All the Colors We Will See

All the Colors We Will See

Reflections on Barriers, Brokenness, and Finding Our Way

Book - 2018
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"With this exquisitely composed [essay collection], Patrice Gopo sets herself apart as one of the most promising and talented writers of faith of our time. All the Colors We Will See is evocative, compelling, surprising, and brave. Gopo has a special talent for weaving her story into the narratives of Scripture and for guiding the reader through some of the difficult realities of race, immigration, and identity in America with wisdom and grace. It's rare to encounter a book that manages to be this honest and this generous with its readers at the same time. Every page, every sentence, is a gift!" --Rachel Held Evans, author, Searching for Sunday and Inspired

Patrice Gopo grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, the child of Jamaican immigrants who had little experience being black in America. From her white Sunday school classes as a child, to her early days of marriage in South Africa, to a new home in the American South with a husband from another land, Patrice's life is a testament to the challenges and beauty of the world we each live in, a world in which cultures overlap every day.

In All the Colors We Will See, Patrice seamlessly moves across borders of space and time to create vivid portraits of how the reality of being different affects her quest to belong. In this poetic and often courageous collection of essays, Patrice examines the complexities of identity in our turbulent yet hopeful time of intersecting heritages. As she digs beneath the layers of immigration questions and race relations, Patrice also turns her voice to themes such as marriage and divorce, the societal beauty standards we hold, and the intricacies of living out our faith.

With an eloquence born of pain and longing, Patrice's reflections guide us as we consider our own journeys toward belonging, challenging us to wonder if the very differences dividing us might bring us together after all.

Praise for All the Colors We Will See

"What I find so very moving about this book is that its calm voice and winsome demeanor allow it to speak hard truths. Ms. Gopo is a writer both thoughtful and bold, deliberate and graceful, compassionate and rock solid. This is a wise and ruminative book on color, marriage, the church, and what it takes to continue in Christ's love despite the fallen and falling world around us." -- Bret Lott, author, Letters and Life and Jewel

"As a white woman who grew up in South Africa, I'm so grateful to Patrice, a black woman who grew up in Alaska, for opening the pages of her life. My story is changed and challenged and enriched because of hers. And I am in her debt." -- Lisa-Jo Baker, bestselling author of Never Unfriended and Surprised by Motherhood

"In the chasm between race and culture lies Patrice Gopo's heartfelt collection of essays. All the Colors We Will See is an interrogation of blackness and belonging from a woman who is as much Alaskan as she is Jamaican, Asian as she is Southern, engineer as she is writer, faithful as she is doubting. As she searches "for something that is lost before we can even remember," Gopo arrives at the intersection of God, race, and country to realize that the only robes that fit are her own."-- Desiree Cooper, Next Generation Indie Book Award winner and author, Know the Mother

Publisher: Nashville :, W. Publishing Group,, 2018
ISBN: 9780785216483
Branch Call Number: 302.0973 Gopo
Characteristics: xiii, 233 pages ;,22 cm


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Sep 06, 2018

All the colors we will see is a heartfelt collection of essays that moved me in more ways than one.
I enjoyed being a part of Patrice’s vibrant world of experiences, travelling with her words from Alaska to Charlotte, with a stop-over at South Africa and a peep into Zimbabwe.
From the first essay, “Heaven’s boxes” to the last one “So that we can remember” I loved the way she made me feel her experiences and not just read about them. I felt the tangy taste of the tamarind balls in her lines, “The sour, dried fruit dusted with sugar created a sensation in my mouth reminiscent of the steam that results when water drenches a campfire- two distinct flavors coexisting in one unique form.”
I was trying to curl my straight black hair with my fingers when I read her lines, “The mirror reminded me that my braids looked nothing like the streamers of hair flowing through my classroom at school. Every girl there seemed to have hair as straight as the lines on my notebook paper. I wanted that hair.” I smelt coconut oil, tasted coconut milk and learnt learn how to pick plantains at a grocery store through her words.

With each essay I found myself immersed in her world of myriad emotions. The search for her roots though she blends easily to belong, her search for an identity without being based on color are experiences that every immigrant can identify with. Her Indian ancestors, her gorgeous hair, her loving husband, the wonderful meanings of the names of her children, her mother’s cooking, every topic that she writes about has a unique flavor to it, making you relish every word till the end.


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