“Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and the Christian”

by Lee Buford on October 7, 2011

If you’re a somewhat frequent reader of this blog you know that I have a strong passion for books. As I result I like to review and share some of the titles I’ve found profitable in hopes that you may benefit from reading them as well. That said, I haven’t often shared or previewed books that I haven’t read, but I’m going to attempt to do a bit more of that in the future.

Enter John Piper’s  “Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and the Christian“. This new release from the folks at Crossway promises to be beneficial for all of us desiring to better understand the sinful grip of racism, both past and present, on the human heart. More importantly, it promises to point us back to the gospel, the cross, and to God’s intended design for how we ought to love one another as humans created in His image. All of us…regardless of race, upbringing, economic status, and more.

The following is an excellent 18-minute documentary that I recommend you watch, a look at Piper’s own personal journey and battles with racism, and how God’s graciously sanctified his thoughts and viewpoints over the years. It’s a trailer of sorts, but on a much more personal, in-depth level. (For those of you local to South Carolina, and Greenville specifically, you may already know that Piper grew up here, and consequently spends a good bit of time in the video describing his early years in Greenville.) 

Bloodlines Documentary with John Piper from Crossway on Vimeo.

I’m looking forward to reading the book. You can learn more about it, buy it, or download a pdf excerpt from the book here on Crossway’s site. You can also pick up a copy on Amazon or at your favorite local bookstore.

If you decide to read it, or just watch the documentary, I’d love to hear your thoughts. And if you find it profitable, as with all books, please take the time to share it with others.

Good reading!

 

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