SPIRITUALITY & RELIGION

Living Resistance: An Indigenous Vision for Seeking Wholeness Every Day

Brazos Mar. 2023. 208p. ISBN 9781587435713. $21.99. SPIRITUALITY
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Curtice’s (Native: Identity, Belonging, and Rediscovering God) mantra of “I am a human being. I am always arriving,” underlies a unique vision of resistance, one that is affirming, intensely personal, wrapped in community and history, and consistently developing. Curtice describes the intersectional realities of her life as an enrolled citizen of the Potawatomi Nation who grew up in an evangelical Christian environment. The book guides the reader through four reflective “realms of resistance”—personal, communal, ancestral, and integral—with chapters that flesh out what opposition to oppressive societal pressures can be. Curtice’s story of her own arriving, of affirming and integrating larger aspects of her identity than she was originally given categories for, shows how the resistance to colonizing, racist, marginalizing narratives through bodies, words, and actions can be a journey toward spiritual wholeness.
VERDICT A work of both spiritual direction and challenge toward social engagement, with welcoming, lambent prose. Curtice is a fresh and intelligent voice in the genre.
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