I Will Not Fear

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.

My Review

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.


Mystica said…
Prejudice like this is awful. It is hatred really and it is creditable how this girl coped.

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