This Here Flesh: Spirituality, Liberation, and the Stories That Make Us


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Convergent Books
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5.1 X 7.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.44 pounds

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About the Author

Cole Arthur Riley is the creator of Black Liturgies, a space for Black spiritual words of liberation, lament, rage, and rest; and a project of The Center for Dignity and Contemplation where she serves as Executive Curator. Born and for the most part raised in Pittsburgh, Cole studied Writing at the University of Pittsburgh. She once took a professor's advice very seriously to begin writing a little every day, and has followed it for nearly a decade.


"Arthur Riley's quest to discover the 'necessary rituals' connecting us to a sense of belonging, dignity, liberation, and faith prompts her to plumb the stories of her grandmother and father to reveal an affirming spirituality rooted in kindness, love, and deep holiness."--Oprah Daily

"This book is an invitation into the delicate weavings of family, inheritance, and pain, how they mark a bloodline and connect a people. Cole Arthur Riley writes with grace and gravity. And somehow she teaches us to think of ourselves as deserving of such grace along the way. This is the kind of book that makes you different when you're done."--Ashley C. Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Somebody's Daughter

"Welcome the rising of Arthur Riley's astonishing voice. This is a gorgeous and muscular work."--Krista Tippett, host of On Being and New York Times bestselling author of Becoming Wise

"Timeless . . . This is a book I know I will return to again and again. Through this work, I am reminded I am seen. I am reminded I am free."--Morgan Harper Nichols, artist and poet

"Exquisite . . . Arthur Riley's writing is both transporting and hauntingly intimate as she narrates this important account of generational inheritance. The stories and meditations in this book are sure to stay with you forever."--Ayọ Tometi, human rights advocate and co-founder of Black Lives Matter

"Through a narrative of family and generation, Arthur Riley speaks of a Blackness so beautiful it can't be contained and a liberation that is present and possible. This Here Flesh is an invitation to hold space, return home, and rediscover joy."--Amena Brown, poet, author, and host of the podcast HER with Amena Brown

"In this beautiful, soul-stirring book, we rediscover a sense of awe for the bodies that make us, the stories that ground us, and the delicate grace that enlivens our spirits."--Kate Bowler, New York Times bestselling author of No Cure for Being Human

"This Here Flesh is a gospel to what we remember. This book is rigorous, joyous, complex, and honest, and tells the story of how we get free. It is a story that would not let me go."--Danté Stewart, author of Shoutin' in the Fire

"In This Here Flesh, Cole Arthur Riley reaches deep beneath the surface of words unspoken, wounds unhealed, and secrets untempered, breaking them open to let fresh light through. Her personal anecdotes alongside Biblical anchors are serene vehicles through which any reader will remember the preciousness of their body, their humanity, and most of all, their dignity."--Morgan Jerkins, New York Times bestselling author of Caul Baby

"A wonderfully winsome, heartbreakingly honest, and ever-poetic work of spiritual biography and theological reflection . . ."--Library Journal (starred review)