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We gather around a single word prompt every week and freewrite for five minutes flat. You can either keep your writing private, or share it in the link-up or the comments below. If you join the link-up, be sure to read the post before yours and leave an encouraging comment.
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This week’s Five Minute Friday writing prompt is: COMPROMISE
Setting my timer for five minutes, and . . . GO.
I don’t usually write my entire five-minute freewrite about a particular book, but I just finished listening to the audio version of The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby, and I just had to tell you about it. I also promptly ordered a physical copy from Baker Book House as soon as I finished — partly so my husband can read it soon, and partly because I want to read it again with the book in my hand.
The Color of Compromise traces the history of racism toward Blacks in America from the beginning of the slave trade until present day. It’s hard to read — but so necessary and important. I actually think it should be included in high school and/or college curriculums.
The book also explains the role that various American church denominations have played over the decades and centuries, which was so helpful in understanding how the American Church came to be what it is today.
The final chapter outlines a number of practical next steps for anyone who wants to join the fight against racism in America and promote positive change toward racial justice and equity.
Needless to say, I highly recommend it!
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Romans 12:10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. NIV
An art form requiring the most seasoned talent, compromise is not something that comes easily to most. As with any craft, it takes much learning and practice. If you truly want to develop this skill you must learn humility and patience and grow a loving heart. Compromise does not always happen in the middle. The outcome may be that one gives more than the other, but does so with not only a desired goal in mind, but a deeper commitment to maintain the integrity of that relationship. Pick your battles and remember that occasionally the best way to compromise is through silence.
appreciate the book review.
Thanks so much for choosing that word, Kate! As I think you know, I am also reading The Color of Compromise right now (almost done) and will be referring to it in my post as well — once I get it written, that is. This is SUCH a good and important book. As a Canadian, I confess that my knowledge of American history is mainly gained from Jeopardy. This book is like a survey of American history, with racism and Christianity the common threads throughout. I’m learning so much from it.
The book is already on my read list, so I’m grateful for the confirmation. If all adults read a little more (or, let’s be honest.. at all) we’d all be better for it. Reading a book is just not the same as reading the equivalent number of words on blogs or social media. We have lost sight of the importance of always learning. May God help us to grow in wisdom in all areas of our life.
Such a great book! So much history has been altered or silenced and the result is continued sinful patterns toward our black brothers and sisters. How can anything be resolved if it is never acknowledged? It should be read by every American imo. Knowledge is power and provides a framework to begin asking how to move forward.