Kara gave Jordan numerous examples of how God has helped her throughout her life. She showed her that she should pray to God whenever she needs help or is in trouble. She also made Jordan go to a meeting about Jesus, which made her eventually believe and accept God into her life. The novel, Deep Green, proved to be delightful, inspiring, and enjoyable. Jordan overcame jealousy and fear to become a caring and thoughtful individual.
In a letter to Linda, her grandmother reminds her that even though she may not be on Earth much longer, they will always have a connection through God and they will see each other in heaven someday. She also says, “Strive, my child, to train them for God’s children” (pg.220). These final words that Linda reads from her grandmother really summarizes the biggest religious impact in her life, her grandmother’s faith. It is her grandmother that keeps Linda’s hopes up throughout the book by telling her that god is always with them and that someday he will repay them for their suffering. She is the source of faith and a citadel type place for Linda to go when she loses in hope in what she is doing and fighting for.
The strength of the dancers I think represents Ailey’s view of his mother. A strong young woman who raised Ailey single-handedly, she had a hard time finding work and they moved often. She would have been one of the greatest influences in Ailey’s life and a major role model for Ailey growing up. His connections to the church would also later appear in Revelations. The accompaniment for revelations is gospel music, like the songs that Ailey would have been exposed to throughout his
Melba would not have taken the time to write to God had she not had faith he was listening to her. After almost being raped Melba, turning to God, prays for her attacker instead of being angry. Once again her faith is demonstrated here when she prays, and relies on God. On her first day at Central High
Her father, originally a Baptist, was strongly influenced by events in the Universalist church that he was converted and raised his family as such. The teachings Clara learned through this family church was that “God encourages all men and women to accept him and charged them to grasp the opportunity to earn salvation-an opportunity open to all”. The Universalist church encouraged being aware of the social happenings around them; to support the education of all youth as well as the idea of charity in the community. While the social teachings of the church were imbued in her, she was never able to fully grasp hold of the actual religion. Clara immersed herself in church work to “keep busy” and help the community around her but never had “deep religious feelings” towards Universalism.
During her time when she was lost in the wilderness she states, “I cannot but admire at the wonderful power and goodness of God to me (112).” She wasn’t afraid to admit her faith; she confesses it throughout the entire narrative. Scripture is stated often and it goes to show that she is in admission to God. Even during just the beginning of her trials she shows she has faith. “But the Lord renewed my strength still, and carried me along, that I might see more of his power, yea, so much that I could never have thought of, had I not experienced it. (101)” Even during that statement she confesses that if she had not experienced this situation she would have never thought of God’s power carrying her
The second portion of the chapter is McBride’s story, which includes both insight into his mother and also his mixed racial and cultural ways. He wrote The Color of Water in chronological order to enhance the reader’s awareness of McBride’s, his mother’s, and his family’s growth and development. The dedication of The Color of Water reads, “I wrote this book for my mother, and her mother, and mothers everywhere,”. Throughout, McBride shares how his unique mother faced many struggles throughout her life. Although she was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family, she married a black man, and then went on the raise all her children as Christians.
During her early childhood, Maya lived with her paternal grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas; a community at the time divided by racism, segregation and discrimination. Experiencing this first hand, Maya was comforted by her grandmother, who taught her to rely on God and the close knit family structure for sustenance. At church Maya, like the rest of the children were encouraged to read, memorize and recite in public selected pieces, an activity that stirred her desire for reading. Maya learned about the history of her people, and experienced the ‘power of the word’ (Gillespie, Butler & Long, 2008). Surrounded by caring, supportive adults, these experiences contributed to Maya’s cognitive development as she pleasurable explored literary works at a young
All her life she had done nothing but serve others, never acting selfishly, and now God’s answer to her faithfulness was to take away her nephew Jefferson. Still, she pushes on, doing everything in her power to help Jefferson become a man before death. How much she does for Jefferson is an example of the type of religious faith these people had. No matter how many bad things were thrown at them in their lives, they persisted on, serving God and others. Grant, however, finds it hard to have faith in religion, instead sticking to a more realistic way of thinking.
They started preaching the word to all the Guinea people and almost everyone became a Christian. Marilyn also had a church built where they could all sing and worship God. The Guinea people also started their own volleyball team for a sport to play during the day for fun. This is a great book about how two people overcame what seemed impossible odds to spread the Word to a country who had never heard about God. Generation after generation will be blessed by Marilyn and Judy’s hard work, as many people have turned to