Victory of the Spirit is a delightful surprise. Janet Cheatham Bell has taken 13 concepts and then woven short essays together so that you get a wonderful sense of her engagement, thinking and feelings about these concepts that impact life, love and spirit. Sometimes the individual essays are too short, I wanted more. But overall, as a collection, you get a great sense of the range and depth of her being. I recommend this book for children and adults; for blacks and whites especially those interested in rising beyond the negative influences of racism, classism, and sexism.
I couldn't put this book down. It was if the author was speaking to me, sharing aspects of her life and what she's learned over the course of many years, and offering loving, sage advice. Janet Cheatham Bell made a decision to break from the proverbial rat race, live simply and with few material goods, dedicate her life to developing strong relationships, and live her dream as a writer. As with her memoir, The Time and Place That Gave Me Life, she speaks candidly about racism, sexism, and the impacts these forces have had on her life, and she shows wisdom in sharing her understanding that these forces interweave with personal experiences. In this work, she shares part of her vast collection of quotes and sayings from many well-known people of all races, reflects on their meaning and significance on her own life, and offers readers a gift by teaching us that joy can be found in facing hard, painful truths and then working through them.
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