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The Power of a Virtuous Woman Paperback – June 23, 2012
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I can't fully explain why it took me almost five years to write this little book except to say it was a journey of exploration. And in the process I learned a lot about critical paradox in my own views. I've always considered myself more a womanist than a feminist and over the last four decades I staunchly added my voice to the chorus decring patriarchy and systems of white supremacy. Yet as I wrote this book I realized how familiar this "Word" was, less because I had heard it so often than because I had witnessed it for decades without much regard or analysis. There was my paradox. I, an 8th generation American woman of the early and involuntary African diaspora, forcefully criticizing patriarchy and systems of white supremacy on every hand and at every opportunity while giving disrespectfully short shrift to the ideology, the practice and the amazing accomplishments of my own foremothers. This book has just 10 chapters and their titles are an acknowledgement of the intersection of Proverbs 31 and the lived teachings of those women, especially the final chapter "Actually, she IS all that!" If you like exploring paradox you'll love this book. If you like being challenged deeply about modern notions of womanism, ancient theories of womanhood and the intersection of patriarchy in both, you'll love this book. And if you like questions at the end of each chapter with space to respond..well you'll really love this book.
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"In Asanti, a Ghanaian language, 'Sankofa' loosely interpreted means 'look to your past, forgotten heritage'. What did our foremothers know about the word of God and how did they use it to do such great things with such limited resources? I'm not advocating a return to long dresses, closed shoes and unprocessed hair-well, I am kind of an advocate of unprocessed hair, but we need to go back and examine our past and the Word of God.
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Paula Penn-Nabrit teaches us on how to become a virtuous woman using the Bible as a guide. She has question after each chapter for you to answer and think about. This is a great book for any woman to read.