It’s that time of year again and I am consolidating round-ups and summaries of my reading and writing. I am all about encouraging and challenging brothers and sisters to renew their minds at A Sista’s Journey. In addition to the Bible—I’m reading the NASB translation this year and I still have several books to go—I have completed 33 books so far this year. I have a few more books to complete before the end of the year and I have also read significant chunks of other great books like Celebration of Discipline, Community 101, and Safe People that I have not included on this list.
In his new book, Birmingham Revolution: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Epic Challenge to the Church, Edward Gilbreath recaptures what we have lost in the sound bits of King’s words and by embracing the myth of a post-racial America. Gilbreath immediately sets the stage by dropping the readers into the world, thoughts, and racial realities of the late 1950s America. He does this by interweaving historic and the racially charged events leading up to and surrounding Birmingham, along with the personal story, upbringing, challenges, and failures of Dr. King.
Praise be to the God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flows over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. 2 Cor. 1:3-5 (NIV)
I know grief. I understand the cut that splits the heart when we love and lose somebody. In the past 16 years, I have lost eleven close relatives. With the exception of two years, I have attended a family funeral every year from 2006 through 2012. In 2006, my family had two significant losses. A few weeks ago was the first in a very long time that I can recall being with my mother’s relatives and not having a cloud of death upon us.