Women of Color Pray: Voices of Strength, Faith, Healing, Hope and Courage

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Christal M. Jackson
SkyLight Paths Publishing, 2005 - Religion - 168 pages
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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.


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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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