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African American Christian Books
Perhaps you’re wondering where you can find the best African American Christian books.
The unique experience of African American Christians is often overlooked in mainstream media, which is why it’s more important than ever to seek out books and other media related to the common experiences and themes faced by African American Christians in the world today.
Books are an especially great way for people of God to digest devotionals and spiritual quotes which can help them face everyday problems; seek resolutions to struggles of faith; find guides on raising children in Christian households; and even look for entertaining fictional media that has a quality Christian core.
In this article you will find a list compiled of the very best African American Christian books on a wide range of subjects. If you’re looking for a new book, take a look at this list for some of the best reads out there today:
Top 10 African American Christian Books
1. African American History and Devotions: Readings and Activities for Individuals, Families, and Communities by Teresa L. Fry Brown
This unique book features 4-weeks worth of daily readings, devotionals and other activities that are designed for African American Christians. These devotions include a verse from Scripture, Brown’s own reflections and thoughts on that verse, an accompanying prayer, and 3 different activities to help you overcome and grow as a Christian individual. Each daily devotional activity focuses on important material related to the many contributions of African Americans throughout history, such as civil rights, medicine and health, the arts, education, music and of course, religion.
2. Biblical Strategies For A Community in Crisis: What African Americans Can Do edited by Dr. Colleen Birchett
This 300-word work is an essential for Christians who want to learn more about the issues that the Christian African American community is facing today; this includes conflicts in church, the importance of church in the community, social justice issues, the importance of forgiveness, as well as details regarding the presence of African people in the Bible itself. Every chapter of this book includes a Bible study, as well as sections for readers interested in extracting the Bible study into a group setting, family setting, or solo reflection.
3. Women of Color Devotional by Mel Banks
African American Christian women face unique struggles both in faith and the community, and this devotional specifically created with women in mind is an excellent way to reflect on personal, religious and community issues through the context of the Bible. The book contains 52 devotions in total, and each devotional is a 4-page spread that features Scripture quotes, a journaling page, prayer reflections, and questions for the reader to consider.
4. I Am Number 8: Overlooked and Undervalued, but Not Forgotten by God by John Gray
John Gray’s ‘I Am Number 8,’ which includes a foreword by Joel Osteen, is a fresh look at the story of David told for modern readers who may find themselves relating to this Biblical figure in ways they never before thought possible. Gray’s book emphasizes the importance of realizing that it is God who calls us to greatness, even if we–and those around us–don’t expect or understand why. God sees value in people, even those who, like David, may be undervalued and overlooked by people around them.
5. Grace, Gold & Glory: My Leap of Faith by Gabby Douglas
Gabby Douglas is one of the foremost African American athletes today, but her unique memoir is not just about the physical struggle, hard work and effort it took to make her an Olympic Gold Medal winning athlete. In ‘Grace, Gold & Glory,’ Douglas contextualizes her journey through her deep faith and belief in God, and how her faith kept her going as she spent years training and working to become an excellent athlete. This book is ideal for readers both young and old; younger African American readers are sure to be inspired by Douglas’ strong faith and dedication to the journey that God has planned for her.
6. Though I Stumble by Kim Cash Tate
Though I Stumble is a unique fictional book that is sure to inspire countless readers with its strong messages of faith, strength, and the importance of holding true to ourselves. Though I Stumble is about a women’s ministry conference weekend that changes the lives of four women, each dealing with their own personal struggles and personal crisis, forever. The women find their paths crossed unexpectedly during this life-changing weekend, and the revelations they make about themselves, their faith, and their path to the future will resonate with many readers. This is the first book in the Promises of God series, which currently has 3 full books: Though I Stumble, If I Believe, and When I’m Tempted.
7. The KJV Original African Heritage Study Bible edited by Cain Hope Felder
The KJV Original African Heritage Study Bible is a study version of the King James Version of the Bible, presented with context of the African experience. Key features include verses that highlight figures in the Bible with African heritage, references to African places and events in a 48-page reference guide as well as multiple maps, selections of favorite versions from notable African heritage Christians, lyrics to important African heritage Christian songs including songs traced back to the plight of slavery, new introductions to each book, and more. This is “the” study Bible for anyone interested in reading the Bible with the context of the African American experience in mind.
8. Cling: Choosing a Lifestyle of Intimacy with God by Kim Cash Tate
Tate, also the author of several fictional Christian novels, shares her personal experience of rediscovering the importance of developing a relationship with God in her debut non-fiction book ‘Cling.’ Tate relates her experience of feeling unfulfilled as she focused her mind and goals solely on her romantic relationships and her writing career, two aspects of her life when she found herself “clinging” to with no spiritual reward. It was when she discovered the importance of clinging–not to careers or romance or other aspects of life, but clinging to God–that her life and her world changed forever. Tate’s book includes Biblical Scripture quotes alongside her personal experiences, advice on how to develop the right discipline for reading the Bible and praying, as well as how to embrace “clinging” to God for a more fulfilling and spirituality rich life.
9. Zora’s Cry by Tia McCollors
Zora’s Cry is a fictional novel that tells the story of four women–Zora, Monet, Belinda and Paula–who find themselves struggling with feelings of loss, displacement, betrayal and insecurity in their place in the world. The women find themselves drawn together through a discipleship group, where they learn the importance of drawing strength from God and from the relationships and friendships that God places in our path. McCollors novel features many issues faced by African American women today, and the strong messages in the novel are grounded with Christian core values that are ideal for readers looking for novels with a Christian foundation.
10. Dear God: Hear My Prayer by Lakisha Johnson
Johnson’s fictional novel tackles some very tough issues right from the start, as it focuses on a teenage girl who is abused by her pastor and more than a decade later, finds herself struggle with being a single mother, her inability to connect with God, and her overwhelming feeling of being alone.
But don’t think that the book is a condemnation of Christianity due to the inclusion of an abusive pastor character: to the contrary, this novel has a resounding message of the importance of faith, prayer, and reaching out to God even if you believe you are lost to Him forever. This novel will especially resonate with readers who have found themselves in the same position of the main character, feeling lost, sinful, and struggling to get out those two important words: “Dear God…”