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God's story defines us. Yet our culture and experiences shape us. Join a diverse gathering of gifted women of color as they walk through Psalm 119, and listen to them reflect on the joys and tensions of living as a faith-filled woman of color today. This unique book gives voice to women who are not often heard. It will inspire you to wonder at God's glorious word and deligh God's story defines us. Yet our culture and experiences shape us. Join a diverse gathering of gifted women of color as they walk through Psalm 119, and listen to them reflect on the joys and tensions of living as a faith-filled woman of color today. This unique book gives voice to women who are not often heard. It will inspire you to wonder at God's glorious word and delight in God's multiethnic people.


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God's story defines us. Yet our culture and experiences shape us. Join a diverse gathering of gifted women of color as they walk through Psalm 119, and listen to them reflect on the joys and tensions of living as a faith-filled woman of color today. This unique book gives voice to women who are not often heard. It will inspire you to wonder at God's glorious word and deligh God's story defines us. Yet our culture and experiences shape us. Join a diverse gathering of gifted women of color as they walk through Psalm 119, and listen to them reflect on the joys and tensions of living as a faith-filled woman of color today. This unique book gives voice to women who are not often heard. It will inspire you to wonder at God's glorious word and delight in God's multiethnic people.

30 review for His Testimonies, My Heritage: Women of Color on the Word of God

  1. 5 out of 5

    Breanna Chov

    This book very much reads like a devotional, with a new author in every chapter walking the reader through Psalm 119. I loved learning from different women of color from different walks of life and for once, not hearing a white man teach me God’s word. This book and its authors remind me that the Word is for me & the Lord has called me to know it and Him.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Sussex

    I highly recommend this devotional. Each chapter is written by a different woman on a section of psalm 119, and it was a delight to open each day. It pays to read diversely!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Robin Langford

    I read this slowly and devotionally. Each chapter is a walk through a stanza of Psalm 119. I was introduced to new voices and authors who challenged and encouraged me.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Lee

    As an Asian-American male, I am proud of my background and the way God makes us different. This book seemed like the perfect way to see some other perspectives. Women of Color Edited by Kristie Anyabwile, His Testimonies, My Heritage is an inspiring collection of devotions by a diverse group of women of color. The entire book is themed around Psalm 119. Each chapter expounds on several verses from this magnificent Psalm. The book is primarily addressed toward women, but men will benefit from readi As an Asian-American male, I am proud of my background and the way God makes us different. This book seemed like the perfect way to see some other perspectives. Women of Color Edited by Kristie Anyabwile, His Testimonies, My Heritage is an inspiring collection of devotions by a diverse group of women of color. The entire book is themed around Psalm 119. Each chapter expounds on several verses from this magnificent Psalm. The book is primarily addressed toward women, but men will benefit from reading the many perspectives. There are 29 chapters, and a forward and introduction make for 31 readings. The chapters are short, and some are stand-alone poems. While I read this over a short period of time, I believe a slower reading of one entry a day for an entire month would be beneficial. That is because each writer has their stories to share, and there is so much to take in. The Word of God Many topics are covered in the exposition of Psalm 119, and they include happiness, being kept by God’s Word, comfort, identity, and hope. While these women share their specific, they aim to be relatable, and they succeed while also showing us the grace of God. Color and culture play a prominent role in the testimonies of these women. African-American, Hispanic, Caribbean, and Asian women are represented. They often clue us into their cultural practices to help us understand where they are coming from. Interestingly, many stories are shared regarding the darker moments in the lives of these women. The weight of their trials is real, and I often had to pause to reflect on the emotions behind what I was reading. His Testimonies, My Heritage The world needs this book. The church needs this book. It is a celebration of women. It is a celebration of women of color. And it is a celebration of the God who made us diverse yet united by his blood. I was provided a free copy of His Testimonies, My Heritage but was not required to write a positive review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ebony McCain

    Excellent devotional!! I highly recommend it! These women have studied God’s word diligently and have shown themselves approved and rightly handling the word of truth.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    A devotional-style book that goes through Psalm 119, “His Testimonies, My Heritage” gives encouragement to women to be in God’s Word and to find life and hope in it. Written by women of color (and focusing on that aspect), it voices their life experiences and perspectives and how God’s truths have upheld them, a view that I appreciated hearing. While some chapters I enjoyed greatly, others weren’t written in a style that I prefer and would’ve flowed better if I was reading the portion of the Psa A devotional-style book that goes through Psalm 119, “His Testimonies, My Heritage” gives encouragement to women to be in God’s Word and to find life and hope in it. Written by women of color (and focusing on that aspect), it voices their life experiences and perspectives and how God’s truths have upheld them, a view that I appreciated hearing. While some chapters I enjoyed greatly, others weren’t written in a style that I prefer and would’ve flowed better if I was reading the portion of the Psalm simultaneously since it wasn’t quoted in the text. That personal preference of mine is why I’ve rated it just three stars, however I would encourage anyone to read this book as it gives unique perspectives and serves as a reminder that God’s Word is where we find hope.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Truth is truth. All the authors did an amazing job at pointing you towards Christ. This reads as any other solid devotional with the addition of a couple of insights on being a ‘minority’. I think it’s wonderful in that way because it reveals that when you take away the culture’s sinful view on POC, there is no difference between us. All these women are incredible in their own right and it was nice to know they are strong women of color. It is full of fresh perspectives, beautifully written, and Truth is truth. All the authors did an amazing job at pointing you towards Christ. This reads as any other solid devotional with the addition of a couple of insights on being a ‘minority’. I think it’s wonderful in that way because it reveals that when you take away the culture’s sinful view on POC, there is no difference between us. All these women are incredible in their own right and it was nice to know they are strong women of color. It is full of fresh perspectives, beautifully written, and edifying.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    I loved reading through this "expositional devotional" this summer. It was encouraging and challenging to see women handling Scripture, bringing their own culture and personality to the text while still remaining faithful to the original meaning. I found this to be an excellent, thoughtful, well-done resource that helped me to better understand and love God's Word. I loved reading through this "expositional devotional" this summer. It was encouraging and challenging to see women handling Scripture, bringing their own culture and personality to the text while still remaining faithful to the original meaning. I found this to be an excellent, thoughtful, well-done resource that helped me to better understand and love God's Word.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rochelle Allison

    I think for me, there are different types of women that love Jesus and it’s important to reflect that. No one race or ethnicity (or political party) can speak for everyone else. We are so multifaceted and praise God for that! I loved this book because it made me fall in love a little more deeply with the Word of God. I enjoyed the personal stories and how they were applied to the Word and vice versa. Different (cultural, racial, social) issues are addressed, and it felt good to feel understood. I think for me, there are different types of women that love Jesus and it’s important to reflect that. No one race or ethnicity (or political party) can speak for everyone else. We are so multifaceted and praise God for that! I loved this book because it made me fall in love a little more deeply with the Word of God. I enjoyed the personal stories and how they were applied to the Word and vice versa. Different (cultural, racial, social) issues are addressed, and it felt good to feel understood. To learn. This book has been such a blessing. I look forward to it being shared with the world.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Chelsey Daly

    Maybe its just me, but Psalm 119 has historically been a chapter I have rushed through..it has felt so long and windy and my goal has been completion, not comprehension. Not to mention the theme is praise and appreciation for God's instruction to his people...admittedly not something that always strikes me as praiseworthy (and at time oppressive :/). Having the chance to read the psalm slowly (the book is essay form/reads kind of like a devotional) influenced by a cast of woman whose voices have Maybe its just me, but Psalm 119 has historically been a chapter I have rushed through..it has felt so long and windy and my goal has been completion, not comprehension. Not to mention the theme is praise and appreciation for God's instruction to his people...admittedly not something that always strikes me as praiseworthy (and at time oppressive :/). Having the chance to read the psalm slowly (the book is essay form/reads kind of like a devotional) influenced by a cast of woman whose voices have historically been marginalized and not elevated, given theological and racial preferences in the church, was an excellent and profound experience. These women are wise, honest, represent a diverse ethnic and racial landscape, love Jesus and have experienced him in his word through plenty and want. Their words and stories demonstrate humbly what it means to long for God's face and delight in his ways/instruction. I would highly recommend this book! "When he awakens us to the truth, beauty and goodness of his word, we find that what used to excite us pales in comparison to the delight we discover in God's word. What we once saw as oppressive, we now see as freeing. In the way that the sweetest kind of intimacies do, God's word paradoxically satisfies us and leaves us longing for more...Sublime delight awaits us at the feast of God's word."

  11. 5 out of 5

    Neidy Hess

    Be still. Envision you’re walking into a close family member’s or friend’s home and as you walk in, a fragrant aroma hits you like a brick wall. You know the kind—the smell of a meal that’s been carefully labored over, wafts through the air like a dancer, and lulls you in with its presence. That’s just like the words on the pages in this book. I love good old fashioned exposition and that’s what initially drew me in, but what I found were the rich experiences and wisdom from women that I felt kne Be still. Envision you’re walking into a close family member’s or friend’s home and as you walk in, a fragrant aroma hits you like a brick wall. You know the kind—the smell of a meal that’s been carefully labored over, wafts through the air like a dancer, and lulls you in with its presence. That’s just like the words on the pages in this book. I love good old fashioned exposition and that’s what initially drew me in, but what I found were the rich experiences and wisdom from women that I felt knew me...and I couldn’t get enough. The richness of the word of God spoke into their lives just as I wanted to fill myself up and feast on God’s word. The sections of poetic interlude give that same breath of worship while digging deep into applying the word in these stories, the testimonies, of who God is in various circumstances...unchanging, magnificent, and sovereign. I could go on and on, but I think just as Psalm 119 focuses on our identity in God and how that exposes who he is, every chapter mimics the same cry—that we are known and his...and how we just want to feast on his word. So, friend, I invite you—come feast with these women who have so much offer.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    A melting pot. Is it a devotional? An exegesis of Psalm 119? A meditation on what it means to be a Christian woman of colour? A (massively overdue) project to publish the voices of such women? A creative response to the Word? It’s all those things, simultaneously - which is cool, but sometimes also bewildering. The divergent aims and hopes of the book mean it pulls in several directions. And the plurality of voices, ironically, makes it a little repetitive as they each feel the need to cover the A melting pot. Is it a devotional? An exegesis of Psalm 119? A meditation on what it means to be a Christian woman of colour? A (massively overdue) project to publish the voices of such women? A creative response to the Word? It’s all those things, simultaneously - which is cool, but sometimes also bewildering. The divergent aims and hopes of the book mean it pulls in several directions. And the plurality of voices, ironically, makes it a little repetitive as they each feel the need to cover the same context and ground. (Though Psalm 119 also IS deliciously repetitive so... go figure). I loved hearing these profound and suffering-seasoned perspectives on what it means to walk with God. I loved the diversity of their experiences and the commonality of their faith. And I loved the amplification of voices so often marginalised. But I felt we tap-danced round lots of possibilities of what this book might have been, and never quite plunged in.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    This is a beautiful meditation on God’s word through Psalm 119. With joyful, heartbreaking, and unique stories that celebrate the women of color who contributed to this book, I think it accomplishes what it sets out to do: giving a voice to women of color writers, teachers, academics, and more in our churches. But I wouldn’t say this book is just a book by women of color for women of color...nor a book by women for women. It deals with pain, fear, injustice, love, repentance, and joy in the Lord This is a beautiful meditation on God’s word through Psalm 119. With joyful, heartbreaking, and unique stories that celebrate the women of color who contributed to this book, I think it accomplishes what it sets out to do: giving a voice to women of color writers, teachers, academics, and more in our churches. But I wouldn’t say this book is just a book by women of color for women of color...nor a book by women for women. It deals with pain, fear, injustice, love, repentance, and joy in the Lord—things we all struggle with. While the stories may not resonate with every reader (no personal story ever will...which is why this book was so important in the first place), the overall message will. “In both his obedience and repentance, the psalmist is guided by God’s word. In both his obedience and repentance, he is walking in holiness.”

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jan Chinn

    I was so honored to be allowed to read an advanced copy of this book. I didn't know what to expect, but I'm blown away. This devotional book is mind and heart changing! Reading this, you will see the faithfulness of God in strong ways, and your trust and belief in who He is becomes stronger. If you are in the middle of some difficulty, the authors of this book will turn your heart and mind toward the one who can and will make a change. Psalm 119 is the guide and these women of God from almost eve I was so honored to be allowed to read an advanced copy of this book. I didn't know what to expect, but I'm blown away. This devotional book is mind and heart changing! Reading this, you will see the faithfulness of God in strong ways, and your trust and belief in who He is becomes stronger. If you are in the middle of some difficulty, the authors of this book will turn your heart and mind toward the one who can and will make a change. Psalm 119 is the guide and these women of God from almost every ethnicity you can think of, paint the picture of God based upon truth AND what they have experienced in their own reality. The book is scheduled to be published on September 1st -- Do Not Miss It!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Caroline Mixon

    This is a beautiful devotional. It is a compilation of women of color. I was impressed, challenged, and driven to God’s word by every one of them. I was so encouraged by the different perspectives & stories than what I usually hear from white speakers. Here is in the ending prayer to ponder. “O Father, what a wonder it will be to see our own lives woven into your masterpiece of redeeming love at the end of the ages! When we obey, delight us in your word. When we suffer, let us cling to your word This is a beautiful devotional. It is a compilation of women of color. I was impressed, challenged, and driven to God’s word by every one of them. I was so encouraged by the different perspectives & stories than what I usually hear from white speakers. Here is in the ending prayer to ponder. “O Father, what a wonder it will be to see our own lives woven into your masterpiece of redeeming love at the end of the ages! When we obey, delight us in your word. When we suffer, let us cling to your word. When we stray, help us to find you through your word. Make us living “mini Psalm 119s” displaying your glory through humble dependence on your word at every turn. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.” -Quina Aragon

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Kornegay

    Favorite quotes from this book- —-“ Individuals and entire communities cannot help but push against the weights of suffering. If we do not, the weights will crush and extinguish our life, for without hope we are only existing, not living; and yet pushing against these weights weakens our arms and wears out our hearts. If we know how long this burden may last, perhaps we could persevere and just stick with it. But suffering feels unbearable when there seems to be no end in sight.”- Dennae Pierre Favorite quotes from this book- —-“ Individuals and entire communities cannot help but push against the weights of suffering. If we do not, the weights will crush and extinguish our life, for without hope we are only existing, not living; and yet pushing against these weights weakens our arms and wears out our hearts. If we know how long this burden may last, perhaps we could persevere and just stick with it. But suffering feels unbearable when there seems to be no end in sight.”- Dennae Pierre —-“ As we walk toward that day (when God’s justice reigns in fullness) and suffer in a world where justice is partial at best and full restoration often no more than a dream, here is our calling: we shall keep his precepts and walk by faith.”- Kori Porter

  17. 5 out of 5

    Eva

    A necessary read for all times, for all people. What a valuable resource to have teaching on scripture (Psalm 119) from women, and especially women of color. This book is an instrument to resound their stories and voices. I was encouraged by the truth they pointed me to, and the featured themes of hope, suffering, nearness and beauty of God. What stuck with me most is the way this book celebrates the varied earthly heritage of people in the church (i.e. the celebration of diversity in the list o A necessary read for all times, for all people. What a valuable resource to have teaching on scripture (Psalm 119) from women, and especially women of color. This book is an instrument to resound their stories and voices. I was encouraged by the truth they pointed me to, and the featured themes of hope, suffering, nearness and beauty of God. What stuck with me most is the way this book celebrates the varied earthly heritage of people in the church (i.e. the celebration of diversity in the list of contributors), but more so how we all share the same eternal heritage of Christ. "Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart." Psalm 119:111

  18. 4 out of 5

    Erika

    It’s so simply stunning, in a you-matter kind of way. As I turned the pages, this very specific feeling began to grow, while my faith was being encourages told by voices I don’t hear often, voices like mine. Yes, speaking of the same almighty true God, yet from vantage points that resemble my own walk with Him! Finally, unity, a multitude of perspectives pointing to the same great God, is on the horizon in the world of Christian literature! And I must say that these women honored Him well in the It’s so simply stunning, in a you-matter kind of way. As I turned the pages, this very specific feeling began to grow, while my faith was being encourages told by voices I don’t hear often, voices like mine. Yes, speaking of the same almighty true God, yet from vantage points that resemble my own walk with Him! Finally, unity, a multitude of perspectives pointing to the same great God, is on the horizon in the world of Christian literature! And I must say that these women honored Him well in their work! May God get the glory!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Megan Andzulis

    It is always surprising to me to see where whiteness is so prevalent that I didnt realize. Devotional content is one of those spaces. Aside from Priscilla Shirer, most white women in evangelical spaces aren’t hearing from voices of Christians that don’t look like them. It is valuable because it enhances our view of Scripture and it’s relevance to ALL people, not just white people or American people. I gained a deeper understanding of Psalm 119 by reading the perspectives of women of color. I am It is always surprising to me to see where whiteness is so prevalent that I didnt realize. Devotional content is one of those spaces. Aside from Priscilla Shirer, most white women in evangelical spaces aren’t hearing from voices of Christians that don’t look like them. It is valuable because it enhances our view of Scripture and it’s relevance to ALL people, not just white people or American people. I gained a deeper understanding of Psalm 119 by reading the perspectives of women of color. I am not a typical devotional reader but if you are, this is great!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Daniel and Rebekah Eikum

    So many voices all pointing me to loving God and marveling at his word. This was the best thing to read every morning during a pandemic while grappling with family cancer news and intense days of parenting. The VARIETY of voices and backgrounds made this book so rich. One chapter was about a Hmong woman trying to share Jesus with her native culture who worships false gods. Another is about a woman’s difficult feelings towards the Declaration of Independence. Another is about dealing with poverty So many voices all pointing me to loving God and marveling at his word. This was the best thing to read every morning during a pandemic while grappling with family cancer news and intense days of parenting. The VARIETY of voices and backgrounds made this book so rich. One chapter was about a Hmong woman trying to share Jesus with her native culture who worships false gods. Another is about a woman’s difficult feelings towards the Declaration of Independence. Another is about dealing with poverty, miscarriage, immigration. So much good stuff. All coming back to truths in Psalm 119!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kate Motaung

    I had the privilege of reading an advance copy of this book. A rich collection of wise, talented voices, this biblical resource will elevate your view of the Word of God and increase your love for His perfect, life-giving law. It’s been a while since I’ve read a book that so emphasized the sufficiency and relevancy of Scripture for today’s problems. My soul has been refreshed by this timely reminder of God’s kind and gracious provision for His people through His Word.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Moira

    Insightful. Clear. Eye-opening. A few words to describe this beautiful, well-written devotional that expounds Psalm 119. The different writing styles, experiences, and knowledge of the contributors blend collectively to send a single powerful message of the truth of God's Word. The vulnerability of the writers drew me in, and once I was drawn in I was able to receive the Word of God with great clarity! Grateful for how this devotional has blessed me and so many others! Insightful. Clear. Eye-opening. A few words to describe this beautiful, well-written devotional that expounds Psalm 119. The different writing styles, experiences, and knowledge of the contributors blend collectively to send a single powerful message of the truth of God's Word. The vulnerability of the writers drew me in, and once I was drawn in I was able to receive the Word of God with great clarity! Grateful for how this devotional has blessed me and so many others!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nicole (Bookiesandtea)

    "His Testimonies, My Heritage-Women of Color on the Word of God" was an outstanding read and devotion! The book focuses on Psalms 119 and each chapter is written by a woman of color as they reflect on the joys, struggles, and livelihood of being a Christian woman. There were so many reflections I took away from this reading such as: "When we neglect God's word, we are essentially neglecting our very souls. and "What we love occupies our thoughts, and our thoughts control our actions." "His Testimonies, My Heritage-Women of Color on the Word of God" was an outstanding read and devotion! The book focuses on Psalms 119 and each chapter is written by a woman of color as they reflect on the joys, struggles, and livelihood of being a Christian woman. There were so many reflections I took away from this reading such as: "When we neglect God's word, we are essentially neglecting our very souls. and "What we love occupies our thoughts, and our thoughts control our actions."

  24. 5 out of 5

    Abi

    I loved this book. I enjoyed some chapters more than others but it was a wonderful book to be using as a devotional during this pandemic. I was pointed to God's true word every day as I studied Psalm 119 and it was just what I needed. This book is significant and paves the way for many more books like it, Lord willing. To be taught God's word so faithfully by sweet sisters in Christ who are women of color was a delight. I count it a privilege to call many of them personal friends. I loved this book. I enjoyed some chapters more than others but it was a wonderful book to be using as a devotional during this pandemic. I was pointed to God's true word every day as I studied Psalm 119 and it was just what I needed. This book is significant and paves the way for many more books like it, Lord willing. To be taught God's word so faithfully by sweet sisters in Christ who are women of color was a delight. I count it a privilege to call many of them personal friends.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    Excellent book. Each chapter covers a section of Psalm 119 and is written by a different woman of color. These are voices I desperately need to hear in the church. The treatment of Psalm 119 was thorough and powerful - each chapter moved me to treasure God’s Word more deeply and to treasure the diversity of his church and the perspectives and experiences within it. Highly recommend and will reread myself!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Katrin V

    I very much appreciated the long look at this repetitive psalm which loses so much of its art in translation. It was a great devotional read - taken in bite size portions daily. Some of the contributors shared in ways unique to their culture, but overall the sense I got was how universally vital God's word is to all cultures. I very much appreciated the long look at this repetitive psalm which loses so much of its art in translation. It was a great devotional read - taken in bite size portions daily. Some of the contributors shared in ways unique to their culture, but overall the sense I got was how universally vital God's word is to all cultures.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Reger

    An excellent book - I used it as a devotional reading a chapter a day as I read through Psalm 119. Full of stories and musings which deepen the reflection of Psalm 119, and it is wonderful to hear the stories and voices of women of colour who often have unheard voices and stories which are left untold.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey Wentling

    I loved and enjoyed everything about this devotional. I had never read or encountered a devotional book previously written by different authors, especially different women authors, and lastly, mostly, not encountered different women of color who are all contributors in a devotional. I would recommend to anyone.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Read as a devotional. It's a beautiful collection of essays (or really testimonies and teaching) on each women's interaction with Psalm 119. I was convicted by my lack of knowledge and deep underappreciation for the walks of faith by women of color. I was also challenged, encouraged, and convicted in my own walk with the Lord. Read as a devotional. It's a beautiful collection of essays (or really testimonies and teaching) on each women's interaction with Psalm 119. I was convicted by my lack of knowledge and deep underappreciation for the walks of faith by women of color. I was also challenged, encouraged, and convicted in my own walk with the Lord.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Antonia

    It is a book for everyone, a journey with beautiful women through Psalm 119. You could imagine all of us hand in hand with our eyes and voices lifted up in song, praising God our father, Lord of all. It was a treat reading from different pens & perspectives. I read it as a devotional day by day and will probably pick it up sometime again in the near future.

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