It Looks Impossible

It looks impossible, you don’t think you’re qualified, you’re questioning whether you’re good enough and God is saying, “I didn’t open this door because you were ready, I opened this door because you are able to do exceeding abundantly above all that you ask or think, according to the power that works in you.” (Eph. 3:20).

By Patrick Weaver

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The Central Park Five

The case against the Central Park Five began in 1989. Then a real-estate mogul, Trump used his wealth to influence the masses, wielding racism as a weapon. In the American tradition of white mobs lynching Black men for rapes they didn’t commit, Trump spent $85,000 to buy full-page advertisements that implied these Black boys were guilty.

Trump called for these Black and Latino boys’ heads on a platter despite lack of evidence. Their DNA didn’t match any DNA found on the crime scene, but still Trump and the criminal justice system found them guilty the next year. In 2002 the Central Park Five’s conviction was overturned when the real serial rapist came forward. His DNA, and his alone, was a match. The boys–now men–were finally free.

But Trump refused to acknowledge facts. Years later, he wrote an opinion piece calling their $41 million settlement a ruse and disgrace. Scattered throughout Trump’s criminal justice, education, and housing policy, we see the same anti-Blackness that motivated those ads calling for the death of the Central Park Five.

Did You know Tipping Is Racist As Hell Back Then?

In the late 1800s, tipping was actually frowned upon by many Americans who believed that employers were responsible for paying their workers, not the customers. But that shifted when restaurant owners and railroad companies objected. They argued that tipping was a fair alternative to paying their workers a regular wage. Why? Because these workers were Black.

White employers resented the freedom of their formerly enslaved Black employees. In wanting to keep Black people poor, and thus “inferior” in their eyes, they employed the tipping system. Tipping was a power move. A writer of the day even said, “I could never feel comfortable tipping a white person. Tipping is reserved for Negroes.”

The corrupt tipping system allowed white employers to get free labor, keep Black people impoverished, and maintain the myth of white supremacy. And it’s a sneaky practice that continues today, disproportionately keeping Black folks in impoverished conditions.

Her Blackness Was More Important Than Fame

With so few roles for Black actors, many of Fredi Washington’s early characters were the “tragic mulatto,” a mixed-race person torn between the “white” and “Black” world who desired to be whiter and reject their Black identity. Her most notable tragic portrayal was in the film “Imitation of Life.” The movie’s success presented opportunities for her to push this stereotype of self-loathing Black woman yearning to be white. But she said no..
Instead, Washington became a co-founding member of the Negro Actor’s Guild in 1937, which created more complex Black roles in films for Black people. Fredi Washington refused to play the role of tragic mulatto in her real life, fully embracing and identifying herself as a Black woman. By doing so, she helped the world see the diversity of Blackness on the big screen.

RED STORM

Title: RED STORM

Author: Vanessa Y. Reed

Publisher: RoseDog Books (January 4, 2017)

Number of Pages: 92

About This Book

The author Vanessa Y. Reed was inspired to write Red Storm by God through His Holy Spirit. She clearly remembers the day God spoke to her, sitting at work and feeling empty because she just lost her mom.
God said to the author, “Write a book,” and the author looked puzzled – she knew it was God’s voice and His prompting that was leading her, but why write a book?
The author asked God, “Write a book about what?” God replied, “About your life.”
The author felt she didn’t want her life on display and, furthermore, who would be interested in hearing about a survivor of molestation, domestic violence and drug addiction?
The author asked God, “What do I say?” God said, “Tell the truth.”
The author asked God, “Where do I start?” God said, “From the beginning.”

Red Storm is inspired by true and actual events. Writing this book was very painful. So many memories were brought to the surface. Having been beaten, battered, abused, feeling hopeless, and wanting to die, the author cried out to God. At one point while writing this book, the author could actually remember the smell of one of her molester’s cigarette-stench breath. Some of the memories made the author cry while writing this book.

The author now understands why God had her write her life story. Mainly to help those who are still suffering especially in silence and to let others know that if you seek God, He will answer your prayers. He promised He would never leave nor forsake us. This book is a living testament to the Grace, Mercy, and favor God gives over our lives. If one life is changed or touched by the author’s testimony then she’s touched many.

RED STORM BOOK REVIEW

I applaud Vanessa Reed for allowing God to guide her pen to write “Red Storm” that is an inspiration by true and actual events about her personal life. I know it must been very painful for Vanessa to write this book because of the experiences of being molested as a child then during her adult life she was in a domestic violence relationship. There were so many flashback of her painful past that were brought to come to light. With Vanessa had to deal with being a victim of domestic violence and raped that she felt hopeless. It was so bad that she wanted to end her life then she pray to God in tears. She mentioned in the book that she hated the smell of one of her molester’s cigarette malodor breath. By me reading this book, I started to cry from the pain that she had to endure. Vanessa also mentioned that some of the flashbacks made her cry while writing “Red Storm”.

I definitely believe that Vanessa Y. Reed was inspired to write “Red Storm” through the voice of God and through the guidance of His Holy Spirit. She apparently reminisce the day God spoke to her while she was at her workplace and felt empty because her mother  just passed. While she was mourning her mother’s death, God told her to write that book.
Vanessa was puzzled but she knew it was God’s voice and His motivation that was directing her. Although she questions God, “why write a book?'” Then she asked God “What Should I write a book about?” God respond to Vanessa, “I want you to write that book about your life”. Vanessa felt that she didn’t want write that book because of the shame and people will judge her. God wanted her to write “Red Storm” to share her story so she can shows the readers that she is a survivor of molestation, domestic violence and drug addiction. God wanted her to tell the truth and start with her childhood. I know Vanessa Reed personally and she is a blessing in my life when I was on my journey of recovery from depression. I met her at my outpatient program at King County Hospital where she greeted me at the front desk at the front desk. She encouraged me that things will get better and God will see me through. She always have a smiling face when you walk through the door and stop by her desk to sign in. “Red Storm” is an inspiring book about the storms that Vanessa had to deal with being molested as a child then being violently abused by her boyfriend. She also got in trouble as a child but today she is a living testimony that God brought her through all of that trauma in her life. She shares her story throughout the States and many individuals including me are touched by her testimony. Vanessa now understands why God told her to write her life story. Mainly to empower those who are still suffering especially in silence and to let others know that if you seek God, He will answer your prayers. God promised us that He would never leave nor forsake us. I can truly say that “Red Storm” is a living testament to the Grace, Mercy, and favor God gives over our lives. If one life is changed or touched by the Vanessa’s testimony then she’s touched many.  If anyone is involved in domestic violence regardless if it is emotional, physically, mentally or financially then please call for help with The National Domestic Violence Hotline @ 1-800-799-7233 or @ http://www.thehotline.org/ 

I AM NOT MY HAIR EXCEPT IN THE MILITARY

Despite being a very common hairstyle among both Black men and women, previous Army regulations banned styles with “rope-like appearance.”
Although Black women had been requesting to wear locs and similar styles for their easy maintenance, the Army allowed them when they made accomodations for religious wear.
Locs must be “of uniform dimension; have a diameter no greater than a half-inch; and present a neat, professional and well-groomed appearance.”

Before the military allowed such hairstyles, Black women soldiers had to straighten their hair to stay within regulations.
The Army wasn’t the only military branch to unfairly regulate Black hair. The Marine Corps just approved loc and twist hairstyles in late 2015! Still, Black hair in the military is pretty tightly controlled, with precise standards for “entwined” hairstyles like braids, twists, or locs.

As our military sisters gain more freedom in how they rock their natural hair, let us continue to celebrate Black beauty in its many different forms, textures, and styles.

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Higher Is Waiting

Title: Higher Is Waiting

Author: Tyler Perry

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

Number Of Pages: 201

About The Author

Writer, Actor, Filmmaker, Playwright, Songwriter, Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist Tyler Perry is the mastermind behind nineteen theatrically released feature films, twenty stage plays, nine televisions shows, and a #1 New York Times best-selling book. His creative empire has won over audiences and built communities from the Tyler Perry Studios home base in Atlanta, Georgia, throughout the world. His unique blend of spiritual hope and down-home humor continues to shape his inspiring life story, connecting with fans across the globe and always leaving space to dream. Since 2006, the Perry Foundation’s aim has been to transform tragedy into triumph by seeding individual potential, supporting communities, and harvesting real change. The foundation supports education, clean water, health, agriculture, girls’ and women’s rights, technology, arts, culture, and globally sustainable economic development, both in the United States and around the world.

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An intimate book of inspiration by the one and only Tyler Perry—actor, producer, director, philanthropist, and the creator of Madea

Higher Is Waiting is a spiritual guidebook, a collection of teachings culled from the experiences of a lifetime, meant to inspire readers to climb higher in their own lives and pull themselves up to a better, more fulfilling place. In this intimate book, Tyler Perry writes of how his faith has sustained him in hard times, centered him in good times, and enriched his life.

Beginning with his earliest memories of growing up a shy boy in New Orleans, Perry recalls the moments of grace and beauty in a childhood marked by brutality, deprivation, and fear. With tenderness he sketches portraits of the people who sustained him and taught him indelible lessons about integrity, trust in God, and the power of forgiveness: his aunt Mae, who cared for her grandfather, who was born a slave, and sewed quilts that told a story of generations; Mr. Butler, a blind man of remarkable dignity and elegance, who sold penny candies on a street corner; and his beloved mother, Maxine, who endured abuse, financial hardship, and the daily injustices of growing up in the Jim Crow South yet whose fierce love for her son burned bright and never dimmed. Perry writes of how he nurtured his dreams and discovered solace in nature, and of his resolute determination to reach ever higher.

Perry vividly and movingly describes his growing awareness of God’s presence in his life, how he learned to tune in to His voice, to persevere through hard times, and to choose faith over fear. Here he is: the devoted son, the loving father, the steadfast friend, the naturalist, the philanthropist, the creative spirit—a man whose life lessons and insights into scripture are a gift offered with generosity, humility, and love.

The Book Review About Higher Is Waiting

“Higher Is Waiting” is written from Tyler Perry’s personal experiences. The book is branched into 4 main components: Planting, Nourishing, Branching out and Harvesting.Without exception, every chapter that is brief draws a picture in the readers’ mind a life lesson, from Tyler Perry’s life experiences, and closes with a recap, a consideration and often a verse. Despite the fact it has a Christian mind-set,“Higher Is Waiting” is for anyone who desires more from life, who wants to understand and take control of their life experience. In the process of life just like each of us, Tyler lived through difficult times. Lessons were presented and perhaps not understood until years later. Tyler was blessed with strong female role models who had extraordinarily well-founded beliefs of faith. At the same time, currently his life may be considered a success, it may not be, (the same as for each reader,) until he took responsibility. The lessons he learned, illustrates and shares, help the reader to look back and find their own lessons.The chapter on Protecting Your Dreams resonated with me when I decided to published my book, as did the uplifting words to never quit, to endure moving forward. Bring to light by putting it into actions to live your dream even if on a smaller scale. I also treasure the chapter on Leaving The Nest, paying attention to the signs and signals about time for change. We have a choice about how we view what is and what has happened in our lives.

Tyler Perry~What a man, what a testimony! This has got to be one of the best inspirational book I have ever had the privilege of reading. It’s a simple read with short summary that can be read in less than a few minutes with scripture and food for thought after each one to think on though, it just left me wanting to read on! This man is such a wonderful role model of triumph over hardship with grace and grit. I wish more individuals can read his story and know that there is a better way to get out of poverty and disparaging life situations~this man is one class act and leaves the reader wanting to aspire to higher. I wasn’t expecting to shed so many tears- all happy tears. There’s so much I could write. God was definitely with Tyler Perry when he started to write “Higher Is Waiting”. “Higher Is Waiting” is definitely needed to be written and at this current time. If you’re thinking about giving up on your dreams, or afraid to move forward, read this book. If you believe in the power of prayer and faith, you need to read this book. God is so awesome. There are several passages from the book that I already taught to my Mental Health Group at Metropolitan Hospital in the inpatient unit. Be that as it may, there’s one that stood out the most, it was at the very beginning- “Stand. Listen. Wait patiently. Keep waiting.” Confirmation. I needed this. I know higher is waiting and I will definitely keep climbing.


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Elijah McCoy

Elijah McCoy was born to formerly enslaved people who used the Underground Railroad to escape to Canada, where he discovered his talent in math and science. At the age of 15, McCoy travelled to Scotland to study mechanical engineering, hoping to return to America and utilize his skills. Upon his return to the United States, McCoy couldn’t get a mechanical engineering job because they were reserved for white men. To make a living, Elijah worked in menial capacities aboard the Michigan Central Railroad, which would serve as a incubator for his future innovations. He noticed the train’s locomotive needed to be constantly lubricated, which resulted in the train frequently stopping. McCoy used his engineering background to create a lubrication device that evenly applied oil to a train’s engine parts without requiring the train to stop as often. This innovation took the industry by storm, and copycats started popping up all over the place. The phrase “The Real McCoy” was used to distinguish McCoy’s device from the numerous devices that imitated his innovation. The phrase “The Real McCoy” was used to distinguish McCoy’s device from the numerous devices that imitated his innovation.
We can learn so much from Elijah McCoy’s story of persistence and innovation.
He found a way to apply what he loved in an entrepreneurial fashion while working in an industry he wasn’t even passionate about.

Time to Say Goodbye

Title: Time To Say Goodbye – A Michigan Sweet Romance

Author: Parker J. Cole

Number of Pages: 208

About The Author:

Parker J. Cole is an author, speaker, and radio show host with a fanatical obsession with the Lord, Star Trek, K-dramas, animated, romance books, old movies, speculative fiction, and knitting. You can visit her website to learn more @ parkerJCole.com

 

About This Book

 

Gargi Kapoor is the only one convinced her brother, Dev is innocent of the crime he was convicted of. When he is sent to the hospital with an unexpected paralyzing disease she finds herself having to lean on the last person she’d ever want to depend on a man who wants her brother to pay for stealing his mother’s life savings.

Leon Reckley is extremely satisfied to find the man who ripped his mother off suffering from an unknown disease that leaves him paralyzed and in need of rehabilitation therapeutic services. He’s even happier when he is given the opportunity to be the therapist that makes him fit enough to return to prison to finish his sentence. No one will work harder to make sure Dev Kapoor serves every minute of his prison sentence.

Gargi never dreamed the man who has utter contempt for her brother would be the man she slowly begins to trust. Leon never thought he’d be convinced Dev might be innocent, let alone be drawn to his enemy’s little sister. Together, will they find the truth? Or when Leon’s job is over, will it simply be time to say goodbye?

 

 

 

Time To Say Goodbye Book Review

Parker J. Cole written a wonderful Christian Romance Story, “Time To Say Goodbye – A Michigan Sweet Romance”. Parker J. Cole created a story about a culture that’s different from her own can be challenging but she successfully put the story and characters well-developed. I applaud her for taking the risk of creating a Christian story from a different culture that isn’t her. She actually proven to the readers that she is a great writer with creative mindset. “Time to Say Goodbye”, by Parker J. Cole, is the first book that I read in the Michigan Sweet Romance series. All of the typical basis of her stunning books are present – characters that you have appreciation for, a plot that keeps you turning the page, and a conclusion that makes you long for more.The narrative starts off like every other Parker J. Cole’s novel – she draw you from your satisfying position on the couch and immerses you in the scenery, the characters, and the story. The readers can imagine as if they were there with Gargi as she walked into the prison to meet her brother, and they will  remain there with her until the very end. Her characters always are so well developed. You will fall in love with the blossom chemistry between Gargi and Leon. She is spunky and he is charming. Their story of romance isn’t mushy, or filled with false conflict and tension. Their attraction is impressive, also is their struggles. Another beautiful Christian love story with an intriguing and thought provoking plot!

As I was reading this wonderful book, I thought this was a A captivating read. Some readers who has grown up among Indian culture will think that Parker J. Cole did a wonderful job making the smell and taste of Indian Cuisine come alive to her audience. I was hungry after reading about the different kind of dishes from the Indian cultures. Also she did a wonderful task of conveying the language and customs of Indian culture. The Book Cover and title caught my attention immediately. Once I start reading the first page of this book, I didn’t want to put the book down. The plot had many twists and turns to keep the readers speculating what would happen next, and the revelation about Dev in the end, while it didn’t come as a complete surprise, left me angry. I felt bad for Gargi because she sacrifice her happiness and life to try to prove that her brother wasn’t guilty. Personally I lost respect for Dev Kapoor for not only lied to Gargi but didn’t want to take responsibility for his actions. Since this is a Christian novel, I expected the heroine’s love interest would also be a Christian as she is, but it doesn’t seem clear that Leon is, and it didn’t seem to matter to Gargi whether he was Christian or not. The life lessons for us that our wrongdoings will caused damages to many that we loved and care for. Integrity is very important not only in our spiritual walk but also in our personal and professional walk of life. I am looking forward to read more stories in The Michigan Sweet Romance Series. This will make a wonderful Christian Romance movie.

Freedom From Anger

Title: Freedom From Anger

Author: Gary Schulz

Publisher: Kingdom Come Publication

Number of Pages:  157

Anger is part of everyone’s life to some degree. It affects our attitudes, our personal happiness, and it can be a wedge between our closest relationships. Once introduced to a family, it can spread to the next generation and the next and the next. Anger is like a plague, taking its victims and wounding children, adults, marriages–the entire family. It strikes at the heart and consumes its victims, damaging relationships with loved ones, jeopardizing employment and even driving many to addictions and crime. Initially developed as a ministry to prisoners, this study has also produced life-changing success in groups outside of prison. Anger hides in the heart. Each lesson addresses the heart, using the Bible to reveal the inner motives and hidden roots in men and women. Students are led to a deep relationship with God who provides the ultimate healing. This publication can be used for private or group study. A special edition is available with a training section for instructors and small group facilitators.

About the Author

Gary is a retired chemical engineer. Gary and his wife Jo of thirty five years have nine children and five grandchildren. Together they began home schooling in the mid-eighties, and they still have two children at home who are home schooled. Besides Gary’s engineering work and book writing he has been active in several ministries, including biblical prison ministry classes on several life issues and Keryx prison ministry. He and his wife are certified marriage counselors. Gary is a church elder and Bible teacher. And as a Christian father and home schooler, he has effectively taught his children in the Word of God. Gary writes as the Lord leads with the intent that his readers will be equipped to quote God’s Word, not Gary Schulz. His writings are serious walks through the Scriptures for godly living. He challenges his readers to look hard at their lives as they match up to God’s will for man.

 

Freedom From Anger Book Review


Anger is becoming a crisis in our society. Child abuse cases are on the rise. Our prison system is filled with Individuals who are there because of violent crimes. We can’t even drive down the streets without fear that someone will cut us off out of road-rage. Verbal anger is a constant threat. Our angry words ruin more relationship than most any other offenses. These emotional words destroys friendships, employment, marriages, divide neighbors, relatives, brothers and sisters, children and parents. There is no end to the destruction caused by anger. I believe Gary Schulz written ” Freedom From Anger” in the purpose for ministry to release the bondage of anger from the lives of individuals. Also to provide those individuals with restoration and transformation.


Gary Schulz written a wonderful book “Freedom From Anger” that will change your life after reading it. It will also open up a totally new way of thinking and coping skills if you have the faith in God and are seeking answers and guidance. Gary Schulz provided a lot of scriptures to help the readers to understand about anger and the consequences of being held hostage of anger. “Freedom From Anger” is the first book that I read by Gary Schulz. It taught me about my own freedom by letting go and don’t take anything personally. In my Career as a Mental Health Peer Specialist, I been using my coping skills to control my anger. I need to be a role model to my clients by letting go of my anger and break the chains of anger. As a person dealing with Mental Illness that anger can affect my Health as well my wellness. Anger caused stress that is a silent killer. Also I learned that finding true forgiveness as a weapon against the thoughts of holding grudges against the past. I am now going to use this book to lead a Mental Health group to help with the clients recovery. I believe that the Peers will absorb the lessons and apply the lessons to their own lives and recovery.