Nina Simone's popular anthem from the civil rights movement speaks to both the celebrations and trials of the Black experience.Young, Gifted, and Black gives voice to the real-life stories of Black millennials and younger adults. If life was a race, it's assumed that every runner has a fair shot at winning. However, it's not always the case for young, gifted, and Black folks.
Sheila goes beyond the common narrative that focuses solely on their success or struggle. Her stories of celebration and lament point toward hope, joy, faith, and healing. Drawing from her years of experience in counseling trauma and abuse survivors, she provides stories, reflections, and tools for Black readers of all ages and their allies. These stories offer an opportunity to explore, reflect, and journey toward healing from the barriers that affect their lives, the lives of their children, and their communities.
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I am excited to share news about my recently released book, Healing Racial Trauma: The Road to Resilience. Click on the book cover for more information and
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As a child, I was bused across town to a majority white school, and experienced the racist lie that one group is superior to all others. Black, Indigenous and other people of color experience ongoing racial trauma as this lie is perpetuated by the actions or inaction of the government, media, viral videos, churches, and within families of origin.
In contrast, Scripture declares that we are all fearfully and wonderfully made. As a professional counselor I expose the symptoms of racial trauma to lead readers of color to a place of freedom from the past and new life for the future.
In each chapter, I include an interview with a person of color and explore how we experience and resolve racial trauma. As a reliable guide who has both been on the journey and shown others the way forward, my prayer is that you will find a safe pathway to resilience.
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I'm honored to have reeived reviews from these great people:
"With honesty, truth, wisdom, and grace, Sheila Wise Rowe brings a fresh and distinct perspective in our conversation on race. The reality of trauma on a social psychological level has been missed in this dialogue, and Sheila is the necessary corrective voice, offering heartbreaking and gut-wrenching stories that still manage to offer hope and healing. I have had the personal gift of sitting under Sheila's teaching, and now you also have that opportunity. Please embrace the opportunity to learn from this much-needed perspective."
(Soong-Chan Rah, Milton B Engebretson Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary, author of Prophetic Lament)
" Healing Racial Trauma is outstanding. This book forced me to pull back the makeshift Band-Aids, which on the surface hid some deep-seated wounds from the racial trauma I had experienced. Reading this book reminded me of the stories my black grandparents would share of racial tension and outright hatred with my siblings and me at a very young age. Tears filled my eyes while I was holding on to every written word. I pressed beyond the immediate feelings that welled up within me to find solace and embrace authentic healing. This book is a must-read if you are serious about healing racial trauma. I give Sheila Wise Rowe a standing ovation for this life-altering book!"
(Gail Dudley, author and speaker)
" Healing Racial Trauma is one of the most revelatory, fiercely honest, and hope-filled books that I've ever read. My dear friend Sheila Wise Rowe performs open-heart surgery on those wounded by racial trauma by acknowledging their stories, validating their pain, and offering the only actual solution: Christ-centered healing. Regardless of your background, you cannot read this book and not be changed."
(Dorothy Littell Greco, author of Making Marriage Beautiful)
" Healing Racial Trauma is a magisterial gift for those who have suffered harm as a person of color, and it is also a revelation for those whose whiteness has served as a pair of blinders from racial trauma. Sheila Wise Rowe brilliantly exposes, narrates, honors, and calls forth from Scripture, clients, and her own life, the stories of violation and the power of hope. There are few books I have read where I wept and raged and was humbled and offered a vision of what it might be like to fulfill the Lord's prayer: 'Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.' This is must-read for all who hunger for righteousness."
(Dan B. Allender, professor of counseling psychology, founding president of The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology)
"I am excited to recommend people of faith pay close attention to the work of Sheila Wise Rowe in her much-needed book, Healing Racial Trauma. The road to resilience is long and lonely. Black people in the United States are often required to believe that we can sprint to strength and that we need not heal from what happened in our history. Sheila's careful surveys of interpersonal, systemic, historical, and trans-generational issues inspire and remind us that there is deep work to do, not simply for resolve and survival but for the sake of future generations. I was especially pleased to note the author's striving for First Nations solidarity. I appreciated the boldness of each chapter focus and the spiritual connections employed with psychology and critical race theory, not against. This is fearless and much too rare in faith-rooted trauma counseling. I hope that black Christians, all Christians of color, and their families will use this book as an inspiration, affirmation, and a guide to addressing the bitter pieces of our stories. I expect white Christians to find a resource of patient assistance on their own road to resilience and deliverance from the vestiges of whiteness and its demonic grip on the global household of God."
(Michelle Higgins, co-host of Truth's Table and executive director of Faith for Justice)
Voices of Lament is a collection of reflections from Christian women of color on themes of injustice, heartache and deep suffering. Each essay, prayer, poem or liturgy lays bare the experiences of the oppressed, drawing us into deeper intimacy with God and a more fulsome understanding of each other. This collection includes Sheila's essay reflection titled "Though We Stumble."
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The Gospel of Peace in a Violent World aims to spread the good news of peace between God and humanity through contributions from theologians, pastors, and practitioners on the importance and implementation of Christian nonviolence in today's broken, violent world. The vision they cast not only responds to the realities of war and conflict but also offers a broader, deeper understanding of peace that addresses topics such as race, gender, and more. Sheila has a section in this book titled "Healing from Racial Trauma."
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A Just Passion is a collection of Lenten devotions from InterVarsity Press authors (including Sheila) that contemplate Christ's passion and suffering for the redemption of the world in the face of oppression and injustice. It has been curated to hold in tension the immense weight and hope of Lent, guiding the readers through repentance, lament, worship and healing.
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Color-Courageous Discipleship is a guidebook dissecting what race has to do with discipleship, guiding towards a deeper connecting with God through the adventure of racial righteousness. Michelle T. Sanchez has discovered through her own journey that it is impossible to separate racial discipleship from our relationship with God. When we choose to courageously resist racism, we discover opportunities to encounter Christ in fresh and exciting ways. This book includes an interview with Sheila titled "Discipleship as Inner Healing: Be Healed Before You Heal the World."
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The Wonder Years is an anthology that includes an essay written by Sheila, entitled; Awakened to Adventure.
The focus of the book: "Women past a certain age often feel like they are fading into the background of life. The nest is emptying, limitations are increasing, and fear about aging and the years ahead grow. Even women of faith can feel a waning sense of value, regardless of biblical examples of godly women yielding fruit long after their youth is gone. But despite a youth-obsessed culture, the truth is that the second half of life can often be the richest.
It's time to stop dreading and start embracing the wonder of life after 40. Here, well-known women of faith from 40 to 85 tackle these anxieties head-on and upend them with humor, sass, and spiritual wisdom. These compelling and poignant first-person stories are from amazing and respected authors including:
Lauren F. Winner
Joni Eareckson Tada
Jill Kandel on 'Tilting Toward' and on 'The Legacy We Leave Behind.'
These women provide much-needed role models--not for aging gracefully but for doing so honestly, faithfully, and with eyes open to wonder and deep theology along the way. Each essay provides insight into God's perspective on these later years, reminding readers that it's possible to serve the kingdom of God and His people even better with a little extra life experience to guide you.
The Wonder Years is an inspiring and unforgettable guide to making these years the most fruitful and abundant of your life."
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The Well of Life book is co-authored by Sheila Wise Rowe and Nicholas Rowe. The book can be engaged solo but is best experienced one-to-one or in a group setting.
The Well of Life is an intensive Christ-centered book which the Lord has used to help us embark on a healing journey. The Well is for anyone in need of a deeper healing touch from the Lord.
COMING SOON! A NEW REVISED AND EXPANDED VERSION RELEASING IN 2023!
An article that gives light on
the work Sheila and the Rebecca's Well Projects
team accomplished in the poorest communities
in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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