For most of my life my bookshelf was lined with books by theologians or Christian authors who were all white and all male. They were the leaders whom my pastors looked up to and by whom they were taught, so I followed suit. But as I’ve grown in faith, in my cultural identity as a Korean-American woman, and in my awareness of racial injustice, I realized I had been missing out on the beauty of diverse voices. I had only tasted and seen a sliver of God’s kingdom, and I was hungry to learn from authors, teachers, and preachers who weren’t all white and all male.
Last year, I made it a goal to intentionally read books written by writers of color, and I am better read, better fed, and deeply grateful for the ways my eyes have been opened and how I’ve seen more of the fullness of God.
I’ve curated a list of 10 books by people whom I look up to, who are discipling me through their words, and I hope you will read at least one of these books this year.