Monday, December 23, 2019

"Rest for the Justice Seeking Soul" Susan K. Williams Smith Book Tour and Give Away

About the Book

Book:  Rest for the Justice Seeking Soul
Author: Susan K. Williams Smith
Genre: RELIGION / Christian Living/Devotional
Release Date: November 12, 2019
9781641233088Susan K. Williams Smith is a minister and activist who has been on the front lines of social and racial justice for many years. As she has marched shoulder-to-shoulder to resist systematic oppression, she has heard the same question over and over: “How are we going to get through this?” Rest for the Justice-Seeking Soul was birthed out of those cries.
Here is a soul-care manual for social justice-seeking believers who stand in constant vigilance against all forms of racial, class, and gender oppression. The fight for justice and equality is an exhausting daily grind—and the work is never over. That’s why it is incumbent upon all who speak and advocate for the less fortunate to practice self-care. You can’t fight when your tank is empty.
In response to the many calls and emails she has received from friends, clergy, and strangers who are in utter despair and even deep depression, she has created ninety daily devotions to provide a daily spoonful of hope and encouragement, a healing balm to “strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees”(Hebrews 12:12). Lift your gaze upward toward a better future by allowing God to restore harmony and focus in your soul and justice in your community. Our God is bigger than whoever is oppressing you. As the old hymn states, “Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.”

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"Rest for the Justice Seeking Soul"  Susan K. Williams Smith is a book that I cannot whole heartedly recommend because I felt the author was prejudiced against white people. I felt like she was living in the past and that she felt all whites were against African Americans. I know others have read this book and no, I  haven't  read any of the other reviews, so I don't know if they agreed with me. But, I really wanted to throw this book away because I felt that I was being targeted by the author just because I was white. I also didn't like the fact that the author referred to God as her.  God is my Father, so therefore He is a He.  I am so angry with this quote which is on page 1354 in the ebook copy " Tribulation is very  real for black and brown people, poor people, and children of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and the loved ones of those struck down by gun violence." I say All races and all people face tribulation at times.

I should have started this review with what I did like about the book. I liked the days, this book is divided into ninety days, in which the author discussed the topics of empty words and the effects of both positive and negatives words and actions. I agreed with the sections on isolation and comparing ourselves to others.

For some this book may sound like compassion, but true love does not put any one down. This writing  is more directed to a people rather than a flow in the system that allows those who hate to take advantage. Hate is an opportunity destroyer and it will use any vessel.

I was given a complimentary copy by the author and Celebrate Lit. These opinions are my own.

About the Author
9781641233088(1)Susan K. Williams Smith is an ordained minister, musician, writer, and activist living in Columbus, Ohio. She has written for the Washington Post and Huffington Post, as well as her blog, Candid Observations. She currently serves as one of the tri-chairs for the Ohio Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. She also serves as national scribe for the African American Ministers’ Leadership Council (AAMLC), and communications consultant for the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference. The founder of Crazy Faith Ministries, she is a graduate of Occidental College and Yale Divinity School, and earned a D.Min from United Theological Seminary. Her previous book, Crazy Faith: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives, was published by Judson Press.

More from Susan

In response to calls and emails from friends, clergy, and strangers who are in utter despair and even deep depression in these political times, I’ve created ninety daily devotions to provide a daily spoonful of hope and encouragement, a healing balm for justice-seeking believers and social activists.

Blog Stops

CarpeDiem, December 20
Artistic Nobody, December 21 (Author Interview)
Just the Write Escape, December 22
Simple Harvest Reads, December 24 (Author Interview)
Texas Book-aholic, December 25
All 4 and About Books, December 26 (Author Interview)
My Devotional Thoughts, December 28 (Author Interview)
janicesbookreviews, December 29
A Reader’s Brain, December 30
Through the Fire Blogs, December 31 (Author Interview)


To celebrate her tour, Susan is giving away the grand prize package of a $20 Starbucks gift card and a finished copy of the book!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


Dianna said...

Thanks for being honest in your review. I've been following this tour, but maybe this book isn't for me. There's enough of this kind of outlook on the news and social media already.

James Robert said...

Thank you for sharing your book with us and for the giveaway as well. I appreciate them both.