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White Awake

An Honest Look at What It Means to Be White
Written by: Daniel Hill
Narrated by: Joe Hempel
Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Daniel Hill will never forget the day he heard these words: "Daniel, you may be white, but don't let that lull you into thinking you have no culture. White culture is very real. In fact, when white culture comes in contact with other cultures, it almost always wins. So it would be a really good idea for you to learn about your culture."

Confused and unsettled by this encounter, Hill began a journey of understanding his own white identity. Today he is an active participant in addressing and confronting racial and systemic injustices. And in this compelling and timely book, he shows you the seven stages to expect on your own path to cultural awakening. It's crucial to understand both personal and social realities in the areas of race, culture, and identity.

This book will give you a new perspective on being white and also empower you to be an agent of reconciliation in our increasingly diverse and divided world.

©2017 Daniel Hill (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Mei Gaffey
  • 02-12-19

I'm not White

I read this as part of a book circle at my church. I am not White, so I found many of the points discussed to be obvious, and common sense; but in listening to the discussion at church (primarily White) I realized that some of these things are not obvious to White people. For that reason, I would recommend it to White people, with the caveat of following up with a person of color on points you think are ridiculous. I would also suggest, if you are reading this as a manual to "diversify your church"; that you consider racial equality is not achieved by having more folks of color in your church, but by being the environment they would feel welcome in, if they chose to visit. To many churches think they need more people of color, like POC are a commodity; if this is your church, and the reason you are reading this book-you need to spend some serious leadership time examining your motives.

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  • dcshilts
  • 20-02-18

Powerful Insights for White Christians

Daniel Hill has added a book that will provide significant impetus toward reducing the racial divide in America for any white person courageous enough to take his insights seriously. Thoughtful, compassionate, and compelling in its dissection of the problems that are delaying or stifling resolution of America’s racial divide.

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  • S. Avellino
  • 27-04-18

Biblical intro to racial reconciliation

Hill doesn’t just speak from personal experience. He provides a firm scriptural foundation for a biblical response to “mourning with those who mourn” and “being united in Christ” for the purpose of fulfilling the two commands that are above all others, loving God with our whole heart, soul & might and loving others above ourselves.

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  • Poerhouse
  • 04-10-18

Underlying Christian message not clear

This book sounded great but no where in the description that I saw on Amazon did it say it was from a Christian perspective. I wish I could return it. Wasted $20.

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  • Smax4Life
  • 15-12-18

Great thought but meh

I thought this was going to be helpful in understanding other folks and how we could come together. Instead i was constantly shaking my head as the author bent Jesus into odd shapes to make his points. For me anyone who is willing to pull Jesus or scripture so far out of context isn't credible. They aren't credible even when they have good intentions.They are less credible when they manipulate things to argue their own points, even when the idea is noble. I think that is the case here. Maybe I'm still asleep or something but I felt like this guy would use Jesus to sell you a time share.

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  • Adam O.
  • 15-07-20

Christianized version of "White Fragility"

This book was recommended by my church and I had just finished "White Fragility". It was like reading "White Fragility" twice with some scripture thrown in. Once again it is filled with white guilt. American history is all bad, Donald Trump is the cause of our problems, etc.

Author gives no current day examples of "systemic racism", completely ignores basic demographics like 60% of the population is white and shocker white people know mostly white people! Has a complete misrepresentation of the Declaration of Independence with regards to Native Americans. Gives an incomplete history of the 3/5 clause in the Constitution at best. Reference White Fragility multiple times. Compares lynchings over 70 years to the one day of 9/11. The list goes on from there. I will say the same thing I said about White Fragility, because I am white does not mean I am a racist.

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  • KT
  • 04-07-20

Too much religion.

I cannot relate to this and do not know the biblical references. It isn't easy for me to "get the point" and it is not relevant for me. The description was very brief and did not mention religion or that the author was a white man and a member of the clergy. Had I known, I would not have purchased this book. Not enough description to make a good purchase description

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  • carla
  • 22-06-20

Highly recommend

Read it to educate myself on the importance of Black Lives Matter. A great starting point book with several references. and although I'm not a religious person, I really appreciate the authors references to Christianity.

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  • Glenda Hall-Blackburn
  • 18-06-20

There is Hope

White Awake was an eye opener for my
son-in- law. He is educating himself and we all are helping in the process. White privilege is...

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  • Jim Tasker II
  • 17-06-20

Timely and valuable 120 page book re race relations in today’s United States of America

Aids in maintaining in forefront and emphasizing public awareness of ongoing need to continue to address basic underlying social problems engendered by irrational prejudice and stereotyping.
Our children have to be carefully taught...