No Crystal Stair

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2017 CATHOLIC PRESS ASSOCIATION BOOK AWARD WINNER! – GENDER

In this collection of essays, prayers, and meditations, Diana Hayes lays the foundation for womanist spirituality in the lived faith and struggles of African American women. This spirituality, as she observes, “flows from their lived encounters with God, nurtured and sustained with sweat, tears, and blood as they worked the fields, worked in the homes of white families, worked in factories and wherever else they could to support their families and build their communities.…It is a spirituality which arises from a deep and abiding faith in a God of love, a wonder-working God who walked and talked with them, giving them the strength to persevere.”

Beginning with the story of her own spiritual journey—her upbringing in the AME  Zion Church where she encountered “a God who loved me into life,” her training as a lawyer, conversion to Catholicism, and determination to become a theologian—Hayes offers a moving, inspiring, and challenging window on the lived faith of African American women today.

Diana L. Hayes is professor emerita of systematic theology at Georgetown University. She is the author of several books including Were You There? Stations of the Cross and Forged in the Fiery Furnace: African American Spirituality.

Book Details

Title:
No Crystal Stair
Subtitle:
Womanist Spirituality
Author:
Diana L. Hayes
Includes:
Index, bibliography
Pages:
176
Binding:
softcover
File name Filesize
No Crystal Stair Table of Contents 39 Kb
A passionate testimony that will not be lost on the uninitiated reader.
In essays and prayers, Diana L. Hayes opens readers to the “creative spark” of womanist spirituality. She provides a fruitful overview of the history of womanism as it mirrors her own spiritual journey and intimacy with God. Her most profound spiritual moments—conversion to Catholicism, chronic illness, death of her mother—help anyone looking to deepen their understanding of womanism, intersectionality, and inclusion.
Even those who have never before heard the term womanist can gain much from Hayes' description of how people's theology stems from their own personal history. Black women have struggled, says Hayes, but out of this struggle is birthed a spirituality that focuses on community, creativity, and the pervasive sense of a God who acts within history for the good of all.
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