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Drawing on her lifelong journey to know her family's history, leading Christian activist Lisa Sharon Harper recovers the beauty of her heritage, exposes the brokenness that race has wrought in America, and casts a vision for collective repair.

Harper has spent three decades researching 10 generations of her family history through DNA research, oral histories, interviews, and genealogy. Fortune, the name of Harper's first nonindigenous ancestor born on American soil, bore the brunt of the nation's first race, gender, and citizenship laws. As Harper traces her family's story through succeeding generations, she shows how American ideas, customs, and laws robbed her ancestors - and the ancestors of so many others - of their humanity and flourishing.

Fortune helps listeners understand how America was built upon systems and structures in ways that blessed some and cursed others, allowing Americans of European descent to benefit from the colonization, genocide, enslavement, rape, and exploitation of people of color. As Harper lights a path through national and religious history, she clarifies exactly how and when the world broke and shows the way to redemption for us all. The book culminates with a vision of truth telling, reparation, and forgiveness that leads to Beloved Community.

©2022 Lisa Sharon Harper (P)2022 Tantor

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Unadulterated Moving-Compelling-Thorough-Historic Truth Telling

I have never listened to such a compelling story like this before, though I mostly only read nonfiction books. From the moment Lisa began reading this book to the last word she said I was spelled bound by the thoroughness, the care, the respect and the honor she brought to the telling of her family’s journey fr their places of origin to the moment they were dropped off in the different slave ports to here in the US. There is so much to be angry about and to stay angry yet this book shows the horror about the the horror, the pain, the loss, the horrible effect of slavery on the lives of the individual family and descendants and at the same time, the hope, the love, the longing for a beloved community, a beloved world. I must confess, I cry, & have gotten very angry at the cruelty imposed upon black bodies because of greed, fight for power & significance of a people group who have lord over all others. Yet i walk away after listening to this book compelled to seek truth about my own ancestry. Why am the way that I am. That’s the important take away for me/ we all need yo learn our origin. This include white people who mostly only know about whiteness which is not an origin nor a destination. Thank you Lisa. Nobody will be the same, in a most beautiful transforming way, after reading this book. .

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Black americas Healing is Fortune

One the most spiritually emotional healing books ive ever read🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 THIS IS A MUST READ FOR ALL. ASHE ASHE

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oh my soul, I had given up on any hope

truth telling sets captives free
I can no longer attend or believe an evangelical, white religion. Lisa Sharon Harper gives me hope and a roadmap.

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Meditative, Reflective, Honest

Personal narrative interwoven with history. Lisa Harper shared her personal story and connects the history of our country with it. She shared the impact in a gentle way, and offers solutions on how ALL of us can make this world a better place because we ALL belong.

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Wade In.

Harper's unflinching honesty is matched by her hope. The truth will set us free.