February: Black History Month, a Giveaway!

February is Black History month! To celebrate and encourage ongoing growth in healing and reconciliation, I am going to giveaway my personal copy of Beyond the Suffering. At the end of this post you will find the instructions on how to qualify for this giveaway!



Black History Month had its beginnings in 1926 in the United States, when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be “Negro History Week”. This week was chosen because it marked the birthday of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Woodson created the holiday with the hope that it eventually be eliminated when black history became fundamental to American history. Negro History Week was met with enthusiastic response; it prompted the creation of black history clubs, an increase in interest among teachers, and interest from progressive whites. Negro History Week grew in popularity throughout the following decades, with mayors across the United States endorsing it as a holiday.

In 1976, the federal government acknowledged the expansion of Black History Week to Black History Month by the leaders of the Black United Students at Kent State University in February of 1969. The first celebration of Black History Month occurred at Kent State in February of 1970. Six years later during the bicentennial, the expansion of Negro History Week to Black History Month was recognized by the U.S. government. Gerald Ford spoke in regards to this, urging Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” ~from Wikipedia


To join in the celebration of Black History Month, I am giving away a copy of Bob Kellemen‘s Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction. You can read a sample from Beyond the Suffering here. Even if you don’t “win” the giveaway, you can purchase it at this link for 40% off the regular price. Below is a the books video trailer:


Here is the foreword of Beyond the Suffering, written by Tony Evans:

A number of historians have asked the question: What can we learn from the African American experience inAmerica? I believe that this is a critical question because one of my longstanding convictions has been that one of the most representative pictures of New Testament Christianity since the early church is the African church inAmericaduring its slavery experience.

Co-authors Bob Kellemen and Karole Edwards have provided the Christian community creatively-written documentation of the powerful lessons the contemporary church can learn from the African American church during slavery and from the lives of people birthed from the womb of that era. They artfully equip us to see in a new light the past family album of a people as they uncover the buried treasure hidden to most who don’t know the history of this special group of God’s family members.

Most students of history focus on the pain of the African American experience inAmerica. There was a lot of pain! And we should not minimize that pain.

However, as the title suggests, Beyond the Suffering goes further. It shows us how the pain experienced by people from the African American culture can be redeemed to give life to people from any race or culture that values truth born out of biblically-informed experience.

The captivating true stories and first-hand narratives have a therapeutic and healing quality for the reader and those they serve. After you read Beyond the Suffering, you will have a deeper understanding of how God forged character in people through their suffering and be able to apply many valuable insights to your personal life and future ministry.

Beyond the Suffering also models how two people, from different races, committed to understanding and validating the significance of past human experience through the lens of Scripture, can enrich our ministry to others. Without a doubt, this book makes a vital contribution to pastors, counselors, and lay people serving those from the African American tradition. But, its greatest contribution will be helping the church of Jesus Christ redeem priceless lessons from a painful past so that we can bring healing to people from all races.


To register for an opportunity to win a copy of Beyond the Suffering, just leave a comment below and you are entered! Winner will be notified via email. Please note that this is my personal copy of Kellemen’s work and as such, has my name written in the front flyleaf. However, the book is in pristine and ‘like new’ condition. I have no doubt that you will be encouraged by this great resource!

Entry deadline will be Sunday, February 24 at 12:00 noon EST


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