ICF Raleigh Book Club - White Picket Fences: Turning toward Love in a World Divided by Privilege

  • Wednesday, September 29, 2021
  • Wednesday, October 27, 2021
  • 2 sessions
  • Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 11:00 AM 12:30 PM (EDT)
  • Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 4:30 PM 5:30 PM (EDT)
  • Zoom


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 White Picket Fences: Turning toward Love in a World Divided by Privilege

A Gentle Invitation into the Challenging Topic of Privilege

Gently addressing the challenging topics of privilege and race, power and inequality, White Picket Fences is a memoir of Amy Julia Becker's growing awareness of the unequal benefits (and secret harm) she received by virtue of her white skin, Protestant heritage, education and able body. Through telling her own story, Amy Julia Becker shares her process to acknowledge and examine the injustice, oppression and silence that has characterized American history and her own life. These forces of division, social power and unequal opportunities are still active and relevant to the church, education system, and even the books we give our children to read today. She reflects on her upper-middle-class childhood both in the American South and later New England, her own struggles with perfectionism, and raising a child with a disability, in light of privilege. 

This book club selection is aligned to our JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion) theme this year. As you read this book, we invite you to consider these questions and a few others that we will discuss during the Book Club session:

  • How does privilege show up during the coaching conversation? Either from you as coach or from your client.
  • What are some approaches to coaching clients with unconscious privilege that may be holding them back?
  • What mindset and approach do you have while coaching clients with special needs?

The Author –

Amy Julia Becker is an award-winning author, writer and speaker. Her latest book is White Picket Fences: Turning toward Love in a World Divided by Privilege (NavPress, 2018). Amy Julia is an avid reader of books and consumer of podcasts. She is also an enneagram 1. She enjoys cooking for family and friends, hiking the trails of Western Connecticut, running, yoga, and spending time with her husband and three children. She blogs about culture, race, faith, justice, privilege, family, parenting, disability, and Down syndrome.
Amy Julia is a graduate of Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary and lives with her husband Peter and three children, Penny, William, and Marilee in Connecticut. Find out more at www.amyjuliabecker.com.


This Book Club is scheduled for 2 sessions:

  • Wed Sept 29th 11 am-12:30 pm 
  • Wed Oct 27th 4:30 - 5:30 pm follow-up session.  
  • If you register for the Book Club on Wed Sept 29th, you will automatically be registered for the follow-up session on Wed Oct 27th and hope you are able to join both.
  • At the beginning of each session, we will have a 10–15 minute summary and review of the book. The follow-up session will also include a recap of the book and then we will have a discussion regarding any learnings, best practice for you or with your clients. Even if you did not have time to read the whole book, we will make sure you feel part of the club. Join us!
  • Facilitator Volunteer – once you start reading the book, we encourage you to micro-volunteer with the Programs Team and facilitate the Book Club – 1st session or both! We have a wonderful Programs Producer that is standing by to support one of our members interested in facilitating this Book club. If interested, please email Sholeh Dadressan @Theguesthousecoaching@gmail.com

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