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(July/Aug 2011)

A word in Due SeasonA Word In Due Season by Dr. Joyce Marie Dixon

is 206 pages of nonfiction narrative about the facts and realities of Christian living that succeeds in providing a concise guide for spiritual growth and personal development. This book is a perfect tool for teachers of the word and novices alike. In 19 chapters, Dr. Dixon explores the breadth and depth of life. She presents scripture and then - doubtlessly for the sake of clarity of those privileged to this special work - offers her insights on these sacred words.

Chapter 6, Empowered to Prosper and Build Through A Word in Season, reminds us "The plans and God's purpose for his people are to be carried out in its time and season. … The waiting is not hard when you are working while doing it, God never expects for us to sit around and wait but to be productive for him." Titled The Refining Process chapter 11 speaks to the heart of human struggle when she asks, "Have you ever been in a situation where you can only submit to the fire that seems to be burning all around you. In a natural fire, that would be certain death but in a trial by grace the flame cannot destroy us but only refine us." Isaiah 43:2 states, "When thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burnt, neither shall the flame kindle upon thee."

Peace From Broken Pieces: HOW TO GET THROUGH WHAT YOU'RE GOING THROUGH By Iyanla Vanzant's

Vanzant's most recent novella is a must read for anyone struggling with self-revelation and spiritual growth. Guru of self-help and spirituality, although she regularly appeared on Opra and other national media her personal life was falling apart. Only her closest friends knew that she was broken and desperate.

How do you find your way through the broken pieces and the pain to peace? In this personal chronicle, this New York Times best-selling author reveals why everything you need to learn is reflected in your relationships. Gain new understanding of the patterns and methologies that families unconsciously pass down through generations – until someone finally breaks through. Learn how to put your personal puzzle together, and dare to claim the peace that you deserve

The Story of Beautiful Girl By Rachel Simon

Story of Beautiful Girl1968; people with disabilities were routinely shut off from society and left to languish without attention, forgotten. Lynnie, a disabled white woman with limited speech abilities and Homan, a deaf-mute African American man are institutionalized at the Pennsylvania State School of the Incurable and Feebleminded.

One stormy night, they escape, but Lynnie is pregnant and her baby is born. They find safety in the farmhouse of Martha Zimmer who allows them to hide in her attic. The authorities search and eventually catch up with them at the Zimmer's. Lynnie must return, but Homan gets away and the baby is left behind with Martha.

Will Lynnie see her baby again? The Story of Beautiful Girl is unforgettable and will appeal to anyone interested in the deplorable treatment in the not-so-distant past of those with disabilities.

 

Getting to Happy by Terry McMillan (March/April 2011)

Honor YourselfHonoryourself
The Inner Art of Giving and Receiving
Embracing the Power of Paradox in Your Life

A 2010 nautilus book award winner and a 2010 national indie excellence award winner!
Honor yourself: the inner art of giving and receiving by patricia spadaro exposes myths about giving and receiving that can sabotage relationships, finances, career, even your health—without you knowing it.

"We have a duty not just to give to others, but to give to ourselves – and to see ourselves as worthy of receiving." – Spadaro. With candor, compassion, spadaro shares empowering ways to move beyond those myths to the magic of balanced, authentic living. Honor yourself skillfully guides us through how to balance what others need with what we need, and how to give and to receive through practical tips: giving with the heart rather than the head; using feelings to stay true to yourself; learning when to seek support or fly solo; finding your own voice; and honoring endings. Three wings press.

BrainwashedBrainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority By Tom Burrell
"Black people are not dark-skinned white people," says advertising legend Tom Burrell. In fact, they are much more. They are survivors of the middle passage and centuries of humiliation and deprivation, who have excelled against the odds, constantly making a way out of "no way!" At this pivotal point in history, the idea of black inferiority should have had a "going-out-of-business sale." After all, Barack Obama has reached America's promised land.

Brainwashed the basic question of why, over 140 years after the emancipation proclamation, so many blacks still think like slaves. Brainwashed is a masterful examination of why we still think so little of ourselves, why our grandmothers still put their savings in a special offering plate to help pay for the pastor's new luxury automobile, why our children answer when called 'ho' and 'nigga' and why we choose to critically explore these issues.

ZaneLove is Never Painless By Zane
Zane, an international bestselling author, presents a trio of compelling novellas about love, passion, loss, addiction and hope for redemption.

In Eileen M. Johnson's "How the Other Half Lives," Jamellah and Fernecia have been friends since forever. Having escaped the poverty of their youth together, they both had made their mark in society. However, men problems threaten to make them literally fall apart. Fernecia is married to a man who was raised to think he is better than everyone—even his own wife. Jamellah has always used men to get ahead but eventually everything catches up to her. The two friends must ultimately count on each other in a world of havoc and distrust.

Jim CrowXthe New Jim Crow:
Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
By Michelle Alexander

Now that the bloom has fallen off the rose of the obama administration, most black folks are beginning to wake up to the fact that his election isn't about to turn the country into a post-racial utopia any time soon. To the contrary, attorney Michelle Alexander argues that in recent decades America has increasingly, and ever so subtly, adopted a color-coded caste system where minorities are targeted, stigmatized and marginalized by the criminal justice system.

Alexander, a professor of law at Ohio State University, makes her very persuasive case in this scathing indictment of the widespread practice of selective enforcement of draconian drug laws. Ostensibly, the aim of the U.S. Government has been not only to warehouse masses of African-American males behind bars, but to relegate them permanently to a subordinate stratum of society even after they're paroled. If the author holds out any hope for our future, it rests in raising the country's collective consciousness about the role the apartheid-like legal system plays in perpetuating oppression along the color line.

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