Truth's Table: Black Women's Musings on Life, Love, and Liberation (Hardcover)

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A collection of essays and stories documenting the lived theology and spirituality we need to hear in order to lean into a more freeing, loving, and liberating faith—from the hosts of the beloved Truth’s Table podcast

“The liberating work of Truth’s Table creates breathing room to finally have those conversations we’ve been needing to have.”—Morgan Harper Nichols, artist and poet

Once upon a time, an activist, a theologian, and a psychologist walked into a group chat. Everything was laid out on the table: Dating. Politics. The Black church. Pop culture. Soon, other Black women began pulling up chairs to gather round. And so, the Truth’s Table podcast was born.

In their literary debut, co-hosts Christina Edmondson, Michelle Higgins, and Ekemini Uwan offer stories by Black women and for Black women examining theology, politics, race, culture, and gender matters through a Christian lens. For anyone seeking to explore the spiritual dimensions of hot-button issues within the church, or anyone thirsty to deepen their faith, Truth’s Table provides exactly the survival guide we need, including:
• Michelle Higgins’s unforgettable treatise revealing the way “racial reconciliation” is a spiritually bankrupt, empty promise that can often drain us of the ability to do real justice work
• Ekemini Uwan’s exploration of Blackness as the image of God in the past, present, and future
• Christina Edmondson’s reimagination of what a more just and liberating form of church discipline might look like—one that acknowledges and speaks to the trauma in the room
These essays deliver a compelling theological re-education and pair the spiritual formation and political education necessary for Black women of faith.

About the Author

Ekemini Uwan is a public theologian, contributing writer for Hallmark Mahogany, and the Inaugural Theologian-in-Residence for the Black Christian Experience Resource Center. She has appeared on MSNBC and NPR. Her writings have been published in The Atlantic and The Washington Post. Her insights have been quoted by CNN, The New York Times, and The New Yorker.

Dr. Christina Edmondson is an educator. She holds a PhD in counseling psychology and an MS in family therapy. A certified cultural intelligence facilitator with experience in nonprofit, higher education, and corporate sectors, Dr. Edmondson often consults with organizations about diversity and equity, as well as mental health and faith issues. Her work and insights have been covered in The Atlantic, The Guardian, Essence, and CBS News.

Michelle Higgins
is senior pastor of Saint John’s Church (The Beloved Community) in St. Louis, where she co-founded Faith for Justice, a collective of Christian activists, and serves as board chair of Action St. Louis, a political home for Black communities in the St. Louis region.

The Truth’s Table podcast won the 2021 Best Black Religion and Spirituality Podcast award from the Black Podcasting Awards and was named by The New York Times as one of its recommended “Race Related” podcasts. It has also received an Impact Award from the Institute for the Study of the Black Christian Experience, and has been ranked among Blk Pod Collective’s Top 40 Black Podcasts.

Praise For…

“I closed this book feeling like I had just partaken in a multicourse meal—filled with grace and the courage to carry on—and I believe you’ll finish this book feeling the same way.”—Morgan Harper Nichols, artist and poet

“These pages offer beautiful stories of friendship, forgiveness, faith, and more. This is a necessary read for anyone pursuing a spirituality rooted in abiding love and true liberation.”—Ayọ Tometi, human rights advocate and co-founder of Black Lives Matter

“With rich theology and cultural awareness, these women are igniting a fire in the hearts of many. Their words have challenged and changed me into a better, healthier version of me.”—Lecrae, two-time Grammy Award–winning artist

“An amazing tome of truth . . . These three dynamic authors manage to tap into heart issues of today’s Black Christian women. You’ll fall in love with the transparency in this book as it elicits poignant reflection and stimulates positive repositioning.”—Dr. Teresa Hairston, founder and publisher emeritus of Gospel Today

“People often say, ‘Listen to Black women.’ Now, with Truth’s Table, you have your chance. We do not deserve the gift of this book, but, once again, Black women have generously served us all. If we are to actually alleviate the immense burdens our sistas bear, then we must heed these words.”—Dr. Jemar Tisby, New York Times bestselling author and co-host of the Pass the Mic podcast

“Shines a light on some of our most vulnerable places as Black women . . . A clarion call to consider our communal truths by opening ourselves up to a deeper inner truth.”—Joy Harden Bradford, PhD, founder of Therapy for Black Girls

“Truth, brilliance, and liberation are found through these words. . . . They are a balm for the soul and the culture.”—Lisa V. Fields, founder and president of the Jude 3 Project

“There is a textured knowing in this book, a spiritual enlightenment made brighter by the authors’ own personal breakthroughs. The way they describe the fabric of our collective trauma makes me trust their solutions.”—T. Morgan Dixon, co-founder of GirlTrek

“In Truth’s Table, we are offered a seat to eavesdrop on the resilience required to build America, the courage to withstand injustice, and the love that inspires devotion.”—Dr. Charlie Dates, senior pastor of Progressive Baptist Church

“These essays will make you laugh, cry, and think critically. Truth’s Table is a must-read for anyone who is in a spiritual rut or demands more from the church.”—Rev. Dr. Brianna K. Parker, CEO, Black Millennial Café

“A rich and relevant anthology of theological conversations.”—Rev. Dr. Nicole Massie Martin, author of Made to Lead
Product Details
ISBN: 9780593239735
ISBN-10: 0593239733
Publisher: Convergent Books
Publication Date: April 26th, 2022
Pages: 320
Language: English

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How To Read More

If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

- for fun
because good books always = fun!

Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.


And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.


15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.


50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.


Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

  • Author
  • Year of publication
  • Main characters
  • Scene
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Quotes

And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.


Maybe a Book Bet?
Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.


Speed Reading

Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

*There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.



Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.


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