What I'm Reading

As a student, I am required to read many things. Some of those readings are interesting while others would bore one to death. As such, I will not compile assigned course readings here. Instead, I will focus on the learning, shade, and intrigue found in my readings outside of class. Read along with me, won’t you? 

 
 

Astrology of the Seers

Vedic Astrology, also called Jyotish, is the traditional astrology of India and its profound spiritual culture. It is believed to posses a precise predictive value as well as a deep interpretation of the movement of life, unfolding the secrets of Karma and destiny. First published in 1990, Astrology of the Seers is widely regarded as one of the classic modern books on Vedic astrology, covering all of the main aspects of its philosophy, background, and practice.

 

stand your ground: black bodies and the justice of god

On the Sunday morning after the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s killer, black preachers across America addressed the questions his death raised for their communities: “Where is the justice of God? What are we to hope for?”

In this timely and compelling book, Kelly Brown Douglas examines the myths and narratives underlying a “stand-your-ground” culture, taking seriously the social as well as the theological questions raised by this and similar events, from Ferguson, Missouri to Staten Island, New York.

But the author also brings another significant interpretative lens to this text: that of a mother. She writes: “There has been no story in the news that has troubled me more than that of Trayvon Martin’s slaying. President Obama said that if he had a son his son would look like Trayvon. I do have a son and he does look like Trayvon.”

In the face of tragedy and indifference, Kelly Brown Douglas arms the truth of a black mother’s faith in these times of “stand your ground.”