Drawing on her lifelong journey to know her family’s history, leading Christian activist Lisa Sharon Harper recovers the beauty of her heritage, exposes the brokenness that race has wrought in America, and casts a vision for collective repair.
Harper has spent three decades researching ten generations of her family history through DNA research, oral histories, interviews, and genealogy. Fortune, the name of Harper’s first nonindigenous ancestor born on American soil, bore the brunt of the nation’s first race, gender, and citizenship laws. As Harper traces her family’s story through succeeding generations, she shows how American ideas, customs, and laws robbed her ancestors—and the ancestors of so many others—of their humanity and flourishing.
Fortune helps readers understand how America was built upon systems and structures in ways that blessed some and cursed others, allowing Americans of European descent to benefit from the colonization, genocide, enslavement, rape, and exploitation of people of color. As Harper lights a path through national and religious history, she clarifies exactly how and when the world broke and shows the way to redemption for us all. The book culminates with a vision of truth telling, reparation, and forgiveness that leads to beloved community. It includes a foreword by Otis Moss III, illustrations, and a glossy eight-page black and white insert featuring photos of Harper’s family.
Coming February 8th 2022
from Lisa Sharon Harper
Preorder today and join the Fortune Advance Team!
What is the Fortune Advance Team?
- Exclusive access to Lisa Sharon Harper via a fall book club hosted by Freedom Road and Brazos Press
- Early access to her next book, which releases on February 8, 2022: Fortune: How Race Broke My Family and the World—and How to Repair It All
What do you get for preordering Fortune by 10.31.2021?
- Early access to the Fortune ebook (via NetGalley)
- Access to a private five-week fall book club on Facebook with Lisa Sharon Harper (November 1 through December 10, 2021)
- A top-ten-tips guide on how to research your family’s genealogy and history
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- Preorder Fortune at your favorite bookstore (select retailers linked at LisaSharonHarper.com/Fortune)
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