Walking the Way of Harriet Tubman: Public Mystic and Freedom Fighter


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5.2 X 6.7 X 1.2 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Therese Taylor-Stinson is a writer, spiritual director, ordained deacon, and ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA). A graduate of the Shalem Institute and a member of the Shalem Society for Contemplative Leadership, she is also the founding managing member of the Spiritual Directors of Color Network, Ltd. Taylor-Stinson is the editor of the award-winning collection Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around. Therese lives her life as a contemplative, and enjoys the natural world and the people and projects that are drawn to her as gifts. She and her husband live in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Barbara A. Holmes is president emerita of United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, as well as former professor of ethics and African American religious studies and vice president of academic affairs at Memphis Theological Seminary. Her other Fortress books include Liberation and the Cosmos: Conversations with the Elders (rev. ed., 2023) and Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Black Church (2nd ed., 2017). She is also the author of Crisis Contemplation: Healing the Wounded Village (CAC, 2021) and A Private Woman in Public Spaces: Barbara Jordan's Speeches on Ethics, Public Religion, and Law (Trinity Press International, 2000).


"Taylor-Stinson's beautiful respect for Tubman's legacy is contagious" --Booklist

"We have known Harriet Tubman as a freedom fighter and abolitionist, whose exploits and courage are highlighted every Black History Month. Taylor-Stinson affirms Tubman's status as a 'freedom fighter' but awakens us to her role as a public mystic and spiritual exemplar." --from the foreword by Barbara A. Holmes, PhD, president emerita of United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and author of Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Black Church

"Racial healing and liberation work must be engaged both in the head and the heart, vividly demonstrated in this volume illuminating portions of Tubman's life as a mystic and freedom fighter." --Catherine Meeks, PhD, executive director of Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing and coauthor of Passionate for Justice: Ida B. Wells as Prophet for Our Time

"Therese Taylor-Stinson is a trailblazer, cutting a new path to freedom by giving us a unique perspective on the life of Harriet Tubman. This book will easily find a home in the library of teachers, students, and all seekers of freedom." --Rev. Dr. Paula Owens Parker, program associate at The Katie Geneva Cannon Center for Womanist Leadership, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, Virginia

"The word 'mystical' almost immediately shifts one's focus away from here and now. There was no such needless diversion in the life of Harriet Tubman. Her mighty mystical experience was divinity in the dirt of it all. God's grace was more than sufficient for her to face both the unknown and the all too well-known terrors and horrors. This sacred possibility has never been more needed in our world than right here, right now." --Kirk Byron Jones, author of Soul Talk: How to Have the Most Important Conversation of All