"African American woman."
The phrase conjures up a variety of images: Sassy career women. Wise church women. Strong grandmothers. Welfare mothers.
But how about "chosen vessels"? Or "keys to change"? Perhaps we need some new images.
Women of color have historically been on the bottom of the economic and social ladder. But the paradox of the kingdom of God is that being on the bottom is a plus. God often chooses the rejected and despised to confound the wise and mighty (1 Corinthians 1:27-29). By examining our spiritual history and God-ordained destiny, Rebecca Florence Osaigbovo helps us turn the tide of evil in our own lives and the lives of our families, cities and nations.
We are chosen vessels.
Here is the help we need to find--and live--our significance in the eyes of God.
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About the Author
Rebecca Osaigbovo is founder and director of Chosen Vessels Ministries, Inc., a nonprofit outreach organization that focuses on leadership training, prison ministry, and challenging and inspiring women to be agents of change in their families, workplaces and communities. She also speaks at churches and conferences on prayer, spiritual growth, women in ministry and overcoming adversity. She lives in Michigan.
John Perkins, the son of a sharecropper, grew up in Mississippi amid dire poverty and rampant racism. Though he had fled to California after his older brother was murdered by a town marshal, he returned after his conversion to Christ in 1960 to share the gospel with his community. His leadership of civil rights demonstrations earned him repeated harassment, beatings and imprisonment. However, in recent years Perkins has received recognition for his work with seven honorary doctorates from Wheaton College, Gordon College, Huntington College, Geneva College, Spring Arbor College, North Park College and Belhaven College. He continues to speak and teach around the world on issues of racial reconciliation, leadership and community development.
Perkins is the founder of Voice of Calvary Ministries in Mendenhall, Mississippi, Harambee Ministries in Pasadena, California, and the Christian Community Development Association. His books include Let Justice Roll Down, With Justice for All, A Quiet Revolution and Linking Arms, Linking Lives.
Table of Contents
Part 1: African American Women
1. African American Women: Chosen Vessels
2. A Vision of Hope for the Future
3. Wounded Hearts--Our Biggest Problem
Part 2: Understanding the Enemy's Plan
4. The Plan Against African Americans
5. The Plan Against Women
6. African American Women: Keys to Change
Part 3: Back to the Beginning
7. The Real Enemy
8. The Creation of Humans Their Fall
9. Why Can't Black Men Women Just Get Along?
10. Balancing the Scales
Part 4: The Healing Process
Part 5: Let the Change Begin
15. Baptism of Fire
16. Reversing the Curse
17. It's Time, Our Time
What People are Saying About This
"Chosen Vessels gripped my heart like no other book. Rebecca Osaigbovo has tackled a topic most of us like to overlook, disregard or make invisible. . . . This book brings women face to face with commonsense, biblical answers for breaking free from cultural, racial and religious bondage. While Chosen Vessels is targeted to women of color, every Christian woman should read this book. Rebecca challenges all of us to embrace the fact that we are a chosen vessel so we can be free to become the woman God wants us to be."
Carol Kent, speaker and author of Becoming a Woman of Influence (NavPress)
"Rebecca Osaigbovo has broken the long silence of African American women. . . . In Chosen Vessels we hear a voice from the inside. . . . In this book Rebecca provides a road other women can follow in helping to restore the black family to a biblical foundation."
"I believe this book will be a tremendous blessing and source of inspiration for all who read it."
Dr. Myles Munroe, author of Understanding the Purpose and Power of Women