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A Sojourner's Truth: Choosing Freedom and Courage in a Divided World

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A Sojourner's Truth is an African American girl’s journey from South Carolina to the United States Naval Academy, and then to her calling as an international speaker, mentor, and thought-leader.

Intertwined with Natasha's story is the story of Moses, a leader who was born into a marginalized people group, resisted the injustices of Pharaoh, denied the power of Egypt, and t
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by IVP Books
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Sarah
This was a real eye opener for me. In some ways, my life runs parallel to that of the author: we’re from the same town, we’re the same age, female and Christian. I, however, am white. Without Natasha Sistrunk Robinson’s vulnerable and heartbreakingly honest book, I may never have realized how dramatically that fact has impacted my worldview. I’ve never considered myself biased, but neither have I realized the extent of my privilege as a white person, particularly in the American South.

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Debra Slonek
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book will encourage you to search for and claim a deeper sense of purpose, to evaluate and support your community, to be more present with God and others and to actively and continually seek the truth as you journey through life.

This book is an eloquently written and passionate invitation to awareness of past and present inequalities and atrocities, here in the United States. It is the hope of the author that once this awareness is achieved, it will lead to powerful empathy and the
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Faith
May 13, 2019 added it
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A Sojourner's Truth: Choosing Freedom and Courage in a Divided World by Natasha Sistrunk Robinson uses the biblical story of Moses as a framework for exploring modern-day oppression and redemption for those in marginalized groups. Her life experiences offer additional insight as she draws parallels to Moses' life - the truth of loneliness in leadership, what deserts she found herself in, as well as the importance of spiritual family to help her hold fast to her calling.

As a white woman growing u
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Katie Hoiland
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I first heard Natasha’s name when she was interviewed on the Truth’s Table podcast (from March 29, 2019). I was so impressed by her and her passion for mentoring, I immediately followed her on Twitter and ordered her book, Mentor For Life.

A Sojourner’s Truth is her story of growing up in the South, going on to the United States Naval academy, earning her MA in christian leadership from Gordon-Conwell Seminary, and starting the nonprofit Leadership LINKS Mentoring Program.

Natasha felt like a kind
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Judy
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, Natasha Robinson. A powerful personal story, parallel to Moses' story, and a challenge to each of us to walk in our own stories. And a call to look beyond our own comfortable environment to embrace those who are different and marginalized. It's a call to live in the love and truth of God Himself. ...more
Michele Morin
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From the first syllable of Austin’s prayer, her words caught my attention. The urgent tone implied warfare, and she invoked Ephesians 6 fighting words in her pleas for protection as our team prepared to lead a group of one hundred youth on an outreach project. Austin knew we were embarking on an adventure, a holy war. We had trained the teens, prepared our equipment for face painting, crafts, and games, but our battle plan depended more on the power of our message than the preparation of our mes ...more
Jada Johnson
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In an interview with the New York Times, James Baldwin once said, “ I have never seen myself as a spokesman. I am a witness. In the church in which I was raised you were supposed to bear witness to the truth.” Natasha Sistrunk Robinson was raised in a similar church tradition and her latest offering bears witness to the truth of a Black woman’s life. A Sojourner’s Truth is a deep meditation on her life’s journey from small town South Carolina to the U.S Naval Academy and the many bumps caused by ...more
Jane
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. This is an achingly beautiful book. The author's voice is confident, challenging and so gracious, a combination that is often hard to find. Natasha takes the reader through the story of the Israelites and Moses and brings such a fresh, thought-provoking perspective that challenged me and also left me in awe of God. I can't wait to read more from this author, she has such an important voice. Each chapter ends very thoughtfully with: a truth, reflection question, scripture meditation, p ...more
Leslie
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
A Sojourner's Truth is a thought provoking memoir combined with a study of the story of Moses and the Exodus and African American/ American history. The author weaves her personal story into lessons about race, slavery, redemption, and journeying to freedom and forgiveness. The thought and action questions at the end of each chapter would make it perfect for a group study or to read together with a friend. Thank you Net Galley and Intervarsity Press for a review copy of this thought provoking an ...more
Rachel A.  Dawson
I loved this book SO much. I highlighted the heck out of it and wanted to soak up so much of Natasha’s wisdom and grace and conviction — her story and her words are mighty and moving. She weaves teaching and Scripture and personal narrative together so well. High praise for this one!
Patrice
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I so appreciated Robinson's willingness to share her story and illuminate the reality of her experiences as a woman, as a black woman, as a Christian black woman, etc. She divides the book into four sections: formation, history, wilderness, and redemption. What I love about this structure is that it enables her to communicate the reality that each of these pieces are part of the journey as we pursue freedom and embrace courage. This book will be an affirmation for some and an eye opener for othe ...more
Michael Philliber
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sojourner Truth was born into slavery at the end of the 18th Century in Ulster county, New York. She knew what it was like to groan under dark oppression and to long for the day of the Lord's release. Her moment came when she escaped in 1828 and found refuge with an abolitionist family, and obtained her emancipation. She became an itinerant preacher, an avid spokeswoman for abolition and promoter of women's rights. How fitting, then, that Natasha Sistrunk Robinson, Naval Academy alumni, USMC vet ...more
Shari
Feb 14, 2021 rated it liked it
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Michelle Kidwell
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Sojourner’s Truth

Choosing Freedom and Courage in a Divided World

by Natasha Sistrunk Robinson

A Sojourner’s Truth

Choosing Freedom and Courage in a Divided World

by Natasha Sistrunk Robinson

InterVarsity Press

Christian , Religion & Spirituality

Pub Date 09 Oct 2018

I am reviewing a copy of A Sojourners Truth through Intervarsity Press and Netgalley:

In this book the author reminded us that beginnings have meanings. They reveal purpose and value of our lives by helping to shape the people we become.

Thi
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Jeremiah
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The title grabbed my attention. I love to study Black History (Sojourner’s). Truth is a person, Jesus Christ (John 14.6). I began to read it the next day. By the end of the book, the author had given us the truth of the Lord, biblical history, and transparency.
My copy is now highlighted and has checked marks in the margin. Sometimes I find a book and at the end say, now what or should I be doing something. In Sojourner’s Truth she suggest what we can do. At the end of each section, she gives pr
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Marilyn
Apr 30, 2019 rated it liked it
My goal this year is to read more authors who are black, indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC). I need to expose myself to more diverse people. I need to pay attention to the voices that are missing...the stories left untold. A Sojourner's Truth is an African American girl's journey from South Carolina to the US Naval Academy, then on to her calling. I love the way she intertwined her story with the biblical story of Moses and his marginalized people. For all people, it's not how you start, it' ...more
Dorothy Greco
Natasha Sistrunk Robinson has written a powerful, moving memoir. It is a prophetic call to action. For white folks—to come out of denial regarding our long history of racial oppression and do the hard work of repentance. For People of Color—to refute the lies about who they are, refuse any victimization, and become the leader God is calling them to be. Natasha is not afraid to ask hard questions or push her readers to explore what gospel-centered racial reconciliation might look like and ask of ...more
Elizabeth Turnage
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I, a white Christian woman, need to hear the stories of black Christian women, and Natasha Sistrunk Robinson does a beautiful job of telling me that story. Weaving the biblical story of the Exodus in with her story as a black woman who became a marine and then went into ministry, Natasha strongly and tenderly invites us to see the God who has formed us, met us with the love of Jesus in our sin, redeemed and reconciled. If you want to know the God who calls you to be part of redemption and reconc ...more
Lisa
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Natasha Sistrunk Robinson's story alongside the story of Moses and the Exodus narrative. She has the heart of a leader and that strength shows us the way of freedom and courage. I love this statement, "The journey of ONE of us is the journey of ALL of us." Her strong faith guides us to embrace reconciliation and restoration. To listen and be changed. A needful, beautiful, and powerful testimony.
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Jill Brouhard
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book for individual or group bible study. Natasha takes you through the story of Moses, the enslavement of the Israelites and their eventual freedom and the journey of black America through slavery and the pursuit of true freedom and justice that is still a work in progress. She challenges us to think, question and decide how our own "wilderness" experiences prepare us to do the kingdom work of reconciliation. ...more
April Yamasaki
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Author Natasha Sistrunk Robinson weaves her own story of formation and growth as a mentoring coach and leader with the biblical story of Moses. For her, the truth embraces both pain and grace, both experiences of racism and resistance, both times of wilderness and freedom. This book both encouraged and challenged me.
Amanda
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
"We cannot become a people of God from every tribe, language, and tongue if we only listen to, read, or accept the leadership of white men." -Natasha Sistrunk Robinson

Reason enough to read this book. Other reasons include a fresh perspective of the book of Exodus, the challenge to offer our gifts as part of a larger and broader picture of equity, and the excellent group study resources.
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Fredrick Danysh
The story of a black American woman who cut short her career as a Marine Corps officer in protest to the war in the Middle East and in the pursuit of the rights of blacks and women as well as her religious beliefs.
Kristi McClellan
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
The author gracefully combines the story of Moses, her story and an examination of society to inspire the reader to deeper thinking. This would be a great book for group or individual study since there are thoughtful prayers, questions to consider and scripture at the close of each chapter.
Alexiana Fry
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: full-library
Have loved Natasha's book that she wrote before this one, and this echoed very similar thoughts. I appreciated and learned much from her perspective as a black woman, and can't wait to hear more from her! ...more
Lauren
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Natasha is my classmate from the US Naval Academy. I read this because I was interested in her story. But, I found a tremendously insightful and beautiful story of her journey, the struggles of our current world, and their Biblical parallels.
Cara Meredith
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Natasha Robinson is a poetic and prophetic writer ...who’s also a powerful storyteller to boot. I loved the interweaving of her story along with passages from the life of Moses.
Kaci Kennedy
Natasha bravely shares her lived experience as a black woman and interweaves her story with Moses story. I was challenged in many different ways to pursue redemptive path.
Heather
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a valuable book and I am so glad I read it.
Becca Messman
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lovely. Powerful connections with the story of Moses. Stories I needed to hear.
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Natasha Sistrunk Robinson (MA, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is a writer, international speaker, leadership consultant, mentoring coach, and the visionary founder of the nonprofit, Leadership LINKS, Inc. She is author of Mentor for Life: Finding Purpose through Intentional Discipleship and the Hope for Us: Knowing God through the Nicene Creed Bible study. A graduate of the US Naval Academy ...more

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