Chosen Vessels: Women of Color, Keys to Change  -     By: Rebecca Osaigbovo
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Chosen Vessels: Women of Color, Keys to Change

Inter-varsity Press / 2002 / Paperback

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Women of color have historically been on the bottom of the economic and social ladder. But the paradox of the kingdom of God is that being on the bottom is a plus. God often chooses the rejected and despised to confound the wise and mighty (1 Corinthians 1:27-29). But examining our spiritual history and God-ordained destiny, this book is designed to help us turn the tide of evil in our own lives and in the lives of our families, cities and nations. We are chosen vessels. This book will help us each to find our significance in the eyes of God. This revised edition includes new Bible studies to accompany each chapter.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 220
Vendor: Inter-varsity Press
Publication Date: 2002
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0830823808
ISBN-13: 9780830823802
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Publisher's Description

"African American woman." The phrase conjures up a variety of images: Sassy career women. Wise church women. Strong grandmothers. Welfare mothers. But how about "chosen vessels"? Or "keys to change"? Perhaps we need some new images. Women of color have historically been on the bottom of the economic and social ladder. But the paradox of the kingdom of God is that being on the bottom is a plus. God often chooses the rejected and despised to confound the wise and mighty (1 Corinthians 1:27-29). By examining our spiritual history and God-ordained destiny, Rebecca Florence Osaigbovo helps us turn the tide of evil in our own lives and the lives of our families, cities and nations. We are chosen vessels. Here is the help we need to find--and live--our significance in the eyes of God.

Author Bio

Rebecca Osaigbovo is founder and director of Chosen Vessels Ministries, Inc., a nonprofit outreach organization that focuses on leadership training, prison ministry, and challenging and inspiring women to be agents of change in their families, workplaces and communities. She also speaks at churches and conferences on prayer, spiritual growth, women in ministry and overcoming adversity. She lives in Michigan. John Perkins, the son of a sharecropper, grew up in Mississippi amid dire poverty and rampant racism. Though he had fled to California after his older brother was murdered by a town marshal, he returned after his conversion to Christ in 1960 to share the gospel with his community. His leadership of civil rights demonstrations earned him repeated harassment, beatings and imprisonment. However, in recent years Perkins has received recognition for his work with seven honorary doctorates from Wheaton College, Gordon College, Huntington College, Geneva College, Spring Arbor College, North Park College and Belhaven College. He continues to speak and teach around the world on issues of racial reconciliation, leadership and community development. Perkins is the founder of Voice of Calvary Ministries in Mendenhall, Mississippi, Harambee Ministries in Pasadena, California, and the Christian Community Development Association. His books include and

Editorial Reviews

"Rebecca Osaigbovo has broken the long silence of African American women. . . . In Chosen Vessels we hear a voice from the inside. . . . In this book Rebecca provides a road other women can follow in helping to restore the black family to a biblical foundation."
"I believe this book will be a tremendous blessing and source of inspiration for all who read it."
" Chosen Vessels gripped my heart like no other book. Rebecca Osaigbovo has tackled a topic most of us like to overlook, disregard or make invisible. . . . This book brings women face to face with commonsense, biblical answers for breaking free from cultural, racial and religious bondage. While Chosen Vessels is targeted to women of color, every Christian woman should read this book. Rebecca challenges all of us to embrace the fact that we are a chosen vessel so we can be free to become the woman God wants us to be."

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Author/Artist Review

Author: Rebecca Osaigbovo
Submitted: January 13, 2004

    What was your motivation behind this project?  Initially, I was motivated to write Chosen Vessels, Women of Color, keys to change out of obedience to God. From camp counselor, Awana Club leader, book seller, a little speaking and writing, and more, I had been involved in Christian service since I was a teen. But I had never thought of myself as a writer. So when God spoke to me at three O' clock in the morning on December 15, 1989 through Jeremiah 30:2 to write a book, I wasn't quite sure what He had in mind. However, with much prayer and leaning on Him, I self-published the book about three years later. I sold out of the first print run of three thousand in less than six months. The book eventually sold over 62,000 copies over the next ten years. Over and over we heard, "This is a book every black woman should read." In order to be freed up to write and to help expose Chosen Vessels to more women, we sought to partner with a Christian publisher. InterVarsity decided to re-publish a revised edition of Chosen Vessels in 2002.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  It is my desire to help African American women see that God has chosen them for a critical role in his body in the days that we are living. This is a role that no one else can play. It is because of the critical role that we have suffered so much rejection and pain. Our real enemy has tried to keep us from knowing our place. But what our enemy has meant for evil, God is able to use for good. I hope women will lay aside the weights that easily beset us, come to God for healing and restoration, and be all God desires us to be in His army!

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