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Books for 2017: Cultivating Understanding and Wise Strategies
Books for 2017: Cultivating Understanding and Wise Strategies

For those of you who've heard the call to deepen your commitment to justice this year, here are some of inSpirit's recommended books to help you answer that call with confidence!  Educating ourselves through diverse sources and supporting the work of seasoned movement leaders and authors are some of the ways we live out our Unitarian Universalist values.

Our UU values also uphold that our own learning, growth, and search for truth are sharpened through deepened relationships in our communities.  Please consider using these books in your book circles, as discussion starters, and gifts for those you mentor in our faith and beyond.

Movement Building & Resources

Criminal Justice

Economic Justice


Interfaith Lens


Racial Justice

A Time to Break Silence:
The Essential Works of Martin Luther King, Jr., for Students

From Beacon Press
The first collection of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s essential writings for high school students and young people-with eighteen selections including "I Have a Dream," "Letter from Birmingham Jail," and "What Is Your Life's Blueprint?"

Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates
From inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop
"A work of rare beauty . . . a love letter written in a moral emergency, one that Coates exposes with the precision of an autopsy and the force of an exorcism."-Slate

Ferguson and Faith:
Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community

Leah Gunning Francis, Jim Wallis
From inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop

The New Jim Crow:
Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Michelle Alexander
From inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop
The 2012-2013 UUA Common Read.

From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
From inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop
"Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor's searching examination of the social, political and economic dimensions of the prevailing racial order offers important context for understanding the necessity of the emerging movement for black liberation." -Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim...

Towards the "Other America":
Anti-Racist Resources for White People Taking Action for Black Lives Matter

Chris Crass
From inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop
A call to action to end white silence and a manual on how to do it.

All the Real Indians Died Off:
And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Dina Gilio-Whitaker
From Beacon Press
Unpacks the twenty-one most common myths and misconceptions about Native Americans

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
From Beacon Press
The first history of the United States told from the perspective of indigenous peoples.

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