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Esther Davis-Thompson Books

“Esther Davis-Thompson offers beautifully lyrical reflections on motherhood in the African-American community.”—Publisher’s Weekly …

“This book is a treasure-trove.” — Lucia Herndon, Columnist, the Philadelphia Inquirer …”Impressive. MotherLove reminds us we are our best thing.”— Nikki Giovanni, poet …

“Powerful and nurturing.”— Barnett Wright, Philadelphia Tribune …

“Rich with affirmation, common sense, and wisdom about recovering one’s spiritual ‘motherspace’. A gift to women trying to mother well.”— The Other Side …

“An empowering compilation that feeds the spirit and nourishes the soul.”— Black Issues Book Review …

“As a teacher and mother of ten children, Davis-Thompson knows of what she speaks.  MotherLove is a personal passionate vision for renewing the emotional and spiritual lives of children, families, and communities.”— Vital signs (National Black Women’s Health Project) …

“The author of this spirit-filled book has created a meditation on motherhood that comforts, challenges and cherishes us.  We owe her husband and ten children a debt of gratitude for sharing her with us.”— Pearl Cleage, Author and Playwright …

“An empowering collection of reflections, quotations and affirmations.”— EBONY Magazine …

“Esther has done an excellent job inspiring and cajoling us to be better parents, teachers, mentors to our children”— Jawanza Kunjufu, Author

“In Raising Up Queens author Esther Davis-Thompson lays a foundation for mothering African-American daughters which is personal, spiritual, inspirational and responsible. Through chapters that move the reader from Pain to Healing,from Fear to Courage, from Despair to Belief, Raising Up Queens will enable the reader to get at the core of what it is to bring up their daughters to truly realize their personal and spiritual potential: to survive the crisis of violence and social neglect that so hallmark today’s society; to enhance judgement and life-goal planning; and to become superlative adults and loving mothers in their own time. Raising Up Queens is an excellent and timely addition to parenting and Black Studies reading lists and reference collections.” — Midwest Book Review

From Trouble to High Places: Meditations For Women Who Are So Ready to Cross the Bridges That Lead to Joy! is a spirit-filled collection of short meditations based on the concepts offered in Habakkuk 3:19 — “The Lord God is my strength, and He will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and He will make me to walk upon High Places.” Section headings: Exodus, Readiness, Believing High, Your Relationships in Trouble, Leaving fear, Leaving Pain, Re-Inventing Your WomanSpace, Getting Strong, Heading For High Places, Affirmations, Step! Leap! 158 pages. Contains some scripture quotes. Contemporary, and encouraging, written in a woman-to-woman tone.

 

Re-Inventing Your MotherSpace: Creating a Good and Blessed Future For Our Children is a collection of meditations that addresses some of the issues of child-rearing – Authority, Discipline, Influences, Problems and Independence –  as well as the personal side of mothering where we need to think about Faith, Prayer, Self-Care and other topics that deal with the necessity of mothers caring for themselves emotionally, spiritually, and physically, in order to be able to offer their best “MotherLove” to their children.

 

Raising Up Queens: Loving Our Daughters Loud and Strong is as much about women raising themselves as it about raising daughters. The meditations in this book – From Pain to Healing… From Fear to Courage… From Anger to Forgiveness… From Trouble to Possibility –  strive to move us through the fog of our negative notions and on to a better way of looking at things.