Can it ever get better? This is the question Benjamin Watson is asking. In a country aflame with the fallout from the racial divide—in which Ferguson, Charleston, and the Confederate flag dominate the national news, daily seeming to rip the wounds open ever wider—is there hope for honest and healing conversation? For finally coming to understand each other on issues that are ultimately about so much more than black and white?
An NFL tight end for the New Orleans Saints and a widely read and followed commentator on social media, Watson has taken the Internet by storm with his remarkable insights about some of the most sensitive and charged topics of our day. Now, in Under Our Skin, Watson draws from his own life, his family legacy, and his role as a husband and father to sensitively examine both sides of the race debate and appeal to the power and possibility of faith as a step toward healing.
As I sit here hands above the keyboard trying to figure out what to say about Benjamin Watson’s new book Under Our Skin I realize that anything I say about this book will offend someone.
It took me a while to get through Under Our Skin. I kept reading it and putting it down, only to pick it back up again. I wrestled with Watson’s words and while some I agreed with others made me angry. This book took me all over the map with my emotions.
Everyone will take this book differently. While I was grateful for Watson’s honesty and transparency I still struggled to understand his take on racism. Maybe it was the way I grew up in my diverse neighborhood. Maybe its the way I live now with 4 different languages spoken on my little street alone.
This book will definitely provoke emotions. It will definitely start discussions. Does it help us take a step towards healing? No, only God can do that.
- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Tyndale Momentum (November 17, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1496413296
- ISBN-13: 978-1496413291
I received this book from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for my honest review.