Do divorce and remarriage disqualify a man from becoming a Pastor or Deacon? This study answers that question and many more without any consideration of historic positions or religious decrees.
Satisfaction by LaRonda Coleman
I asked readers and authors to write a short story or poem to this prompt: His misty black eyes pierced her soul and caused her body to tremble. He began to speak.
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His misty black eyes pierced her soul and caused her body to tremble. Her eyes tracing over the silhouette of his lips. She hardly noticed she was biting her bottom lip. In that moment she felt an oddly familiar sensation breezing down her neckline, following the course of her pulsating veins…hunger! She began to imagine kissing his lips, caressing his frame as he pulled her closer and closer. Returning the kiss, he gently stroked her nipples as they pierced through her blouse. She began to tremble. Her legs became weak and in that moment he led her to the couch slowly lying her down. His fingers gently gliding down to her thighs maneuvering his way to her womanhood. Slowly he inserted his fingers deep inside as she took a long, deep breath. She could no longer contain herself as she reached the peak of orgasm. Tears of pleasure streaming down her cheeks. He slowly begins to kiss her, sliding his tongue between her lips and into her mouth. As they kiss, he penetrates her with his swollen manhood. She whispers, ‘Oh God, thank you. I have so missed this feeling”. Paige! Did you hear me? he asks.
-LaRonda Coleman, Author of Journey to Forgiveness: Surviving Childhood Molestation
Kindle Vella Spotlight – Sylvia Hubbard
Award-winning Detroit Author & Founder of Motown Writers, Sylvia Hubbard has independently published over 55 romance suspense books in the over 20 years she’s been in the literary business. As an avid blogger, podcaster, social media manager & digital strategist, Sylvia has received literary recognition for her literacy work, plus has had eight #1 Bestsellers. She is also a speaker, literary encouragement doula & busy mompreneur expert.
–Her fatal flaw will be what he cannot resist.
Warning (This book contains several aspects of the uglier side of life; it is not for the faint of heart.) Delilah developed a weakness for his father that she prayed no one would ever find out. Love was rocket science to Dag & he always found a way to mess things up with his addictions, trauma, and most of all his mouth. Explore the dark side of love where lust combined with desire leads to an unquenchable obsession.
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Book/Author Spotlight – Pamela Mshana
Pamela Mshana, Ph.D. is an accomplished playwright, author, inspirational speaker, and educator. Her play, Ebony which was produced at Playwrights Horizons, Off-Broadway theater in New York City, this play also received a dramatic reading at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney Australia. Dr. Mshana has been an educator for over 20 years, serving in multiple roles from teaching to administration. As an educator in residence at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa, she wrote and directed the play, Thando of South Africa. Dr. Mshana’s novel, girls in search of cover, is insightful, funny, and informative entertainment.
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girls in search of cover
girls in search of cover is a novel set against the backdrop of three generations of women scarred by rape. It dramatizes a girl’s journey through the belly of the beast and her triumph above the brutal legacy of her matriarchs.
Carmia is a troubled young African-American girl whose drug-addicted mother relocates Carmia and her brother to Bovina, Mississippi—a deeply religious backwater where they all move in with Carmia’s grandmother, Ma Evans.
Carmia grows up an outsider in Bovina. Mother Johns, a conniving church leader with a dark hatred for Ma Evans, convinces the community that Ma Evans’ entire bloodline, including Carmia, is cursed.
After a series of tragic deaths, Carmia begins to think so too. As a teenager faced with a life of violence, church hurt, and sexual trauma, will her hope of a better life be enough for her to overcome? Will the voices of her ancestors (spiritual cloud of witnesses), give her strength enough to escape the abuse her matriarchs suffered?
Author/Book Spotlight – Roe Braddy
Roe Braddy is a former high school teacher; she is now retired and spends her time writing. Roe has a passion for theater; she’s a self-proclaimed theater/book nerd who could spend all of her time either on stage or behind the curtain managing the cast. Roe is also a playwright; she has written and produced three community theater plays. Roe’s hobbies include reading, writing historical romances, and watching old black-and-white movies. Roe loves vintage clothing and antiques and has a huge collection of old pins that she wears every time she gets a chance.
For the latest release dates and future book signing locations, visit http://www.RoeBraddyProductions.com. Roe can be reached on social media via http://www.Facebook.com/RoeBraddyProductions. Instagram@roe_the_literary14u. Roe loves to hear from readers; reach out and say hi!
KINDLE VELLA – A GOOD CHURCH-GOING WOMAN
Jala Joe DuBois was an innocent little girl when all the bad things started happening to her. She wanted to have a life with a mother that loved her and a father that loved them both, but unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned.
Lucian Baptiste was for the most part a devoted husband. He loved his wife and wanted her to be happy. Verna wanted him to go to church and learn to fear and reference the Lord. Lucian did do one of the things his wife wanted. He learned to FEAR!
Author/Book Spotlight- Margo Thomas
Margo Thomas earned degrees in Accounting from the College of The Bahamas and Valdosta State University, respectively. She is the Director of the Take Stock in Children Program in Tallahassee, Florida where her team helps families eliminate the cycle of poverty through mentoring and providing students with resources and tools to help them navigate the pathway through high school, college, and a career.
As she was the first in her family to go to college, Margo fully understands how this opportunity makes a significant impact on the lives of the students she serves. A few years ago, while researching resources to help her parents navigate the college-prep journey, she was disappointed that she could not find information that would speak directly to them. A lightbulb went off and she asked herself, “Why shouldn’t I write exactly what I am looking for?” A year later, Margo published the book, Help! What I Tell Parents About Preparing Their Kids For College. This simple, easy-to-read guide has been preparing parents to successfully help their students transition from high school to college. Because Margo is passionate about getting students through college with limited debt, she also developed a college-prep planner for high school students called I Am College Bound, which was published in June 2020.
Margo’s other passion is educating women about basic financial literacy. She coaches and supports recent college graduates in getting their financial houses in order. She meets women who are overwhelmed in the rat race and are tired of living paycheck-to-paycheck. Many of these women are college graduates who have been saddled with crazy student loans and consumer debt. They are at the place where they would like to purchase a home, but because of their extreme debt, they do not know where to start. Margo uses her professional expertise and personal experiences to help women assess their financial situation, change their behavior with money, develop their money management toolkit, and crush their debt. Margo recently published a budgeting and financial planning workbook called, Get Your Financial House in Order.
Author | Trainer | Speaker | Certified Coach (Budgeting & College-Prep)
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When Fate Whispers: A Short Story
After accepting the call to ministry, doors were opening to Karen, a minister at the Life Everlasting Church in Tallahassee. To those around her, Karen’s life seemed perfect. She was receiving numerous invitations from local churches to speak at women’s ministry programs. No one knew the secret she’d been keeping all these years, at least not until fate intervened with a chance meeting at a local grocery store with Candace, a young cashier. Candace’s journey mirrors Karen’s secret, except the ending would be significantly different if Karen refuses to listen to that soft whisper she’s been trying to ignore.
Author/Book Spotlight – Valerie D. Wade
Valerie D. Wade is the author of her debut novel, Ivy Lee’s Rue, an up-and-coming novella Leaving Jacksonville. A Michigan native who grew up in Highland Park and lives in Detroit. She is a Wayne State University graduate who works as a Research Administrator.
Valerie volunteers as a literacy tutor and tutors an ESL student. She loves animals and volunteered as a dog walker. For twelve years she adored her late beagle, Buttercup. She enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren and aspires to learn to play the drums.
An Imaginative Writing class during her last semester at WSU sparked the original story based on a random photograph. Ivy Lee, a minor character, quickly rose to prominence as the protagonist, inspired by an ancestor’s real-life struggles. This simple story is a coming-of-age narrative of a Christian woman depicting deep love, sacrifice, and a strained sister bond.
This story follows Ivy Lee, a warm, compassionate, joyous woman from her childhood in rural North Carolina. The circumstances of her life were not ideal. When a life-altering “condition” consumed her, she reached a crossroads. Family secrets and hushed decisions kept the one thing she loved out of reach. She held hope at the cliff of psychological madness, which consumed her life as she longed for peace, clarity, and joy.