Healing Racial Trauma: The Road to Resilience

IVP. Jan. 2020. 192p. ISBN 9780830845880. pap. $17. REL
Ministering to trauma and abuse survivors, counselor Rowe (The Well of Life) has helped people confront their pain and work through a Christian-centered approach to healing. In all nine chapters of this latest work, the author shares the stories of others, including her own, who have experienced racial prejudice. Also discussed is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and how events occurring to one person are carried forward in their lives and the lives of their families across generations. Using a Christian-based model, Rowe draws from scripture to help frame the issue of racism and understand God’s role in path forward. Definitions of relevant terminology, such as racial profiling, microaggressions, systemic racism, along with questions at the end of each chapter are supplied, as are prayer prompts and meditations, along with a genogram to help identify racial trauma experienced within a family tree and a discussion guide.
VERDICT A thoughtfully well-written and powerful volume best suited for those interested in race relations, community engagement, and religious ministry.

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