• In My Grandmother’s House

  • Black Women, Faith, and the Stories We Inherit
  • By: Yolanda Pierce
  • Narrated by: Yolanda Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (56 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

What if the most steadfast faith you'll ever encounter comes from a Black grandmother?

The church mothers who raised Yolanda Pierce, dean of Howard University School of Divinity, were busily focused on her survival. In a world hostile to Black women's bodies and spirits, they had to be. Born on a former cotton plantation and having fled the terrors of the South, Pierce's grandmother raised her in the faith inherited from those who were enslaved. Now, in this book, Pierce reckons with that tradition, building an everyday womanist theology rooted in liberating scriptures, experiences in the Black church, and truths from Black women's lives. Pierce tells stories that center the experiences of those living on the underside of history, teasing out the tensions of race, spirituality, trauma, freedom, resistance, and memory.

A grandmother's theology carries wisdom strong enough for future generations. The Divine has been showing up at the kitchen tables of Black women for a long time. It's time to get to know that God.

©2021 Yolanda Pierce (P)2021 eChristian
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I truly felt this book. I appreciate her honesty.

I loved this book. Life altering and transformative. This book has become 1of my favorites. This is a must read!!!!

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Soul fulfilling

Pierce is honest and truthful about her spiritual formation and how her theology has been shaped by her grandmother, the black church, and a life lived as a theologian. Her stories are beautiful and make you proud of your own history as a black woman. I stopped many times and prayed, cried, and gave thanks.

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Important and a Treasure!

A simply amazing work that should be read by almost every African American woman, most of African American descent, and everyone else looking to grow closer to God, family, and their whole self regardless of faith background. One of the best books I have walked through. Thank you to the author for this amazing work!!!

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My Grandmother's Kitchen Stories

I enjoyed the story. I had a very relatable experience in my grandmother's kitchen growing up. Ms. Pierce took her time to tell the story.

I remember the cliches folks told me as I struggled with the grieving process. She explained the unfathomable pain right on. It was a little slow in delivery.

Recommended by my alumni book club. Be blessed.

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Excellent thought provoking!

This book was very well written and the stories easy to follow. This could be in part from mh personal experience being raised in the Pentecostal Church, though not by kinship church goers. Thanks to the writer and narrator, Yolanda Pierce!

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You cannot read this book and not change something

This book is what I never knew I needed...The emotions that flooded my soul!!! The stories it brought back to my memory...The ancestors that I remembered... The customs that I have adopted...The things that I now understand and am made aware of.... I always struggled with whether or not I was a "weird Christian" because I don't agree with traditional doctrine or handed down church.... This book showed me that I am not alone... If you read or listen to this book and do not feel "compelled" to change one little thing.... you weren't listening....and I will be praying for you...

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Wonderful book!

This book took me back to childhood memories of my grandmother and my early life attending church. While I would never claim to think that my memories echo those of Ms. Pierce, her stories are relatable and well told. They also gave an insight into life and hardships of People of Color in a white supremacy world.

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A must read in honor of grandmothers everywhere

Those of us who grew up in the black church tradition and had a praying grandmother will certainly appreciate the wisdom and honor Yolanda Pierce has given to this story and the ancestors.

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God is faithful!

Exceptional book. It evoked warm memories of my grandmother and one of my aunts. I love my faith.

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Great performance with lots history and sensitive.

Filled with spiritual truth and personal stories and much clearification. A much needed story for all Black Americans

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