Thursday, October 5, 2017

Shalom Sistas: Living Wholeheartedly in a Brokenhearted World by Osheta Moore

Shalom Sistas: Living Wholeheartedly in a Brokenhearted World

Osheta' writing is something that resonated with me as a reader. She gives the reader lessons from her own life about tough situations that make you want to laugh, cry and even break out in a song. Each situation where she has faced something, she has drawn closer to the Lord. This book is inspiring and it will help you want to live in community more. It will also give you a sensitive spirit to reach out to your neighbors or those you don't know well. 
Something extra and great are the recipes. I love that this is a book for a woman at any stage in life and can be read multiple times in different seasons. I truly enjoyed this book and I give it 5/5 stars. Reading this book felt like I was drinking coffee with Osheta have a conversation. Her humor is wonderful and you will feel encouraged by her. A favorable opinion was not required. 

About the Author:

My name is Osheta. It’s pronounced, “O-she-da” and even though it’s unique as all get-out—I have a love/hate relationship with my name. Other than, “girl with a really imaginative dad”—it doesn’t mean anything. My name reminds me of his twenty years in the Marines and his tour in Okinawa where he feel in love with the Japanese language. But get this: while my name sounds Japanese….I’m not Japanese.

I’m a black suburban Texan from the Bible Belt living in a diverse L.A. neighborhood. I’m an Assembly-of-God-Methodist-Southern-Baptist-a-teryn turned Anabaptist. A stay at home mom whose ten-year plan had me comfortably settled in a law firm on the partner track, not settled at a messy kitchen table keeping track of a tight urban minister’s budget. And until I married my white husband, I didn’t listen to rap music, know the difference between Tupac and Snoop Dogg, or watch BET.

But you know what? Living at the intersections of so many seemingly contrary ideas and identities has helped me confidently embrace the “middle”. The gray space where most of us reside and feel constantly tugged to be either/or. But life and people are messy and I’ve learned to love being in the middle.

Neither white nor black. Neither secular nor sacred. Neither conservative nor liberal.

Only me and Jesus.

Only Kingdom and the community of believers. Only peacemaking and barrier breaking.

You know, all that stuff Jesus talked about in all four Gospels.

And this space… “Shalom in the City” is where I’ll write my journey as a woman in the middle. Starting with my favorite word:

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