"First Church Reads" is a feature section of the Steeple where staff members or members of the church are invited to offer book and formation recommendations that specifically help deepen spiritual life. Please email Jake if you would like to write a resource or book recommendation. This week, we have an important recommendation from Chuck Ramsey who is our most regular contributor to this feature:
I am ashamed to admit that I was totally unaware of Ta-Nehisi Coates and his work at Atlantic Magazine (and numerous books) until the wide spread discussion of “The 1619 Project” and Nikole Hannah-Jones. I became fascinated reading about the “pros and cons” by historians on both sides of the 1619 Project issue. Then came her decision to reject the offer from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and agree to lead a new center for Journalism and Democracy at Howard University “with famed author Ta-Nehisi Coates”.
Between The World and Me, as written to Ta-Nehisi’s son as a letter, carries the obvious “between me and thee” that a personal letter would invoke. I felt like I was reading a private letter.
Ta-Nehisi explains to his son what it is like to grow up a Black youth in Baltimore, and elsewhere. It is an intimate autobiography that is well worth the read.
I was quite moved to read “when a White person gets pulled over by the cops, they fear a ticket but when a Black person gets pulled over by the cops, they fear for their life”. IMHO, this book is a must read for everyone who is concerned of how we continue our democracy as one united people!
First Church Member