Drawing from raw, vulnerable, and brave coming-of-age stories, she invites us into her ministry to ‘Love. Period.’ This book is radical, just, and joyous. Just like Middle Church. Just like Jacqui Lewis.

Valarie Kaur, author of See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love

Fierce Love teaches us that with spiritual faith we can transcend the darkest moments and come through stronger.

Gabby Bernstein, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Universe Has Your Back

A powerful antidote to the tribalism that is wrecking our country and poisoning our souls, Fierce Love is a welcome moral North Star for readers everywhere.

Van Jones, New York Times bestselling author of Beyond the Messy Truth and CNN political contributor

Walks of faith need living words. Responsive, sanguine, breathing words. Fierce Love is that. Full of big, liberating, bold ideas, it is also a radiant work of testimony, revelation and guidance.

Aunjanue Ellis, Actress and Producer

With this book, Jacqui Lewis made me see the world in a different way—as a place where we can live our lives fully, tell our stories honestly, and love one another fiercely.

Paul Tough, New York Times bestselling author of How Children Succeed

Embrace Fierce Love:

A healing antidote to our divisive culture, full of evocative storytelling, spiritual wisdom, and psychological insight—by the first female, Black senior minister at the historic Collegiate Churches of New York.

We are living in what I call “hot mess times”: a world divided by politics, race, intolerance, fear, and rancor. But my experiences—of of being a woman in a traditionally male domain, of being in an interracial marriage, of making peace with childhood abuse—demonstrates that our human capacity for empathy, compassion, and forgiveness is the key to reversing these ugly trends.

Inspired by the Ubuntu philosophy “I am who I am because we are who we are” and explained through stories from my own life and those of my mentors and inspirations, in this book I detail the nine daily practices necessary for transforming ourselves, our communities, and our world at large. From learning to put down our emotional baggage to speaking truth to power to resisting joyfully, gaining a renewed sense of the power well all have to create caring communities; to stand up for the vulnerable; and to change our shared story from one of anxiety, anger, and divisiveness to one of mindfulness, compassion, and unity.

Listen to audio from Fierce Love, read by me here. Courtesty of Penguin Random House (PRH) Audio.

Fierce Love is a manifesto for all generations, a universalist’s vision for mending our broken hearts and fractured world.

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Fierce Love Book Launch Collection

Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis shares her “why” for writing Fierce Love

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John Fugelsang is a New York-based political commentator, comedian, TV and radio personality, performer, and writer. 


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Jocelyn Lieu is a New York-based Fiction Writer and teacher.

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Rev. Dr. Damaris D. Whittaker is a United Church of Christ (UCC) minister. She is a public theologian deeply passionate about social justice advocating for racial justice, LGBTQ equality, immigration reform, women’s leadership, universal healthcare, and affordable housing.

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Kaliswa Brewster is an actor and digital producer. She has appeared in such films as Time After Time (2017), Billions (2016) and Daredevil (2015).

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