Mother to Son
Jasmine L. Holmes

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Narrated By: Robin Eller

Duration: 4 hours and 28 minutes

What to expect

“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.


Diaries, letters and journals, Relationships and families: advice and issues, Parenting: advice and issues

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“Holmes writes with a passion, as well as hopefulness, to both her young son and to the church. This sincere, personal account will appeal to parents and church leaders interested in the intersection of social justice and religion.”

Library Journal (starred review)

Mother to Son is a missive to America and to the church about what it looks like to hope, to fear, to long, to risk, and to love.”

Karen Swallow Prior, author of Fierce Convictions

“Jasmine Holmes’s Mother to Son is written for a far larger audience than just her own children; she has delivered a literary benediction to grace our bookshelves, challenge our earthly cultures, strengthen our feeble hearts, and point us toward lasting hope.”

K. A. Ellis, Cannada Fellow and Director, the Center for the Study of the Bible and Ethnicity at Reformed Theological Seminary, Atlanta

“Moms, read this to your young boys who will be richly served by Jasmine’s wisdom, knowledge, and insight. A treasure of a book.”