Read Until You Understand Book Review


Farah Griffin scores four stars with the profound wisdom of black life and literature. This quick read provides a vivid and powerful literary portrait of race, freedom, reach, grace and mercy, justice, death beauty and love. Her analysis of her own family experiences, community and legacy brings us to Corlate with our own black experience.


My favorite chapter is on “the question of Mercy.” The word mercy cannot be profoundly expounded upon without the thought of how grace works. “Mercy is not getting the punishment you deserve.“ As the Lord does, we as a people possess hopes of others having mercy on us; but it doesn’t always work out that way. Being black in America, it’s questioning the action of mercy.


The author, as she writes truly exhibit how to read until you really really understand. How do we get to understand the true quest for justice? By trusting in the law? How do we get justice for having been born black in America? That’s the question we really need an answer to.


Griffin weaves her intellect into the greatest writers and artists of time, such as Toni Morrison, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Marvin Gaye, and many others to show how healing is necessary to stop the cycle of harm and trauma. She explains the importance of this ”healing” through the structure and importance of the community. The community is seen through time as working together to turn rage into resistance and revenge into equality.


How do you view deaf and how do you view love? Griffin reminds us that “it is not only Black people who were in peril, but the very planet upon which we live.”


In this recollection and her profound wisdom, through this passionate read, you will understand the times of transition of our culture’s music, books, lyrics, beauty, neighborhood and family.