Reverend William Holmes Borders

Black History Month

William Holmes Borders

William Holmes Borders Between 1937 and 1988, the Reverend William Holmes Borders served as pastor of Wheat Street Baptist Church in Atlanta, where he campaigned for civil rights and distinguished himself as a charismatic spokesperson for the city’s poor and dispossessed. Borders was instrumental in the hiring of Atlanta’s first black police officers in the 1940s, led the campaign to desegregate the city’s public transportation in the 1950s, and established the nation’s first federally subsidized, church-operated rental housing project in the 1960s. Thereafter, he continued to support a variety of philanthropic causes and remained an influential public figure in Atlanta until his death in 1993.

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Background
Borders was born in Macon on February 24, 1905, to Leila Birdsong and the Reverend James Buchanan Borders. His father served as pastor at Swift Creek Baptist Church; Borders later credited his own calling to his father’s influence and example.
After graduating from high school, Borders left home for Atlanta, where he attended Morehouse College. Despite running out of money after only two years, a number of sympathetic professors invited him to continue taking classes, and college president John Hope allowed the young man to graduate on the condition that he later repay the school.
Borders then attended Garrett Theological Seminary at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, on scholarship. There, he gained exposure to the Social Gospel, which greatly influenced his commitment to social justice, and continued his courtship of Julia Pate, a graduate of Spelman College who was then attending the University of Chicago. The two were married in 1931 and later had two children, William Holmes Jr. and Juel Pate. He completed his bachelor of divinity degree the following year and then accepted the pastorate of the Second Baptist Church in Evanston. In 1936 he earned a master’s degree from Northwestern.
Early Career
After serving as pastor for five years in Evanston, Borders received an invitation to return to Morehouse as an instructor. A year later, in 1937, he was offered the pastorate at Wheat Street Baptist Church, a historic institution on Auburn Avenue that was suffering from indebtedness and declining membership. Eager to return to the pulpit, Borders readily accepted and began the difficult task of reversing the church’s fortunes.
At Wheat Street, Borders proved himself an able administrator, instituting new accounting practices and settling the church’s debts within a few years. He also reached out to the poor, often recruiting new members from the taverns and pool halls along Auburn Avenue despite the protestations of senior church elders.
News of Border’s unorthodox approach and impressive achievements spread throughout the city, and by 1940 the young minister was widely regarded as one of black Atlanta’s most dynamic ministers and gifted orators. That year, a local radio station offered Borders weekly airtime to discuss matters of concern in the black community.
For twelve minutes every Sunday, Borders addressed an integrated radio audience, covering a wide range of subjects that included segregation, disfranchisement, wartime patriotism, and northern black migration, among others. The program was an immediate success, earning a large audience share among white and black listeners and quickly becoming the second-highest-rated broadcast in Atlanta. Many of the city’s influential white businessmen listened regularly, and a number offered Borders their help in improving conditions for Atlanta’s black population. Years later, Borders cited the broadcasts as an important first step in opening lines of communication between Atlanta’s black and white communities. In 1943 the radio addresses were collected into a single volume and published as Seven Minutes at the Mike in the Deep South.
Civil Rights
Following World War II (1941-45), Borders and other leaders in Atlanta’s black community became increasingly assertive in their pursuit of civil rights. Emboldened by the 1946 abolition of the white primary, the city’s black leadership forged a powerful voting bloc and skillfully applied political pressure to win concessions from city hall.
When Borders and a handful of other black leaders first approached Atlanta mayor William B. Hartsfield about hiring black police officers in the mid-1940s, for example, they were quickly rebuffed. “I remember very distinctly,” recalled Borders, “going to Mayor Hartsfield and asking him for black police. And he told us without the slightest blinking of an eye, that we’d get black police about as soon as we’d get deacons in the First Baptist Church, white.” However, after black voters provided the margin for victory in Hartsfield’s successful bid for reelection in 1946, the mayor became more receptive to their concerns. When Borders’s delegation returned in 1947 with the same request, Hartsfield simply asked, “How many do you want?”
Thereafter, Borders and other members of Atlanta’s black leadership maintained close ties with their counterparts in the white establishment, working behind the scenes and often coordinating civil rights activities to protect the city’s reputation for moderate race relations. Following the 1956 U.S. Supreme Court decision desegregating buses in Montgomery, Alabama, for example, Atlanta’s black leadership launched the Love, Law, and Liberation (or Triple L) Movement in order to force the desegregation of Atlanta’s public transportation system. Under Borders’s leadership, the group notified Mayor Hartsfield of its intention to violate municipal statutes by riding at the front of city buses and requested the mayor’s support in facilitating a peaceful arrest. Because he sought to protect Atlanta’s reputation for harmonious race relations, Hartsfield agreed.
On January 9, 1957, Borders and five other black ministers boarded a city bus and took their seats along the front rows. The driver returned the bus to the barn, and the ministers returned to the Wheat Street Baptist Church, where they were later arrested in a carefully scripted affair. Atlanta’s buses remained segregated for another two years before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the ministers, thereby eliminating one of the most symbolic features of Atlanta’s Jim Crow social system.
Housing and Economics
Borders was among the first of his peers to recognize the relationship between economic freedom and civil rights, and he undertook early in his ministry to transform his church into a source of financial stability in the black community. To help secure jobs for his members, Borders organized a church employment agency and referral service. To encourage thrift and make available low interest loans, he formed the Wheat Street Baptist Church Credit Union. Later, he provided church day care services for working parents, and with the help of his daughter and son, who were both physicians, Borders established a church clinic to provide basic medical care.
Beginning in the late 1950s, however, when the city of Atlanta was preparing a massive program of urban renewal, Borders began to consider involving his church in a decidedly more ambitious undertaking. Acting in secret, without the knowledge of church deacons, he began studying the complex laws governing federal subsidies and seeking the advice of local attorneys, bankers, and board members at the Atlanta Housing Authority. After much consultation and prayer, Borders entered a bid on behalf of Wheat Street Baptist Church for 22.5 acres of urban renewal land in the vicinity of the church.
When he learned that the bid was successful, Borders called a meeting with the church’s board of directors to apprise them of his plans. With the financial backing of the Atlanta Life Insurance Company and generous government subsidies for nonprofit organizations, he explained, the church could construct a low-income apartment project that would ease the housing crunch in Atlanta’s black community and prevent the displacement of local blacks who lived on land scheduled for redevelopment. The project would be the first of its kind, a nonprofit, church-owned and-operated housing project for low-income residents.
The deacons unanimously supported Borders’s proposal, and on Sunday, April 26, 1963, groundbreaking ceremonies were held. Jet, Banks, and Russell, a local black-owned construction firm, completed the 280-unit Wheat Street Gardens by the end of the year. In 1972 the church added the Wheat Street Towers retirement home for elderly residents.
Post–Civil Rights Movement
During the first half of the 1960s a generational rift in Atlanta’s black community emerged. As chairman of the Student-Adult Liaison Committee, Borders attempted to bridge the divide that separated old guard conservatism from student activism. Although he was more successful at this task than some of his peers, Borders’s influence in the movement gradually diminished, and the old guard ultimately ceded its authority to younger and more assertive activists. Perhaps as a result of the black community’s political paradigm shift, Borders was defeated when he sought a seat in the state House of Representatives in 1965, 1970, and 1972.
Despite his electoral defeats, Borders remained an active figure in Atlanta’s public life until his retirement in 1988. He earned critical acclaim for his portrayal of Jesus Christ in a 1968 production of Behold the Man at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium, and he represented the administration of U.S. president Richard Nixon on two trips to Japan in the 1970s. He continued to speak regularly at public events throughout the city well into the 1980s and served on the boards of numerous municipal, religious, and philanthropic organizations. Borders died of heart failure in Atlanta on November 23, 1993.

Faith Alone

Title: Faith Alone

Author: Terri Ann Johnson

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About The Author

Terri Ann Johnson is a national bestselling author for her contribution to the Brown Girls Books anthology ‘All I Want for Christmas’. She has always had an enthusiasm for reading, which blossomed into a desire to write. Terri is a mom and loves to travel with her family and friends. She is a finance professional in Washington, D.C. and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Visit her online at www.TerriAnnJohnson.com.

About This Book

Lachelle Jackson appears to have it all; a husband who adores her; a job that fulfills her and friends that love her unconditionally.

When Lachelle learns that she is pregnant, what should be the best experiences of her life becomes one of the darkest times she ever endured.

Facing a life-threatening pregnancy, in the midst of insurmountable grief, can Lachelle find the strength to fight for her life and that of her unborn baby? Can she overcome depression and move beyond memories of her past to accept God’s greatest gift…LOVE?

As someone who considers myself and avid reader and who is a Christian, I must say Terri Ann Johnson handled the subject of standing on Faith and walking in Faith well.

Faith Alone Book Review
The tread of the story at the beginning seemed off or slower. On the other hand, then it picked up so much so that you may want it to slow down. The readers will see a lot has to take place with a novella in a short amount of time. Time that if not used wisely can be wasteful. Therefore, we have Brian, LaChelle, and John. Talk about a tragic set of circumstances that lead to the further most test of Faith. Death has a way of making you put lots of things into perspective. After reading about Brian, the readers will look at community and commitment different. As a reader, you will look at family and marriage differently. You recognize that love truly is an action and not by words. That standing on your Faith can and will get you through.

Then you have LaChelle who is tested, and shows the embodiment of her own Faith in action. That even in your season of doubt and uncertainty, the test is won with Faith. I love the importance of love and solid foundation. I love the friends and the community of the Church that was in unity throughout. Everyone needs good quality of support from friends.
Through it all “Faith Alone” provided redemption and the will of God . I know you’ll enjoy and want more after reading this story. As an avid reader and who is a Christian, I must say Terri Ann Johnson handled the subject of standing on Faith and walking in Faith tremendously well.
While dealing with the loss of her husband Brian, Lachelle must face the challenge of life with a high risk pregnancy she thinks alone. But her family and friends and the Church community pulls together for her and her unborn child.

I clapped my hands to Terri on her first published Christian Fiction Novel! Through it all the story provided redemption and the will of God . I think you’ll enjoy and want more after reading “Faith Alone”.
Terri Ann Johnson penned a wonderful story that was moving and inspirational. This was the first story that I read by this author and I look forward to reading more.

The 12 Best Inspirational Poems About Life And Success

Verusha Singh is a writer and entrepreneur with her own self-publishing business. She has qualifications in Media and Writing, and Editing and Publishing. After graduating from university she held positions at two publishing companies, including Hay House (Australia). Her plans for the future are to continue to write and teach about the laws of success, how to be successful in life and personal development.
Her main work is called, The Inexplicable Laws of Success.


The 12 Best Inspirational Poems About Life and Success contains an the best collection of insightful poetry that will touch your heart, give you hope and motivate you to be your best. The poems provide a powerful source of wisdom and inspiration and will make a great addition to any educational or motivational book collection.
It is a great resource for speakers, coaches, teachers, leaders and parents. To sample the content, take a “Look Inside”.
Professional Appraisal:
I am continually amazed by Verusha’s passion to assist individuals in their personal growth.” ~ Deepak Chopra, International Best-Selling Author

Book Review About 12 Best Inspirational Poetry

I really adored each and every one of the poems The 12 Best Inspirational Poems About Life and Success as I was reading them while riding on the Subway train. I saw my own inspiration soaring and my spirit rising as I considered the confidence in me. I discover the poems were tremendously a faith builder prescription for me. I believe in reading positive books that will help me to clean the clutters in my mind.
After reading the poems I was more inspired by the process of the rules of success that was included. It would be easy to follow the poems by putting it into existence.

The 12 Best Inspirational Poems About Life and Success” has poems that will empower you how to experience with the appreciate life and success. Settle down in your favorite quiet spots and let yourself into meditation while you are reading every single poem in this book. I enjoyed every precious minute.

Too bad this book was short but the quality of the book is very uplifting. The poems that were chosen I love so much that I am going to share with my clients in The Mental Health Inpatient Unit at Metropolitan Hospital. The Inspirational poems that were chosen considered being short, inspiring, and simple to read. I recommend this book to any reader who loves the empowerment of inspiration and joy in their life.

Prepare 4 Takeoff

Title: Preparing 4 Take off

Author: Antione K. Garrett

Publisher: Empower U Publishing

Number of Pages: 129

About The Author

Author, Life Coach and Minister. Antoine Garrett is a fresh new voice in the literary field with profound insights and he has a story to tell! Antoine is a sought after speaker and trainer, providing powerful workshops & sessions to audiences all over the United States. Antoine provides coaching services to clients seeking to move to the next level in life and business. Antoine has a unique gift of empowering others to become the best version of themselves, while encouraging his clients to see the opportunities hidden in the obstacles that they face. He is also a licensed minister, faithfully serving to uplift the people that God has placed in his path.

Join Antoine Garrett as he recounts actual events that relate to universal truths. His personal expedition is no different than your own journey through life that is full of choices & decisions, actions & consequences. This book will help you look at your personal journey and evaluate the checkpoints, delays and baggage that each of us has experienced along the journey. PREPARE 4 TAKEOFF provides practical strategies and insights to help you overcome the beliefs and behaviors that have been keeping you from all the best that life has to offer!

The Book Review About Prepare 4 Take Off

“Prepare 4 Take Off” is a great inspiration motivational book to read that I recommend a must book to read. There are two parts in “Prepare 4 Take Off”, The first part is about the journey where Antoine talks about real life experiences that he dealt with. I can relates with Antoine because I also was dealing with being frustrated, doubtful, and stressed. The second part of the book reflects on the journey and gives insight on the big picture surrounding every stop of the journey. It was a great self help life manual on how we can reflect on our struggles and reach our goals, while dealing with every day obstacles that called LIFE. It was uniquely written with the guidance of the Holy Spirit and I look forward to future books by Antoine.

Antoine K. Garrett minister to the readers by letting them know, everything that we are going through is on purpose. God use purpose in our lives for our growth and personal development. God is our captain has decreed from the beginning of time that He is already aware of the Flight plan for each of our lives. While we are going through personal storms of life and tempted to become frustrated with everything going on comes to halt. This isn’t our plan but it is the Will of God who is the Captain. We need to communicate with the Captain, appreciate the process and most importantly, prepare 4 your Takeoff!

Tony Evans’ Books of Illustrations

Title: Tony Evans’ Book of Illustrations

Author: Tony Evans

Publisher: Moody Publisher

Number of Pages: 381

DR. TONY EVANS is the founder and senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, founder and president of The Urban Alternative, former chaplain of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, and present chaplain of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks. His radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on over 1,200 US radio outlets daily and in more than 130 countries. Dr. Evans launched the Tony Evans Training Center in 2017, an online learning platform providing quality seminary-style courses for a fraction of the cost to any person in any place. The goal is to increase Bible literacy not only in lay people but also in those Christian leaders who cannot afford nor find the time for formal ongoing education. For more information, visit: http://www.TonyEvans.org.

A treasure trove of sermon illustrations

Picture this: It’s Saturday afternoon, and you’re putting the finishing touches on tomorrow’s sermon. You’ve been thinking, researching, and praying about this message all week, and thankfully, feel prepared. That is, except for one small detail: you aren’t sure how to begin.

For more than 30 years, Tony Evans has been connecting with audiences around the world. Now his tools are available for you. Don’t leave your listeners to connect the dots. Let Tony Evans’ Book of Illustrations help you illustrate your point in a way they can’t forget.

Book of Illustrations Book Review

This book cover, ” Book of Illustrations “ really caught my attention and spoken to me though the Holy Spirit. As soon I started to reading this book, within minutes I really love the messages that was written. ” The Book of Illustrations “ define by Tony Evans, is an example or a story which is being used to make the messages perfectly clear. An illustration in your personal book ( Story of life) is a picture, design, or diagram that represents the journey in process of life. A great way to get your point across and folks remembered stories more than just telling you to get to the point are though the word “Illustrations”. I am tremendously satisfied with the messages in The Book of Illustrations. I am willing to recommend for people in my circle to read this book.
When an artists draws a picture on paper, oftentimes they draws in details so art lovers can understands the illustrations. That what illustrations can do with a sermon preached by the Preacher on Sunday Morning Worship Services. I am enjoying the writing and Wisdom of knowledge from Dr. Evans’ memorable messages. Dr. Tony Evans is a spiritual call from God as the
master illustrator in the pulpit. This Man of God really created that great 👍illustrations in this book. You will be encouraged and blessed by this book while you are reading this book.

Pastor Evans maintain to put a spiritual concepts into everyday language, which is very helpful in my work as a Mental Health Peer Counselor. It guide me directions when I facilitate groups at Metropolitan Hospital in NYC where I worked in The Mental Health Inpatient Unit. Even though this is a career, I can say this is true ministry in helping individuals that are dealing with Mental Illness and Substance Abuse that there is hope with recovery. This book is great for individuals that are visual in setting up goals like me.

Think Like A Winner

About The Author:


He is much more than an everyday motivational speaker. While some know him for his work as an author and entrepreneur, others know him as a 21st Century innovator, setting the standard for men around the country. But no matter how others view him, Carl Mathis is confident of his mission and God-ordained purpose in life–to encourage people worldwide to live life to the fullest, no matter the odds.

Mathis is a living testimony that what the enemy meant for evil, God is definitely turning around for good. But he didn’t know that when his wife passed in December of 2005. He was suddenly left with the pain of losing a loved one, the burden of raising three boys on his own, and the challenge of filling both motherly and fatherly roles. Depression set in. He wanted to quit. But in the midst of him crying out to God for a
way to overcome the pain, it was revealed to him that in the process of helping others overcome, he too would triumph and overcome the obstacles of life.
If he would have thrown in the towel in 2005, Mathis would have never published his debut novel Life is What You Make It: Seven Steps to Moving Forward. “Pursuing Your Purpose – How to Discover God’s Revelation For Your Life” In addition to his most recently published work, ‘Think Like A Winner – Act Like You Won” he’s Currently serving as a minister and Elder at Holy Ghost Tabernacle Ministries in Miami, FL, Mathis is no stranger to work in the ministry.

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About This Book

Are you fed up with not getting the results you want from life?
Do you want to know what it feels like to taste success in every area of your life?
If you are, then it’s time to make a stand, start believing in yourself and Think Like a Winner, Act Like You’ve Won.
Inside these pages, you are about to discover yourself. You will learn how you can achieve the success that you’ve always dreamed of, just by making a few positive changes to the way you act, such as:
Making up your mind
Taking action
How to think like a winner
Developing your character
Forming good habits
And more…
Many self-help books go into great detail about how you can attain success. Think Like a Winner, Act Like You’ve Won shows you exactly how it can be done in the most concise method you have ever encountered.
Without wasting more of your precious time and without expending vast amounts of effort, you can now be the success you always wanted to be.
Get your copy of Think Like a Winner, Act Like You’ve Won now and start believing in yourself today!re you fed up with not getting the results you want from life?

Book Review About Think Like A Winner

The questions that the readers should be asking in their mind:
Do I want to know what it feels like to experiences the power of success in every area of my life?
If they figured the answers to that question, then it’s the time to be willing to make a stand, start believing in themselves and Think Like a Winner, then put it into actions by Acting Like You’ve Won the victory.
Fundamentally with these pages, the readers are about to discover themselves. The readers will learn how they can achieve the success that they have always yearned of, just by making a few positive changes to the way you act, such as:
Determined to make up their mind
Put it into action
How to reflects like a winner
Expanding your character
Created good habits
And more…
There are several motivational books go into great detail about how you can attain success. “Think Like a Winner, Act Like You’ve Won” draws a picture for the readers exactly how it can be done in the most concise method you have ever encountered.
In addition without wasting more of your precious time and without expending vast amounts of effort, you can now be the success you always wanted to be.
You need to get your copy of “Think Like a Winner, Act Like You’ve Won now” and start having confidence in yourself today!

Think like a Winner Act like You Won,” is an excellent Inspirational Motivational book for using the power to allows to be empower for you to awaken and pursue your passions that have laid the foundation of conqueror inside of you. Carl Mathis goes into great depth of knowledge, giving you step by step directions on the process from start to finish. Applying these principles will guarantee you success; a “Victorious Life!”
I really love reading this book to help cleanse my mind with positive messages. And, I suspect all fans of the Self-Improvement genre will love having a nibble on this one also! “Think Like a Winner, Act Like You Won” by Carl Mathis is a tremendous well written self improvement book. This book is knowledgeable, insightful and completely full with matter of fact practically advice. It becomes crystal clear as you read through this page turner that Carl Mathis is communicate with his wisdom and understanding as to the foundation of happiness and success really defines. It’s an excellent information for providing things into perspective.
If you build up the acts of action to what you learn from reading Think Like A Winner, Act You Won, here’s what you’ll accomplished: SUCCESS. You can imagine the benefits to be successful in whatever you do when you take a stand and actively moving toward meeting your goals and fulfilling your dreams. You must put the works in!”

It is definitely possible with this book, to unleash the power, purpose, and victory into your life. Whether you have the courage to complete this book and put your dreams into works is up to you, but if you are the winner that God and even this author believes you are, Mr. Mathis really hopes everything he presented from his own experiences to share with you in this book that will guide you to make a well – informed choices!
Think Like a Winner, Act Like You Won” delivers an understandable and simple way to relates with a variety of wonderful emotions available to you at this moment. The simple exercises in this book will challenge you internalize its intuitive approach and transforms it into an integral part of your life. Just visualize the potential inherent in your present and eveluate positive emotions, to live your best life you can possibly have.

Think Like a Winner, Act Like You Won” is THE success book for the 21st century! This is a definitely must read for anyone desiring a motivational and inspirational turbo boost. It breaks down the process of how to develop that positive mindset and creates winning habits to last a lifetime. You will witness the secrets that make a winner “blossoms”.
Easy to follow with substantial successful principles, each chapter provides steps to take that correct actions that guide to develop a winning qualities.
There are lots of inspiring exemplifications along with spaces to pause for contemplation and comprehend on the success principles shared within this book. Not Only is “Think Like a Winner, Act Like You Won” an energizing read, but it’s also the ideal inspirational and motivational resource to refer to repeatedly. Each Time you will display or restore another timely and relevant golden nugget that will set in motion you to move forward in life and help you climb up the ladder of success. This book is highly recommended for personal use and to give as gifts! I used this book to facilitate my mental health group for my inpatient clients to help them with their recovery.

A Christmas Prayer

Title: A Christmas Prayer

Author: Kimberla Lawson Roby

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing : Hachette Book Group

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About This Author

Kimberla Lawson Roby is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Author & Speaker of 27 books, which include her popular Reverend Curtis Black Series and many standalone titles. She is the 2013 recipient of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction, and she is also a #1 Essence magazine bestselling author. She lives with her husband in Rockford, Illinois.

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About This Book

Alexis Fletcher hasn’t had a merry Christmas in five years since her mother passed away. Every December she remembers the joy her mother brought to everyone during the holiday season and feels the pain of her absence, even more so now that she and her sister are barely speaking. More than anything, Alexis wishes her family could be whole again.

However, with her wedding fast approaching, Alexis might just be ready to make some holiday memories with a new family of her own. Alexis’s fiancé, Chase Dupont, is everything she ever dreamed of. He’s kind, handsome, fully supportive of Alexis’s career, and the CEO of a large company. But outside forces threaten to derail this happy couple from ever reaching the altar.
As tensions rise, a dramatic event causes Alexis to question everything. Will fate give her what she needs to finally embrace the season that has brought her so much pain? Will Alexis get her wish for a happy holiday? Or will her Christmas prayer go unanswered?

Book Review About A Christmas Prayer

The Book Cover of “A Christmas Prayer” really caught my attention and also a beautiful Cover. This is the first book, “A Christmas Prayer” written by Kimberla Lawson Roby. She really created a wonderful Christmas Novella about the Christian romance between Alexis and Chase. They are truly in love with each other and about to planned their future together as husband and wife. There is one obstacles that may prevent that and it called the future mother-in-law from hell. Geneva who is Chase’s mother and she doesn’t like Alexis and don’t think she isn’t good enough for her son. The only thing Geneva wants is to end the relationship between Alexis and her son, Chase. This storyline is full with painful circumstances with the conflict between Alexis and Sabrina who are sisters. Every Seasons of Christmas, Alexis feel so empty due in the facts that she is mourning the death of her mother. She also have to deal with the drama with Geneva, the mother-in-law wants to avoid. Throughout the whole Christmas novel, Kimberla Lawson Roby created a wonderful character of Alexis who proves herself to be a classy lady. She didn’t allowed anyone to take her out of character. Misery loves company and Alexis didn’t want no part of it. She also offer to help Courtney who is Alexis niece.

Then, I started to realized that Alexis just is too trustworthy. Alexis reminds the readers of the Angel on the top of a Christmas tree. Exceptionally, Alexis’ perfect nature didn’t disturb me at all. Alexis is my favorite character in this story. In the eyes of the readers, they may felt that Alexis forgave Geneva too rapidly. The character of Geneva is an evil mother in law. She said bad things about Alexis. Some of us might would take us at least a month to forgive a person who is hateful. Alexis forgives her immediately because that would a Christian would do. Perhaps it’s the Christmas prayer that Alexis wrote down in her journal. I’m tremendously sure the prayer empowered her through so many holiday obstacles. While under the attraction aroma of Kimberla Lawson Roby’s writing or the Chicago holiday air, many readers will accepts Alexis is a flawless woman. In other words, I enjoyed reading “A Christmas Prayer” along with the well developed characters. This is the first Christmas novel I’ve read this year. If I don’t read another one, I feel completely satisfied with this Christmas novel. I really going to read more works from this Author.

The Sentence Between Us

Title : The Sentence Between Us

Author: Stacy Hawkins Adams

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Stacy Hawkins Adams is an award-winning author and journalist who loves to inform, entertain and inspire readers through the written word.

She has a gift for weaving tales in both the fiction and nonfiction genres, and in both faith-based and secular markets, that help readers thrive and grow confident in their own stories.

She has penned 10 books – nine women’s fiction novels and one nonfiction faith-based devotional book. Her fiction features themes related to personal growth, self-esteem, matters of faith, forgiveness, friendships and family, and some of the books have been featured reading selections in high school and college courses. Her most recent novel, Finding Home, was released in March 2016. It is the third novel in her Winds of Change series, but is a stand-alone title that does not have to be read in order. Other recent titles include Lead Me Home (recipient of a Publisher’s Weekly starred review); Coming Home (a 2012 Target stores Recommended Read); The Someday List (an Essence magazine bestseller), and Dreams That Won’t Let Go (a 2010 Library of Virginia Literary Award finalist). Her nonfiction book, Who Speaks To Your Heart? gives women practical tips and inspiration on how to connect more deeply with God.

Before becoming an author, Stacy was a newspaper reporter for 14 years, primarily at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia. She went on to build a freelance writing career through which she penned articles for national publications such as AARP’s Bulletin, Heart & Soul magazine and Crosswalk.com, and served as the Times-Dispatch’s freelance parenting columnist for more than a decade, through early 2018. She also served as a writing, marketing and community engagement strategist for nonprofits, using her skills to help family, youth-centric and literacy organizations better tell their stories. Since that time, she has served as a contributing blogger for the Huffington Post and as a special edition freelance writer for Our Daily Bread.

In addition to penning books, Stacy maintains a blog called Life Untapped, through which she encourages women to recognize and embrace their relevance. She also provides guidance to aspiring authors through her Focused Writers Membership Community, and by occasionally leading writing workshops and teaching at writers conferences in Richmond and around the nation.

Beyond the literary world, Stacy is a marketing and communications professional for an independent school. She holds a graduate degree in women’s leadership studies, and often shares messages with corporate, civic and faith-based organizations related to empowerment and leadership, personal growth, and the power of storytelling. She devotes considerable volunteer time to advocating for women and children, leading to recognition in recent years as a YWCA of Richmond “Outstanding Woman of the Year” and a Style Weekly magazine Top 40 honoree. Stacy is also an alumna of Leadership Metro Richmond and is well-versed in diversity and inclusion issues as a result of that experience and her communications work. She lives with her family in suburban Richmond, Virginia.

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About This Book

Just weeks before Christmas, Melody Claytor finds the beautiful life she has created for herself and her husband in potential jeopardy, when a mistake from her past comes back to haunt her. Will a brief visit from a family member lead to healing and truth or turn her world upside down forever?

The Sentence Between Us takes readers on a brief yet emotional journey to witnessing one woman’s acceptance of the best gift ever: A wake-up call about what matters most – during the holiday season and every season.Book Review About The Sentence Between Us
Stacy Hawkins Adams created a tremendously Christmas Novella, “The Sentence Between Us” about love, compassion, and forgiveness. The Sentence Between Us” teaches us through the characters to live our truth no matter what; to forgives ourselves and others. When we allows to use the power of forgives, then we are free from the bondages of anger and holding on to grudges. This lessons teaches us to accept that we are human and makes mistakes but with the power of forgiveness can turn anything around with patience, love and hard work.
I really enjoyed reading this short Christmas Novel“The Sentence Between Us”. This Christmas Novella will leave the readers wanting more. This is the second book that I read by Stacy Hawkins Adams. I really admire the work from this great Author. This is a tremendously reminder, not only for this time of year, but all year long. We do not have to be prisoners of the mistakes we made in the past and to hiding those mistakes for fear of judgment. We must forgive ourselves and embrace all of who we are. We have the right to be our bona fide selves.
I truly hope that “The Sentence Between Us” is just a masterpiece into a new series. Stacy is one of my favorite authors. I love how she created the narrative in motion and gets the readers prepared to give up an entire day to read. You will want to know more about the characters, their story and how they all arrived at this point. I can’t wait until Ms. Hawkins Adams created the full length version to “The Sentence Between Us” and makes it a series. I believe as one of the readers that there definitely more story out there through this gifted Author. I recommended you to get a copy of this short Christmas story.I enjoyed reading this short story and I hope this is just the beginning of a new book series! I enjoy Stacy’s writing and I’m looking forward to reading more. Great job! I could see myself really being drawn into the lives of these characters.

Give A Little Love: An Inspirational Christmas Romance

Title: Give A Little Love

Author: Rhonda McKnight

Publisher: Grace Publications

Number of Pages: 143

About The Author

Even as she pursued degrees in Textile Technology, Organizational Leadership and finally, Adult Education, Rhonda McKnight’s love for books and desire to write stories was always in the back of her mind and in the forefront of her heart. Rhonda loves reading and writing stories that touch the heart of women through complex plots and interesting characters in crisis. She writes from the comfort of her Atlanta home with black tea, Lays potato chips and chocolate on hand. At her feet sits a snappy mixed breed toy dog. She can be reached at her website at www.rhondamcknight.net

About This Book

Brooke Jordan thought her Christmas was going to be boring, particularly since she’s stuck working in Montego Bay, Jamaica, instead of home in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her family. Paradise isn’t paradise when you’re not where you want to be, but this Christmas is anything but uneventful. Three airplanes land on the island and Brooke finds herself in exchanges that cause love, temptation, and HATE to surface.

Marcus Thompson has pain in his past, but he’s decided it’s time to try love again. A widowed orphan from a wealthy family, he’s alienated from his grandfather and wants a family of his own. His feelings for Brooke can’t be denied, but she won’t give him a chance to prove he’s not the playboy she thinks he is.

Though she finds Marcus tempting, Brooke is determined to get off the island without falling for his charms. The two people she trusted the most betrayed her in the worse way, and she isn’t prepared to risk love again. But when her worst enemy stands on her doorstep needing the generosity that has always been a part of Brooke’s character, she begins to question who she is and what she’s allowed heartbreak to do to her. Will she let anger and hate take over and turn her into someone else? Or will she find that even in her pain, she has the capacity to give? Book Review About Give A Little Love
I loved reading “ Give A Little Love” a Christmas Novel written by Rhonda McKnight. This is the first book that I read by this Author. Rhonda written this Christmas story about the Character, who flew to the Caribbean not for vacation but for work. She was stuck in Jamaica working while all her family was in North Carolina getting ready for the Christmas Holidays. Brooke really didn’t want to be away from her family that she have a great bond with. Brooke comes from a very tight knitted family. This Christmas is going to be extremely difficult without them. She didn’t have any choice. Subsequently, Brooke lost her husband and child after betrayal from someone that she knew since her childhood. Brooke required to spend the time with her family. The question that I asked myself as reading this story, Will her life ever recuperate?”Will Brooke wants to give another chance for romance?”

Rhonda created the well developed character of Marcus who fallen in love with Brooke since the first day several years ago, although due of the situations that she is dealing with. Brooke decided not to mix business with pleasure. With the blended of the drama from the past resurfacing then you realized there are the single heck of a story about love, faith and forgiveness. Although it was a short Christmas story, Rhonda makes sure that “Give A Little Love” was a narrative that is full of substance.

I discovered while reading this Christmas narrative very enjoyable.The characters of Brooke and Marcus were well created that you can relate and convinced that you are witnesses real people. I believes the readers will asks themselves, “Could they really forgive their best friend of betrayal? I am a firm believer that goes around will comes back to haunt you. Treat people likes you wants to be treated. When you start reading this story you will knows what I am talking about. I don’t blame Brooke for being upset but she allowing her past hurts prevented a second chance of love with a great guy likes Marcus. While reading “Give a Little Love”, you will root for Brooke to heal from her hurts and allows herself to fall in love with Marcus. Rhonda McKnight makes sure this Christmas Story, “Give A Little Love” a great book to read. This book deals with all kinds of life lesson situations with family members, love, betrayal, hurt and forgiveness. Sometimes people do use your kindness for weakness to get what they want or need. It doesn’t matter how it might make you feel they will use that to their advantage. I can’t wait to see how Marcus and Brooke lives will end up. I will definitely recommend this book by Rhonda McKnight and planning to read more works from this Author.