Parable of the Brown Girl: The Sacred Lives of Girls of Color

Parable of the Brown Girl: The Sacred Lives of Girls of Color

The stories of girls of color are often overlooked, unseen, and ignored rather than valued and heard. In Parable of the Brown Girl, minister and youth advocate Khristi Lauren Adams introduces readers to the resilience, struggle, and hope held within these stories. Instead of relegating these young women of color to the margins, Adams brings their stories front and center where they belong. By sharing encounters she's had with girls of color that revealed profound cultural and theological truths, Adams magnifies the struggles, dreams, wisdom, and dignity of these voices. Thought-provoking and inspirational, Parable of the Brown Girl is a powerful example of how God uses the narratives we most often ignore to teach us the most important lessons in life. It's time to pay attention.

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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • ISBN 9781506455686
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Format Paperback
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 200
  • Publication Date February 4, 2020


"Parable of the Brown Girl serves as a critical reminder that what we believe to be strength and resilience among black girls is often their fear, uncertainty, and vulnerability masked. It is essential reading for teachers, principals, administrators, parents, counselors, after-school program leaders, and anyone seeking to better understand the lives, complexities, and brilliance of black girls."
—Tiffany Gill, founder of Black Girls Unscripted

"In Parable of the Brown Girl, Adams introduces us to brown girls by name, skillfully setting their personal stories against everyday stereotypes, turning them and us on our heads to see how Scripture shows us all a better way to see one another fully."
—Kathy Khang, speaker and author of Raise Your Voice

"Parable of the Brown Girl centers the stories of black girls in ways that engage the reader to reflect on the lived experiences of girls of color. Adams's writing shows us all that the imago Dei resides within these girls and that we get to know God better when we truly see, nurture, and uplift black girls."
—Rozella Haydée White, Theologian, Coach, Speaker and Author of Love Big: The Power of Revolutionary Relationships to Heal the World

"Khristi Lauren Adams's Parable of the Brown Girl is simply a must-read. It combines the wisdom of life while remaining connected to sacred text. Pick up your copy today, read it, and then pass this life-changing book on."
—Daniel White Hodge, professor of communication arts and author of Homeland Insecurity: A Hip-Hop Missiology for the Post-Civil Rights Era and Baptized in Dirty Water: Reimagining The Gospel according to Tupac Amaru Shakur

"Khristi Lauren Adams's Parable of the Brown Girl is extraordinary. By telling the stories of courageous black girls and coupling them with theological nuance, theory, and her own lived experience, Adams has given a gift not only to black girls but to everyone. I highly recommend it for all audiences!"
—Drew G. I. Hart, assistant professor of theology at Messiah College and author of Trouble I've Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism

"Through the ages, cultural, literary, and religious icons have woven their wisdom into the tapestry of conventional thought using the platform of the parable. These Brown Girl parables, as she calls them, will now become an integral part of that tradition. The impact of these narratives cannot be calculated, and the benefits for girls and women of color cannot be measured. What a marvelous celebration of their enduring strengths and conquering spirits."
—DeForest B. Soaries Jr., senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens

"Inviting us into the real stories of black girls, Adams stirs up empathy and helps readers like me want to join her in her advocacy."
—Rev. Tim Peck, senior pastor of Glenkirk Church