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Native is about identity, soul-searching, and the never-ending journey of finding ourselves and finding God. As both a citizen of the Potawatomi Nation and a Christian, Kaitlin Curtice offers a unique perspective on these topics. In this book, she shows how reconnecting with her Potawatomi identity both informs and challenges her faith.

Curtice draws on her personal journey, poetry, imagery, and stories of the Potawatomi people to address themes at the forefront of today's discussions of faith and culture in a positive and constructive way. She encourages us to embrace our own origins and to share and listen to each other's stories so we can build a more inclusive and diverse future. 

Each of our stories matters for the church to be truly whole. As Curtice shares what it means to experience her faith through the lens of her Indigenous heritage, she reveals that a vibrant spirituality has its origins in identity, belonging, and a sense of place.

©2020 Kaitlin B. Curtice (P)2020 eChristian

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Amazing loved it

Loved this book and author. She's done an amazing job and was well spoken. Well detailed and description of Native American culture and history. I can't to read the next book by this author.

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Thank you Kaitlin Curtice for this book.

I listened to this book as an audiobook and the intimacy of hearing it narrated by Kaitlin made what was a wonderful, strong, convicting book even better. I would recommend this for anyone, Christian and non, who is interested and invested in this important work of learning about and working to heal the deep wounds of the past.

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Profound, honest and sobering!

This was a serendipitous read! So timely for where I am in my own journey of deconstruction, decolonization and healing healing. This is akin to Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer but told more from a church position. Great narration and beautifully written, this is one I will read again and again.

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  • Perla Moreno
  • 2020-09-07

Really intense

I really liked this book, however, if you are a BIPOC who has been traumatized by evangelical Christianity you will be triggered. It was hard for me to listen to this because I have experienced a lot of what she talks about. I had to take breaks to cry. I got really angry and had to stop reading at other times. But it’s really good and necessary to hear whether you’re BIPOC or not especially right now in 2020. However some people may not be ready to confront all the things this book so eloquently calls out.

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  • Shannon N.
  • 2020-05-21

So so so GOOD!

Worth the credit/cash and then some. Well-written/spoken, organized, thoughtful, calls you out but in a way that's constructive and leaves you in a better place than you came to it. She doesn't just point out problems, her insight leads to ways to connect, understand, grow, and heal. I think this is a book her kids are going to be able to look back on and treasure. I also think this is going in my yearly circulation to revisit and look at myself in its mirror again.

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  • Mark & Aubrey
  • 2020-06-29

Honest and meaningful

I don’t know if I have the words to adequately describe the beauty of Kaitlin’s words. I can say she taught me a lot about what it means to be an indigenous woman and how I as a Christian can better honor her.

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  • Ary Young
  • 2021-01-27

A Must Read/Must Listen for Everyone

Kaitlin is in a unique position to teach us much. She graciously shared her story and wisdom. She has a wealth of knowledge and beauty to impart. Listening to her is a joy and enlightening

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  • Judy Lovely
  • 2021-01-03

Inspirational

Curtice is a gifted writer with important things to say. In this book, she tackles the hard stuff: white supremacy, colonization, patriarchy. This one voice of the indigenous peoples gave me a greater insight into the indigenous experience in America and made me aware of so many injustices that prevailed. This book is a journey worth taking with this brilliant writer. I used the audio to follow along with the book and made it much more meaningful when read by the author. Highly recommend.

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  • Bill Riley
  • 2021-06-13

Outstanding storytelling

Curtis does an exceptional job giving a window into the dual life of being Christian and native. This is an excellent read that I highly recommend to all!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-01-18

Adolescent Trope

Listening to this book was like listening to the self-serving prattle of an adolescent girl. Somehow she manages to apply the values of modern liberalism to herself --for example, making space for minorities' voices in the public square--but fails to apply those values to others--for example, speaks uncharitably about those who are who are simply too busy putting food on their table to be interested in her perspective. Nonetheless we are asked to believe the author is not just on a journey of discovery but one of enlightenment.
A limited amount of this could be overlooked, but it's almost cover to cover. If I were being paid $300 an hour as her therapist, I would love this book, but I'm not and I don't.

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  • Jmcbray
  • 2020-10-04

Wonderful and helpful and hopeful

Kaitlin Curtis writes a book that is both her own journey and a journey we all need to undertake. I find her writing wonderful and helpful and hopeful. Thank you.

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  • A RM
  • 2020-10-04

Pause.

This is beautiful & challenging. This book is a gift for anyone. Highly recommended.

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  • Deepjyot
  • 2020-09-20

fascinating book

learned so much. really appreciated the writing and the insights. highly recommended! thank you, kaitlin!