"Wynn is my son. No little boy could be more loved by his parents. Inquisitive, fiercely affectionate, staunchly opinionated, he sees the world through eyes of wonder and has yet to become jaded by society's cruelty. I know he'll grow up with stories of having been made to feel 'other' because of the color of his skin. I want to teach him that, though life's unfair, he still has incomparable value in the eyes of his heavenly Father. I know this wondrous little person has the potential to change the world—and I want him to know it too." In Mother to Son, Jasmine Holmes shares a series of powerful letters to her young son. These are about her journey as an African American Christian and what she wants her son to know as he grows and approaches the world as a black man. Holmes deals head-on with issues ranging from discipleship and marriage to biblical justice. She invites us to read over her shoulder as she reminds Wynn that his identity is firmly planted in the person and work of Jesus Christ, even when the topic is one as emotionally charged as race in America.
Foreword Introduction 1. You Are Mine 2. You are God's 3. You Are Beautiful Interlude: I Didn't Know I Was Beautiful 4. You Are American Interlude: Ode to Langston 5. You Are the Church 6. You Are More Than Your Ethnicity Interlude: It's Okay to Be Offended 7. You Are a Brother 8. Be a Good Brother to the Sisters 9. Be an Advocate Interlude: The Time I Almost Unfollowed Someone on Twitter 10. Be a Bridge Interlude: How to Study and How to Talk 11. You Are a Different Story Interlude: In Search of Mentorship 12. You Are a New Tribe Acknowledgments Notes