Khang first entertained the idea of writing a book about 10 years ago, but even with years of experience in journalism and a decade of campus ministry behind her, she didn’t think she had anything of value to say to readers. In short, she silenced herself — something all too common, she said, in particular for women and people of color. Now she hopes her fellow Christians will learn, as she did, that finding and raising one’s voice is not a “perfect science.” Drawing on the examples of Esther, Moses and others who find their voices in the stories of Scripture, she shows in the book how speaking up inevitably means making a few mistakes. “For those of us who are Christians or come from a Christian background, the book we so revere actually reminds us that God invites imperfect people to raise our voices and to make a difference,” she said.View this post on Instagram
I am OVERWHELMED. #RaiseYourVoice is one week old and in its 2nd printing. God and I went several rounds over #impostersyndrome and the emotional cost of writing or not writing. Thank you to my launch team (the best launch team in the world) and my Dear Readers. ✊✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 #summer2018 #writerspeakeryogateacher #representationmatters
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Khang also writes in “Raise Your Voice” about joining the Women’s March after President Trump took office, demonstrating at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago after Trump announced a travel ban affecting people traveling from Muslim-majority countries and using social media to call out white Christians on racism. In recent weeks, many people of faith also have spoken out online and in person about the #MeToo movement, Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court and the upcoming midterm elections. With those things in the news, she said, many Christians “are wrestling with what do they believe and how should that influence the way they engage with the world around them.” But the book is not just about politics, the author said, and it’s not just for women. Khang talked to Religion News Service about raising one’s voice at protests, on social media and around the dinner table. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.