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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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Fighting for Life

Lila Rose started Live Action at age 15 and today it has one of the largest and
most engaged online following in the pro-life movement. She describes what
she has learned to encourage others to follow their passion and be a force for
good in a broken and fallen world.

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Checking In

Michelle Williams was a member of Destiny’s Child, one of the top R & B groups of all time. After the group disbanded, she continued to have success as a singer and later as an actress. While she felt blessed to have the opportunities she had, she struggled with depression. When she got to the point of having suicidal thoughts, she sought treatment and entered a facility to get the help she needed. Although she was a Christian, it was at this low point in her life that she realized she found the help she needed to live out the life God had intended for her.

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