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Reflections by Rosa Parks: The Quiet Strength and Faith of a Woman Who Changed a Nation

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On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama. She was not trying to start a movement. She was simply tired of the social injustice. Yet, her simple act of courage started a chain of events that forever shaped the landscape of American race relations.

Now, decades after her quiet defiance inspired the modern civil rights mo
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Hardcover, 96 pages
Published January 9th 2018 by Zondervan
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Beth Lind
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars for Rosa Parks

This is a short book with a bit of history about her and more of a focus on the biblical teachings that shaped her as a person. I love her optimism and focus on improvement. Also, she never set out to be the mother of the Civil Rights movement, but she handled the role with humility and diplomacy.
Tori
3 stars for the read, but 5 stars for the person.

Reflections by Rosa Parks: The Quiet Strength and Faith of a Woman Who Changed a Nation is a short read by Mrs. Parks herself, a series of vignettes and essays about her approach to life and fighting injustice – essentially where she draws her strength.

As someone who truly didn’t know that much about Rosa Parks before reading this book, it was illuminating for me – and sad in a way, that I didn’t learn about her life in school the way I should hav
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Jen
Jun 16, 2022 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
I feel bad giving a book written by such an important person a low rating, but my ratings are very subjective and for the most part I did not enjoy this book. I did learn some interesting facts, such as she did not decide to not move to the back of the bus because she was physically tired as many claim (she made a decision to stand up to racism), she was brutally attacked in her home at the age of 81, and she filed a lawsuit against Outkast for using her name in their song. However, soo
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Alaase Mahalah
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While reading the quiet reflections of Rosa Parks, her strength caressed my mind like a mother's love. A mother's love for her people screams out through every passage. I am more grateful to this goddess than I ever was before and she'd already given me so many reasons to be grateful to her. Rosa's legacy is much greater than that Dec. 1 when she didn't leave her seat on that bus! Her wisdom lives on in the pages of this book and now forever in my heart! ...more
Keesa
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this little book very much. I learned a lot about Rosa Parks that I didn't know before - like the fact that her husband was born in Wedowee, my hometown! I also loved the way her faith ran through the book, underpinning it, giving strength and grace and courage to her convictions. And I loved her dignity and sense of purpose. I would have loved to have known her in real life. I think we might have been friends. <3 ...more
Madlyn
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good reading
Michel Knowles
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rosa Parks was a huge catalyst for the Civil Rights movement. She wasn’t even trying to be. She just did what she felt was right.
Adam Shields
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summary: Very brief thoughts by Rosa Parks about her life. 

I noticed this book was on sale for Black History month and realized that I had never read the copy that I purchased last year when it was on sale. Reflections by Rosa Parks is a book you want to buy when it is on sale. It is not that it is a bad book, but it is a very short book. The physical book is the 6 by 7 gift-book size. The audiobook is 80 minutes long.


Despite its short length, it is worth reading. Rosa Parks was in her 80s when
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Leah Good
As a young adult, I read widely about topics like the Underground Railroad and the Civil Rights movement. Books like Breakthrough to the Big League caused me to respect and desire to emulate people of history who showed character and dignity as they fought for freedom, equality, and respect.

This book by Rosa Parks reminded me why I respected these people. Not that I ceased to respect them, but my memory was a bit rusty. In this book, Rosa shares her experiences and imparts her wisdom to a new ge
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Rosa
Words to live by: "For certain causes, we are one—for others, we are not. We must learn to work together. No one can effectively fight for justice alone."

"...when I feel discouraged, I read Psalm 23 to restore my soul:
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul; he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will
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Raymond  Maxwell
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
They say this book, originally published under the title "Quiet Strength," is a book of thoughts Mrs. Parks collected and wrote for children. It seems pretty "grown up" to me.

Writers like Zora Hurston and August Wilson point out that the interior life of black people is something to be celebrated and valued and worthy of art. This book of Rosa Parks's internal thoughts about life and living certainly contributes to that mission.

Reading it to prepare a talk for visitors to the Rosa Parks exhibi
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Lori
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: inspirational, essays
This is a quick book by Rosa Parks. She offers reflections on different topics and what she has learned in her life. She is known for her refusal to surrender her seat to a white passenger in 1955 Alabama. She is still a brave smart lady and this book offers her opinions on faith, her fears, values, role models etc. I liked getting to read her book and learning more about her.
Andrea
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A short little book packed full of wisdom. Love her voice!
Michelle
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Although I liked learning more about Mrs. Parks, I wish the essays had been more in-depth.
Amy Neil
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So much wisdom from this amazing woman!
Jem
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
this was much better than expected, it was really amazing reading about such a strong yet humble woman who made an enormous impact on history
Lori Galaske
Apr 11, 2022 rated it really liked it
The only reason I gave this four stars instead of five is because it’s too short. I want to hear more about Mrs. Parks in her own words!
Allan Fuller
Feb 11, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful story highlighting her life experiences. Very strong Christian foundation for her strength.
Judy
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Forever inspiring.
leslie graham
Sep 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great woman

The book gives but a glimps of who this great lady was. Was expecting more. Will be looking for more books.
Margie
Mar 08, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Nice to hear from the actually Rosa Parks herself what her intentions were. A very sweet woman.
Kourtney
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-wrap-up
Rosa Parks has always inspired me and I’m so glad I read this book.

In this book we read short essays on Rosa Parks thoughts and opinions on racism and her experience on that city bus and beyond.

The short essays weren’t to in depth but provide enough that I was satisfied. I feel like Parks left a piece of herself in this book which made it a beautiful memoir. Four stars.
robert
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely Mud Read

What a beautifully written book. You can't help but feel her genuine words lift your spirits and make you want to do better to keep her amazing legacy going.
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Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was an African American civil rights activist whom the U.S. Congress later called the "Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement."

On December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks, age 42, refused to obey bus driver James Blake's order that she give up her seat to make room for a white passenger. Her action was not the first of its kind: Irene Morgan, in 1946, and S
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