Saint Julian Press is proud to announce a new book of proverbs and stories. THE REASON WHY CROWS IN AFRICAN COUNTRIES HAVE WHITE COLOR by Rev. Canon Rosina A. Ampah will be published on November 18, 2022.
Thanks to Sister Rosina, this marvelous collection of traditional Ghanaian stories and proverbs will intrigue you, make you smile, and prod you to think more deeply about your own life. Here is a deep well from which God’s timeless wisdom can be drawn for us in our time.
—The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church and
Author of Love is the Way and Songs My Grandma Sang
For almost 20 years, I have been finding opportunities for Rosina Ampah to tell her stories to children and adults in a wide variety of school, church, and community settings, first in Florida and later in Washington State. These events have produced a universally enthusiastic response from hosts and guests alike. The leaders with whom I coordinate her visits usually beg me to alert them whenever she is due back to their area. I have met people, especially children, who remember her stories – in detail – a year afterward. That’s humbling for me, a preacher whose words are often forgotten within minutes of the time I speak to them. There is great power in the oral tradition that Rosina articulates so effectively!
—The Rev. David Mesenbring
One may ask why the use of proverbs is so widespread in Africa. In this book, Rosina Ampah shows an indigenous people’s ability to speak in symbolic language drawing from the everydayness of life. This book defies the fallacy that Africa can only be approached as a repository of rawness devoid of any conceptualization. Rosina Ampah unearths reasoning as an African art of interrogating matter in simple but crafty conveyance. Thoughtful readers will enjoy this tapestry of stories more if they open themselves up to the “reason” of things beyond their first appearances and forms.
—S. N. Nyeck, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Africana Studies
University of Colorado, Boulder
The Reverend Canon Rosina A. Ampah is a marvelous Storyteller who has taught spiritual lessons and wisdom her entire life. As a young child, she first received a call to religious life at a church altar in Ghana, West Africa. Where she was told in a time before women could be ordained that God wanted her to know that one day she would become an Anglican priest. Years later, she joined the Order of Saint Helena, becoming a Sister of the Order and an Episcopal priest. In this ministry, her storytelling has touched the spiritual lives of the young and old in profound ways.
Publication Date: November 18, 2022
Publisher: Saint Julian Press, Inc.
Paperback: 256 Pages
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