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His Testimonies, My Heritage: Women of Color on the Word of God

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God's story defines us. Yet our culture and experiences shape us. Join a diverse gathering of gifted women of color as they walk through Psalm 119, and listen to them reflect on the joys and tensions of living as a faith-filled woman of color today.

This unique book gives voice to women who are not often heard. It will inspire you to wonder at God's glorious word and deligh
Paperback, 246 pages
Published September 1st 2019 by The Good Book Company
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Breanna Chov
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book very much reads like a devotional, with a new author in every chapter walking the reader through Psalm 119. I loved learning from different women of color from different walks of life and for once, not hearing a white man teach me God’s word. This book and its authors remind me that the Word is for me & the Lord has called me to know it and Him.
Olivia Sussex
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this devotional. Each chapter is written by a different woman on a section of psalm 119, and it was a delight to open each day.

It pays to read diversely!
Robin Langford
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read this slowly and devotionally. Each chapter is a walk through a stanza of Psalm 119. I was introduced to new voices and authors who challenged and encouraged me.
Aaron Lee
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As an Asian-American male, I am proud of my background and the way God makes us different. This book seemed like the perfect way to see some other perspectives.

Women of Color

Edited by Kristie Anyabwile, His Testimonies, My Heritage is an inspiring collection of devotions by a diverse group of women of color.

The entire book is themed around Psalm 119. Each chapter expounds on several verses from this magnificent Psalm. The book is primarily addressed toward women, but men will benefit from readi
Ebony McCain
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent devotional!! I highly recommend it! These women have studied God’s word diligently and have shown themselves approved and rightly handling the word of truth.
May 09, 2020 rated it liked it
A devotional-style book that goes through Psalm 119, “His Testimonies, My Heritage” gives encouragement to women to be in God’s Word and to find life and hope in it. Written by women of color (and focusing on that aspect), it voices their life experiences and perspectives and how God’s truths have upheld them, a view that I appreciated hearing. While some chapters I enjoyed greatly, others weren’t written in a style that I prefer and would’ve flowed better if I was reading the portion of the Psa ...more
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Truth is truth. All the authors did an amazing job at pointing you towards Christ. This reads as any other solid devotional with the addition of a couple of insights on being a ‘minority’. I think it’s wonderful in that way because it reveals that when you take away the culture’s sinful view on POC, there is no difference between us. All these women are incredible in their own right and it was nice to know they are strong women of color. It is full of fresh perspectives, beautifully written, and ...more
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I loved reading through this "expositional devotional" this summer. It was encouraging and challenging to see women handling Scripture, bringing their own culture and personality to the text while still remaining faithful to the original meaning. I found this to be an excellent, thoughtful, well-done resource that helped me to better understand and love God's Word. ...more
Rochelle Allison
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think for me, there are different types of women that love Jesus and it’s important to reflect that. No one race or ethnicity (or political party) can speak for everyone else. We are so multifaceted and praise God for that! I loved this book because it made me fall in love a little more deeply with the Word of God. I enjoyed the personal stories and how they were applied to the Word and vice versa. Different (cultural, racial, social) issues are addressed, and it felt good to feel understood. ...more
Chelsey Daly
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Maybe its just me, but Psalm 119 has historically been a chapter I have rushed has felt so long and windy and my goal has been completion, not comprehension. Not to mention the theme is praise and appreciation for God's instruction to his people...admittedly not something that always strikes me as praiseworthy (and at time oppressive :/). Having the chance to read the psalm slowly (the book is essay form/reads kind of like a devotional) influenced by a cast of woman whose voices have ...more
Neidy Hess
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Be still. Envision you’re walking into a close family member’s or friend’s home and as you walk in, a fragrant aroma hits you like a brick wall. You know the kind—the smell of a meal that’s been carefully labored over, wafts through the air like a dancer, and lulls you in with its presence.

That’s just like the words on the pages in this book. I love good old fashioned exposition and that’s what initially drew me in, but what I found were the rich experiences and wisdom from women that I felt kne
A melting pot. Is it a devotional? An exegesis of Psalm 119? A meditation on what it means to be a Christian woman of colour? A (massively overdue) project to publish the voices of such women? A creative response to the Word? It’s all those things, simultaneously - which is cool, but sometimes also bewildering. The divergent aims and hopes of the book mean it pulls in several directions. And the plurality of voices, ironically, makes it a little repetitive as they each feel the need to cover the ...more
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
This is a beautiful meditation on God’s word through Psalm 119. With joyful, heartbreaking, and unique stories that celebrate the women of color who contributed to this book, I think it accomplishes what it sets out to do: giving a voice to women of color writers, teachers, academics, and more in our churches. But I wouldn’t say this book is just a book by women of color for women of color...nor a book by women for women. It deals with pain, fear, injustice, love, repentance, and joy in the Lord ...more
Jan Chinn
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was so honored to be allowed to read an advanced copy of this book. I didn't know what to expect, but I'm blown away.

This devotional book is mind and heart changing! Reading this, you will see the faithfulness of God in strong ways, and your trust and belief in who He is becomes stronger. If you are in the middle of some difficulty, the authors of this book will turn your heart and mind toward the one who can and will make a change.

Psalm 119 is the guide and these women of God from almost eve
Caroline Mixon
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful devotional. It is a compilation of women of color. I was impressed, challenged, and driven to God’s word by every one of them. I was so encouraged by the different perspectives & stories than what I usually hear from white speakers.
Here is in the ending prayer to ponder. “O Father, what a wonder it will be to see our own lives woven into your masterpiece of redeeming love at the end of the ages! When we obey, delight us in your word. When we suffer, let us cling to your word
Sarah Kornegay
Favorite quotes from this book-
—-“ Individuals and entire communities cannot help but push against the weights of suffering. If we do not, the weights will crush and extinguish our life, for without hope we are only existing, not living; and yet pushing against these weights weakens our arms and wears out our hearts. If we know how long this burden may last, perhaps we could persevere and just stick with it. But suffering feels unbearable when there seems to be no end in sight.”- Dennae Pierre
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A necessary read for all times, for all people. What a valuable resource to have teaching on scripture (Psalm 119) from women, and especially women of color. This book is an instrument to resound their stories and voices. I was encouraged by the truth they pointed me to, and the featured themes of hope, suffering, nearness and beauty of God.

What stuck with me most is the way this book celebrates the varied earthly heritage of people in the church (i.e. the celebration of diversity in the list o
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s so simply stunning, in a you-matter kind of way. As I turned the pages, this very specific feeling began to grow, while my faith was being encourages told by voices I don’t hear often, voices like mine. Yes, speaking of the same almighty true God, yet from vantage points that resemble my own walk with Him! Finally, unity, a multitude of perspectives pointing to the same great God, is on the horizon in the world of Christian literature! And I must say that these women honored Him well in the ...more
Megan Andzulis
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It is always surprising to me to see where whiteness is so prevalent that I didnt realize. Devotional content is one of those spaces. Aside from Priscilla Shirer, most white women in evangelical spaces aren’t hearing from voices of Christians that don’t look like them. It is valuable because it enhances our view of Scripture and it’s relevance to ALL people, not just white people or American people. I gained a deeper understanding of Psalm 119 by reading the perspectives of women of color. I am ...more
Daniel and Rebekah Eikum
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So many voices all pointing me to loving God and marveling at his word. This was the best thing to read every morning during a pandemic while grappling with family cancer news and intense days of parenting.

The VARIETY of voices and backgrounds made this book so rich. One chapter was about a Hmong woman trying to share Jesus with her native culture who worships false gods. Another is about a woman’s difficult feelings towards the Declaration of Independence. Another is about dealing with poverty
Kate Motaung
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of reading an advance copy of this book. A rich collection of wise, talented voices, this biblical resource will elevate your view of the Word of God and increase your love for His perfect, life-giving law. It’s been a while since I’ve read a book that so emphasized the sufficiency and relevancy of Scripture for today’s problems. My soul has been refreshed by this timely reminder of God’s kind and gracious provision for His people through His Word.
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Insightful. Clear. Eye-opening. A few words to describe this beautiful, well-written devotional that expounds Psalm 119. The different writing styles, experiences, and knowledge of the contributors blend collectively to send a single powerful message of the truth of God's Word. The vulnerability of the writers drew me in, and once I was drawn in I was able to receive the Word of God with great clarity! Grateful for how this devotional has blessed me and so many others! ...more
Nicole (Bookiesandtea)
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
"His Testimonies, My Heritage-Women of Color on the Word of God" was an outstanding read and devotion! The book focuses on Psalms 119 and each chapter is written by a woman of color as they reflect on the joys, struggles, and livelihood of being a Christian woman. There were so many reflections I took away from this reading such as:
"When we neglect God's word, we are essentially neglecting our very souls.
"What we love occupies our thoughts, and our thoughts control our actions."
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: devotional
I loved this book. I enjoyed some chapters more than others but it was a wonderful book to be using as a devotional during this pandemic. I was pointed to God's true word every day as I studied Psalm 119 and it was just what I needed. This book is significant and paves the way for many more books like it, Lord willing. To be taught God's word so faithfully by sweet sisters in Christ who are women of color was a delight. I count it a privilege to call many of them personal friends. ...more
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. Each chapter covers a section of Psalm 119 and is written by a different woman of color. These are voices I desperately need to hear in the church. The treatment of Psalm 119 was thorough and powerful - each chapter moved me to treasure God’s Word more deeply and to treasure the diversity of his church and the perspectives and experiences within it. Highly recommend and will reread myself!
Katrin V
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I very much appreciated the long look at this repetitive psalm which loses so much of its art in translation. It was a great devotional read - taken in bite size portions daily. Some of the contributors shared in ways unique to their culture, but overall the sense I got was how universally vital God's word is to all cultures. ...more
Heidi Reger
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
An excellent book - I used it as a devotional reading a chapter a day as I read through Psalm 119. Full of stories and musings which deepen the reflection of Psalm 119, and it is wonderful to hear the stories and voices of women of colour who often have unheard voices and stories which are left untold.
Kelsey Wentling
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved and enjoyed everything about this devotional. I had never read or encountered a devotional book previously written by different authors, especially different women authors, and lastly, mostly, not encountered different women of color who are all contributors in a devotional. I would recommend to anyone.
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Read as a devotional. It's a beautiful collection of essays (or really testimonies and teaching) on each women's interaction with Psalm 119. I was convicted by my lack of knowledge and deep underappreciation for the walks of faith by women of color. I was also challenged, encouraged, and convicted in my own walk with the Lord. ...more
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
It is a book for everyone, a journey with beautiful women through Psalm 119. You could imagine all of us hand in hand with our eyes and voices lifted up in song, praising God our father, Lord of all.
It was a treat reading from different pens & perspectives. I read it as a devotional day by day and will probably pick it up sometime again in the near future.
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Kristie Anyabwile is a North Carolina native and graduate of NC State University with a degree in history. She is a wife, mother, and homemaker who loves cooking, hospitality, reading, and long walks with her hubby. She and her husband, Thabiti, have been married 20 years and have three children by birth, and several adult “adopted” children who have become a part of their family. ...more

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