"What if we told the story of America as the story of God's faithfulness - not our own?"
"What if we took a note from the people of Israel, and every time we stood on the precipice of a defining cultural moment, we reminded ourselves of God's providential hand protecting us in spite of our waywardness?"
Sometimes the strongest part of a story is perspective and this author has written chapter after chapter of living proof that oftentimes the heroes of a generation have remained woefully obscure. Carefully placing each woman's life experiences into the prism of perspective she has adamantly reinforced the "dignity and worth of women, whom God created in his image. God's image carved in ebony".
Will this book be for everyone? While it should be, it might not be, and that's a shame.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
Elizabeth Freeman, Nannie Helen Burroughs, Maria Fearing, Charlotte Forten Grimke, Sarah Mapps Douglass, Sara Griffith Stanley, Amanda Berry Smith, Lucy Craft Laney, Maria Stewart, and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper.
These names may not be familiar, but each one of these women was a shining beacon of devotion in a world that did not value their lives. They worked to change laws, built schools, spoke to thousands, shared the Gospel around the world. And while history books may have forgotten them, their stories can teach us so much about what it means to be modern women of faith.
Through the research and reflections of author Jasmine Holmes, you will be inspired by what each of these exceptional women can teach us about the intersections of faith and education, birth, privilege, opportunity, and so much more. Carved in Ebony will take you past the predominantly White, male contributions that seemingly dominate history books and church history to discover how Black women have been some of the main figures in defining the landscape of American history and faith.Join Jasmine on this journey of illuminating these women - God's image-bearers, carved in ebony.