I Will Not Fear Book Review

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

I Will Not Fear, is Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals’ account of her life beginning in September 1957 when at age fifteen she and eight other African American students, known as the Little Rock Nine, integrated the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas under the protection of the 101st Airborne unit of the United States Army. An event she states would become the foundation for a lifetime of sustaining faith and trust in God. Even after her Grandma India died in October 1958, her words of faith flowed through Melba’s life. Words she drew strength from time and time again. This is a story of building faith under fire.

The beginning of the book details threats from the Ku Klux Klan, angry white mobs, threats of lynching, physical and mental abuse, acid in her eyes, raw eggs on her head, flag points piercing her back, flyers offering $10,000 if dead; $5,000 if alive. She also describes how in her senior year of high school she was sent to California to live with a Quaker family to save her life.

I Will Not Fear mentions her marriage, daughter’s birth, her divorce, the struggles of being a single mother, and adopting twin boys after she age 50. It mentions her jobs as a public television journalist, news reporter, television broadcaster, talk show host, author, professor, and public relations businesswoman.

Within the pages of this book were many, many instances of terror, oppression, prejudice and persecution. But the theme throughout I Will Not Fear is the fact God is always available when we call for help, and is as close as our skin.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

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I wish you well.

Sandy

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Revell provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.

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Sunday Scriptures — Like Trees Growing Beside the Water

Isaiah 40By Sandy Kirby Quandt

Creation amazes me. Nature amazes me. The handiwork of our Creator God amazes me. Look up into the heavens. Listen to a bird sing. Watch a sunrise or sunset. Smell a fragrant flower. Taste a luscious berry. Wiggle your fingers through the deep fibers of sheep fleece. Amazing.

Driving through the plains of Central United States also fascinates me. While Pilot drives, I scan the landscape. Every time I spot a tree with green leaves I point it out. Then I look closely and make the same observation…the tree is growing near a water source. It’s probably the same trees each time we make our trips northwestward, nonetheless, I take notice.

A tree growing beside the water does not dry up no matter how harsh the conditions around it. That tree will be fruitful while others shrivel and die. It need never worry about a lack of rain, because its roots reach deep to the water source.

Can the same be said of us?

Have we planted ourselves beside the true Living Water, Jesus Christ? Do our roots grow deep through the daily study of God’s Holy Scriptures to know him and to be known by him? Are we confident he will provide for all our needs and do not fear when times of pain, sorrow, or drought arrive? Do others notice our green leaves and comment on them each time they encounter us?

If trees can do that, why not us?

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But I will bless those who trust me.
They will be like trees growing beside a stream—
trees with roots that reach down to the water,
and with leaves that are always green.
They bear fruit every year and are never worried
by a lack of rain. Jeremiah 17:7-8 (CEV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — Some Trust in Chariots

Isaiah 40By Sandy Kirby Quandt

In reading about the military battles of the Israelites throughout the Old Testament, one thing I have noticed is the reliance of many nations upon their military might and weaponry.

Many of these nations did not rely upon God. Those who relied on their own devices usually failed unless God was using their victory for his own purposes. Those who relied on God usually succeeded unless God was using their defeat as punishment.

Those who did not rely on God relied on their chariots and horses. They relied on their weapons of iron. They relied on their enormous numbers.

Time and again we see that God is not interested in chariots, weapons, or numbers.

King Ahab and King Jehoshaphat 2 Chronicles 18, David and Goliath 1 Samuel 17, and  Gideon Judges 7 are a few examples of this truth that come to mind.

Today we face armies that may seem to outnumber us. They may wield far superior weapons of iron while we carry a sling and five stones. They may be riding in chariots pulled by swift horses as we slug along on foot.

Doesn’t matter. What matters is that we have God on our side.

Whenever we feel as if we are fighting a difficult battle, whatever foe we may be up against, our hope of victory comes through the LORD.

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Some trust in their war chariots and others in their horses,
but we trust in the power of the Lord our God.  Psalm 20:7 (GNT)

 I wish you well.

Sandy

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