You Have Arrived!

February 25th, 2013
by Tod Ewing

Seeing Heaven in the Face of Black Men engages the reader in an informal and forthright “conversation, sharing a “day in the life” journey through the emotional and psychological land mines created by race in America and then introduces a compelling approach for racial healing. Those who are applying this approach in such arenas as business, psychotherapy, social work, psychology and health related fields, are witnessing the impact it is having on relationships, the quality of service and the quality of the work environment. It is time we applied it to the field of diversity and race relations. So what am I talking about?

Focusing on the Black/White divide, my book calls for a profound and dramatic transformation of consciousness on the part of both groups challenging them to ground that transformation in what it calls the “practicality of spirituality.” Before dismissing this as naïve or implausible consider the emotional quagmire and boxing match Blacks and Whites seem unable to extract themselves from and ask your self if a different vantage point isn’t needed from which to operate.

Heaven in the Face of Black Men
Spirituality, as defined in this book, is not necessarily connected to a particular religious affiliation though strength is often drawn from one. It is an inner quality and depth of consciousness that realizes interconnectedness with all humanity. It impels us to act from our noble self. Human beings have long drawn on it to move to “higher ground”, to deal with pain, raw emotions and anger and to root out undesirable qualities. It is clear, from observing those who “tap” it, that it is not weak, impractical or superfluous; it is a real force for change! We admire the ability of others to draw on it but often fail to choose it for ourselves.

Science, with neuroscience leading the way, is reinforcing the “practicality of spirituality” and its role as a powerful force for change as well as its role in creating an emotionally and mentally healthy way to live.

Finally, I believe when more Americans expect to want to and actually see heaven in the face of black men, a powerful milestone will have been reached in this country’s movement toward racial unity and justice.

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  1. Marybeth Christenson-Jones Says:

    I recommend this book for anyone who is confused, curious, and/or weary about conversations related to race and trying to solve problems through serious, spiritual work. If you have somehow made it through the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s 2000’s without being forced to engage in a dialogue at mandatory diversity training through work; family gatherings with all ages and political leanings represented; or just waiting patiently in line to vote or buy groceries, you have either missed out on some of the great American experiences or you have been somehow sheltered from this vibrant storm. Talking about race-related experiences evokes strong, personal, mostly painful conversations that leave many of us either wanting more or running for cover. Read this book and join the author as he fearlessly recounts personal experiences that illuminate the difficult and painful journey of one Black Man in America. Although this is clearly the author’s biographical journey, reading the book helps make clear the similar experiences of most “people of color” navigating their way through work, school, family, Life while grappling with the ravages of racism in America. I read this book in one sitting and enjoyed the “day in . the Life of…” The conversational approach the author took to share his experience is relaxed and engaging and I think anyone who is searching for a new approach to the understanding and conversation related to race or hoping for a way to build bridges rather than debate will find this read interesting and inspirational.

  2. Tod Ewing Says:

    Hopefully this will submit

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