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Loving Your Black Neighbor as Yourself: A Guide to Closing the Space Between Us (Paperback)

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Discover a boundless love for your Black Neighbor with this inspiring and actionable guide to moving toward racial healing.

“Griffin’s work invites us to embark on a transformative journey toward a more inclusive and loving Christian community.”—J. W. Buck, PhD, author of Everyday Activism

Jesus calls you to love your neighbor, and in the fight against racial injustice, that call includes your Black Neighbor: your Black colleagues, the Black congregants at church, the Black family in your neighborhood. Yet maybe you’re unsure of how best to show your love, or maybe you fear either saying or doing the wrong thing. 

In Loving Your Black Neighbor as Yourself, Chanté Griffin equips you to see and love your Black Neighbor with God’s deep, holistic love. Using Black Love Lenses birthed from African American cultural values, you’ll learn meaningful ways through which you can see and care for your Black Neighbor:

Intimacy: cultivate intentional closeness and community
Honor: show overflowing respect and love
Stand Up: use your voice and influence to advocate
God’s Gifts: allow God’s resources to flow through you
The Spirit of Love: love lavishly through intercessory prayers

Through guided readings, prayers, and heart checks, you’ll undergo a spiritual and relational transformation that grows a deeper love for your Black Neighbor and yourself. Are you ready to answer Jesus’s call?

About the Author

Journalist and natural hair advocate Chanté Griffin’s socially conscious work focuses on the intersection of race, culture, and faith. She’s a contributing writer for The Washington Post and Faithfully Magazine. Her articles, essays, and interviews have appeared in leading publications, including HuffPost, Los Angeles Times, EBONY, Good Housekeeping, and Parents. An emerging thought leader on race, Chanté is interviewed regularly and frequently cited in magazines, newspapers, and podcasts.

Praise For…

“In this wonderful work, Chanté Griffin helps us develop a transformational vision of anti-racism and consistently equips the reader to take concrete steps in living this out. But what made this book most unique for me was the way she takes us into the deepest of all mysteries: the ability to love. She shows us that, at its core, love is a multidimensional reality and that any ability we develop to live an anti-racist kind of life will always find itself built on the foundation of multidimensional love.”—Daniel Hill, pastor and author of White Awake and White Lies

Loving Your Black Neighbor as Yourself truly eliminates any and all excuses for the race-related chasm that exists between white and Black believers. Readers will inevitably end each chapter with ‘Selah as Chanté offers Christ-centered lenses to those who are willing to wear them and see their Black brothers and sisters anew.”—Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts, author of Then They Came for Mine: Healing from the Trauma of Racial Violence and the forthcoming Black Joy Playbook

“Chanté Griffin demonstrates clearly that love and justice are strands of one thread in the work of racial wholeness. She shows white Christians who love Jesus how to manifest that relationship in the daily ways we live as we walk with, beside, and for Black people and their sacred flourishing. There is no abstraction here. The material conditions of our daily ways of being are called into account in this profoundly wise book.”—Dr. Jennifer Harvey, author of Antiracism as Daily Practice and Raising White Kids

Loving Your Black Neighbor as Yourself is more than just a book; it’s a movement toward a more loving, understanding, and inclusive society. At its core, this guide is about closing the space between individuals and their Black neighbors. It’s a call to action, a road map to a better world, and a testament to the power of love to bridge the deepest of divides. Read it, live it, and be a part of the change we all wish to see in the world.”—Dr. Elizabeth Rios, founder of Passion2Plant church planting network

“Love isn’t just the subject of this book; it’s woven throughout every page and paragraph to create a tapestry of the beauty, flourishing, and joy that comes from loving our Black Neighbors as ourselves.”—Dr. Amy Kenny, author of My Body Is Not a Prayer Request

“For fellow white Christians like myself who desire to broaden our understanding of the African American experience in the United States, this book is an invaluable resource. Griffin’s work invites us to embark on a transformative journey toward a more inclusive and loving Christian community.”—J. W. Buck, PhD, author of Everyday Activism

Loving Your Black Neighbor as Yourself is a glory and a gift. An instant classic, Griffin’s plea is thrumming with wise hope—lighting the way to knowing and loving Black Neighbors so bravely that we know and love God and ourselves even more. A practical and powerful journey; it’s worth every uplifting and honest step.”—Patricia Raybon, author of My First White Friend

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593445594
ISBN-10: 0593445597
Publisher: WaterBrook
Publication Date: June 4th, 2024
Pages: 256
Language: English