White Picket Fences: Book Review
White Picket Fences: Turning toward Love in a World Divided by Privilege
Published October 2nd 2018
3 out of 5 stars
SNYOPSIS FROM GOODREADS:
We need honest conversations about privilege.
As an affluent white woman with southern roots and an Ivy League education, Amy Julia Becker considers what it means to be a person of privilege. She comes to believe that privilege harms everyone—those who are excluded from it and those who benefit from it. Her insights into privilege are rounded out by her experience as the mother of a child with special needs fighting against diminished expectations and withheld opportunities for her daughter. Amy Julia reminds us that the white picket fences that seem pristine and good can also prevent us from knowing and loving our neighbors as we experience the messy, complicated beauty and sorrow of the world.
White Picket Fences is an invitation to respond to privilege with generosity, humility, and hope. This book opens us to questions we are afraid to ask, so that we can walk further from fear and closer to love, in all its fragile and mysterious possibilities.
OTHER FACTS ABOUT THE BOOK:
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Series? Yes, this is the first book in the Caraval series (which is a trilogy).
Thank you to Tyndale House Publishers for sending me a finished copy of White Picket Fences in exchange for an honest review.
As a whole, I am very torn about this book. The author makes a lot of good points and it would be wrong of me to say that you wouldn’t be able to learn anything from it. But there are also a lot of things in this book that I disagree with.
Another disclaimer for those of you know about the wave of social justice within the Evangelistic church, this book has nothing to do with it. This book is written from and for the world and privilege in the world and not social justice within the church, which are two very different topics.
This book is written by a Christian author and talks about God’s love and privilege, but sin is only mentioned a few times. This is a major issue with this book because of our sin nature, and human depravity we are sinners.
On the other hand, there were definitely kernels of truth within this book.
The following is a quote from the book that I fully stand behind:
“All of life is fragile and uncertain. All of life is beautiful and valuable. All of life is a gift.”
Tomorrow is not guaranteed and everything we have is from God.
“Human beings, as God’s “image bearers,” are created to receive and reflect God’s love.”
Quotes like these are definitely reasons why you should read this book. There is a lot of truth to what the author is saying here, and that is exactly why even though I don’t agree with everything she says, God can still use it to change lives, or make you think about something in a different way.
I am going to be frank, I don’t understand everything about privilege and I’m not sure I ever will. But what I do know is that we have a mighty God, and I trust in Him.
I enjoyed that this book was written from a Christian perspective and that it is thought-provoking.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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