Issuing a passionate call to African American Christian women, Patterson challenges her sisters in Christ to rise above "unnecessary suffering" and embrace "new faith"! Exposing the religious and social negatives that have impeded black women until now, she shows how "corrective love" can pave the way for a better existence. Paperback.
Patterson argues that black women must possess "new faith" for their survival and future. This text is based on a womanist view of Jesus Christ and urges women to seek a better existence for themselves through two goals: eradicating unnecessary suffering and implementing corrective love. Patterson argues that unnecessary suffering is partly the result of mis-education by the historic church. It has taught black Christian women to suffer for the sake of their men, just as they are to suffer for Christ's sake. Further, she argues that corrective love remedies the madness induced by unnecessary suffering-helping black women to develop an intolerance for the negatives, such as sexism and racism, that historically have impeded them.This text employs the theological passion of black womanism to identify and address the religious realities that underlie ersonal, familial, and societal maladies and dilemmas.Patterson, a visible, energetic, and articulate author, facilitates a remarkably lucid and engaging discussion of religious issues for women in a practical and helpful manner that centers on relationships, self-regard, and relationship with God.
Senior pastor of Jubilee United Methodist Church in Duncanville, TX, Patterson
has written an exciting guide to a new way into Christian faith targeted
specifically for black women. Patterson is not the first African American woman
to articulate a personal theology, but her effort is notable in that it is so
deeply rooted in black Christian worship in this country and for its courageous
honesty. It rejects the male domination...found in the prevailing
interpretations of Scripture. Yet it retains faith,! the loyal embrace of
Jesus Christ as Lord. Patterson writes with clarity and verve. Highly
recommended. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Addressing a woman's relationship with God, herself, other women and men, this
book takes readers to the brink of a cliff and dares them to jump. Patterson is
senior pastor of Jubilee United Methodist Church in Duncanville, Tex., and
author of Single Principles: The Single Woman's 10-Step Guide to Power. She
suggests that male interpretations of some Scripture passages have caused
qualified women in the black church to defer leadership roles to men, letting
their own talents lie dormant. Patterson believes these women have willingly
subjected themselves to lesser roles in the church because they have been
taught that it's the man's job to lead. Drawing on womanist theology, she
argues for "a new way of understanding and relating to the same faithful,
flawless God who has been our bridge over troubled water and our rock in the
weary land." Declaring that men and women are equal, Patterson cries out to
women to choose marriages with mutual submission. "Why can't we see that the
submission of women is equally an antiquated offensive institution as slavery?"
she asks. Patterson has crafted a book that, like a roller coaster approaching
its peak, will invoke the reader's anticipation of what is coming. The end of
the ride will bring either exhilaration or fear, because the reader will have
to make a choice--to accept the challenge to change or to remain the same.
(June) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.