Healing Racial Trauma: The Road to Resilience
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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.
I have recently joined a Be The Bridge group. Part of the method of the group is to acknowledge history and lament that history. I was asked to do a short presentation on lament. Because I had meant to anyway, I started re-reading Soong-Chan Rah's Prophetic Lament. The opening of Prophetic Lament was h...more
As a White male, I’ve heard the terminology of racial trauma but have not experienced it in my own person. But I work with Black colleagues who have. One looking up to see a policeman’s gun trained on her for the “crime” of watering a neighbor’s flowers while the neighbor was away. ...more
Sheila Wise Rowe has been working around healing, specifically healing from issues of trauma for decades. From that wisdom and experience she invites us to explore the specific ways that racial trauma impacts us as individuals in society and offers practical ways to begin that healing journey.
The ambition of this book was actually 5 stars to me. As someone who has spent many hours in counseling a ...more
My largest criticism rests in the chapter on free ...more
The book clearly describes ways that racial trauma affects all of society and the reactions to it that can keep individuals and our society from moving into the reality that "the Lor ...more
Especially I thought of all my friend ...more
Rowe skillfully weaves together the historical facts with her own emotional response to those events. She asks challenging questions. And she draws readers to the healing power of faith in God.
If you haven't read a lot about racial issues, this book is a good place to start.
Rowe challenges ...more
The book doesn't pull any punches about the trauma caused by racism. The stories are moving and cover a range of experiences that are often overlooked such as those endured by 1st Nation peoples. The author also does not hold back on the gospel and the power of God to bring healing, forgiveness, and repair. I appreciated that she emphasizes the need for the Word, community, and prayer as vital to this le ...more
I wish Rowe had spoken more of trauma-informed therapy and the significance of long-term supportive community in the healing journey. More of the healing st ...more
This book is written for POC and how to heal from racial trauma, it was not written for someone like me, but it opened my eyes for some ways I can try and understa ...more
As an atheist, I couldn’t finish this book. As reading about racial trauma raised my own sensitivity, the religious approach in this book triggered my own experiences of trauma from religion. The author’s understanding of trauma is deep and the discussion of racial trauma is important, but this isn’t the path to healing for me. For those with a religious practice, this is a good book.
It’s very good, for what it is. But it’s not for me.