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On the other side : African Americans tell of healing
Anderson, Alita, 1974-
First edition.
Publication Information:
Louisville, Ky. : Westminster John Knox Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
ix, 155 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
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BT732.5 .O5 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A collection of oral narratives and original artwork tells the tale of an eclectic group of speakers who all share one thing--a profound story of their individual experiences with the power of healing.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Anderson has compiled personal testimonies of healing experiences--physical, emotional, and spiritual--that are as much about self-discovery and transformation as about recovery. She provides a prologue, explaining her relationships with the speakers and how they came to need a particular healing, then she lets them speak for themselves. A spiritualist tells of recovering from an abusive marriage and membership in a religious cult, a young woman recalls deliverance from a nervous breakdown after a life of determined ambition and achievement leads to depression when racism limits her progress, a couple married for 60 years relates the constant healing needed for the trials and tribulations of marriage, and a Vietnam veteran and former drug addict recalls his struggles for redemption. This is a cathartic, inspirational collection that is culturally specific to African Americans but which can be appreciated and enjoyed by a wide readership. --Vanessa Bush

Library Journal Review

This book is at once an anthology of hymns, a presentation of the author's original artwork, and a collection of narratives by Anderson and a number of other African Americans who have recovered from selfishness, drug abuse, and illness by, it seems, the hand of God or through the love of others. A graduate of Yale Medical School, Anderson displays impressive artistic and editorial ability; a number of the stories included here are moving. For larger collections or where there is a strong African American readership. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Watersp. 1
Alitap. 5
Kenny Bp. 11
Ijomap. 25
Divap. 47
Willaminap. 79
Love supremep. 87
Remedyp. 111
Redemptionp. 119
Docp. 133
Akankep. 139
Tonyp. 147