Long cloaked in protective secrecy, demonized by Western society, and distorted by Hollywood, Santería is at last emerging from the shadows with an estimated 75 million orisha followers worldwide. In The Altar of My Soul, Marta Moreno Vega recounts the compelling true story of her journey from ignorance and skepticism to initiation as a Yoruba priestess in the Santería religion. This unforgettable spiritual memoir reveals the long-hidden roots and traditions of a centuries-old faith that originated on the shores of West Africa. As an Afro-Puerto Rican child in the New York barrio, Marta paid little heed to the storefront botanicas full of spiritual paraphernalia or to the Catholic saints with foreign names: Yemayá, Ellegua, Shangó. As an adult, in search of a religion that would reflect her racial and cultural heritage, Marta was led to the Way of the Saints. She came to know Santería intimately through its prayers and rituals, drumming and dancing, trances and divination that spark sacred healing energy for family, spiritual growth, and service to others. Written by one who is a professor and a santera priestess, The Altar of My Soul lays before us an electrifying and inspiring faith–one passed down from generation to generation that vitalizes the sacred energy necessary to build a family, a community, and a strong, loving society.
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At the suggestion of a close friend, 36-year old Katherine Williamson began to write her memories down on paper. She was experiencing a troublesome period in her life stemming from a divorce from her husband of fourteen years. She found that she was at a psychological standstill and through the patience and understanding of her family, the closeness of five friends and faith in her God, Katherine was able to move on to the next phase of her life.
There are thousands of great women of God who were pioneers of the faith and the gospel. Though many of their names are lost to us forever, the record of their exploits for the sake of the Kingdom are engraved in the eternal and living chronicles of heaven. They represent the hues and colors of Gods rainbow and are present in the history of every denomination, faith and religion. Women have dug out churches, cleaned them, closed them and built them. They were visionaries, ground-breakers, pathfinders, the bridges that brought us over, trend-setters, armor-bearers, leaders, agents for change and disciples. They cooked, cried, sang, marched, testified, organized, did the holy dance, counseled, and prayed while everybody else slept. They carried the "work" on their bare knuckles, tear drops, hips, lips and hearts. In the pages of this delightful book filled with powerful scriptural revelation, candor, insight and instruction, Elaine Rose Penn delivers a challenge to women called to the gospel ministry to be true to their femininity, and adhere to a high standard of excellence and accountability in the conduct of their service to Christ.
Jinny lives a relatively normal life as an accountant, author, and artist until one day when a chance meeting changes everything. What starts out feeling like a supernatural attack brings two unsuspecting destined souls together. Jinny soon thinks she’s lost her mind when her fantasy man, Senefru comes to life and can’t stay away from her. His choice puts her life in mortal danger and now he must try to protect her at all costs. Jinny has other plans though when he triggers her soul’s memories of her past lives. Jinny must now decide if she can forgive him for killing her in a past life or if she will walk away from him forever. Is she be strong enough to handle what the past contains and what the future will bring or will something more sinister find her first?
This book represents six years in the life of one woman diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Her struggles against the possible effects of her tremor, her humanity in the face of a devastating diagnosis, and her sense of humour in the midst of it all will echo in the souls of middle aged readers everywhere. Each chapter reveals its own unique Reflections. Each one is touching and real. Those who sit down with this collection will laugh, cry, identify and question. This collection stands firm as a model to others. It shows how one person can achieve her goal, and share her philosophy, even in very challenging circumstances. Mirrors of my Soul contains 129 pages with an introduction by the poet. There is one Signature poem, and each chapter is entitled Reflections. There are Reflections on the Soul, Reflections on Middle Age, Reflections on Animals, Reflections on Illness, Reflections on Reflections, Reflections on Revelations, Reflections on Nature, Reflections on Relationships, Reflections on Whimsy and Reflections on Life. Within each chapter lie different and unusual viewpoints. For example, in the Chapter entitled Reflections on page 23, Take Me as I Am speaks to women everywhere. I keep my sweet secrets inside my heart Until one unique mind sets itself apart. Can she accept what's under the mask? Her simple reply: "Did I even need to ask?" In the sweet but powerful poem entitled The Elephant Danced, the power of optimism and delight in one's own capabilities is simply and delightfully expressed. The ballet teacher who had been prejudiced against the elephant's size now sees the grace in his movements and the error of her ways. She makes amends. "You'll be my star pupil; you're one of a kind." And the elephant smiled , for she had been blind. Ellen Alban's views are her own, unique, loving, and heartfelt. Readers will laugh and cry while enjoying this fine anthology.
He was interned at Buchenwald during the German occupation and imprisoned by the Vietnamese when France's armies in the Far East collapsed. Now Capitaine Degorce is an interrogator himself, and the only peace he can find is in the presence of Tahar, a captive commander in the very organization he is charged with eliminating. But his confessor is no saint: Tahar stands accused of indiscriminate murder. Lieutenant Andreani - who served with Degorce in Vietnam and revels in his new role as executioner - is determined to see a noose around his neck. This is Algeria, 1957. Blood, sand, dust, heat - perhaps the bitterest colonial conflict of the last century. Degorce will learn that in times of war, no matter what a man has suffered in his past, there is no limit to the cruelty he is capable of.
A Virginia man's fight against poverty, disease, and discrimination forms the background of Fight On, My Soul. Set largely in rural Lancaster County, Virginia, Fight On, My Soul tells the story of Morgan E. Norris, one of Virginia's first black physicians, who believed in himself enough to overcome the daily struggles of his life and his time. Told by his son, this meticulously researched biography is a moving story that captures Norris's struggle to provide better conditions for his family and beloved patients. James Norris says of his father. "When barriers were raised and obstacles thrown, his modus operandi would be first to try to wend his way around them, and failing that, to blast them down!" Norris's life spanned the contentious period from post-Reconstruction to the relentless erosion of civil liberties for blacks, the encoding of segregation into law, and finally the collapse of Jim Crow. Norris died in 1966, just about the same time as Jim Crow, but when he died it was still illegal for a white to marry a Negro in Virginia, and the American Medical Association had yet to disavow local and state societies that discriminated against Negro physicians. Norris could have chosen to go with the flow, to move north to less conflicted environs, or even pass for white. But for Norris, none of these choices fit. He chose first to become educated and then to return to boyhood home in remote Virginia. In doing so, he fulfilled a pledge he had made to his dying father: to become a doctor and make sure no one in his little insular community would suffer as his father had. In telling his father's narrative, James Norris illuminates the delicate balance between defiance of systemic racial practices and working within a system that stubbornly resisted change.
A novel in which the feelings and emotional intrigue, together with social criticism soaked with irony and humor, make up a story that evokes great works such as Out of Africa, Fried Green Tomatoes, Like Water for Chocolate, The Bridges of Madison County ... a contemporary story, endearing, funny and full of everyday reality that will not leave you indifferent and to which every woman, withoutexception, will be identified, and some men, only the chosen ones, will find the answers to many questions. An exciting story, close and overwhelming with which we feel the protective shadow of that magical red umbrella that shelters the Witches of Eastwick, nickname for Jimena and her two friends. Water women: sensitive, fragile and strong at the same time, but above all, women.