On Fire in Baltimore: Black Mormon Women and Conversion in a Raging City

On Fire in Baltimore: Black Mormon Women and Conversion in a Raging City

by Laura Rutter Strickling
On Fire in Baltimore: Black Mormon Women and Conversion in a Raging City

On Fire in Baltimore: Black Mormon Women and Conversion in a Raging City

by Laura Rutter Strickling

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Overview

On Fire in Baltimore is more than just the personal stories of Black women who converted to Mormonism. Against the background of a city known for its racial and economic inequality, these devout women of color tell stories of drug addiction and rape, of nights spent in jail and days looking for work, and of single motherhood and grief for lost children. Yet, their stories are also filled with visitations from heavenly beings, dreams of deceased mothers, protection from violence, and missionary messengers. They share how they reconcile their membership in a historically White church that once denied them full membership because of their race. Laura Rutter Strickling takes the reader on an intimate journey where Black and White racialized lives meet, where she is compelled to question how her own whiteness has impacted her perspective, and where an unquenchable spiritual fire burns bright in a raging city.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781589587168
Publisher: Greg Kofford Books, Inc.
Publication date: 10/09/2018
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Prologue xi

Introduction: On Fire in a Raging City xv

1. The Race Dilemma 1

2. Ain’t Nobody Going to Drift Me 17

3. Salvation from the Dumpster 37

4. Delilah’s Miracle 53

5. You Don’t Have to Fake the Funk 65

6. I Could Never See Her Face 79

7. Having It Out With God 99

8. You Don’t Serve God Then Drink With the Devil 115

9. Two Souls 125

10. The Healing Hand of Sister Clara Haynes 135

11. Pray for These Three Things 145

Epilogue: God Reclaims With Dandelions 161

Bibliography 165

Index 173

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