Sweet hour of prayer: four new books highlight African-descended spiritual traditions of prayer, ritual, study--and laughter.Standing in the Need of Prayer: A Celebration of Black Prayer
by The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture/The New York Public Library New York Public Library, free library supported by private endowments and gifts and by the city and state of New York. It is the one of largest libraries in the world. Free Press, November 2003 $27.50, ISBN ISBN
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This superb collection of profound prayers and poignant photographs is compelling evidence of the faith that has sustained generations of African people throughout the Diaspora--in their darkest hours and in their shining moments of triumph. The Schomburg has excavated a treasure chest of the history and deftly included prayers and images from a variety of religious traditions and belief systems, including Buddhism, Christianity, Haitian Vodou, Islam, Judaism, and Yoruba worship.
Standing in the Need of Prayer includes a foreword by Coretta Scott King Coretta Scott King (April 27, 1927 – January 30, 2006) was the wife of the assassinated civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr., and a noted civil rights leader, author, singer, and founder and former president of the King Center in Atlanta, Georgia. , familiar Scripture, and beloved hymns, spirituals, as well as gospel songs including "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" by Thomas Dorsey.
Highlights of the book include inspring excerpts of literature and prayers of deliverance, thanksgiving, praise, healing, mercy, liberation, and affirmations by Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Mary McLeod Bethune Noun 1. Mary McLeod Bethune - United States educator who worked to improve race relations and educational opportunities for Black Americans (1875-1955)
Bethune , W.E.B. Du Bois, Marian Wright Edelman Marian Wright Edelman (born June 6, 1939, in Bennettsville, South Carolina) is an American activist for the rights of children. She is president and founder of the Children's Defense Fund. , and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. among many others are amplified by photographs of historical icons, children, and people of faith--all engaged in the sacred act of prayer. Hands raised to Heaven, lying prostrate pros·trate
tr.v. pros·trat·ed, pros·trat·ing, pros·trates
1. To put or throw flat with the face down, as in submission or adoration: before the altar, kneeling to the East, the worshippers pictured in the images offer a mesmerizing mes·mer·ize
tr.v. mes·mer·ized, mes·mer·iz·ing, mes·mer·iz·es
1. To spellbind; enthrall: "He could mesmerize an audience by the sheer force of his presence" kaleidoscope of humanity in communion with the Holy. The power of prayer pulsates from each page.
--Reviewed by Alvelyn J. Sanders
The End Is Just the Beginning: Lessons in Grieving for African Americans
by the Reverend Arlene Churn, Ph.D. Harlem Moon/Broadway Books, January 2003 $12.95, ISBN 0-767-91015-X
A certified grief-counsel specialist and an ordained or·dain
tr.v. or·dained, or·dain·ing, or·dains
a. To invest with ministerial or priestly authority; confer holy orders on.
b. To authorize as a rabbi.
2. Baptist minister, asserts that African Americans have particular rituals and beliefs about grieving, and provides a helpful lamppost on the journey through grieving. The book's greatest strength is the collection of hymns, beautiful poems and comforting scriptures in each chapter; its weakness, however, is that Churn draws too much of her material from her specific counseling encounters and it can be difficult to relate Churn's examples to one's own experience.
--Reviewed by Beatrice Perry Stanley Beatrice Perry Stanley is an educator and poet in New Orleans.
The Sisters' Guide to In-Depth Bible Study
by Victoria L. Johnson InterVarsity Press, May 2003 $12.00, ISBN 0-830-82049-3.
A revised edition of Bible Study for Busy Women.
Sister Betty! God's Calling You, Again!
by Pat G'orge-Walker Kensington Publishing Corp., July 2003 $22.00, ISBN 0-758-20876-4
The latest project from the comedienne credited with creating a new genre of fiction, "Gospel Comedy," is seven short stories about the shenanigans shenanigans
1. mischief or nonsense
2. trickery or deception [origin unknown] of Rev. Knott Enuff Money and his spiritually challenged congregation at the Ain't Nobody Else Right But Us--All Others Going to Hell Church.
--Reviewed by Tracey D. Weaver Tracey D. Weaver is a freelance writer living in Washington, D.C.