I started a journey.
It was a journey of self and discovery.
And more reading than my eyeballs could handle.
I entered seminary.
And in a few months, I graduate.
I have a growing stack of to-be-read and reviewed books.
And I can't wait.
So many wonderful authors.
In the meantime, I've encountered stories of another sort in seminary. I've been engaged in the Hebrew Bible, biblical interpretation, and read some amazing rewritings by Black women scholars.
I own more books.
And wait for the moment when I can discover the wonder in those pages.
While I was away, I found solace in bookstores, between study sessions and 1000 word essays, and purchased new works from PanAfrican writers.
I'm culling a list of must-reads for this summer to share with the Hurston & Hughes Literary Circle. That never stopped on my way to the M.Div. This year, we are super excited the world of Black Female Literary Works is even greater with new works for the YA audience. My teenage daughters have plenty of options to see themselves in the pages.
It is our story to tell, we have to tell it and write about it and encourage it. So, what are you reading? What are you excited about reading? Me? I'm currently reading three non-fiction pieces, because seminary and graduation looms. One is Too Heavy A Load: Black Women in Defense of Themselves, 1894-1994 by Deborah Gray White. Another is Vexy Thing: On Gender and Liberation by Dr. Imani Perry. And Another is The Forgotten reed: Christianity's Original Struggle against Bigotry, Slavery, & Sexism by Stephen J. Patterson.
Tell me what should be on my post-graduation, summer 2019 list?