Permission to be Black: My Journey with Jay-Z and Jesus

“I am surprised you are still alive.”

A.D. Thomason wasn’t expecting his therapist to say that. Coming from a large African-American family in Detroit, with an absent father and various other traumas, Thomason was very familiar with pain. Like many African-American men, he had been taught to keep all those things in, that “we don’t talk about these things.” With more therapy, he came to understand his own pain and find ways to heal from it. He describes what that journey looked like, and his discovery that he didn’t have to keep his problems bottled up or dissociate from his past by buying into a majority American culture ideal that denied his ethnic roots. As he tells his story, Thomason gives readers “Cheat Codes,” summarizing the lessons he learned that led to new freedom.

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Christian History in Seven Sentences: A Small Introduction to a Vast Topic

It’s been said that those who ignore the past are condemned to repeat it. This is perhaps especially true for Christianity, which makes specific historical claims about its origins and has had many groups who made big mistakes. Therefore, it’s important for Christians to at least know the basics of Christian history. Jennifer Woodruff Tait looks at seven Christian documents that changed the course of Christianity in big ways:

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Centered: Trading your plans for a life that matters

The author wants readers to know that God is calling each of us to make a difference in the world for Jesus’ sake.

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At Lighthouse Point

Author Fisher likes to remind her readers of what is truly important in life: faith, family and friendships.

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