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Healing Racial Trauma: The Road to Resilience

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"People of color have endured traumatic histories and almost daily assaults on our dignity. We have prayed about racism, been in denial, or acted out in anger, but we have not known how to individually or collectively pursue healing from the racial trauma." As a child, Sheila Wise Rowe was bused across town to a majority white school, and she experienced the racist lie ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by IVP Books
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Cara Meredith
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I may not be the first audience for this book, but we are changed by the power of stories ...and the stories Rowe offers of herself, her family and other POC are a gift to receive and be changed by.
Elisa Crawley
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sheila approaches the subject of healing racial trauma with the expertise of a counselor, the art of a storyteller, and all of the faith and power of a woman of God.

I really cannot recommend it enough to everyone. Fellow non POCs, you will learn how to know and love your POC family, friends, church body, and neighbors in a new depth. You will see injustice in many more settings. You will cry out in new ways and know more clearly what true racial justice looks like in the church and the world.

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Melanie Weldon-Soiset
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In the year 2020, the sands are shifting underneath us. Something has to give, but how can we respond differently as we experience a collective call to change our posture towards racism? In Healing Racial Trauma, Sheila Wise Rowe provides exactly the anecdotes (and antidotes) we need for such a time as this. The chapters of Healing Racial Trauma outline common responses to racism: fatigue. Silence. Rage, fear, and shame. Addiction. Wise Rowe also includes other, healthier chapters: lament, ...more
Hannah Garrison
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a Christ-centered book about racial trauma, it's affect on people, and finding ways to heal through a relationship with God and community. I found it very enlightening and helpful, both as a white woman who needed to better understand the affects of systemic racism and examine my own privilege, and as a person who has experienced trauma and sometimes forgets the deep scars it leaves. Sheila Wise-Rowe writes in an honest, open, and compassionate tone. She shares the stories in an ...more
Sheila Rowe
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Janna Northrup
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book should be required for any pastor or Christian counselor as a resource and guide to the generational depth of pain and suffering of racial abuse. The personal stories are heartbreaking and at the same time lend themselves to building bridges of understanding between the reader (no matter the racial background) and the truth of what it is like to "be" outside of the white, dominant culture. If you have suffered from racial trauma, read it. If you have never been aware of the depth, ...more
Nichole Woo
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The wounds of racism cut deep into the fabric of our nation, its people, and many I love. Author Sheila Wise Rowe has walked this painful path from her Boston childhood in the 1960's to the present. Her words here bear witness to the trauma suffered by so many, so often unacknowledged. Drawing from her deep well of knowledge as a counselor and from the stories of survivors, she bravely and skillfully points towards a divergent path: one of hope and healing. Thank-you, Sheila, for lifting the ...more
Dorothy Greco
Healing Racial Trauma is one of the most revelatory, fiercely honest, and hope-filled books I've ever read. Sheila performs open-heart surgery on those wounded by racial trauma by acknowledging their stories, validating their pain, and offering the only holistic solution: Christ-centered healing. This book is not only for People of Color. In fact, I would highly suggest reading it if you're white. HRT contains the stories of men and women who have endured racialized trauma and found healing ...more
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