Demystifying God

Redefining Black Spirituality in the Age of iGod

Non-Fiction - Religion/Philosophy
195 Pages
Reviewed on 04/29/2019
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite

Demystifying God: Redefining Black Spirituality in the Age of iGod by Tony Saunders is the third installment of the author's Godbody Trilogy, preceded by his books Manifesting the Divine and Black Divinity. In Demystifying God, Saunders dives deeper and reaches beyond the framework of the godbody movement and injects as much personal experience into this volume as he does theology, the science of the mind, and behavioral science. Broken down into six chapters that weave seamlessly between each other (while still being wholly autonomous in their own right), Saunders puts forward and gets to the heart of the godbody movement and its culture, and does so with the intelligence and clarity that we have come to expect from his writing.

I really enjoyed reading Demystifying God and absorbed a great deal through the words and writing of Tony Saunders. He does a fantastic job of beginning with something relatable before explaining much more complex ideas. And do not be mistaken, his work is incredibly complex, regardless of how easily he is able to explain it. For me, the most interesting chapter was The Deification of Blackness. Where Saunders excels here is in the application of science and anthropology, where ancient history and theology converge, and the foundation of civilization as we know it began, and the ancient faith began its decline. “Once the black man loses his connection to the spiritual realm, which comes via the black woman, he is easily defeated.” But Saunders—whose name is also Shahidi Islam (apt, as it means witness and martyr in both Arabic and Swahili)—sources a reconnection through the godbody movement, delivering yet another forceful manuscript that is as infectious as it is comprehensive.