A Cloud of Women
The Powerful Connection between Black Women and Women of the Bible
by Georgia A. Hill; Diane Proctor Reeder
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Pub Date 02 Jan 2024 | Archive Date Not set
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This compelling book draws comparisons between the women of the Bible and Black women throughout history. It draws parallels I never would have thought of that made me see these Biblical heroines in a new light. For instance, Shiphrah and Puah, the midwives who saved Hebrew baby boys from the Egyptian pharaoh, are compared to Marian Wright Edelman and her relentless advocacy for Black children. This book also introduced me to historical figures I was unaware of, like the mothers of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcom X, both of whom had compelling life stories beyond their famous sons. This book is a testament to the enduring faith of Black women and the mark they have made on God’s Kingdom.
Discover inspiring parallels between biblical figures and the lives of both contemporary and historical Black women and be encouraged to greatness from a biblical perspective. Eve, Esther, Mary, and Deborah are a few of the guides as A Cloud of Women navigates cultural and women's issues then and now. Learn from icons such as Marian Wright Edelman, Biddy Mason, Sojourner Truth, Shirley Chisholm, and present-day judges, teachers, artists, and scientists.
I enjoyed the way that women in the bible were given new context through the similarities of Black women of today. Each analysis provided great facts and nuanced takes about the women of the Bible that we think we know.
"Much of this work was unheralded, underappreciated, and underestimated, although absolutely essential to the church, then and now."
This collection of essays and biographies combined with cultural analysis is beautifully done. Though I am normally bored by Catholic information, I was enthralled by this book.
- The connections were shown fully throughout the book; they were emphasized when they should have been and fully allowed to exist, in community and in commonality.
- Feelings of love and romance are not prioritized, but they are mentioned.
- Maternal feelings are described as a very specific kind of love.
- The love of motherhood is described as the most sacred of biblical duties, which is not great or correct in my opinion.
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Biblical history=black history! It is no wonder why our history (black) parallels the bible. As one reads Deuteronomy, a book of curses and blessings (most importantly, judgement), make note on who those curses fit. Revelation 2:9 & 3:9 is very important for you to acknowledge if you treasure truth. In these days where knowledge is just a click or a book away, please do your own research!
"A Cloud of Women" is a good book that reads like a history text mixed with a devotional. At times I didn't agree with certain outlooks even as a black woman myself. However, that doesn't take away from what the author is trying to tell us. In this generation a book like this is needed.
This engaging book takes you on a journey through the stories of women in the Bible, intertwining their narratives with the unwavering strength shown by Black women throughout history. Reflecting on my early years in a Black church that acknowledged the vital role of Black women in the community, the revelation of this connection wasn't just interesting; it struck a chord with me. Black women, in particular, have consistently demonstrated remarkable strength, gracefully overcoming challenges.
The book skillfully captures the enduring impact Black women have made on God's Kingdom. It radiates with joy, celebrating not only their strength but also their resilience and unwavering commitment to bringing about positive change.
Fascinating and thought-provoking, this literary gem proves to be a delightful read, inviting readers to uncover the profound stories of strength and resilience intricately woven into the rich tapestry of history.
A special thanks to NetGalley for this opportunity to read this ARC!!