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Women of Color Pray

Voices of Strength, Faith, Healing, Hope and Courage

Edited and with Introductions by Christal M. Jackson

5 x 7.25, 208 pp, Paperback
978-1-59473-077-1

           

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A celebration of the voices of women of color in prayer
Women of color pray and have prayed out of necessity for survival, out of love for the Divine and because we believe in the power of prayer. Prayer has been the prevailing force behind the education of our children, protection and courage for our men, hope for our daughters and the balm that heals sorrows.
—from the Introduction
Prayers by women around the world—from China and Japan, to Syria and Ghana—to African American, Asian American, Native American and Hispanic women in the United States including:
Teresa Palomo Acosta • Yolanda Adams • Rabi’a Al-Adawiyya • Paula Gunn Allen • Savitri Bess • Mary McLeod Bethune • Irene I. Blea • Sandra Cisneros • Marian Wright Edelman • Rachelle Ferrell • Monique Greenwood • Joy Harjo • Linda Hogan • Patricia Locke • Janice Mirikitani • Toni Morrison • Naomi Quinonez • Della Reese • Cathy Song • Susan L. Taylor • Sojourner Truth • Harriet Tubman • Iyanla Vanzant • Phillis Wheatley • CeCe Winans • Empress Yamatohime ... and many others
This beautiful collection of prayers will take you on a journey into the spiritual walk of women of color around the world—including Asia, the Middle East and Africa—as well as Native American, African American, Asian American and Hispanic women in the United States. Through these prayers, poetry, lyrics, meditations and affirmations, you will share in the strong and undeniable connection that women of color share with God. As you delve into the words of unwavering faith, perseverance, resistance, celebration and communion with God and family that fill each page, you will find your ideas about prayer challenged and your own prayer life inspired and renewed.
“Not privileging one voice or theme over another … provides us with words that can be prayed, announced, sung or moaned. This is a book I can teach, preach and read before going to bed.”
Rev. Monica A. Coleman, PhD, director of womanist religious studies at Bennett College for Women, author of The Dinah Project: A Handbook for Congregational Response to Sexual Violence
“Powerful…. Allows the words of women of the past and present to connect with modern readers on their journey of faith.”
Church & Synagogue Library Association Newsletter
“Passionate…. Paints a multicultural, interfaith, moving tapestry of embodied spirituality by women—famous, ordinary and anonymous. Invites and provokes the multivocality of resistance, creativity, love and relationality in the process of women becoming, the world over.”
Dr. Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan, professor of theology and women’s studies, director of women’s studies, Shaw University Divinity School
Christal M. Jackson was named one of “Thirty Leaders of the Future” by Ebony magazine in 1999. She is the founder of Sisters with Wings, a nonprofit organization serving women and children; a former intern with the Children’s Defense Fund; and a member of Windsor Village United Methodist Church. She graduated from Duke University with a master’s degree in theological studies and lives in Houston, Texas.
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