By Angel Kyodo Williams
Being Black has won an enthusiastic following in African American and Zen groups. Angel Kyodo Williams indicates black americans how one can improve a "warrior-spirit" of fact and accountability which can result in happiness and private transformation. the rules and instruments she bargains offer a framework for addressing the African American community's designated concerns, hopes, demanding situations, and expectancies. Williams makes use of an eloquent, hip, and sincere method of percentage own tales, time-tested teachings, and straightforward directions that invite readers of all faiths to find how you can step into the liberty of a lifestyles lived with fearlessness, grace, and fluidity.
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