Book Review >> Being Black

Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace by Angel Kyodo Williams

Book review by Lacey Wilson

I can’t put down “Being Black” by Angel Kyodo Williams. Angel, a Black Zen Buddhist priest shares her personal journey, Zen teachings, and practical guidelines to living with fearlessness and grace. As a Black queer woman who spent 27 years in conservative Christian environments that caused a lot more harm for me than good, I have wanted nothing to do with religion and spirituality. “Being Black” changed that for me. It has always begun to shape my perspective in my work as a conflict practitioner. Angel shares how to build a “warrior-spirit” from a place of self-acceptance and a call to BE in the fullness of who you are. I highly recommend it.  

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