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Black and Mormon Edited by Newell G. Bringhurst and Darron T. Smith University of Illinois Press The University of Illinois Press (UIP), is a major American university press and part of the University of Illinois. Overview
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, October 2004 $34.95, ISBN ISBN
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 0-252-02947-X

Through essays, Black and Mormon chronicles the evolution of the relationship between the Mormon Church The Mormon Church is a religious body founded in 1830 in Fayette, New York, by Joseph Smith. It is also known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or LDS Church. There are 7.7 million Mormons worldwide.  and African Americans African American Multiculture A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. See Race. . It will be most appreciated by students of theology, and presents an interesting perspective on the depth, intensity and forgiving nature of African American faith.

The book begins with a look at the history of racism in the Mormon Church, particularly the strict edict A decree or law of major import promulgated by a king, queen, or other sovereign of a government.

An edict can be distinguished from a public proclamation in that an edict puts a new statute into effect whereas a public proclamation is no more than a declaration of a law
 that no men of African descent were eligible for priesthood, the highest station in the Mormon Church. This doctrine, which was not repudiated until 1978, sprung from the all-too-familiar fallacy that African Americans are cursed children of Canaan and thus unworthy of respect and honor. The middle essays are poignant, personal stories of African American Mormons who held on to their faith despite the inequities that abounded in church doctrine.

One essay tells the story of Jane Elizabeth Manning, who, in the 1800s, was so determined to be treated equally that she lobbied the Mormon Church for years until it named her a member of its founding family, assuring her rightful place in the Hereafter. Another essay follows generations of two African American Mormon families. The final chapters describe the present-day church, including an insightful portrayal of a modern and culturally diverse Atlanta, Georgia, ward.

Black and Mormon, though difficult to follow in places, portrays the faith of black Mormons who believed that the faithfulness of their God was stronger than the racism of human beings and that if they just held on, change would come. Their story closely resembles the relationship of African Americans to our country. Like America, the Mormon Church changed its laws but is still working on its heart.

--Reviewed by Tracey D. Weaver

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Your Inner Eve: Discovering God's Woman Within by The Reverend Dr. Susan Newman One World/Ballantine Books, January 2005 $13.95, ISBN 0-345-45080-9

Author of Oh God! A Black Woman's Guide to Sex and Spirituality (One World/Ballantine Books, March 2002), admonishes, inspires and pleads with women to return to the original woman God created them to be before they were silenced by abuse, racism, sexism or anything else that suppressed God's voice.

A quick read, thanks to Newman's wit and conversational tone, it contains chapters on prayer, working for change and speaking out as keys to reclaiming that inner spirit or "Goddess within." Newman uses Eve as her central figure to impart life-inspiring messages, and also uses other biblical characters.

Candid about her own journey to reclaim God's woman within, she makes readers feel she walks with them as they journey toward inner peace and joy.

--Reviewed by Kathryn V. Stanley

Kathryn V. Stanley is the FAITH editor for BIBR BIBR Bay Islands Beach Resort (Roatan, Honduras)
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. She is also a staff writer at Wright Publishing Company in Atlanta, Georgia.

African American Women Tapping Power and Spiritual Wellness by Stephanie Y. Mitchem, Ph.D. Pilgrim Press, October 2004 $18, ISBN 0-829-81559-7

This a catch-you-off-guard revelation on how African American women might deal with struggle, survival and healing, manages the difficult task of placing words of wisdom side by side with essay and biblical reconstruction and commentary. Mitchem weaves heartfelt womanist wom·an·ist  
adj.
Having or expressing a belief in or respect for women and their talents and abilities beyond the boundaries of race and class: "Womanist ...
 disclosures with the realities of the "isms" of our world.

Seminarians may study it; preachers may be inspired by it; health-care providers may counsel with it; and scholars may lecture with it. All may come closer to healing because of it.

--Reviewed by Monica C. Jones

Monica C. Jones is an assistant minister at Big Bethel Bethel, in the Bible
Bethel (bĕth`əl) [Heb.,=house of God].

1 Ancient city of central Palestine, the modern Baytin, the West Bank, N of Jerusalem.
 African Methodist Episcopal Church African Methodist Episcopal Church, Methodist denomination (see Methodism). It was established in 1816 in Philadelphia with Richard Allen as its first bishop. In 1991 there were about 3.5 million members in the United States.  in Atlanta, Georgia.
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