An Altar of Words: Wisdom, Comfort, and Inspiration for African American Women

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Broadway Books, 1998 - Self-Help - 180 pages
As a highly successful activist, Byllye Avery well understands the power of words to change society. Now Avery reveals the impact of words for transforming our personal lives and building a secure, private place in which to explore our feelings and reflect.

In personal meditations on Activism, Belonging, Courage, Love, Patience, Power, Solitude, Spirit, Wisdom, and other evocative terms, Avery delves into the emotions the words conjure up and how they shape our sense of present and future realities. Each meditation concludes with an affirmation and quotation from writers like Alice Walker and Sonia Sanchez, offering insights into their personal "altars of words".

Just as Susan Taylor's In the Spirit and Iyanla Vanzant's Acts of Faith have soothed and empowered thousands, Byllye Avery's gems of honesty and thoughtfulness will inspire an enraptured audience.

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Activism 3 Africa
Anger 10 Balance 12 Beauty
Blessings 19 Boogie Down 22 Breath

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About the author (1998)

Byllye Avery is the founder of the National Black Women's Health Project and has been a women's health-care activist for twenty years.  She is a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Award, the Essence Award for Community Service, and the Ms.  Foundation Woman of Achievement Award.  She speaks to thousands of women across the country at gatherings and conferences every year.

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