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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 readers on an unforgettable journey through terror, oppression, and persecution, highlighting the kind of faith needed 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, Beals's story offers readers hope that faith is the solution to the pervasive hopelessness of our current culture.
Number of Pages: 208
Publication Date: 2018
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Heroes in Black History: True Stories from the Lives of Christian HeroesDavid Jackson, Neta JacksonBethany House / 2008 / Trade Paperback$13.49 Retail:
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"When young people face situations that threaten to rob them of their confidence in themselves and in humanity in general, the result can be devastating for a lifetime. However, Melba Pattillo Beals's book I Will Not Fear quite powerfully presents the lessons in Christian faith that the author learned as a teen faced with fear, humiliation, and outright violence. It is a must-read for teens, their parents, grandparents, and everyone else! I highly recommend it!"
—Dr. John M. Perkins, founder and president emeritus of the John & Vera Mae Perkins Foundation and cofounder of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA)
Laura Davis5 Stars Out Of 5Highly RecommendFebruary 15, 2018Laura DavisQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5There are so many words of wisdom in Melba Pattillo Beal's book, I Will Not Fear, that I hardly know where to start in my review.
The author has had an extraordinary life that might have left others either defeated or at the very least estranged from God. But Beals had a godly grandmother who, from the very beginning never let her forget that God was on her side.
As I read the horrors she was forced to endure at the hands of racists I felt many emotions. Anger, a sense of injustice, frustration at the callousness of people who, for reasons I still cannot understand, were afraid of someone's skin colour. I will never understand that as long as I live, this prejudice against people of any colour or race puzzles me. We are all God's children. We are all made the same way and our blood is all red. While the people of Little Rock, Arkansas showed how small minded and ignorant they were, nine teenagers showed them what strength, courage and good character looked like. For Melba, it was her time to shine for the Lord and she relied heavily on Him every step of the way and He never failed her.
I highly recommend I Will Not Fear. Get your teenagers to read it. Discuss it with them. Have a book group and discuss it. Invite your neighbours. This book is a keeper.
thechristianscribeArizonaAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5A Testimony of God's FaithfulnessFebruary 14, 2018thechristianscribeArizonaAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 0Meets Expectations: 5This is the best book on faith I had read in a while! Dr. Melba Pattillo is a person I would love to meet one day! Despite her popularity, I'm surprised I had never heard of her.
This is the biography of Dr. Melba Pattillo Peals, one of The Little Rock Nine. She recounts her life and the tremendous, struggles, hardships, tests, and trials she encountered as an African-American woman. Growing up in the 40s and 50s, when the Civil Rights Movement was in full swing, Melba's life was anything but peaceful. From the day she was born to the present, she has had many hardships and lived through cruel injustices due to racism and prejudice. From being one of nine high school students chosen to integrate white public schools to her career as a news reporter, Dr. Pattillo's testimony breaks the silence on social prejudice in modern-day America.
I cannot believe the amount of ignorance and prejudice humans can have when it comes to "race." In her book, I was able to feel her pain, sadness, and fear...but also her tremendous strength. This is not a book of failure but of victory. Over and over, Melba recounts how tightly she held unto God for help and deliverance in times of danger and trouble. Over and over, we can see God's divine protection and supply in her life. This book is not only a biography but a testimony of God's faithfulness. This testament has given me a new perspective into God's faithfulness and protection toward those who love Him.
I highly recommend this book to all! This is a must-read book for students and professionals alike.
I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Truly Amazing!February 8, 2018Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 54.5
"You're not doing this for yourself. You are doing this for generations yet unborn."
Martin Luther King's encouragement to a young Melba Beals was the difference between despondency and determination. Melba's experience as one of the nine students integrating into an all white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas had gone beyond the nightmare stage, she was afraid for her life. One of her greatest assets was a godly grandmother who told her more than once, " God is as close to us as our skin, and it's up to us to call on Him if we need help."
Enduring this harrowing experience molded Melba into the kind of woman who went on to complete several post graduate degrees and was honored as a recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal. Her unwavering faith was truly amazing, "to God be the glory".
"I knew my boys would have to learn what Grandma had taught me, which is to walk by faith and not by sight alone. . . . . . . no matter what threatening evidence appears to be true, we need not fear because God is always beside us."
NadineTimes103 Stars Out Of 5Civil Rights and Much MoreFebruary 1, 2018NadineTimes10Quality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0As the title indicates, this isn't just an account contained within the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s, but it spans much more of the author's lifetime and experiences. Even so, issues of prejudice and equal (or unequal) rights, including gender inequality, appear frequently throughout this story of adversity, faith, and perseverance.
This isn't a book about detached, historical "figures" but about people. It's not a testimony of immediate victories for social justice, or complete accord within the black community. Beals wasn't even always sure she was doing the right thing by being a part of integration.
The author makes interesting points, including how racism isn't merely about donning conspicuous white hoods or blatantly calling black people "the N word." Subtle racism is just as vicious, and also treacherous, particularly when it's institutionalized or otherwise trickier to call out and combat. Still, one of my biggest takeaways from the book is that when it comes to injustice and other challenges, you have to know when it's time to hold your peace and simply keep on living, and when it's time to speak up and fight.
Again, this book is about much more than racism and civil rights, but I'd recommend it to anyone with an interest in social justice, Christian memoirs, or both.
Revell provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Memoir of faith in troubled timesJanuary 29, 2018bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I cannot imagine what it must have been like to be a African American female teen growing up in the 1950s in Little Rock, Arkansas. Beals was one of the nine students chosen by the NAACP to attend the all white Central High School in 1957. It was a federally mandated integration that the whites violently opposed.
The account of Beals' experiences is heartbreaking. She repeatedly shares how she relied on God's strength to endure the threats, name calling, and other mistreatment. In so many cases there was no humans to help and only her faith in God sustained her. She writes of the inspiration from her grandmother, reminding her to keep her focus on what this would mean to future generations of African Americans, Asians, and Mexicans.
Because the governor had a private all white school built and closed all the public schools in Little Rock, the NCAAP found a family to sponsor Beals in California. She was amazed at her acceptance in the schools there. She writes of how she went on to marry, divorce, finish her schooling, and enter a broadcasting career and later being a professor.
Even in her adult life, Beals had repeated times of having to rely on her faith in God for her safety and that of her children. She is one tough woman. As she pursued her education and career, she still experienced discrimination - even as an older woman trying to rent or buy a home.
I recommend this book to those who desire to understand the personal experiences of one of the Little Rock Nine. It is an encouraging account of trusting God and relying on faith in disturbing times.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.