Tell us a bit about yourself, will you? I’m a Mexican American woman who grew up in South Texas, straddling the border of the U.S. and Mexico. It is still where I call home. I’ve spent the last 15 years doing college ministry, most of the time focused on shepherding Latino students around the country. More recently though, I’ve been doing consulting with ministries around issues of race and justice, especially in the area of fund raising for non-profits/parachurch ministries.
Let’s talk about your book: what, in a nutshell, is your book about anyway? The book walks through the stories of 12 biblical women and weaves the narratives of the Latina experience and leadership journey through the lives of these 12 “hermanas.” Hermanas means sisters in Spanish and the title is meant to hold the reality that these heroines of Scripture are truly our ancient hermanas who are cheering us on in the faith inviting us take up our space in the work of the kingdom.
Do tell, what was the inspiration behind it? After over a decade of ministering among Latinas, we wanted to multiply our discipleship through writing this book. There are so few books and resources that center the stories of POC, especially women, so this seemed like a needed place to add our voice. I personally was motivated to see Latina theologians contributing to the dialogue about God, his mission, and the continued work of justice and reconciliation in the world.
How do you hope readers will be changed by your words? I hope all women from a variety of ethnic backgrounds can find themselves in these stories, knowing that we are seen and valued by Jesus and have leadership to offer the world today. But my passion is to see the Lord use this book to speak into my Latina sisters’ leadership journeys in order for them to bring all of who they are to the mission of God in the world.
Lest we forget to ask, how have YOU been changed by writing the book? All three of us authors have shared how in the writing of the book, these women we studied and wrote about all became a part of us. I like to talk about each of these hermanas in Scripture as a part of our “great cloud of witnesses” pushing us on, inviting us to bring all of ourselves to the table, la mesa, of God. I feel like these women got into my bones in some ways. Their stories have been a source of strength for me when I’ve felt afraid, and have challenged me to step forward in courage when I’ve been tempted to shrink back. Coming to faith in a predominately white evangelical church, I often heard stories of men preached about from the pulpit but rarely women and even more rarely from my cultural perspective. Now I can call on these hermanas’ stories to point me to God and to invite me to respond to God in similarly brave ways.
How and where can we find you on the internet? You can find me on Instagram and Twitter as @yosoykristy. I also write occasionally at yosoykristy.com.
I just finished reading Hermanas a couple of days ago and loved learning from Kristy, Noemi and Natalia …and I don’t doubt it’ll be the same for you. Leave a comment below about why YOU’RE excited to get your hands on this book for a chance to win, and be sure to check out my Instagram account later this week for more chances to win!
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