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The high-profile killings of young black men and women by white police officers, and the protests and violence that ensued, have convinced many Christians to reexamine their intuitions when it comes to race and justice.

In this provocative book, theologian and blogger Drew G. I. Hart places police brutality, mass incarceration, antiblack stereotypes, poverty, and everyday acts of racism within the larger framework of white supremacy. Leading readers toward Jesus, Hart offers concrete practices for churches that seek solidarity with the oppressed and are committed to racial justice.

What if all Christians listened to the stories of those on the racialized margins? How might the church be changed by the trouble we ve seen?

Key Features:
-Written by well-known theologian and blogger Drew Hart with foreword by Christena Cleveland
-Hard-hitting analysis of racial injustice in the twenty-first century
-Provides a call to action for Christians committed to racial justice and creative proposals for antiracist practices for churches

What People are Saying about Trouble I’ve Seen:

“Reader, brace yourself! Trouble I’ve Seen, one of the best books I’ve encountered on race and Christian faith, will illuminate and challenge the assumptions that you don’t even know you possess. I urge you to pay close attention to Drew Hart’s eye-opening analysis.” – Christena Cleveland, author of Disunity in Christ, from the foreword

“Drew Hart masterfully cuts through all the platitudes and good intentions to reach the fleshy, beating heart of true justice. An unforgettable read, Trouble I’ve Seen deserves the church’s full attention and considered action. It certainly challenged and changed me.” – Rachel Held Evans, bestselling author of A Year of Biblical Womanhood and Searching for Sunday 

“In a critical moment of American history, Drew Hart has given us a book that is vital for the church. Trouble I’ve Seen captures the complexity of race in its systemic and personal consequences and points us to why race should be central to any Christian’s life as a follower of Jesus. It is a book for people who are just beginning this journey and for those of us who need encouragement along the way.” – Brian Bantum, associate professor of theology, Seattle Pacific University and Seminary

“In this raw, honest, truth-telling book, Drew Hart offers himself—his life, his story, his tears, his fire—in the most vulnerable way in the hopes of interrupting the vulgar disposability of black lives in our society. This book is a gift from the heart of one of the sharpest young theologians in this country. Hold it carefully, and allow it to transform you—and our blood-stained streets. Drew Hart’s Trouble I’ve Seen is a memoir in the tradition of the blues…it is theological blues…and it will move you to do something about the ugly residue of racism that still haunts us.” – Shane Claiborne, author of The Irresistible Revolution 

“Drew Hart is an emerging voice in the one of the most difficult conversations facing the church today—the reality and ongoing effects of white supremacy in American Christianity. He challenges the church to take a long, hard look at its complicity with the racism that still permeates our society and to be transformed in thought, word, and deed by the gospel of Jesus Christ. A provocative, powerful, and necessary book.” – John Franke, theologian in residence, Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis 

Trouble I’ve Seen makes it plain: in repenting of white supremacy, we have nothing to lose and everything to be liberated from. Hart refuses to silence two gospel scandals that cannot be separated: that in Christ, Pharaoh’s armies are invited into the Promised Land, but the only way in is through the waters, where ‘Pharaoh’s supremacy’ and his chariots are ‘drown-ded.’ This is the saving solidarity of Christ’s cross.” – Jarrod McKenna, award-winning peace activist and cofounder of First Home Project

“Drew Hart makes a courageous and compelling call to the church to get on the road to racial reconciliation and righteousness. He provides practical insights and deep theological reflections in this challenging and necessary resource. You won’t be comfortable with this read, but you will be led into the deep waters of the social dilemma and reality of the race matrix. In the end, there is an opportunity for the church to be a bridge over these troubled waters.” – Efrem Smith, president and CEO of World Impact and author of The Post-Black and Post-White Church

In this emotionally wrenching yet accessible book, Hart—theologian and minister—provides an overview of the systemic racism that nonwhite people, particularly African-Americans, face in the U.S. today, as well as the responses of Bible-based Christian theology. Hart uses a mixture of personal anecdotes, research, and explications of Jesus’s New Testament teachings to show that the church has not provided racial justice. Hart’s voice is friendly and warm, despite the heaviness of the subject matter, and once the problem has been thoroughly outlined and dissected, he presents practical suggestions and a call to action for Christians. . . the book has a savvy and balanced blend of the topics that should serve as a useful introduction for Christians of all races who haven’t yet understood the full scope of the problem and been inspired to enact change. – Publisher’s Weekly 

 

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12 comments

  1. debra green · September 19, 2014

    Thank you for the enlightening presentation at Carlisle / MissioAlliance.

  2. Chris · March 3, 2015

    Thoroughly enjoyed every word tonight at Houghton College, Buffalo. Thank you for your ongoing work, encouraging words, and exhorting all to walk always with the other in their shoes for the sake of justice, mutual understanding, and Peace!

    • Drew Hart · March 14, 2015

      Thank you, Chris. Really enjoyed my time in Buffalo as well!

  3. Richard Webb · August 26, 2016

    Dr. Hart, thank you for your visit to Luther Seminary. We have multiple people who were lifted by your presentation. We look forward to utilize your scholarship and practice as a beacon to move forward with our pursuit towards effective racial reconciliation.

  4. Doris Thomas · August 29, 2016

    Your book has been recommended, I look forward to reading it.

  5. The Rev. Rebecca S Myers · September 7, 2016

    Have just started reading your book because Revgalblogpals is using it for a book group. I was so excited to learn you’re at Messiah College. I grew up near there and have lived in Harrisburg area much of my life and participated in anti-racism work. Currently I’m an Episcopal Priest in Newport PA, about 30 miles west of Grantham. Very interested in your work, especially courses you are teaching. Hope I can hear you speak some day soon.

  6. Jennifer Boyd · September 27, 2016

    We are reading your book as a primarily white Lutheran congregation in the next month. We are looking forward to our conversations and how we can seek justice in our own communities

  7. Sarah · April 7

    A study group is reading your text at our predominately white church. It’s sparked some powerful discussion around the stacked deck, not trusting our guts, #blacklivesmatter, and respectability. Will look forward to the ways God helps us live into chapter 9 going forward to confront our own racism and that of our institutions and culture. Blessings on your ministry–please keep up the writing and speaking!

  8. Chris · June 29

    Dr. Hart, I first heard about you through the interview you did for the Reconstruct podcast. I’ve been trying to share your interview with as many people as I can– as a well-meaning White man surrounded mostly by many well-meaning White people, I find your experience crossing different Christian communities to be especially helpful in bring us to an understanding of our own mental and spiritual captivity that comes with the long history of Western racism.

    So, thank you for your work and ministry to the different Christian communities. I live in eastern PA and travel across the state quite a bit, so maybe one of these days I could drop by Messiah and say hello, if you’re up for it. I’m an educational researcher specializing in Christian evangelical literacy education– there’s a lot I can afford to learn from you.

  9. Shari Draayer · July 18

    Thank you for so intelligently and passionately speaking out about how we ought to be in relationship with our Awesome God and with each other (all each others). I met you at the POWER Rally in Harrisburg. That evening I told my students, who had just read your book – one student who Ransacked “Trouble I’ve Seen” and presented it to the class said, “I’ve never been very spiritual, but after reading Dr. Hart’s book I’m going to take another look at Jesus.” She did and her work for the remainder of the course reflected a new relationship with Jesus. I wanted you to know that. I’ve told everyone who will listen to me that it should be required reading for every follower of Jesus who wants to be authentic and live like He has called us to live and lovie like He loves. Thank you so much – you have changed my life too – I was already pretty progressive – so many things you say ring so clearly true. As the White mother of beautiful and precious Black children who are treated so differently just because of the color of their skin. While I advocate for justice and mercy for them, your work has explained much that I needed to hear/read and be validated so that I could be both more realistic and effective. White folks tend to just think I’m paranoid or I’m seeing what I expect to see – but you have vindicated so many things. You have also opened the eyes of my understanding to many other things. I am so grateful to you, for you and am praying that God will magnify what He has begun with you. May God bless you abundantly with every blessing! Thank you very much!!

  10. KENNETH H ROBBINS JR · October 16

    Dr. Hart, I saw an announcement of your coming to the Fellowship of South Carolina Bishops on Oct. 15 and that announcement caught me attention so much that I made plans to return from a weekend vacation early so I could attend that presentation/ dialogue. I am so glad that The Spirit moved me enough to make that commitment.
    I am grateful for you, your hard work, your presentation in a lecture like situation, that a group of our SC Bishops had decided to read your book and then ask you to come speak to us.
    I’m glad to get my own copy of your book and even more glad to get copies of it to give away.
    Peace and blessings!

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