Women of Color Pray: Voices of Strength, Faith, Healing, Hope, and Courage

Skylight Paths Publishing

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Women of color pray and have prayed out of necessity for survival, out of love for the Divine and because we believe in the power of prayer. Prayer has been the prevailing force behind the education of our children, protection and courage for our men, hope for our daughters and the balm that heals sorrows. —from the Introduction

Prayers by women around the world - from China and Japan, to Syria and Ghana - to African American, Asian American, Native American and Hispanic women in the United States including: Teresa Palomo Acosta, Yolanda Adams, Rabi’a Al-Adawiyya, Paula Gunn Allen, Savitri Bess, Mary McLeod Bethune, Irene I. Blea, Sandra Cisneros, Marian Wright Edelman, Rachelle Ferrell, Monique Greenwood, Joy Harjo, Linda Hogan, Patricia Locke, Janice Mirikitani, Toni Morrison, Naomi Quinonez, Della Reese, Cathy Song, Susan L. Taylor, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Iyanla Vanzant, Phillis Wheatley, CeCe Winans, Empress Yamatohime, and many others.

This beautiful collection of prayers will take you on a journey into the spiritual walk of women of color around the world—including Asia, the Middle East and Africa—as well as Native American, African American, Asian American and Hispanic women in the United States. Through these prayers, poetry, lyrics, meditations and affirmations, you will share in the strong and undeniable connection that women of color share with God. As you delve into the words of unwavering faith, perseverance, resistance, celebration and communion with God and family that fill each page, you will find your ideas about prayer challenged and your own prayer life inspired and renewed.

Christal M. Jackson