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Dr. Perkins’ final manifesto on
race, faith, and reconciliation

We are living in historic
times. Not since the civil rights movement of the 60s has our country
been this vigorously engaged in the reconciliation conversation.
There is a great opportunity right now for culture to change, to be a
more perfect union. However, it cannot be done without the church,
because the faith of the people is more powerful than any law government
can enact.

The church is the heart and moral compass of a
nation. To turn a country away from God, you must sideline the church.
To turn a nation to God, the church must turn first. Racism won't end in
America until the church is reconciled first. Then—and only
then—can it spiritually and morally lead the
way.

Dr. John M. Perkins is a leading civil rights activist today.
He grew up in a Mississippi sharecropping family, was an early pioneer
of the civil rights movement, and has dedicated his life to the cause of
racial equality. In this, his crowning work, Dr. Perkins speaks
honestly to the church about reconciliation, discipleship, and
justice... and what it really takes to live out biblical reconciliation.

He offers a call to repentance to both the white church and the
black church. He explains how band-aid approaches of the past won't do.
And while applauding these starter efforts, he holds that true
reconciliation won't happen until we get more intentional and
relational. True friendships must happen, and on every level. This will
take the whole church, not just the pastors and staff.

The racial
reconciliation of our churches and nation won't be done with big
campaigns or through mass media. It will come one loving, sacrificial
relationship at a time. The gospel and all that it encompasses has
always traveled best relationally. We have much to learn from each other
and each have unique poverties that can only be filled by one another.
The way forward is to become "wounded healers" who bandage
each other up as we discover what the family of God really looks like.
Real relationships, sacrificial love between actual people, is the way
forward. Nothing less will do.


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Reviews for One Blood: Parting Words to the Church on Race and Love:

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Apr 04, 2018

Short Review: My main review on my blog is a bit more critical than I am really comfortable with. It is not that I disagree with the theme of the book. And It isn't that I think that my concerns are actually with what John Perkins thinks. I have read almost everything he has written and I have heard him in person or on video/audio recordings many times. But I think while he is trying to make racial reconciliation his primary focus here, he spends too much time coddling white Christians.

Part of Short Review: My main review on my blog is a bit more critical than I am really comfortable with. It is not that I disagree with the theme of the book. And It isn't that I think that my concerns are actually with what John Perkins thinks. I have read almost everything he has written and I have heard him in person or on video/audio recordings many times. But I think while he is trying to make racial reconciliation his primary focus here, he spends too much time coddling white Christians.

Part of that is 'being balanced' by challenging African American and other minorities to get past their prejudice. It isn't that the prejudice of minorities isn't real. It is that the prejudice of minorities and the broader culture of white supremacy are different things.

Racism isn't simply personal animus. If it were simply personal animus I think that racism would have largely faded away. Most White people do not have personal animus against minorities. But most white people are also not completely convinced that minority culture or maybe even minority racial attributes haven't contributed to the continued economic, family and other problems that plague minorities communities at higher rates than white communities.

I think John Perkins is too focused on individual response in this book. He wants people to become friends but doesn't go too much beyond that. I don't think that anyone really would say becoming friends with someone outside of your racial groups is not one part of the solution. But there is not too much more beyond that first step here.

John Perkins is the real deal. He has given his life to the cause of Christ. He has put his life on the lines for racial reconciliation. He has literally had life long health issues because of being tortured by police because of his work on ending segregation. So we should listen to what he has to say.

My issue isn't really what he has to say. My issues is that I think he doesn't go far enough because he is trying to ease White Evangelicals into racial issues. Maybe that is the right thing for him to do. But I am concerned that at least some White Evangelicals will read this as proof that the problem isn't with white racism, but with minority separation out of protection from trauma.

At the very least I wish he would have addressed the real problem of Whites starting a conversation about race and then leaving when it gets difficult. He hints at it. But doesn't directly address it. He has in other places, but not here.

My full review is on my blog at http://bookwi.se/one-blood/ ...more
5

Feb 07, 2019

This book is important. If you have been compelled by Perkins life and thinking read this book. If you havent....read this book. Its a strong clear consistent call to a reconciliation that is lacking and yet undeniably the will of God Perkins is always honest, biblical, and practical. We dont need more theories we need practitioners. He says there is a vision shaped vacuum in the soul of the church that will not be satisfied by man made strategies or philosophies, but only by His vision of the This book is important. If you have been compelled by Perkins life and thinking read this book. If you haven’t....read this book. It’s a strong clear consistent call to a reconciliation that is lacking and yet undeniably the “will of God” Perkins is always honest, biblical, and practical. We don’t need more theories we need practitioners. He says “ there is a vision shaped vacuum in the soul of the church that will not be satisfied by man made strategies or philosophies, but only by His vision of the church victoriously fulfilling the divine mandate.” Perkins would call the mandate the high honor of living out the reconciling love of Jesus in our churches and neighborhoods across the lines that divide us. ...more
4

Aug 09, 2019

Worthwhile read. His chapter on Lament was worth the price of the book for me.
4

Jun 18, 2018

John Perkins speaks as a church elder to us young'uns. The tone of the book feels much like 1, 2, and 3 John because of that.
'One Blood' is Perkins final attempt to give the church a clear call and direction towards racial unity and reconciliation in America. I appreciated his focus on the steps churches can take within their walls--as this translated more helpfully to my context than many other American books on the topic of racial division.
I also appreciated his deeply biblical grounding of John Perkins speaks as a church elder to us young'uns. The tone of the book feels much like 1, 2, and 3 John because of that.
'One Blood' is Perkins final attempt to give the church a clear call and direction towards racial unity and reconciliation in America. I appreciated his focus on the steps churches can take within their walls--as this translated more helpfully to my context than many other American books on the topic of racial division.
I also appreciated his deeply biblical grounding of his counsel. It is practical, clear, and hopeful. Perkins is old and wise enough to recognize that most big change doesn't come all at once, but slowly, over time from small faithfulnesses.
I'm deeply thankful for his example and exhortation. ...more
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Feb 17, 2018

An exhortation for churches to reflect the diversity imagined in the New Testament.

The author writes based on his own experiences of bitter pain, anger, and the willingness to move beyond the anger and the pain toward reconciliation. He reflects upon how the church ought to reflect the diversity inherent in its place. He then works through the process by which it could be what God expects for it to be: lament over the past, confess historic and continuing wrongs, asking for and extending An exhortation for churches to reflect the diversity imagined in the New Testament.

The author writes based on his own experiences of bitter pain, anger, and the willingness to move beyond the anger and the pain toward reconciliation. He reflects upon how the church ought to reflect the diversity inherent in its place. He then works through the process by which it could be what God expects for it to be: lament over the past, confess historic and continuing wrongs, asking for and extending forgiveness, to stand up for truth and reconciliation, the power of prayer, and the critical need for love. Throughout he intersperses stories of reconciliation and healing in various churches.

The work is quite heartfelt and powerful in its telling. It would be good for Christians to consider what he has to say.

**--galley received as part of early review program ...more
5

Sep 11, 2018

If you havent read any good books about racial reconciliation from authors of color, you really shouldnt be talking about it.

Youll AMEN! 5x more than youll be convicted in this book. Its gold, yet still super challenging.

This is a book JMac/Johnson/White and co shouldve read before publishing that stupid statement. If you haven’t read any good books about racial reconciliation from authors of color, you really shouldn’t be talking about it.

You’ll AMEN! 5x more than you’ll be convicted in this book. It’s gold, yet still super challenging.

This is a book JMac/Johnson/White and co should’ve read before publishing that stupid statement. ...more
5

Apr 05, 2018

Dr John Perkins lays it all out in this new, and possibly his last, book. So much grabbed my attention, sometimes affirming my thought and actions concerning reconciliation and other places, convicting and challenging me. Just as the title says, there is only one blood. And There is only one Church. And just as the Berlin Wall was torn down, brick by brick, we must all work together to tear down the walls of suspicion, racism, and hatred that have divided us. We have been intentional about Dr John Perkins lays it all out in this new, and possibly his last, book. So much grabbed my attention, sometimes affirming my thought and actions concerning reconciliation and other places, convicting and challenging me. Just as the title says, there is only one blood. And “There is only one Church. And just as the Berlin Wall was torn down, brick by brick, we must all work together to tear down the walls of suspicion, racism, and hatred that have divided us. We have been intentional about building walls that separate us as blacks and whites. We must be even more intentional about tearing them down.” (p 115) It is easy, yet dangerous, to look at the divide in American and say it is too big, too much, we will never change. John Perkins shows us the futility of that mindset and then shows us how we can make a difference, each and every one of us. We can and we must. For the future of our children, most importantly for the Church that Jesus Christ died to bring into being. Whether your heart burns with desire for unity or you are still wondering just why it matters, you will find answers to your questions here. Plus a lot of inspiration. And no nonsense marching orders! ...more
3

Sep 25, 2018

It is hard to criticize John Perkins, given his life and work. Everything he says in this book I s great. But there is much that I he doesnt say that I wish he had. I think his emphasis on individual relationships is good, but it is incomplete and insufficient without addressing the structural and systemic. It is too easy for white leaders like me to not grapple with the real issues because we do not harbor personal dislike or ill will against people of other ethnicities. This is a book that It is hard to criticize John Perkins, given his life and work. Everything he says in this book I s great. But there is much that I he doesn’t say that I wish he had. I think his emphasis on individual relationships is good, but it is incomplete and insufficient without addressing the structural and systemic. It is too easy for white leaders like me to not grapple with the real issues because we do not harbor personal dislike or ill will against people of other ethnicities. This is a book that could easily pacify white people who don’t think of themselves as racist but also don’t see the bias built into most of our society against people of color. This is especially in the sections that address white people then black people. It comes across as if racism were an issue with two equal sides. I’ve already heard a white person say they liked the book because Perkins says things to black people that white people can’t get away with saying. So, I’m hesitant to recommend this book to a white person if they aren’t also going to read/hear other stuff too. ...more
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Oct 01, 2018

John Perkins was one of the early Civil Rights leaders and has been a pastor for the last fifty years.
He quotes Dr. King on how the most segregated time in America is Sunday at 10 AM.
Perkins is now nearing the end of his ministry and lifespan and writes one last book/ sermon trying to remind the church of the urgent need for reconciliation between people who look different but profess to believe the same thing.
The book says more or less the things you'd expect it to say, but it says them with John Perkins was one of the early Civil Rights leaders and has been a pastor for the last fifty years.
He quotes Dr. King on how the most segregated time in America is Sunday at 10 AM.
Perkins is now nearing the end of his ministry and lifespan and writes one last book/ sermon trying to remind the church of the urgent need for reconciliation between people who look different but profess to believe the same thing.
The book says more or less the things you'd expect it to say, but it says them with a strong mix of scholarly name-dropping and colorful rhetoric, and there are little snippets by pastors who have been able to create the type of churches he hopes we'll see more of as time goes on. It's a short, strong, strengthening read. ...more
5

May 17, 2018

I had the great privilege to hear John M. Perkins speak last year at the Legacy Conference in Chicago and to say he made an impression on me would be an understatement! He is a GREAT man and thats all I have to say about that. So when I heard that his book One Blood: Parting Words To The Church On Race was coming out I couldnt get my hands on it quick enough. This is one of those books that every Christian should read. Steeped in the wisdom of the Bible and a life well lived, you really do not I had the great privilege to hear John M. Perkins speak last year at the Legacy Conference in Chicago and to say he made an impression on me would be an understatement! He is a GREAT man and that’s all I have to say about that. So when I heard that his book One Blood: Parting Words To The Church On Race was coming out I couldn’t get my hands on it quick enough. This is one of those books that every Christian should read. Steeped in the wisdom of the Bible and a life well lived, you really do not want to miss it. Appropriate for ages 13 – 100. One Blood will make a wonderful addition to a homeschool curriculum or for family devotions. This is a crucially important book written by the only man who is so eloquently able to write it. ...more
4

Oct 21, 2019

A member of our churchs reading group (Apostles Reads) recommended this excellent farewell book from the inimitable, 87-year-old John Perkins. We chose to read it during Pentecost as a reminder that Christs Body is one body, one race, one blood, and one baptism. We have so much to learn from those like Perkins whove given their entire lives to the reconciliation of the mistreated and ignored members of the Church. Brian and I read this out loud to each other and appreciated the simple but A member of our church’s reading group (Apostles Reads) recommended this excellent farewell book from the inimitable, 87-year-old John Perkins. We chose to read it during Pentecost as a reminder that Christ’s Body is one body, one race, one blood, and one baptism. We have so much to learn from those like Perkins who’ve given their entire lives to the reconciliation of the mistreated and ignored members of the Church. Brian and I read this out loud to each other and appreciated the simple but profound wisdom from Dr. Perkins as well as the case studies of churches around the United States working toward the goal of desegregating the Church. May the life and work of John and Vera Mae Perkins multiply throughout the next generation of peacemakers and Gospel preachers. ...more
5

Dec 31, 2018

An excellent book full of specific, practical steps on building unity, especially across racial lines, through confession, repentance, lament, forgiveness and love. I need to go back to the chapter on prayer and mark all the things I can pray about, because before long I will get stuck in the thorns again. John Perkins' words help me believe that God can enable me to love certain people when at the moment all I see is anger and barriers. I understand more than ever how important it is for me to An excellent book full of specific, practical steps on building unity, especially across racial lines, through confession, repentance, lament, forgiveness and love. I need to go back to the chapter on prayer and mark all the things I can pray about, because before long I will get stuck in the thorns again. John Perkins' words help me believe that God can enable me to love certain people when at the moment all I see is anger and barriers. I understand more than ever how important it is for me to commit to this process, and I'm in. ...more
4

Feb 20, 2019

Count me among the innumerable who are deeply indebted to the life and work of John M. Perkins.

Grateful for his witness. Grateful for his legacy. Grateful, that in him I am forced to reckon with such a long-suffering prophet, who yet still joyfully believes that the Church - for all her foibles and failings - remains the hope of the world; bearers of Jesus own ongoing ministry of reconciliation. Count me among the innumerable who are deeply indebted to the life and work of John M. Perkins.

Grateful for his witness. Grateful for his legacy. Grateful, that in him I am forced to reckon with such a long-suffering prophet, who yet still joyfully believes that the Church - for all her foibles and failings - remains the hope of the world; bearers of Jesus’ own ongoing ministry of reconciliation. ...more
5

Sep 19, 2018

Fantastic and challenging read! Dr. Perkins calls the church to the high calling of oneness. That we are first reconciled to God and as a changed people we are reconciled to each other. In a present moment, with much discussion around race, we are reminded to grieve past and present sin while holding a future and definite coming hope of ultimate redemption and reconciliation.

I loved the format of the Chapters that included rich truth, helpful anecdotes, and powerful prayers.
5

Apr 23, 2018

This book was sent to me as part of the launch team. It was so eye-opening and thought-provoking. As someone who hasn't been raised around such intense racism (born and raised in the melting pot of Hawaii), I really wanted to better understand racism in our society in this day in age and what I can do to better love people and bridge gaps. I feel like this book gave me an understanding I did not have and a hunger to learn more and do more.
4

May 16, 2018

"The concept of the black race and the white race originated with the Enemy himself. Just as he sowed the seeds of doubt in the garden of Eden with his 'hath God really said,' he has continued through the ages to offer a lie in the place of God's truth." This book was such a powerful, eye opening message on what our role as the Church should be on racial reconciliation and how the time has come to make this happen.
3

May 07, 2019

This is a sharp, pithy guide on how the church is called to lead racial reconciliation. John M. Perkins has dedicated his life to this cause so his words carry a lot of weight. Each chapter is short, practical, and accessible. The discussion questions in the back make this a good choice for a church small group or book club looking to discuss issues of race and religion.
5

Feb 21, 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it definitely made me feel some strong emotions. It was both challenging and refreshing to read the book. To see that there are already churches that are engaging in very multicultural practices. However, it was also challenging in that I see the long road ahead for both our local and global church. I would highly recommend to everyone.
3

Dec 11, 2018

Some good thoughts on how the church needs to address the issue of racism, but it feels like a wade in the shallow end. I suppose it is, the rest of John Perkins' writing is probably the deep end and this is just a summary. There are some good thoughts, but it wasn't as gripping and illuminating as I was hoping for.
5

Mar 15, 2019

Incredible insight on a heavy topic that not every Christian may be ready to face. I feel I have just scratched the surface of my heart and mind, pricking the Prejudices and preconceptions I have that I don't want to admit I have.
Strong Biblical foundation laid and encouraging to pursue reconciliation- the only hope for our country and world!
5

Oct 15, 2018

This is a great book for all Christians to read. Dr Perkins gives a very fair and balanced discourse on racism in the American Christian Church. He is fair to all "races" and speaks life and hope for the future of the church. His testimony of his own experiences is gut wrenching and his honesty is pure and refreshing. Let God's love case out fear and bring unity to his children.
2

Aug 15, 2018

It is good to be reminded that unity matters and the church should be at the front of fighting racism and discrimination. I think I might have liked this more if I knew more about who John Perkins is and what his story is. Perhaps his words would have been more compelling if I knew more about where they were coming from.
5

Aug 26, 2018

One of the most humbling books I've read in a while. Very powerful, convicting, and inspiring. Exceeded my expectations in every way. "When it's all said and done, love is a choice. It's a decision. I choose the way of love. I've chosen the way of love. I've chosen to be marked by it. What I have reaped in return has been unspeakable joy."
3

December 4, 2019

This book is fantastic, but buy it in paper, the e-book is flawed. First, it does not include the prayers that go with each chapter for some reason. Second, it does not support the automatic saving of note, highlights, and bookmarks to Google Drive. I usually get my books on Play specifically for th...Full Review
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This book is fantastic, but buy it in paper, the e-book is flawed. First, it does not include the prayers that go with each chapter for some reason. Second, it does not support the automatic saving of note, highlights, and bookmarks to Google Drive. I usually get my books on Play specifically for this feature, but it is not supported in this e-book even though it does with Let Justice Roll Down. I think it is related to not supporting cut and paste from the book.

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