Strongholds: A Coming Out of Bondage Testimony

Sista Gurl
Outskirts Press (2013)
ISBN 9781478723271
Reviewed by Nicollette Violante for Reader Views (11/14)

The plot of “Strongholds” is intriguing; the author, Sista Gurl, tells three different stories, with different characters and situations, and in the end reveals that these are all her stories and she, at one point in her life, was all of these characters.

The author’s main point is how sin, specifically choosing men that are bad for you, is a form of bondage but that escape is possible. However, I felt misled while reading the book. I sincerely thought she was a human trafficking victim and that her book was about her coming out of modern day slavery. This could have been due to how she worded her story, and also the reader isn't given much to go on in the beginning or on the book's cover.

However, in “Strongholds,” Sista Gurl offers an interesting and different perspective on the relationship between men and women, sin, and God. Not everyone will agree with the author's opinion, and her story will make others uncomfortable, but the way she overcame her struggle and her views on life make for a compelling testimony and a quick read.

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