Carved in ebony: Lessons from the black women who shape us

Reviewed by:

Ceil Carey, retired public librarian and long time book discussion leader



Carved in ebony: Lessons from the black women who shape us


Jasmine L. Holmes


Bethany House

Publication date:





190 pages


Using the lives of ten black women (most of them unknow to the average reader), author Jasmine Holmes reflects on the life of each woman and the impact that they had on their world and the repercussions for us today. I particularly enjoyed the author’s own reflections on her life and experiences, upbringing and faith added to every chapter. These historical figures speak to their times but also have much to teach modern women of faith.


4 out of 5

Suggested audience:

Particularly those interested in biographies and the lives of black Christian women in US history

Christian impact:

The author’s faith is evident throughout as she includes personal anecdotes in each selection as well as demonstrating as well as she can, the faith of each highlighted woman.

Also includes:

-The women I left out
-The founding fathers and slavery
-The African American jeremiad


Carved in Ebony: Lessons from the Black Women Who Shape Us

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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