Troubling the Water: The Urgent Work of Radical Belonging

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6.2 X 8.7 X 1.3 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Rev. Ben McBride is an internationally recognized faith leader, activist, and sought-after speaker who has spoken to large audiences in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the Middle East. McBride is the founder of the Empower Initiative and the Bring the HEAT campaign, and he served as director of PICO California. McBride was featured in the Sundance Film Festival Award-winner The Force, and in 2020 the Center for American Progress listed him as one of the top faith leaders to watch. McBride lives in Oakland, California, with his wife, Gynelle, and their three daughters.


"[O]ne of the best ways to prepare for change is to immerse yourself in some entertaining and thought-provoking books...we can't wait for you to read this..." --ESSENCE

"An urgent, vibrant, and necessary call for justice, which is what God asks--demands--of us all." ----Father James Martin, SJ, author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage and other books

"Troubling the Water is a clarion call to walk toward the very people we see as adversaries. Doing the work of confronting implicit bias and bridging lines of difference with others can be grueling; in fragmented and unjust times, those things can be seen as complicit or even traitorous. But Ben McBride doesn't let us off the hook that easily. With engrossing stories, accessible theory, and strategies for everyday life, he schools all of us--whether we're powerful, privileged, persecuted, or prevented--in the strong language of justice, belonging, and even love. By reading this powerful book, you'll be poised to make the 'good trouble' to which John Lewis called us. This is a game-changer." ----Jennifer L. Eberhardt, PhD, author of Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do

"This visionary and courageous book stands in the great tradition of Martin Luther King Jr. Ben McBride powerfully and persuasively shows how radical belonging and radical self-care are integral to a radical Christianity--a Christianity serious about the radical love of Jesus Christ." ----Dr. Cornel West, philosopher, activist, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer Chair at Union Theological Seminary

"At once practical and profound, Ben McBride's Troubling the Water reflects the hard-earned wisdom of the author--a practitioner and prophet. McBride's own story offers invaluable guidance for all who wish to be healing agents in our writhing world. But this is not a simple how-to book. McBride leads readers to the heart of the problem--we are failing to see each other (and ourselves) as human. Then he casts a vision and points the way toward a radical kind of belonging that challenges us all to the core. Read this book. It will change you." ----Lisa Sharon Harper, president of Freedom Road and author of The Very Good Gospel and Fortune

"Ben McBride is a bridge-builder. He is one of those rare leaders who can bring people together across the barriers that divide us, without compromising truth. He transcends the stale rhetoric, toxic self-righteousness, and paralyzing polemics of our day. I will continue to cherish every opportunity I get to collaborate with Ben and support his marvelous work. The world is a better place because Ben McBride is in it." ----Shane Claiborne, activist and author of The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical and other books

"Troubling the Water challenges us to find ways for everyone to belong across differences. This is a clear-eyed challenge to face into the real work of bridging divides and finding a way beyond 'us' and 'them.' Acknowledging where we have power and privilege and where we are persecuted and prevented allows us to create the path to the common good that is inclusive of all. Ben McBride is an engaging storyteller and challenges us to move forward together where all of us are agents of change and welcome." ----Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, attorney, author of A Nun on the Bus, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom