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The Good Reads Group meets again Wednesday, March 29 at 7 pm to discuss Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “Between the World and Me.” From a recent review “In a series of essays, written as a letter to his son, Coates confronts the notion of race in America and how it has shaped American history, many times at the cost of black bodies and lives. Thoughtfully exploring personal and historical events, from his time at Howard University to the Civil War, the author poignantly asks and attempts to answer difficult questions that plague modern society. In this short memoir, Coates explains that the tragic examples of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and those killed in South Carolina are the results of a systematically constructed and maintained assault to black people–a structure that includes slavery, mass incarceration, and police brutality as part of its foundation. From his passionate and deliberate breakdown of the concept of race itself to the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement, Coates powerfully sums up the terrible history of the subjugation of black people in the United States. A timely work, this title will resonate with all teens–those who have experienced racism as well as those who have followed the recent news coverage on violence against people of color.” All are welcome to join the discussion at the home of Gloria Stepek, 1080 Crestwood Court, #1723, in Elk Grove Village. Nurture your brain and soul with some good reads and good discussion.

Other books on my bookshelf include “When Breath Becomes Air” a non-fiction autobiographical book written by Paul Kalanithi. It is a memoir about his life and illness, battling stage IV metastatic lung cancer posthumously published in January 2016.

“The End of White Christian America” by Robert P. Jones offers commentary on new research conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute which reveals major shifts in race, culture and politics across America and how these inform contemporary Protestant and majority white congregations.

The list continues with two books by two of today’s best Christian writers Rachel Held Evans’ “Searching for Sunday” and Glennon Doyle Melton “Love Warrior.” Both writers have webpages and online blogs for additional reading.

Nurture your brain and soul with some good reads and good discussion.

Happy reading,

Pastor David