Walking the Way of Harriet Tubman

Public Mystic and Freedom Fighter

Walking the Way of Harriet Tubman

Public Mystic and Freedom Fighter

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Harriet Tubman, freedom fighter and leader in the Underground Railroad, is one of the most significant figures in U.S. history. Her courage and determination in bringing enslaved people to freedom have established her as an icon of the abolitionist movement. But behind the history of the heroine called "Moses" was a woman of deep faith.

In Walking the Way of Harriet Tubman, Therese Taylor-Stinson introduces Harriet, a woman born into slavery whose unwavering faith and practices in spirituality and contemplation carried her through insufferable abuse and hardship to become a leader for her people. Her profound internal liberation came from deep roots in mysticism, Christianity, nature spirituality, and African Indigenous beliefs that empowered her own escape from enslavement--giving her the strength and purpose to lead others on the road to freedom.

Harriet's lived spirituality illuminates a profound path forward for those of us longing for internal freedom, as well as justice and equity in our communities. As people of color, we must cultivate our full selves for our own liberation and the liberation of our communities. As the luminous significance of Harriet Tubman's spiritual life is revealed, so too is the path to our own spiritual truth, advocacy, and racial justice as we follow in her footsteps.


"We have known Harriet Tubman as a freedom fighter and abolitionist, whose exploits and courage are highlighted every Black History Month. Taylor-Stinson affirms Tubman's status as a 'freedom fighter' but awakens us to her role as a public mystic and spiritual exemplar."

from the foreword by Barbara A. Holmes, PhD, president emerita of United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and author of Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Black Church

"Racial healing and liberation work must be engaged both in the head and the heart, vividly demonstrated in this volume illuminating portions of Tubman's life as a mystic and freedom fighter."

Catherine Meeks, PhD, executive director of Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing and coauthor of Passionate for Justice: Ida B. Wells as Prophet for Our Time

"Therese Taylor-Stinson is a trailblazer, cutting a new path to freedom by giving us a unique perspective on the life of Harriet Tubman. This book will easily find a home in the library of teachers, students, and all seekers of freedom."

Rev. Dr. Paula Owens Parker, program associate at The Katie Geneva Cannon Center for Womanist Leadership, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, Virginia

"The word 'mystical' almost immediately shifts one's focus away from here and now. There was no such needless diversion in the life of Harriet Tubman. Her mighty mystical experience was divinity in the dirt of it all. God's grace was more than sufficient for her to face both the unknown and the all too well-known terrors and horrors. This sacred possibility has never been more needed in our world than right here, right now."

Kirk Byron Jones, author of Soul Talk: How to Have the Most Important Conversation of All


"Taylor-Stinson's beautiful respect for Tubman's legacy is contagious"


Product Info

  • Publisher Broadleaf Books
  • Format Hardcover
  • ISBN 9781506478333
  • eBook ISBN 9781506478340
  • Dimensions 5.25 x 7.25
  • Pages 172
  • Publication Date February 14, 2023