I'm always looking for books at the intersection of "race" and "religion." Here's a great list.
Jonathan L. Walton, assistant professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, Riverside, offers a nice list of the Ten Best Books in African American Religion.
His #1 pick from 2008?
Your Spirits Walk Beside Us: The Politics of Black Religion
by Barbara Diane Savage
A review of Your Spirits Walk Beside Us can be found online.
But don't stop there! The other nine books on his list are excellent as well. I have several on my "to read" shelf, and now I'm adding others. Trust me: This list is worth a careful look.
Walton does us all a favor by providing a quick description of the book and why he thinks each one is important.
In addition to this article, you can always find something interesting at the Religion Dispatches site.