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Karen Valentin grew up like many Hispanic American Christiansattempting to balance their unique cultural, social, and spiritual identities as Americans, as Latinos, and as Christians.
The Flavor of Our Hispanic Faith is a spiritual journey that celebrates the unique Hispanic American experience. A warm and honest celebration of family, culture, and faith, each reflection begins with a Scripture and concludes with a prayer. These stories embody values learned and challenges faced by first- , second- , and third-generation Hispanic Americans as they embrace the culture in which they live without losing the rich traditions of their heritage.
"I invite you to this feast of reflections, and whether the taste is familiar and reaffirming or exotic and new, I hope The Flavor of Our Hispanic Faith helps you 'Taste and see that the Lord is Good.'(Psalm 34:8)" from the Introduction
"A spiritual journey that celebrates the unique Hispanic American experience." Episcopal Teacher, Fall 2011
"Christian readers, whether of Hispanic heritage or not, will find inspiration in the fifty-six stories in this small but moving book. This book could inspire readers to write a history (or keep an oral one) of their own ethnic faith journeys." Congregational Libraries Today, Jan-Feb 2009
"Karen's stories bring to the life the sacred and secular, making them one and the same. She reminds us that God is in the rice and beans that we eat and in the songs that we sing. God is present in the simple acts of love, friendship, and faith that Hispanics share at home, church, and in the community. I was moved by the power of her faith in the vignettes and blessed by the prayers." Pablo R. Diaz, Vice President of Ministries, Guideposts
"The flow of the words and the pictures painted in each chapter led me to contemplation and reflection on the God who loves us and protects those on the underside of history. And the helpful prayers at the end of each chapter are richly contemplative and inspiring as we kneel before our God who knows the troubles we have seen." Manuel Ortiz, MDiv, PhD, Author, The Hispanic Challenge, Pastor, Spirit and Truth Fellowship, Professor Emeritus, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA
"In a friendly and closely observed way, Valentin offers lived faith, seen through a unique Hispanic lens." Publishers Weekly, Sept. 1, 2008
Rev. Edwin Aymat, MA, is pastor of the First Baptist Church in Irvington, New Jersey and is a former member of the general board of American Baptist Churches USA. He has been an ordained ABC minister for over 40 years.
Karen Valentin is of Puerto Rican heritage and was born in New York City. She graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature and has had devotionals published in Guideposts. She is active in several ministries at Central Baptist Church in Manhattan and uses The Flavor of Our Hispanic Faith as a discipleship tool.
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