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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

I WILL NOT FEAR: MY STORY OF A LIFETIME OF BUILDING FAITH UNDER FIRE BY MELBA PATTILLO BEALS

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I Will Not Fear: My Story of a Lifetime of Building Faith Under Fire 
By: Melba Pattillo Beals
Publishers: Fleming H. Revell Company 
Release Date: Janurary 16th 2018
Genres: Autobiography, Memoir, Non-fiction, and Christian, Civil Rights
Pages: 208 pages 
Where You Can Buy It: Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Life Way, Christian Book, and Baker Publishing
(It also is available at most local bookstores.)
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Find Author: Facebook, Twitter, and Website
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)


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.




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Wow, this book was amazing! It's depth on faith, racism, and even sexism was amazing. This is my first non-fiction, autobiography book about someone's life during the Civil Rights movement. I just recently read books on before and after the Civil War but never about a colored woman's life during the Civil Rights movement. My heart ached for Melba and all the other colored people in my country. It hurt my heart to think that all these people called themselves Christian yet, they were terrible to these nine teens who came into their school. It even got so bad that Melba had to move to California, there she was even encountering racism. People it's not just the South that is really racist. It's all over the place. 

Melba's faith was amazing throughout this book. How she leaned on God and trusted Him throughout her entire life really stuck out to me. I would just love to know how many people she impacted. Not only did she help colored people in the future by staying strong through racism, she also helped with some woman's rights in the work places. Melba has literally gone through hell, yet she still stuck with God through it all. And now, she is a mother, grandmother, and even a great role model for young christians and even just christian in general today. Without her and other amazing colored people like her, my country may not be the same. 

I highly recommend this book. It defiently gets voilent in places so I would recommend 14+. But this is a great, easy read that I believe everyone should read. 

Note: I had this song going through my head throughout this book: 

Abigail

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