Miles McPherson, author, former NFL player, and Senior Pastor and founder of the Rock Church and Academy in San Diego, California, will release his powerful next book titled "THE THIRD OPTION: Hope For A Racially Divided Nation," to be published by Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, on September 11.
In conjunction with the book release, McPherson will also host a free two-hour "Race For Unity" simulcast on September 15 from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. CT / 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. PT. McPherson's message is a direct response to the recent increase in high profile, racially charged conflict that has led well-meaning people to wonder what they can do to help alleviate racial tension in our nation's churches, communities, businesses, and schools. For a video message from McPherson, and a link to register for the simulcast, visit: https://www.araceforunity.com/.
McPherson is a multi-racial man of Black, White, and Chinese heritage, who has personally experienced the pain of segregation and racial division. In "THE THIRD OPTION," McPherson examines the cultural influences that shape our attitudes on race relations in present-day America. In a culture that compels individuals to choose between sides - Black or White, police or communities of color, racist or woke, "us" or "them" - McPherson offers a third option: honor.
McPherson writes, "The message I got from both sides was the same: 'You're not really one of us because we don't share the same skin tone.' But is skin tone really a legitimate basis for determining our similarities and differences?"
McPherson offers a different perspective than those offered by culture, focused on every individual's inherent value and worth. In "THE THIRD OPTION: Hope for a Racially Divided Nation" McPherson asks soul-seeking questions about our attitudes on race, provides historical context for racial bias in America, and offers practical advice on how to honor the priceless value of God's image in every person we meet.
Diving deeper, McPherson analyzes and defines the different types of racism - institutionalized, internalized, and personal - and the impact they have on us all; provides scientific and sociological examples of how we develop stereotypes; and explains why we must overcome the cultural barriers that prevent us from "doing life" with those who look different from us.
Both "THE THIRD OPTION" book and the "Race for Unity" simulcast will give audiences practical strategies and starting points for conversations on race that will help our nation, communities, and churches become more cohesive, loving, and unified.
About Miles McPherson:
Pastor Miles McPherson is a former NFL player, and the founder and Senior Pastor of Rock Church ("the Rock"), located in San Diego, California. McPherson's trademark style of preaching is direct, humorous, and action-oriented, attracting people of all racial, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds to the Rock's weekly services. Since McPherson founded the Rock in February 2000, it has grown to become one of the nation's largest and most diverse congregations. Today, his church draws 20,000 attendees to its weekly services, through 18 microsites, five campuses, and multiple online services broadcast in Donovan State Prison, Mexico, and throughout the world. The Rock has more than 100 volunteer-led outreach ministries that donate four million dollars' worth of volunteer services to the surrounding community each year. He and his wife Debbie have three children and reside in San Diego. McPherson is the author of seven previous books ("God in the Mirror," "Do Something," "I Don't Want Your Sex For Now," "Parenting the Wild Child," "Bad to the Bone," "21 Jump Start," and "The Power of Believing in Your Child").
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