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About the Author
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Personal Is Pastoral 1
1 This Thing Called Strength: A Portrait of the StrongBlack Woman 14
2 Too Heavy a Yoke: The Pain of the StrongBlackWoman 41
3 "To Carry Your Burden in the Heat of the Day": Racism, Sexism, and the Making of the StrongBlackWoman 80
4 Pride and Prejudice: Societal Reactions to the StrongBlackWoman 109
5 Must Black Women Bear the Yoke Alone? The Church and the StrongBlackWoman 130
6 "For My Yoke Is Easy": liberating Black Women from the Burden of Strength 160
Appendix: The StrongBlackWoman's Twelve-Step Recovery Program 197
Scripture Index 209
Subject Index 210
What People are Saying About This
"Too Heavy a Yoke is a much-needed, thoughtful, and nuanced examination of the 'Strong Black Woman' stereotypea significant new contribution to multiple disciplines of pastoral care and counseling, psychology, sociology, African American and womanist-feminist studies, and constructive theology. Walker Barnes draws on both womanist and Trinitarian theologies to examine how the church can play a part in healing and liberating black women from 'the burden of strength.' Meticulously researched and beautifully written, this book belongs on the shelf of every minister and pastoral counselor, and indeed every woman who knows in her soul the burdens of being a 'StrongBlackWoman.'"
Pamela Cooper-White, Ben G. and Nancye Clapp Gautier Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care, and Counseling, Columbia Theological Seminary
"Well done! This book is a much-needed gift to the field of pastoral theology. It is a well nuanced and explicated research volume and a practical guide for caregivers, pastors, those who love women struggling with the ideology of the 'StrongBlackWoman,' as well as those in recovery."
Marsha Foster Boyd, President Emerita, Ecumenical Theological Seminary
"A prayerful, prophetic, poetic, pastoral, powerful womanist analysis of the StrongBlackWoman, from an interdisciplinary, experiential perspective names the context, content, complexities, and pathology of many Black women's embodied archetypal, systemic oppression and posits hopeful options for a paradigmatic shift of recovery. Woven with artistry and passion, Too Heavy a Yoke is a must-read for clergy, therapists, caregivers, and any persons or groups committed to the liberation of black women, ultimately the liberation of all society."
Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan, Professor of Religion, Shaw University Divinity School