SPIRITUALITY & RELIGION

Human(kind): How Reclaiming Human Worth and Embracing Radical Kindness Will Bring Us Back Together

WaterBrook. Apr. 2020. 224p. ISBN 9780525653431. pap. $15.99. REL
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Eiland (formation & preaching pastor, Mars Hill Bible Church, MI) invites readers to explore and understand her personal experiences with racism: she was the only black girl in majority white surroundings; yet, considered not black enough within black communities. In this debut, the author shares stories of her family, holiday celebrations, and family loss, along with getting into the college of her dreams only to have her joy taken away by a cruel remark. Throughout her journey, Eiland discovers her strength through a Christian-centered approach. She shares her stories and offers Scriptural references to teach us how to dig deeper into ourselves to create a more authentic life. By asking readers to see the imago Dei (image of God) in people, the author believes we can create a more peaceful coexistence with one another. Her message will resonate with a variety of people, especially those interested in pastoral counseling and community engagement.
VERDICT This wonderfully written book packs a punch, and would be ideal for book clubs in a library or church setting. Eiland’s story will move readers and her urging to recognize the good in people is inspirational.

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