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The Color of Compromise

The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism

An acclaimed, timely narrative of how people of faith have historically–up to the present day–worked against racial justice. And a call for urgent action by all Christians today in response.

The Color of Compromise is both enlightening and compelling, telling a history we either ignore or just don’t know. Equal parts painful and inspirational, it details how the American church has helped create and maintain racist ideas and practices. You will be guided in thinking through concrete solutions for improved race relations and a racially inclusive church.

The Color of Compromise:

  • Takes you on a historical, sociological, and religious journey: from America’s early colonial days through slavery and the Civil War
  • Covers the tragedy of Jim Crow laws, the victories of the Civil Rights era, and the strides of today’s Black Lives Matter movement
  • Reveals the cultural and institutional tables we have to flip in order to bring about meaningful integration
  • Charts a path forward to replace established patterns and systems of complicity with bold, courageous, immediate action
  • Is a perfect book for pastors and other faith leaders, students, non-students, book clubs, small group studies, history lovers, and all lifelong learners

The Color of Compromise is not a call to shame or a platform to blame white evangelical Christians. It is a call from a place of love and desire to fight for a more racially unified church that no longer compromises what the Bible teaches about human dignity and equality. A call that challenges black and white Christians alike to standup now and begin implementing the concrete ways Tisby outlines, all for a more equitable and inclusive environment among God’s people. Starting today.

Order The Color of Compromise and receive these exclusive bonus resources!

  • A Sneak Peek of the Foreword by Lecrae and Chapters 1 & 2

  • An exclusive podcast episode from Pass The Mic with Tyler Burns and Jemar Tisby discussing the book

  • Exclusive videos of Jemar answering questions about the book.

    • Why did you write the book?

    • What is Christian Complicity in Racism?

    • What is “the fierce urgency of now”?

    • How is your book a historical survey and what does that mean?

    • Why write about race and religion?

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“My friend and brother, Jemar Tisby has written an incredible book. It’s powerful.” — Lecrae, Grammy award-winning artist

“Jemar points courageously toward the open sore of racism-not with the resigned pessimism of the defeated but with the resilient hope of Christian faith.” — Thabiti Anyabwile, pastor, Anacostia River Church

“The foundation of reconciliation begins with truth. Tisby encourages us to become courageous Christians who face our past with lament, hope, and humility. This is a must-read for all Christians who have hopes of seeing reconciliation.” — Latasha Morrison, author, Be the Bridge

“With the incision of a prophet, the rigor of a professor, and the heart of a pastor, Jemar Tisby offers a defining examination of the history of race and the church in America. Read this book. Share this book. Teach this book. The church in America will be better for it.” — Soong Chan Rah, North Park Theological Seminary

About the Author
Jemar Tisby (BA, University of Notre Dame, MDiv Reformed Theological Seminary) is the president of The Witness: A Black Christian Collective where he writes about race, religion, politics, and culture. He is also cohost of the Pass the Mic podcast. He has spoken nationwide at conferences and his writing has been featured in the Washington Post, CNN, and Vox. Jemar is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Mississippi studying race, religion, and social movements in the twentieth century.

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