Letters To a Mixed Race Son
In hopes of being the guiding light in a world torn apart by racism, pastor Frank Robinson has penned a series of letters to his beautiful mixed-race son, Gershom. In these letters, we hear mostly about Robinson’s faith and watch as he preaches to the masses – and his family – about love, forgiveness, tolerance, and acceptance. Throughout it all, Frank remains a steadfastly loving father and devoted follower of Jesus.
Life is not always easy for Robinson. And, like the infamous Job, Frank’s faith is tested time and time again. While these letters were designed to guide his son, it seems as though the real benefactor was Frank himself. Through the letters, he is given a mirror to his deepest and darkest thoughts. In a weird sort of way, it seems as though the benefits his son reaps are secondary. Either way – it is a beautiful discourse on religion, faith, race, and parenthood.
One qualm I do feel the need to mention is that, despite the title, the race of his son is almost never mentioned. This is not a book of lessons for mixed-race children any more so than for non-mixed kids. Gershom’s race is hardly referenced specifically. Hence, I feel the title to be a little misleading. Aside from that, however, Robinson has written a moving tribute to faith and parenting.
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