Thursday, February 15, 2018
I Will Not Fear
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In 1957, Melba Beals was one of the nine African American students chosen to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. But her story of overcoming didn't start--or end--there. While her white schoolmates were planning their senior prom, Melba was facing the business end of a double-barreled shotgun, being threatened with lynching by rope-carrying tormentors, and learning how to outrun white supremacists who were ready to kill her rather than sit beside her in a classroom. Only her faith in God sustained her during her darkest days and helped her become a civil rights warrior, an NBC television news reporter, a magazine writer, a professor, a wife, and a mother.
In I Will Not Fear, Beals takes readers on an unforgettable journey through terror, oppression, and persecution, highlighting the kind of faith needed to survive in a world full of heartbreak and anger. She shows how the deep faith we develop during our most difficult moments is the kind of faith that can change our families, our communities, and even the world. Encouraging and inspiring, Beals's story offers readers hope that faith is the solution to the pervasive hopelessness of our current culture.
My thoughts: This is an incredible memoir about the civil rights movement and what it was like to grow up in the 1950's and 60's. I thought the stories that Melba shares are interesting, and loved the testimonies! It was sad to read some of the experiences that she had to go through, even in more recent years. This book is an inspiring account of one woman who wouldn't give up, even when faced with difficult choices.
I received this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.