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

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

Khristi Lauren Adams. Fortress, $18.99 trade paper (200p) ISBN 978-1-5064-5568-6

In this illuminating work, chaplain Adams (The Misinterpreted Gospel of Singleness) shares stories of girls and women of color she met while working in a residential treatment facility for mental health and behavioral issues, focusing on how her subjects cope with injustices and insecurities. Setting up each chapter as a “parable” of one girl and a main struggle she faces, readers first meet Deborah, a nine-year-old with divorced parents who tells Adams: “Why did God make me a warrior when I’m really just weak?” The exchange prompts Adams to ruminate on the need for women to appear strong. Elsewhere, 19-year-old Leah learns that “God never intended for us to see people as less or as something negative, something other. We are created in God’s image and likeness”; 16-year-old Mary confronts issues of body-image, with Adams explaining how hypersexualization was never God’s intention; and 17-year-old Nimi unpacks the complexity of identities, considering what it means to be black in America as opposed to other countries around the world. In the final portrait, 17-year-old Ebony explores the experience of being too black for the white community and too white for the black community. Though directed toward Christians, these profound profiles will be eye-opening for any reader. (Feb.)