Bloodlines- John Piper
John Piper takes a difficult and honest look at race relations and the responsibility of the Christian. He spends the first part of the book looking at the problem of racial relations- particularly between blacks and whites- and the second part of the book exploring how the cross and the hope of the gospel message is the ultimate answer to the problem of race relations.
I confess that I was a little bogged down in the beginning of the book. I've enjoyed several of Piper's writings, but this one had me concerned. The first part has lots of statistics and quite a few quotes from other authors. He also states and restates the same message again and again. I actually considered putting the book down several times. Part two recaptured me. This part of the book focused heavily on doctrine- enjoyable reading for me. Piper goes on to explain why the gospel message is indeed the hope for race relations. He spends a good bit of space detailing why the tenants of Reformed theology especially present a compelling case for unity between all races.
I was not disappointed by this Piper work. It is relevant and compelling for Christians living in our still very racially divided culture.
This book is not yet published. Release date is scheduled for September 30, 2011.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.