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

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God help me. I stopped hating white people on purpose about a year ago. With this brave confession opening her book's Prologue, award-winning African American author Patricia Raybon invites readers to join her courageous personal journey to stop hating others by first learning to love God and also herself.Winner of the Christopher Award and a Books for a Better Life Award."A powerful tale of hard-win racial healing." -- Weekend Edition, National Public Radio"An unusual account of conscious change." -- Kirkus Reviews."Glorious...Raybon can tell a story to be sure." -- Publishers Weekly.

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Newspaper columnist, writer and NPR commentator Patricia Raybon admits that she hated whites for years. She even tried unsuccessfully to whip up a similar rage in her parents. But anger got her nowhere. Eventually, in the philosophies of Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi, she found an alternative: forgiveness. The first part of the book is a series of essays on the life experiences of herself and her father, and the racial history of the country; it ends with "Letter to My First White Friend," a grateful acknowledgment of a white girl at her mostly white high school. In part two of the book, further essays explore the process of moving beyond hate, and the new world it has opened up for Raybon.

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Patricia Raybon writes top-rated books that help believers move big mountains. An award-winning journalist and essayist, she digs deep into the intersection of Christian belief and everyday life--taking on tough topics such as family division, personal struggle, life success, cultural tension and spiritual healing. Her writing is hailed for its transparency, beauty and courage, but also for its encouragement, inspiration and hope.
Her many acclaimed books include her prayer memoir I Told the Mountain Move, her racial forgiveness memoir My First White Friend, her popular daily devotional the One Year God's Great Blessings Devotional, her interfaith-family memoir Undivided, and Bound for Glory, a tribute book honoring African American spirituals written with renowned calligrapher Timothy Botts. 
Patricia's essays on family and faith have been published in The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, USA Today, USA Weekend, Country Living Magazine, Chicago Tribune, The Denver Post, Guideposts, In Touch Magazine of In Touch Ministries, Christianity Today, Today's Christian Woman, popular blogs including the Washington Post's Acts of Faith and Her.Meneutics (now CT Women) and aired on National Public Radio.
Her essays and articles include several first-place winners for feature writing and news reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists (Sigma Delta Chi),  National Press Women, Colorado Press Women, Colorado Association of Black Journalists, the Colorado Authors League, Evangelical Press Association and the National Mental Health Association.
Learn more about Patricia at her website, patriciaraybon.com.

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