Title: Meals from Mars: A Parable of Prejudice and Providence
Author: Ben Sciacca
Release Date: February 1, 2017
Description from Goodreads: “A fateful encounter late at night at a gas station in the hood brings together a white man from the suburbs and a young black man from the neighborhood. Stuck with each other for the night, they deal with their core prejudices, the walls that keep them from each other, and the discovery of their God-given humanity in one another.
When talking about race, it helps to have something specific to talk about a story we can all wrap our heads around. In Meals from Mars, Ben Sciacca provides that story: two men from different worlds forced by circumstance to see and hear and consider one another. It is a novel that demonstrates the social challenges and relational potential for racial reconciliation.””
Review: This is a very thought provoking story. There is a lot of tension in our world today and a lot of it is focused on race. It’s hard to go through an entire day without hearing or reading some form of racial issues going on, and it comes from both sides. Black people complain about white people and white people complain about black people. It seems that everybody has a problem and nobody will listen to the other point of view. That’s where this book comes in.
This book shows both sides of the scale. A white lawyer from the suburbs and a black man from a rough neighborhood share their views and the problems they have faced with each other and both are forced to realize that both sides have a point and there is a bigger issue at hand than what either of them thought.
The point of this book is to get people talking about race and to show both side of the spectrum. I think the author did a very good job at doing that.
Recommendation:I would recommend this book to anyone. I think everyone should read this before making any assumptions about anyone else.
Read the first chapter here: https://files.tyndale.com/thpdata/firstChapters/978-1-63146-544-4.pdf
*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*