Title: Fierce Love
Author’s Name: Dr. Jacqui Lewis
Genre: Spiritual Self-Help
Page Count: 224 Pages
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Link to Amazon purchase page: Fierce Love: A Bold Path to Ferocious Courage and Rule-Breaking Kindness That Can Heal the World: Dr. Jacqui Lewis: Books (amazon.com)
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How I Got the Book: Review Copy
Summary of the Book:
A healing antidote to our divisive culture, full of evocative storytelling, spiritual wisdom, and psychological insight–by the first female, Black senior minister at the historic Collegiate Churches of New York
We are living in a world divided. Race and ethnicity, caste and color, gender and sexuality, class and education, religion and political party have all become demographic labels that reduce our differences to simplistic categories in which “we” are vehemently against “them.” But Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis’s own experience—of being the first female and first Black minister in her church’s history, of being in an interracial marriage, and of making peace with childhood abuse—illustrates that our human capacity for empathy and forgiveness is the key to reversing these ugly trends.
Inspired by the tenets of ubuntu—the Zulu philosophy that we are each impacted by the circumstances that impact those around us, and that the world won’t get better until we all get better—Fierce Love lays out the nine daily practices for breaking through tribalism and engineering the change we seek. From downsizing our emotional baggage to speaking truth to power to fueling our activism with joy, it demonstrates the power of small, morally courageous steps to heal our own lives, our posse, and our larger communities. Sharing stories that trace her personal reckoning with racism as well as the arc of her journey to an inclusive and service-driven faith, Dr. Lewis shows that kindness, compassion, and inclusive thinking are muscles that can be exercised and strengthened. With the goal of mending our inextricable human connection, Fierce Love is a manifesto for all generations: a bighearted, healing antidote to our rancorous culture.
My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I thought this book was one thing but it was not quite what I thought it was at all. It was a bit more memoir than I thought it was going to be. There were good stories from her life and some advice. It did make me take a moment to stop and think more about what I want for myself. That is what I am taking away from this book.
My Rating of the Book: 3 Stars