America's Original Sin

  • by Jim Wallis
  • Narrated by Patrick Lawlor
  • 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

America's problem with race has deep roots, with the country's foundation tied to the near extermination of one race of people and the enslavement of another. Racism is truly our nation's original sin.
"It's time we right this unacceptable wrong", says best-selling author and leading Christian activist Jim Wallis. Fifty years ago, Wallis was driven away from his faith by a white church that considered dealing with racism to be taboo. His participation in the civil rights movement brought him back when he discovered a faith that commands racial justice. Yet as recent tragedies confirm, we continue to suffer from the legacy of racism. The old patterns of white privilege are colliding with the changing demographics of a diverse nation. The church has been slow to respond, and Sunday morning is still the most segregated hour of the week.
In America's Original Sin, Wallis offers a prophetic and deeply personal call to action in overcoming the racism so ingrained in American society. He speaks candidly to Christians - particularly white Christians - urging them to cross a new bridge toward racial justice and healing.


What the Critics Say

"A thought-provoking plea to white evangelicals and white Christians in general." (Library Journal)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Raced in America - so true!

Wallis writes honestly and from experience. The phrase, "raced is America," hit home for me. His writing has a unique quality that takes a bit of getting used to, however once you do, he's even more poignant.
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- Michanne

Informative but poorly performed

I learned a lot from this book, and it gave me new perspectives on race, racism, and American culture. I did not enjoy the narration by Patrick Lawlor. He constantly over-emphasized, perhaps attempting to convey the exigency of the text's topic, but ending up making every sentence seem like a matter of life or death. A fuller range of vocalization and emphasis would have made for much easier listening.
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- LoonMP

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-15-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio