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Poetry, Slavery, and Faith: A Biography of Phillis Wheatley

I love biography episodes because, although the saints can no longer come in to be interviewed as guests on the podcast, their lives have much to teach us. I choose women whose stories interest me but also those whose faith remained strong through testing and adversity. Today’s episode is about the life of Phillis Wheatley, and she definitely fits that bill.

The name Phillis Wheatley is well-known, and chances are you’ve learned about her in your U.S. History class or perhaps in a literature class. She was a famous poet in the late 1700’s. She also happened to be enslaved for much of her writing career. Her story is complicated and tragic but also courageous and amazing.

In this episode I have given a brief synopsis of Phillis Wheatley’s life and career accomplishments. If you find that you’re interested in learning more about her life, there are many books and biographies from which to choose. The three sources I used for this podcast are listed below:

What about Phillis Wheatley’s story resonated with you? I’d love to hear about it. Comment below or join the conversation on PRN’s Facebook page.

May you be encouraged on your journey with Jesus.

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Tall Within: The Story of Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth was a woman set on fire by a sense of faith, strength, and passion. Her life had an impact on a world full of injustice. Sojourner Truth was a woman who’s story from over a century ago still has an impact on our lives today. It is my pleasure to share her faith story on this podcast.

In such a short podcast, it was impossible to do Sojourner Truth’s story justice. There is so much more to know about her life and legacy. Many fabulous resources tell her story, the most famous of which is her own book, Narrative of Sojourner Truth. Here is a list of resources I used in researching this podcast:

  • Truth, Sojourner. Narrative of Sojourner Truth. Penguin: New York, 1998. First published 1850.
  • DeRusha, Michelle. 50 Women Every Christian Should Know. Baker Books: Grand Rapids, MI, 2014.
  • McDonough, Yona Zeldis. Who Was Sojourner Truth? Penguin Workshop, New York, New York, 2015.

How does Sojourner Truth’s faith story affect you? If it encourages, challenges, or inspires you in some way, please share below in the comment section. You can also join the conversation on PRN’s Facebook page.

May you be encouraged on your journey with Jesus.

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