Book Spotlight – Help! What I Tell Parents About Preparing Their Kids For CollegeBook Spotlight – Margo Thomas

Preparing a student for college can be overwhelming, especially if you have never been to college or it has been a long time since you were in a classroom. The rules for getting into college seem to change every year. Join Margo Thomas, as she shares her responses to questions from parents who are not sure how to help their students navigate the transition from high school to college. In this simple, easy-to-read guide parents will learn the steps their high school student needs to take to prepare for college, how their student can earn college credits while in high school, and how to find money to pay for college to avoid taking out massive amounts of student loans.

Name of Book: Help! What I Tell Parents about Preparing Their Kids for College

Genre: Nonfiction / self-help

Book Link: https://bit.ly/college-prepforparents

Pages: 115

Tell us about your book, Help! What I Tell Parents about Preparing Their Kids for College.

The purpose of this book is to help parents prepare their kids for college. This book is for a parent who has never graduated from college or one who graduated a long time ago and isn’t sure about today’s college admissions process. It is a simple, easy-to-read guide, that answers some of the basic questions I have been asked by some parents over the years.

Why did you decide to write it?

For eight years, I worked for a program that prepares students for the transition between high school and college. We also gave the students who completed the program a two-year tuition scholarship. Since we were paying for college, we had a vested interest in making sure that our students were prepared. Within a couple of years in my position, I realized that I was getting the same types of questions from parents each year, and those questions were often asked during the student’s senior year of high school or just after they graduated. At that point, it was already too late. I wanted to save myself from having to answer the same questions over and over, so I decided to write those responses down. Those responses later became the basis of this book.

What’s the best part of being an author?

When I was a little girl, my grandmother worked for an author. Back then, my sister thought being an author was pretty cool. Later, as an adult, I realize that being an author allows me to create a legacy that I can leave for my grandchildren. I now have the ability to write books that will speak to them at some point in their lives.

What’s the worst part of being an author?

I imagine that having someone trash your books could be a traumatic experience, but so far, I haven’t had any negative experiences with my books.

What was the hardest part of writing the story?

For this book, writing the content wasn’t difficult. Overanalyzing it afterward held me, hostage, for a while though.

If you were to write a book about your life, what would the title be and why?

Grateful – My life has had a few twists and turns over the years. I got pregnant at 19 while I was in college and had a beautiful baby girl when I turned 20. When she was five, we left The Bahamas so that I could attend college in Valdosta Georgia. It took me ten years to complete a four-year degree. I am grateful that I didn’t give up, but stayed in the race until I got to the finish line. Because of that experience, I believe I was better equipped to guide the students I’ve worked with for over 8 years through their own struggles with life decisions, which ultimately made me a better coach. Getting married to my husband 15 years ago was a great chapter in my life because I met my soulmate, which changed the trajectory of life as I knew it. We later experienced the joys of being grandparents, which opened another chapter. Now, with the death of my husband, another chapter begins. I didn’t expect our chapter to end so soon, and I am trying to navigate new twists and turns in my life. Through it all, I still remain grateful.

What are you currently working on right now?

I am working on another grief journal, a Christmas book for my grandson that chronicles some of the adventures he had with his Pop Pop before he died, and a budgeting workbook.

Do you have anything else you would like to add?

Parents often say that we cannot expect 18-year-olds to make a decision about the type of career they want to have, but those same parents are allowing their 18-year-olds to make a significant financial decision about the schools they choose to attend. Those same 18-year-olds are signing loan agreements without understanding that.


Book of the Day – girls in search of cover – Pamela Mshana

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?

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Book of the Week – Whole Again – La Wanda Marrero

Whole Again is a book of testimonies about the making of strong women. They share how their trials gave them strength and the capacity to become who they are today. Time heals all wounds, but what do you do while you’re waiting? The stories within these pages will show you just how they did it. So, prepare your hearts to be touched and encouraged that there is a plan for your pain.

Which five words best describe Whole Again?

Challenges, confusion, acceptance, and knowing the word of God for yourself

Can you share one highlight from the book? 

I had to fast to remember my teaching in this perilous time and know that God is who I belonged to not the church or a man’s authority.

What is the purpose of this book?

To remind people that sometimes you face difficulty but you have to believe in God and what you have been taught yourself.

 Are there themes that you find turn up again and again in your work? A common thread?

 Yes, learning about me, Pen and Pad moments, and talking about those who encourage and inspire me with their belief in me. As well as there is no shame in getting help especially if you are in a leadership role family, church, community, or work.

Which character or part of the book was the most fun to write? Which part was the hardest?

 There was no fun in writing this book, it was difficult, with lots of soul searching, fasting, and disagreement with what was happening spiritually. The metal met me in the middle of the road and I had to make some difficult choices to do what God said or obey the disobedience of authority. I take joy in that it was accomplished.

 Can you tell us something that even your most loyal fans may not know about you?

 Not sure I wear many hats but I am open and loving. I am compassionate about my community. I feed the homeless and host Xmas Toys for Tots program

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?

Take a chance on yourself and create.


Recommendation of the Week – All The Preacher’s Wives Anthology

Have you ever wondered about what goes on inside the household of a pastor? What challenges do the children face when the parents are over the ministry? Who does the pastor’s wife confide in when she is upset with the pastor?
These are some of the questions that will be answered in the upcoming anthology, All The Preacher’s Wives, hosted by former model-turned-successful Dallas real estate investor Tonisha Fanchon. The book is written to provide a peek behind the curtain of being a pastor’s wife. It acts as a guide to women who may be currently considering marrying a pastor. It is also designed to help couples who may be looking to get into the ministry. This is a book that provides an up-close and personal perspective on a life that many assume is nothing short of a bed of roses.
All The Preacher’s Wives provides 20 stories from 20 women who are currently or who were previously married to men in ministry.
These 20 women share stories about marriage, raising their kids while in the ministry, challenges within the church congregation, money issues, and more. There has never been a book that presented an opportunity for the wives of pastors to share their stories within the company of a sisterhood. Introducing All The Pastor’s Wives, The Anthology.


Book of the Day – I Am College Bound: My College Prep Planner – Margo Thomas

I have spoken to many parents who believe that preparing their high school students for college is one of the more difficult tasks they’ve had to face. Like you, many parents want the best for their students. They want to know that their son or daughter is fully prepared for the transition between high school and college. Unfortunately, for many high school students, there is always tomorrow. Their desire to procrastinate and leave important activities for another day can be frustrating, to say the least. The I AM COLLEGE BOUND College Prep Planner was written by Margo Thomas, in an effort to help high school students and their parents prepare for the journey to college. This college-prep planner will allow the student to track his/her progress toward college-readiness milestones from one grade level to the next. In the I AM COLLEGE BOUND College Prep Planner, you will find checklists, highlighting the various milestones students need to achieve from their freshman to their senior year of high school. Students can track the credits required and earned for each course. Other worksheets found in this planner include Financial Aid and Scholarship Trackers, College and Career Research forms, and College application trackers. For those parents who have not initiated the conversation about proper money management, basic financial concepts are also discussed.

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