I just read my first book of 2015 and it was the life of Sojourner Truth. I grabbed it last week at Mardel and I’ve completely read it already. I’m thinking there’s only been one other book that I’ve read as fast.
Where do I start? This is one of those books that when you finish you just sit in silence. It’s a mind and attitude changer. Honestly, the book almost has me speechless. I’m not speedily flowing as I write, but rather I’m gathering my words and thoughts.
Blacks and women. These two groups have seen some very tough times. I happen to be both: a black woman. This book and Sojourner’s life and struggles really hit me deep in the soul. It wasn’t a fun, exciting, or cheerful read; but rather a strengthening, eye-opening, and perspective shifting read.
This is most certainly a book that I will never forget. It has deposited substance in me that can never be taken away.
Even though today we most certainly have problems, they in no way compare to the struggles that blacks faced approximately 200 years ago. To watch your child be sold away into slavery and not be able to do anything about it is a struggle that I cannot even comprehend. As I read this section of the book I stopped and gave thanks to God that I am able to keep and raise my kids. Yes, reading this book made me thankful for things that we so easily take for granted.
Let me share a few quotes of Sojourner’s so you can better understand her heart:
– “What does intelligence have to do with rights?”
– “When you’ve got to cry, cry alone.”
– “I have no money, but God has enough.”
– “The rich rob the poor and the poor rob one another.”
– “Farewell, friends. I must be about my Father’s business.”
– “Slavery must be destroyed, root and branch.”
I’ll stop there but I will say that I’m extremely thankful for this book and more importantly for the life of Sojourner Truth.