A talented storyteller and peacemaker asks: Can kindness kindle a revolution?
“Ashlee teaches by example how to live with courage and compassion, and I believe her perspective and voice will be deeply meaningful to so many people.” (Shauna Niequist)
Long before polls, protests, and political issues divided us, we were joined by a humanness that God considered very good. Created in his image, we reflected the height and depth of God’s loving-kindness, but our discord has blinded us to the imago Dei in us all.
In this compelling collection of essays, Ashlee Eiland shares her story of being a Black woman living on two sides of the fence: as the token Black girl in majority-White spaces and as the “whitewashed” Black girl in majority-Black spaces. As she discovers her own unique worth through these recollections, Ashlee learns that extending radical kindness toward every person - regardless of social status, political views, or religious beliefs - gives us hope and rekindles our common humanity.
With grace and humility, Human(Kind) invites us to chart our own formative journeys and recognize our inherent value, cultivating empathy so we may once again see the image of God shining brightly within one another.
“In her revealing and enthralling debut...[Ashlee Eiland] expounds on themes such as sacrifice, honor, respect, acceptance, gratitude, rejection, commitment, and loss.... Readers looking to cultivate more empathy - toward others and toward themselves - will enjoy Eiland’s wise testament.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
“Human(Kind) will change the way you engage with every single person from this point forward. Ashlee Eiland brilliantly uses stories and unpacks Scripture to guide you toward rediscovering the good and upholding the dignity of all. This book is a must-read!” (Steve Carter, author of This Invitational Life)
"This book is a feast Ashlee invites us to share, seasoned generously with thoughts to stimulate our understanding of one another, images to awaken our hearts, and wisdom to nourish our souls.” (Carey and Toni Nieuwhof, Connexus Church)