With gratitude to the many who helped bring an idea to fruition, I’m pleased to tell you of the upcoming publication of my book How We Learn to Be Brave: Decisive Moments in Life and Faith. The release date is May 23rd.
Canon Historian Jon Meacham has graciously agreed to host a launch event on May 23rd, 7:00 p.m. at Washington National Cathedral, followed by a book signing. You can attend in person or online – learn more and register here.
This book is the culmination of my life-long engagement with Scripture and love for Jesus. I draw from the biographies and memoirs of leaders who helped change the world for good, and in particular, those engaged in the long struggle for racial justice in our country. With their permission, I share the personal accounts of people I’ve watched do amazingly courageous things – and about the moments in my own life when I learned how to be brave.
Decisive moments come in many forms. I write in depth about five: deciding to go, deciding to stay, deciding to start, accepting what we do not choose, and stepping up to the plate. I dedicate an entire chapter to the inevitable letdown that follows a decisive moment. The final chapter is a meditation on the hidden virtue of perseverance, the foundation upon which courageous life is lived.
More people than I can count have been teachers and inspiration, not only for this book but in my life. If you are reading this, chances are good that you are among them. Thank you.
As a person of faith I dare to trust that God is at work amid the most challenging realities of our lives, and that, by grace and acceptance, we join God in the holy work of transforming the world.