Recommendation of the Week – Learning Self Therapy Through Writing – 1 & 2 – Rev. Nathaniel Gadsden

An experience in Creative Journaling is a book designed for self-discovery and self-empowerment. The journal explores three basic questions, who am I, what can I do, and what do I want to do? Then the book challenges you to get started today. The journal is unique because it guides you through very creative but simple exercises that help you visualize your innermost thoughts and fears while empowering you to move forward.

The journal can be used for group interaction and individual counseling sessions. The journal also contains a section devoted to those persons that are affected by drug/alcohol abuse. The weekly self-contract section and the monthly flushing sessions are great tools that can be used by teens and adults alike.


Excerpt from My 70’s Love Story – Dr. Velma Bagby

One day while playing outside volleyball during my P.E. class, I saw 10th Grade Guy sitting on a bench nearby, watching our game. He used a hand gesture as a signal, prompting me to come over.  I stopped playing volleyball and walked over to him. As I stood in front of him, he asked me questions about the game and my plans for later.  He never explained why he said nothing after expressing his interest, and I decided not to mention it. We talked for ten minutes, and he ended our conversation by saying he hoped to run into me around campus. We said our goodbyes and I returned to the game. As I returned, I wondered if he looked at my walk. As I write this, I am laughing because this moment reminded me of a scene in the movie Waiting to Exhale.  In the movie, the female character had gotten the courage to talk or flirt with the guy who lived across the street from her house.  After she finished talking with him, she started back across the street to her house and wondered if he was watching. She turned to look and caught him watching; she giggled about it as she walked home. I felt like the actress in that movie, but I did not have the courage to turn and look.  


Women who marry, never change their goal of marriage. In the 70s we practiced intentional dating, which meant dating was intended to lead to marriage. How did I meet my husband? I began with a “husband-to-be” prayer list. But, God has a list too? Read my personal testimony about my journey to discover love in high school. I am honest about the challenges and heartbreak I faced during my 70s love story and share how God was faithful to get me through it all. You’ll enjoy some humor as you travel back in time when cell phones did not exist and each house was equipped with one telephone. You’ll enjoy my “hallelujah” moment when I discovered our house telephone cord was long enough to reach private space. I was considered one of the lucky ones. The 70s were simple times when we met in person, dating was more about having fun and the guys were respectable. Find out what God did with my “husband-to-be prayer list?

My story begins with a church assignment to create a prayer list focused on my future husband called, a “husband to be” prayer list. Although my list was unlike prayer lists today, we believed in God’s promises and trusted He would answer when it was time. But, was it God’s will to quickly send an answer to my prayer? I was unsure because something interesting happened soon after writing my prayer list.

Book Spotlight – The Spirit Speaks- Rev. Dr. Nathaniel Gadsden

Which five words best describe The Spirit Speaks?

The five words that best describe The Spirit Speaks are – “Many Voices and Many Perspectives.”

Can you share one highlight from the book?

The book represents a  collection of Poetic voices that have shared the stage of the Writers Workshop.   Each poem is a special highlight of the Poets voice, and vision.

What is the purpose of this book?

The purpose of the book is to serve as a publishing opportunity for the Poet to be read, discovered, and appreciated.

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

The common themes of the book are the love of humanity, love of writing, and concern for social issues.

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

This book of poetry was a labor of love.  There was nothing hard about it except trying to decide which of my poems did I  want to share.  Every Poet had the same decision to make.

Kindle Vella of the Day – Madame Knock’s 2nd Street Parlor – Roe Braddy

How do you get the idea for your kindle Vella Madame Knocks 2nd Street Beauty Parlor?

I got the idea for this story while walking to work. There is an old restaurant with the sign Madam Knock’s Pine Street Beauty Parlor. I changed the title to 2nd street Beauty Parlor. 

What is your favorite line from your book?

My favorite line is “Kyle is full-fledge straight jacket crazy.”.

Which of your characters do you believe are most like you and why question?

These characters are so not like me. This is a new genre that I am venturing into. I am having fun writing something new. 

What message do you hope readers will take away from your book?

This story is about lust, jealousy, envy, and greed. I want my readers to see that good always wins. 

How did you get published?

I am a self-published author.

What have been your greatest literary accomplishments?

My greatest literary accomplishment is winning 5 Emma Awards for diverse writers

Do you have any new books in the works?

I am releasing a poetry book in August it is titled, “Fried Okra and Green Tomato Poetry”.

Is there anything else you would like the readers to know?

I  am also a playwright. I have written and produced three community plays. I have also written 2 children’s books

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