Love has a way of revealing truth. When we love a fellow human being, we become more attuned to reality. We see the world as God sees it, with deeper understanding and clarity. Love requires that we hear the voice of others, that we learn from them, share with them, and place value on the details of their life. If you want to find the truth, you must first learn to love.
Mother to Son – Letters to a Black Boy on Identity and Hope (Intervarsity Press) by Jasmine L. Holmes is a work of epistolary love. Deeply personal, Holmes pours out her joy, pride and devotion for her young son. Honest and hopeful, she shares her dreams for her son’s future with eloquence and power. She longs for him to feel the dignity of self-worth, to be strong and wise and joyful. Most of all, she wants her son to know that God loves him and placed him on this earth for a purpose. Her hope for her son does not flow from social or political ideals, though those are an important aspect of being a follower of Christ. Holmes’ hope rests in Jesus and the power of the Gospel to transform individuals, societies, and, yes, even our churches.
Holmes’ writing is elegant and moving. Although the letters are written to one of her sons, they are a gift to us all. Mother to Son is filled with faith in God’s providential care, hope in the power of the Gospel of Jesus, and love for her two beautiful black boys. In a society gripped in a state of cognitive dissonance, Holmes’ book will bring clarity and truth – not because it was written with answers, but because it was written with love.
-Darrel Holcombe, Owner
Sanctuary Christian Books and Gifts
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