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A Sojourner s Truth Choosing Freedom and Courage in a Divided by Natasha Sistrunk Robinson uses the biblical story and Courage a Divided
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by Natasha Robinson uses the biblical story Moses as a framework for exploring modern day oppression and edemption for those in marginalized groups Her life experiences offer additional insight as she draws parallels to Moses life the truth of loneliness in leadership what deserts she found herself in as well as the importance of spiritual family to help her hold fast to her callingAs a white woman growing up as the majority culture I find myself seeking out works by women of color and people of color to expand my worldview and challenge my preconceived ideas I appreciated how Robinson expands on practical ways to enact estorative justice such as education mentorship and sponsorship I was convicted by the eminder that Vulnerability can be dangerous in the same way water is dangerous Like water vulnerability can be the source of cleansing and The Magistrates' Court: An Introduction (Fifth Edition) renewal or it can be the source of drowning and death But there is something else that is dangerous than taking theisk of vulnerability and that is silence Too often when I grow uncomfortable I can escape the hard work and Robinson einforces the truth that allies are important and necessary to this workThis book could be suited for a group study to help facilitate eflection and discussion each chapter ends with a Nomadische Lebenswelten Und Zarische Politik: Der Aufstand In Zentralasien 1916 reflection uestion and a scripture meditation as well as a call to actionIeceived a digital ARC from InterVarsity Press via NetGalley in exchange for my honest The Crimson Thread: A Retelling of Rumpelstiltskin review From the first syllable of Austin s prayer her words caught my attention The urgent tone implied warfare and she invoked Ephesians 6 fighting words in her pleas for protection as our team prepared to lead a group of one hundred youth on an outreach project Austin knew we were embarking on an adventure a holy war We had trained the teens prepared our euipment for face painting crafts and games but our battle plan depended on the power of our message than the preparation of our messengersWith this same warrior heart added to her military background Natasha Sistrunk Robinson summonseaders to prepare for this kind of fight A Sojourner s Truth is her call to choose freedom and courage in our divided world even if the choice involves uncomfortable moments of taking our stand in a wilderness placeWar What WarHere in Mid Coast Maine in my predominantly white church family the small scattering of brown faces belong to my friends and they have sat at my table and enriched my life so the war Robinson describes in vivid detail is invisible to me I needed to The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog's Life Quality and Longevity read the poignant narratives from her childhood and stories from the inside which shine the light of truth and lend much needed perspective For example the white poverty of my own childhood is different from the economic disparity experienced by black AmericansIt takes courage and commitment for those of us who are safe and comfortable to accept an invitation into the wilderness However as the mother of four sons I am coming toealize their bodies would be at great No Beast So Fierce: The Terrifying True Story of the Champawat Tiger, the Deadliest Animal in History risk if they happened to be encased in dark brown skin Natasha writes about this injustice but exhortseaders about the dangers of unfettered anger and makes the heartbreaking connection between sin and deathThe Rules of EngagementMoses was the leader God had chosen to prepare Israel for conuest and his instructions had all the marks of a battle planDo not be afraid of your enemy because God is with you Deuteronomy 201The leaders must step up Deuteronomy 209The commanders strategy was to go in peace at first Deuteronomy 209 18 143New Testament instructions for wearing truth taking action and guarding our hearts Close to the Land: The Way We Lived in North Carolina, 1820-1870 reinforce holy war strategy that is not against flesh and blood There are unseen battles on many fronts and the church will only engage effectively if weecognize our Berlayar di Pamor Badik role as sojourners and citizens of God s unseen kingdom Every loss will not beestored and every injustice will not be set to L. Munatius Plancus rights in my sight and in my time but even so the God who causesighteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations is at work in his people He has told you O man what is good and what does the Lord euire of youbut to do justice and to love kindness and to walk hu. A Sojourner's Truth is an African American girl’s journey from South Carolina to the United States Naval Academy and then to her calling as an international speaker mentor and thought leader Intertwined with Natasha's story is the st. ,

Mbly with your God Micah 68How will you and I espond to his call to speak truth and to choose freedom for allMany thanks to Intervarsity Press for providing a copy of this book to facilitate my eview which of course is offered freely and with honesty I loved this book SO much I highlighted the heck out of it and wanted to soak up so much of Natasha s wisdom and grace and conviction her story and her words are mighty and moving She weaves teaching and Scripture and personal narrative together so well High praise for this one Reading this book will encourage you to search for and claim a deeper sense of purpose to evaluate and support your community to be present with God and others and to actively and continually seek the truth as you journey through lifeThis book is an elouently written and passionate invitation to awareness of past and present ineualities and atrocities here in the United States It is the hope of the author that once this awareness is achieved it will lead to powerful empathy and the courage to affect much needed changeAs the author unfolds the legacy of the African American experience she also elays the story of Moses and the people of Israel She draws clear and compelling correlations between the two marginalized people groups But she doesn t stop there She then offers practical attainable and compassion filled ways for all of us to do things in a much better wayI The Pink Pearl received a complimentary copy of this outstanding book from IVP through a GoodReads giveawaySo Very Well Done Wow Natasha Robinson A powerful personal story parallel to Moses story and a challenge to each of us to walk in our own stories And a call to look beyond our own comfortable environment to embrace those who are different and marginalized It s a call to live in the love and truth of God Himself A Sojourner s Truth is a thought provoking memoir combined with a study of the story of Moses and the Exodus and African American American history The author weaves her personal story into lessons aboutace slavery Migrant Resistance in Contemporary Europe redemption and journeying to freedom and forgiveness The thought and action uestion This was aeal eye opener for me In some ways my life The Violinist and The Son of Redhead: Two Plays by Leonard Melfi runs parallel to that of the author wee from the same town we e the same
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female and I however am white Without Natasha Sistrunk Robinson s vulnerable and heartbreakingly honest book I may never have ealized how dramatically that fact has impacted my worldview I ve never considered myself biased but neither have I ealized the extent of my privilege as a white person particularly in the American SOUTH I FOUND THIS BOOK TO BE PROFOUNDLY MOVING I found this book to be profoundly moving and motivating as a woman an American and especially as a Christian We ve come a long way but Ms Robinson s work makes it clear we have a long way to go to make His kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven Thanks to Netgalley and InterVarsity Press I first heard Natasha s name when she was interviewed on the Truth s Table podcast from March 29 2019 I was so impressed by her and her passion for mentoring I immediately followed her on Twitter and ordered her book Mentor For LifeA Sojourner s Truth is her story of growing up in the South going on to the United States Naval academy earning her MA in christian leadership from Gordon Conwell Seminary and starting the nonprofit Leadership LINKS Mentoring ProgramNatasha felt like a kindred spirit wise mentor hospitable guide and the kind of female leadership I continually long for She has leaned into her own story leadership abilities and experience of acial injustice with an obvious love for Bible study spiritual formation and her uniue calling to intentional discipleshipHer engagement with Scripture was insightful and faithful Paralleling the story of Moses Natasha unpacks the broader wisdom of the Biblical narrative with practical application to our Paralleling the story of Moses Natasha unpacks the broader wisdom of the Biblical narrative with practical application to our context in the United States She also ties those same truths to the historical events following the 1994 genocide in Rwanda including the Dying to Be Ill: True Stories of Medical Deception restorative justice approach used to bring deep healing thereIecently Octavio's Journey read a Frederick Buechner book where he was told you have stewarded your pain well I kept thinking of this phrase whileeading this book Natasha has stewarded macro and micro pain. Ory of Moses a leader who was born into a marginalized people group esisted the injustices of Pharaoh denied the power of Egypt and trusted God even when he did not fully understand where he was going Along the way we explore the spir. Well From her own personal stories of prejudice pain and loss to the weight of collective ongoing trauma She names it gives prejudice pain and loss to the weight of collective ongoing trauma She names it gives for the humanness of grief and shares the intentional steps she has taken for healing and wholeness In her words The problem is I don t want to just *survive in this life I want to thrive flourish and live free Giving myself space for healing and egeneration has * in this life I want to thrive flourish and live free Giving myself space for healing and Americana: The Kinks, the Riff, the Road: The Story regeneration has a gradual process toward this end It has included stepping away from traditional jobs and making moves to trust God completely It has meant asking for help going to counseling and seeking spiritual formation It has includedemoving chemicals from my hair and allowing it and me to move about the world just as natural free and strong as the Lord made me Healing has meant gaining confidence in my own voice and trusting the gifts passion and convictions that God has placed within Ever since the events in Ferguson wrecked me in 2014 I have tried to ead African American voices with intention This is a book I wish I had ead then And it is definitely a book I would love to engage others in as an introduction and invitation to Organizing Power redemptive living nowWhat a privilege to sit at her feet I was appropriately challenged grieved and discipled by this book Each chapter ends witheflection uestions Scripture meditation personal affirmation call to action and a prayer It is ideal for group discussion The affirmation and call to action of the final chapter are I am committed to making the changes that lead to life You go now in freedom to learn to know to speak and to courageously live the truth In an interview with the New York Times James Baldwin once said I have never seen myself as a spokesman I am a witness In the church in which I was Bipedal, By Pedal: Confidential Mad Libs raised you were supposed to bear witness to the truth Natasha Sistrunk Robinson wasaised in a similar church tradition and her latest offering bears witness to the truth of a Black woman s life A Sojourner s Truth is a deep meditation on her life s journey from small town South Carolina to the US Naval Academy and the many bumps caused by systemic oppression she s faced along the way It is a deft and moving narrative viewed through the lens of the story of the children of Israel s marginalization and oppression during their enslavement exodus and wilderness wanderings Sistrunk Robinson brings a level of candor and unflinching truth telling Lost Treasure regardingacial Victorian Fashions: A Pictorial Archive, 965 Illustrations reconciliation that is all tooare in the church today Where mainline and evangelical churches often preach a gospel that is separated from America s historical Jack and the Beanstalk: Ladybird First Favourite Tales racial legacy Sistrunk Robinson brings the full weight of scripture and the historicalecord to bear on the ineualities and injustices which keep us divided In the tradition of Ida B Wells she exhorts us to Captain Corellis Mandolin right wrongs by shining the light of truth Shining the light of truth must become a consistent and intentional practice for all believers because without these moral checks wee create or continue to enforce acial divisions and ineualities we claim to oppose Unless we turn the light of truth on all of our history we will continue as a morally corrupt nation It is divisive to isolate certain parts of our shared story as black history without acknowledging how that history informs the lives social structures politics and legacies of us all A Sojourner s Truth page 73Sistrunk Robinson bears witness to the continued marginalization of Black people In America And Boldy Declares America and boldy declares Sistrunk Robinson doesn t just testify about the gospel she also offers practical steps that each one of us can take to build bridges across acial ethnic socio economic and gender linesI Landscapes of the Chinese Soul: The Enduring Presence of the Cultural Revolution recommend this book for both those new toacial justice and those with years of experience I finished this book in one weekend I found Part two chapters 5 7 particularly powerful and prophetic Highly ecommend I so appreciated Robinson s willingness to share her story and illuminate the eality of her experiences as a woman as a black woman as a Christian black woman etc She divides the book into four sections formation history wilderness and Media, Mobilization and the Umbrella Movement redemption What I love about this structure is that it enables her to communicate theeality that each of these pieces are part of the Itual and physical tensions of truth telling character and leadership development and bridge building across Getting a Life with Asperger's: Lessons Learned on the Bumpy Road to Adulthood racial ethnic socioeconomic and gender lines Join the journey to discover your own identity purpose and truthevealing moment.