I Will Not Fear: My Story of a Lifetime of Building Faith under Fire

I Will Not Fear: My Story of a Lifetime of Building Faith under Fire

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I Will Not Fear: My Story of a Lifetime of Building Faith under Fire by Melba Pattillo Beals

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493413836
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/16/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 31,993
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Melba Pattillo Beals is a recipient of this country's highest honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, for her role, as a 15-year-old, in the integration of Central High school in Little Rock, Arkansas. A retired university professor with a doctorate in International Multicultural Education, she is a former KQED television broadcaster, NBC television news reporter, ABC radio talk show host, and writer for various magazines, including Family Circle and People. Beals's Warriors Don't Cry has been in print for more than 20 years, has sold more than 1 million copies, and was the winner of the American Library Association Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and the American Booksellers' Association Award. She lives in San Francisco and is the mother of three adult children.

Table of Contents

Foreword 9

Acknowledgments 13

Introduction 15

1 An Angel with a Broom 19

2 Walking through the Valley 27

3 Angels in Combat Boots 39

4 Through Trials and Tribulations 49

5 Finding My Inner Warrior 59

6 Keeping My Faith in My Darkest Hour 65

7 God Is Everywhere, Especially in California 79

8 I Didn't Expect It to Happen This Way 89

9 Single Parenthood 105

10 Don't Let Anyone Steal Your Dreams 113

11 God Grants Dreams Bigger Than You Imagine 117

12 Turning the Other Cheek 125

13 God Is My Employer 133

14 Serving Others and Serving God 143

15 God Meets Our Needs in Unexpected Ways 147

16 Age Is just a Number 155

17 God Is as Close to You as Your Skin 161

18 Our Nightmare Dream House 167

19 Terror Times Two 181

20 Where There Is Faith, There Is Hope, Forgiveness, and Gratitude 191

Epilogue 197

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I Will Not Fear: My Story of a Lifetime of Building Faith under Fire 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
AngelN1 7 days ago
I wanted to like this book more than I actually did. The author's participation in the integration of Little Rock was fascinating, and this was the strongest part of the book, but it is only the beginning. I wonder if her memoir Warriors Don't Cry would be more engaging for me. Her story of severe, life-threatening racism is valuable and eye-opening, especially for someone of my age who always went to school with children of other races and thought it nothing unusual to have them over to our house or to go to theirs. That said, as a story, it was a little disjointed after the first couple of chapters. It was more a collection of memories, and no other people in her stories became fully "alive" to the reader. And I came to have a real problem with her attitudes toward education over marriage about halfway through the book, when she kept stressing her mom's mantra of "Education lasts forever, but husbands are temporary." Overall, I think she has been an important eye witness to a truly troubling era of our history, and she has certainly had an unusual amount of trials but has learned to rely on her faith to help her through. I received this book from the publisher, Revell, for the purpose of writing a review, but all opinions are my own.
Cherylkochbooks 8 days ago
I enjoyed reading this book. This is a very important milestone event in history that should be remembered and learned from. In fact, this book could not have come at a more appropriate time. We seem to be at a crossroads and taking steps back instead of forward. Plus, I thought that the author did a nice job of helping to remind us how our faith can be tested in difficult situations but it will remain strong if not stronger at long as we trust in God. As I was reading this book, I did feel like I got to know the author. She is someone that I would want to meet in person and listen to more of her stories. Yet, why this book may have talked about faith, it was not preachy. To be honest, there is nothing worse then feeling like you are being preached to when you are not looking for it. This is a nice read.
Cherylkochbooks 8 days ago
I enjoyed reading this book. This is a very important milestone event in history that should be remembered and learned from. In fact, this book could not have come at a more appropriate time. We seem to be at a crossroads and taking steps back instead of forward. Plus, I thought that the author did a nice job of helping to remind us how our faith can be tested in difficult situations but it will remain strong if not stronger at long as we trust in God. As I was reading this book, I did feel like I got to know the author. She is someone that I would want to meet in person and listen to more of her stories. Yet, why this book may have talked about faith, it was not preachy. To be honest, there is nothing worse then feeling like you are being preached to when you are not looking for it. This is a nice read.
StacyA64 17 days ago
Melba Pettillo Beals was a young girl in 1957. She was also one of the nine African American students chosen to integrate Little Rock, Arkansas's all-white Central High School. She is one of the faces in the grainy black and white photos that most of us recognize from history class or documentaries on television. I'm not sure what I was expecting when I picked up this book, but I've come away from the reading of it wishing I could meet Ms. Beals. She wrote so honestly of her life from those days in Little Rock right up to the present. It was eye-opening, for me as a white woman, to read about what it was like in Little Rock and inside Central High from someone who was there, who was right in the middle of it, and experienced it all. She writes of the ways it changed her life and her community, both good and bad. Much of what Beals went through I had never heard about, but I also never thought about it that deeply....the small but constant injustices, the effect it had on the African American community, the toll it took on that group known as the Little Rock Nine. Beals also writes about her marriage, her career, and her children and life since Little Rock. She was surely shaped by that event and by the strong faith in God fostered in her by her grandmother, whose advice she remembers often and quotes throughout the book. As she shares the new kinds of discrimination and oppression she finds outside of Little Rock as an African American and a woman....even in liberal California....she can't help but share her faith as it is woven throughout her life, a part of who she is. It was very refreshing to read how naturally she makes it a part of her life and leans on God in all things. She could have allowed circumstances to make her bitter or cause her to take actions she'd later regret, but all along she heard her grandmama's advice, the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. when he told her she didn't fight for herself but for those who would come after her, and the still, small voice of God giving her strength. The life of Ms Beals is a fascinating one and I am glad to have learned about her and her experiences. She has a beautiful spirit and a love of God that is inspiring. I have a better understanding, not only of what things were like back in the 1950's and 60's, but of some of the discrimination still faced by African Americans today. I highly recommend this book to all but young children as some of the things told are rather intense and violent.
NadineTimes10 18 days ago
As the title indicates, this isn’t just an account contained within the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s, but it spans much more of the author’s lifetime and experiences. Even so, issues of prejudice and equal (or unequal) rights, including gender inequality, appear frequently throughout this story of adversity, faith, and perseverance. This isn’t a book about detached, historical “figures” but about people. It’s not a testimony of immediate victories for social justice, or complete accord within the black community. Beals wasn’t even always sure she was doing the right thing by being a part of integration. The author makes interesting points, including how racism isn’t merely about donning conspicuous white hoods or blatantly calling black people “the N word.” Subtle racism is just as vicious, and also treacherous, particularly when it’s institutionalized or otherwise trickier to call out and combat. Still, one of my biggest takeaways from the book is that when it comes to injustice and other challenges, you have to know when it’s time to hold your peace and simply keep on living, and when it’s time to speak up and fight. Again, this book is about much more than racism and civil rights, but I’d recommend it to anyone with an interest in social justice, Christian memoirs, or both. ___________ Revell provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.