such a captivating read.

My work is in the Christian spaces of diversity and oneness, and I still think I learned something new with each chapter.

Rev. Dr. McNeil's words inspired and motivated me to consider what I could do to most glorify God in my approach to this broken world. It was an honor to sit at the feet of such a wise woman of God and listen to her stories of life, loving others, and listening to the Spirit of God.

I also noticed in reading this book, that I felt seen with every chapter. It's one of the few times in reading this type of book that I didn't feel like a secondary thought to a majority White audience.

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  • Ava Steaffens
  • 21-01-2021

The Story of Esther told anew.

Loved listening to this story and its relevance today. The way the author weaves in personal illustrations and her narration has me listening to it again.

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  • william defulvio
  • 07-11-2020

Must read for our time for people of faith or non.

Salter McNeil brilliantly weaves this book together in a way that cuts straight through the vines of our fears that entangle our action to create the world we want or to live out our heart's most expansive and brave desires to change the world and our communities. In a world where power and policy leave us longing for more justice and representation of the poor and marginalized, I recommend this book to anyone as a companion on the journey. I have practical tools to step into a bigger more brave version of myself and calling in order to continue in the work of world changers and justice seekers who have gone before, work toward building the kingdom, the beloved community here and now - where every human being has an equal chance to flourish and live an abundant life.

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  • Sauce
  • 03-11-2020

This is an important book for such a time as this.

The way Dr. Salter McNeil weaves the story of Esther, her own story, with the truth of the gospel message is powerful. I love that she narrates herself because her voice magnifies her own vulnerability and bravery that she poured into this book. The message is timely and critical for this point in history.

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  • Cynthia Silva Parker
  • 03-10-2020

Powerful wisdom and practical encouragement

What a joy to hear Rev McNeil read this book. It is filled with spiritual truth and practical wisdom about the calling of God’s people to pursue justice.

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