The Color Of Life

 

Cara Meredith grew up in a colorless world. From childhood, she didn't think issues of race had anything to do with her. A colorblind rhetoric had been stamped across her education, world view, and Christian theology.

 
 

Then as an adult, Cara's life took on new, colorful hues. She realized that her generation, seeking to move beyond ancestral racism, had swung so far that they tried to act as if they didn't see race at all. But that picture neglected the unique cultural identity God gives each person. When Cara met and fell in love with the son of black icon, James Meredith, she began to listen to the stories and experiences of others in a new way, taking note of the cultures, sounds and shades of life already present around her. After she married and their little family grew to include two mixed-race sons, Cara knew she would never see the world through a colorless lens again.

A writer and speaker in an interracial marriage and mixed-race family, Cara finds herself more and more in the middle of discussions about racial justice. In The Color of Life, she asks how do we navigate ongoing and desperately-needed conversations about race? How do we teach our children a theology of reconciliation and love? And what does it mean to live a life that makes space for seeing the imago Dei in everyone? Cara's illuminating memoir paints a beautiful path from white privilege toward racial healing, from ignorance toward seeing the image of God in everyone she meets.

 

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Endorsements

Edward Gilbreath

As a memoir of a young woman’s journey of love and self-discovery, The Color of Life is more than worth your time. But the truth is, it’s so much more than that! Cara Meredith’s spirited storytelling offers moments of revelation that humanize our society’s current struggles with racial division while pointing towards hope for overcoming our divides. Come for the exuberant narrative, but don’t be surprised to find yourself stretched and transformed by Cara’s prophetic message.

- Author of Reconciliation Blues and Birmingham Revolution

Amy Julia Becker

Cara Meredith's candid, thoughtful memoir of her own exploration of racial identity comes at an ideal moment. A lot of the books I've read on this topic come across as, "Here's what you need to learn," rather than "Here's what I have learned." Cara's is in the latter category, which of course opens me up to learning even more because she isn't telling me what I must do or how I must feel. Cara's story teaches us, but it does so through an invitation into her own thoughts and fears, her own bumbling mistakes and earnest reflections, her own journey of discovering herself and her history. I am so grateful for the gift of this book.

- Author of White Picket Fences: Turning toward Love in a World Divided by Privilege.

Patricia Raybon

Cara Meredith bravely shares her beautiful and honest struggle to see God in others so she could find Him beyond her “color-blind” view of our multifaceted world. Her journey is urgent, lovely and meaningful -- a challenging reminder that the road to racial justice begins with the tender first steps of seeing the face of God in every soul looking back at us, including the face in the mirror.

- Author My First White Friend: Confessions on Race, Love and Forgiveness

 

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