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Jan 2017

TAT Book Review

It’s time for our quarterly book review, and our Deputy Director, Kylla Lanier, had the opportunity to review The Same Kind of Human: Seeing the Marginalized and Exploited through Eyes of Grace
By: Christine McDonald. We hope you will check this book out especially if you are a member of a faith community. It is well-worth the read!

When we hear of suffering, so many of us are deeply moved in our spirits to respond. But, often, our response focuses on the completion of a deed or service, and we can miss the person whose suffering we hoped to ease in the first place. Or we become overwhelmed by the enormity of the problem and decide that if we can’t end all suffering, we won’t try … the thought of failure or guilt getting the best of us. The Same Kind of Human: Seeing the Marginalized and Exploited through Eyes of Grace is a beautifully woven picture of how God sees each one of us and how He would have us respond to those who are suffering.                                                                               

This book inspired me to be better, to do better, to attempt to open my eyes to the way that Jesus sees all of His people, and to love them where they are at … where I am at. We are all the same kind of human: flawed, broken, and in need of grace and love. And when we see the sameness in one another, then true ministry can begin.

Christine weaves her own experiences as a trafficking victim, drug addict, and homeless woman throughout the book. How she felt, how she was treated, and the juxtaposition to the Scriptures was jarring. Her book lifts a mirror to society’s face … to the reader’s face, and in love, helps us to examine our own reactions, prejudices, attitudes and hearts.

I would recommend this book to any person of faith who is involved in any type of street ministry, whether with trafficking victims, the homeless population, those living in poverty or those living with addiction.

In a world of slick marketing and the desire for easy, clean-packaged ministry, this book confronts, convicts and helps us see ourselves in each and every marginalized person who shares this earth with us. After all, we are all the forgiven and beloved children of God … and if we now rest in the embrace of Christ, shouldn’t we be His arms to those who have yet to experience it?

 

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