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Paperback: 131 pages
Publisher: Infinity Publishing (February 2, 2010)
Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
An Excerpt from Life After Sunday:
"Things haven't been the same between us since those masked men came into the apartment and nearly killed me and the children. It's been about seven years ago, but I remember it as if it happened yesterday. I was pregnant with the twins at the time and Tiffany was about eight or nine. I was asleep when I heard this loud boom. I jumped up in bed to gather my thoughts, trying to determine if the noise I heard was part of my dream or reality. No sooner than I look over to check on Tiffany who is lying next to me, I hear footsteps like galloping horses coming toward the bedroom. There are strangers in my home.
Just as I start to get out of bed, two masked men dressed in black snow suits burst into the bedroom. One of them covers my mouth with his black leather glove and pulls me from bed. He asks me where the money is as he holds a gun at the temple of my head. I tell him it's in the other room. The other guy is pacing back and forth while Tiffany is crying and screaming. Real TV stuff. I'd heard stories, but never in a million years would I have imagined that I would be the one to experience it. My heart is pounding so hard I think I'm going to pass out. My whole body is trembling as he walks me to the other bedroom where the money is hidden.
With the gun still pointed at my temple, I reach into the corner of the dresser drawer and pull out stacks of money tied in rubber bands. All of the drug money Marcus has saved up, every dollar, I hand it over. He then asks for the rest of the money. I tell him that's all there is. It's the truth. I gave him all I knew about. He didn't believe me. He starts yelling and getting rougher with me demanding that I give him the rest of the money. I start praying aloud asking God to help me, to save me. I don't want to die. Not this way. Not over drug money. The gunman yells to his partner who is in the other room to take the money and go to the car. He grabs it and runs out of the door. The gunman yells at Tiffany and tells her to sit on the bed. I tell her its okay and to do what he says. He then pushes me and tells me to bend down as he turns me away from him and tries to push my face down into the bed. I struggle and do all I can to stop him from forcing me down. I had a feeling this would be the position he would use to shoot me, cold bloodied in the back of the head right in front of my daughter. I grab my stomach and I begin wailing as if I am going into labor. I don't know where the thought came from to fake labor, but I did it. There was no pain. At least not in my stomach, surviving the moment was all that mattered to me. I needed to save me and my children. I would try what I could to gain his sympathy and only hope God would spare my life and the lives of my children.
I kept moaning and groaning. Holding my stomach and keeping my body upright, I was determined not to surrender to the bent down position. I fight for all I'm worth. Seems the gunman had a change of heart. He told me to sit in the chair, shut up and not to move unless he would kill me.
He begins backing out of the room to leave, still pointing the gun in my direction. I hear the door slam, but I dare move. Soon I hear nothing but the cold air that is whistling through the bullet busted balcony glass door. Tiffany is sitting on the bed taking in quick breaths, staring at me with her eyes big as day. I begin to loose my arms and legs from the ties, all the while thanking Jesus over and over. I put on a coat over my gown, slide into my slippers, wrap Tiffany in her coat, get in the car and drive to Aunt Ruby's house.
God saved me, my daughter and my unborn babies that night. God is so merciful and gracious. He didn't have to spare my life or that of my children, but He did. There was no way things could go back to the way they were. I could no longer go on living life as a hustler's wife."
of a Woman Pastor
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Diary of a Woman Pastor
Paperback: 184 pages
Publisher: Xulon Press (November 4, 2006)
Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
In the tone of one sisterfriend to another playwright publisher and former pastor Sheritha Bowman infuses humility transparency and humor in her latest book Diary of a Woman Pastor. Bowman warmly welcomes readers into her virtual living room and transforms her journal/memoirs into an expose` where she recounts her journey from puberty to the pastorate - and beyond. Her comical yet truthful references to her own adult attention deficit (ADD) and near-addiction to cheesecake make Diary of a Woman Pastor a refreshing literary treat. Bowman begins with a description of her formative years in urban Washington D.C. where she lived in a loving but somewhat malfunctioning female-headed household.
She discloses how the lack of positive relationship models led her to experimentation with marijuana and promiscuous activity. She candidly describes the effects of a generational curse stemming from at least as far back as her grandmother which reached down to her and her siblings. Nevertheless in the true spirit of the proverbial strong black woman her grandmother still manages to see that Sheritha attends church regularly thereby planting a seed of righteousness which would later blossom into salvation and deliverance for her and other family members. After a series of toxic relationships Bowman weds and begins a family of her own. However her marriage is threatened when she is haunted by specters from her childhood - insecurity fear of abandonment and the like. While seeking and serving the Lord she is delivered layer-by-layer from the damaging by-products of her past. She later bonds with two female pastors who temporarily mentor and usher her into her self-described mistaken appointment as pastor. On separate occasions her relationship with each of them deteriorates causing her to delve more deeply into her soul seeking and eventually acknowledging her true calling as a writer.
This Too Shall Pass: Meditations,
Affirmations and Encouragement For My Sisters
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Paperback: 82 pages
Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (May 27, 2004)
Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches
"It is when we open up and share that the healing and deliverance can begin. Our stories and testimonies open doors for other women to walk through boldly and confidently knowing that someone else went through the same thing--and survived."
Sister, you are not alone. You're not the only woman who cries in her car on the way to work. You're not the only woman who struggles with anger and yells at her kids because life isn't going as planned. You're not the only woman struggling with whether or not to give him the key again. Quiet as it's kept, she's going through it, too.
"This Too Shall Pass..."taps into our "other side." The depression. The fear. The loneliness. The anger that we blame on PMS. How are we dealing with the emotions that are literally crushing our spirits? We're keeping the mask on. Afraid to open up and blow our cover. It's time to talk about it.
This inspiring book, filled with scriptural wisdom, testimonies, sisterly advice and a touch of humor so that we don't take ourselves too seriously, will encourage you to hold on, be strong and know without a doubt that God WILL bring it to pass.
Soul Inspiration For Women Married To Unbelievers
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Mass Market Paperback: 205 pages
Publisher: Scribes & Vibes Book Publishing; 1 edition (February 12, 1998)
"Soul Inspiration " is more than just a good read, its a book of healing. Healing the broken marriages that are being destroyed by our own selfish attitudes and misplaced anger. "Soul Inspiration " deals with the churchs hush-hush topic of
women married to men who do not have a spiritual relationship. At
the same time, the book digs deep into the spirit of the everyday woman. It addresses the
importance of prayer, living life purposely and maintaining unity in the family. Since the
release of "Soul Inspiration
", I have had the honor of sharing with
hundreds of women who are going through the frustration of living and loving a man who is
lacking spiritually. Thinking they are alone in this struggle. Feeling that God has no
interest in their unequally yoked relationship. I have a word for you Sister. God says
"STAND." Dont give up. His word promises to "save your whole
household, if you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ" (Acts 16:31). God wants to bless
you, your marriage and your family. But you must trust Him with your whole heart. Have
"Soul Inspiration " by Sheritha Bowman, is a book of inspiring anecdotes written to encourage the Christian woman whose husband has not yet accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior. It is a good read for any married woman looking to keep love alive and for any single woman considering marriage. Bowman inspires women to stand on the promises of God and not give up. With an anointed mixture of boldness and humor, she gives life-changing advice on prayer, growing spiritually, submission in marriage, loving your mate, withstanding lifes storm and maintaining peace in the midst of it all
- January 1999 issue of Upscale Magazine
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