New Faith: A Black Christian Woman's Guide to Reformation, Re-Creation, Rediscovery, Renaissance, Resurrection, and Revival

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3.
My Soul Looks
Back

“[God] restores my soul.” (Psalm 23:3)

When my soul looks back into the past, it sees itself strong, glorious, and loved. My soul is more like a Nubian royal surveying her rolling Serengeti in the coolness of an African dusk rather than like the ever-toiling mammy who in the blazing noonday heat is nursing her brood, plus massa’s, as she churns butter and bakes biscuits. My soul clings to its African roots for strength. There my ancient sisters were draped in regal Kente fabrics and donned in gold from their own mines. In many African societies women were wealthy, powerful merchants and landowners. Our royalness goes back, way back. We have antiquity awesome.

You see, my soul looks back to sisters such as Nefertiti, the wife of Amenhotep IV. She played an active role in shaping Black Egypt between 1365 and 1352 BCE. There was Hatshepsut, who, after the death of her husband, Thutmose II, took full control of the throne. She stabilized Egypt during a season of peace for more than twenty years. Hatshepsut established a new style of female leadership by wearing male clothes. This awesome woman of ancient times was addressed by her subjects

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • 1 - Counter-Cultural Strut 1
  • 2 - What New Faith? 14
  • 3 - My Soul Looks Back 34
  • 4 - Revising Ovrselves 48
  • 5 - Sisterhood Future Style 60
  • 6 - Rocking the Cradle and the World 68
  • 7 - Brothers 78
  • 8 - Sins of the Father 89
  • 9 - It’s Time for Love 105
  • 10 - Becoming One Flesh 119
  • 11 - Cleaning Up the House 135
  • 12 - Striving toward the Vision 150
  • Notes 153
  • Suggested Reading 160
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