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Reading is fun and has many benefits, regardless of your age. It’s a key component of education and professional development. It also has immediate and long-lasting health benefits such as increased cognitive function, memory, vocabulary, empathy and decreased levels of stress.
— Charity.org


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As we close out Black History Month and begin National Reading Month, we thought this was the perfect time to share our first book review.

Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man 

Emmanuel Acho has created a safe and comfortable space to dive into questions of race. The book opens by being very directly addressed to white readers, 

“Dear white friends, countrypersons: welcome. Pull up a chair.” 

Without hesitation, Acho, responds to questions submitted to him on what it means to be a black man, what white readers should know when navigating relationships across races, and how he personally has been affected by various forms of racism. The way that Acho approaches the conversation with his arms and heart wide open is a blessing to the reader. Within this book, space has been created to explore what relationships between black and white humans can be, if we are humble enough to acknowledge that we have much to learn. This book does not answer all the questions, it doesn’t solve the problems, and Acho doesn’t claim that it does. The significance of this book is that it lays the groundwork and gets the ball rolling for how we should learn from each other, ask questions, and listen to the stories that are from perspectives we can’t know.

-written by Joey Ott


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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
— Dr. Suess

We love books. It is our goal to be lifelong learners. Listen, learn & love is our motto. We loved the opportunity to host Coffee & Conversations this summer and learned so many things that have strengthened our friendships, increased our empathy and equipped us with empowering knowledge. We hope that you too will lean in, read a book, have a conversation and grow in love. Stay tuned as we bring more reviews your way. If you are a book lover and would like to be considered for sharing book reviews, email us at liveoakcoffeehouse@gmail.com

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