(5 / 5) The Colour of God by Ayesha S. Chaudhry
This book offers the reader a perspective that is at once unique and particular while also addressing so many of the issues we find ourselves dealing with on a daily basis. As the daughter of conservative Muslim parents who immigrated to Canada from Pakistan, Ayesha’s world view evolves throughout her life as a result of her experiences of racism, sexism, and the struggle to understand what she truly believes about God.
I count myself lucky that I happened to listen to this book. The author, Ayesha Chaudhry, reads it herself which adds a unique and authentic feel to the narrative that I am certain I would have missed if I had read the book instead. As I listened to her story and her reflections on her life, I found myself feeling her pain and frustrations as well as her joys and satisfaction in her accomplishments. I especially appreciated her ‘Hair Diaries’ section as it dealt with the very real struggle of having ‘different’ hair and how even something as seemingly benign as hair can be a locus for racism and harm.
I would recommend this book to everyone! Hearing the story of others is essential to understanding, embracing, and honoring both our similarities and our differences. Learning to empathize with and trust others’ stories is essential in deconstructing systems of oppression and living in peace with our neighbors.
Read on my friends!
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