What can I do? Recommended resources for racial reconciliation

Written by Cynthia Yanof
Published on June 05, 2020

We are grieved. As a ministry and as parents, we grieve the painful consequences of prolonged racial division and inequality in our country. At Christian Parenting, we recognize that all parents are created uniquely by God, and it hurts us to see that our fellow parents are being made to feel less because of their skin color. God will not stand for racism, and neither will we. 

Parents, now more than ever, our children are watching how we respond. May they see us seeking reconciliation in our homes and neighborhoods, listening to other moms and dads who have lived different experiences than us, and most importantly let them see us on our knees asking God to open our hearts and to bring the healing and equality that this world desperately needs. 

The hard work of healing starts today, first in our homes. 

We recognize that we are by no means experts on this subject of racial reconciliation, and so we’d like to recommend the following resources to families looking to dive further into this work and learn from trusted voices. We are praying that God will not only continue to refine and educate us as parents, but that he will help us to raise up children who love and respect their brothers and sisters from all backgrounds and races. 

In this with you, 

Christian Parenting

Recommended resources for parents and their kids:

For parents

Be the Bridge, Latasha Morrison

White Awake, Daniel Hill

One in Christ, David Ireland

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, Bryan Stevenson 


Dear White Christians, Jennifer Harvey

The Church and The Racial Divide, Trevor Atwood, Trillia Newbell

The Gospel In Color For Parents: A Theology of Racial Reconciliation for Parents, Curtis A. Woods, Jarvis J. Williams

Why You Should Teach Your Kids About Racial Reconciliation, Curtis A. Woods, Jarvis J. Williams

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie l TEDGlobal 2009 l The Danger of a Single Story

For your kids

The Gospel In Color – For Kids: A Theology of Racial Reconciliation for Kids, Curtis A. Woods, Jarvis J. Williams

God Made Me AND You: Celebrating God’s Design for Ethnic Diversity, Shai Linne and Trish Mahoney

I Have a Dream/ Also Letter from Birmingham Jail, by  Martin Luther King Jr Jr.

I Am Enough | Grace Byers

Denison Ministries resources 

What does the Bible say about racism?, Dr. Jim Denison 

National Guard responds in Washington, DC: Three explanations for the crisis and Jesus’ solution that changes everything, Dr. Jim Denison

The death of George Floyd and confrontation in Central Park: Praying for a Pentecost miracle today, Dr. Jim Denison 

– Pardon the Mess (Ep. 3.24) : How will we respond?

Pardon the Mess (Ep. 3.11) : LaTasha Morrison: Be the bridge to racial reconciliation

Pardon the Mess (Ep 2.4) : Jenny Brady & Mia Mbroh: Diversity and Our Families

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Cynthia Yanof

Cynthia Yanof is a wife, mom, blogger, and the host of the Pardon the Mess podcast. She has a relaxed style of interviewing, combining her quick wit and sense of humor with a firm commitment to never taking herself too seriously.

She loves Jesus, her family, foster care, and having lots of friends around her as often as possible. Cynthia is relatable, real, and a friend to all of us just trying to walk the parenting road in a meaningful way that’s pleasing to the Lord.

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