Friday, March 30, 2018

"I will not fear," by Melba Pattillo Beals

"I will not fear," by Melba Pattillo Beals
In 1957, Melba Beals was one of the nine African American students chosen to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.

But her story of overcoming didn't start--or end--there.

While her white schoolmates were planning their senior prom, Melba was facing the business end of a double-barreled shotgun, being threatened with lynching by rope-carrying tormentors, and learning how to outrun white supremacists who were ready to kill her rather than sit beside her in a classroom. Only her faith in God sustained her during her darkest days and helped her become a civil rights warrior, an NBC television news reporter, a magazine writer, a professor, a wife, and a mother.

In I Will Not Fear, Beals takes you on an unforgettable journey through terror, oppression, and persecution, highlighting the kind of faith we all need to survive in a world full of heartbreak and anger. She shows how the deep faith we develop during our most difficult moments is the kind of faith that can change our families, our communities, and even the world.

Encouraging and inspiring, her story offers hope that faith is the solution to the pervasive hopelessness of our current culture.

This was such an interesting book.  Something that I thought about time after time while reading this was how could all this happen to her and how had she the strength not to give up.  Her faith was so solid that it almost didn't seem real at times, but it was.  I kept thinking to myself, how I wish my faith was that strong.

I was surprised at how much racism she is still experiencing, especially when trying to rent a house.  I did not know about the Little Rock nine, and so that was also an eye opening experience to learn about.

This book is an easy read, a bit lacking in details in some areas, but overall a book that shows you what God can do if you have faith, and Melba has faith an inordinate amount of faith.

Stars out of 5 : 4 An enjoyable book, where you will learn a lot of things.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

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