Sunday, January 31, 2010

Singing from the Heart

The lyrical title of Songs of Deliverance is one that invites readers to dance with characters and circumstances left to ponder at the close of its predecessor, Rhythms of Grace.

Getting beyond the surface requires unlocking (willingly and forcefully) doors that hold us hostage to our pasts. So it is with four friends who have returned to their beginnings.

The return to Testimony, Ohio cleverly weaves the richness of the past of a devalued people with the necessity of decision making for the future of Grace, Brian, Zeely and Ron. Through exposure of church and personal truths Author Griffith draws the reader into the stage she has skillfully set. Through the power of the written word, the story speaks to the harsh realities of choices as her characters must deal with – what is.

For those unfamiliar with the intensity of the Pentecostal experience, I urge you not to neglect the opportunity of a good read due to indifference. What sings from these pages, may well be the deliverance you did not know you needed.

To learn more about Marilynn Griffith and her writing visit her at:

*Book provided courtesy of The Baker Group

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tailoring the Stages of Life

Scene One – Two men are standing outside a chain bookstore.

First Man: “Why are there no books on the shelves about us by us that are wholesome and deals with real life issues and has feasible answers?”

Second Man: Why haven’t you written one yet?

End Scene.

Enter Pastor, husband, father and now debut author, Bernard Boulton. The following narrative is for you, the reading audience. Those he has been ordained to reach out to through the ministry of the pen.

The season to dream had concluded. The season of action was at hand. Waking from what had been more than a dream, Bernard Boulton followed intuition and began to write. He wrote with the purpose of producing that which would encourage, empower and entertain. The end result of that effort was his debut novel Do You Wanna Be Made Whole?

One might ask, why this title?

In order to answer one would need to understand having a burden for others. In life we are given specific purposes. What we do with that entrusted gift, may not always be understood or appreciated by its intended recipient. What can be said in response is that to obey is better than sacrifice.

In obedience, a written seed was planted. Its purpose was to grow and be a witness in the uttermost part of the earth.

So what is it that this novel is bearing witness?

Do You Wanna Be Made Whole acquaints the reader with a man of faith, wisdom and courage, Pastor Maxwell. His presence in the life of three past and present members of his congregation is the common thread that weaves through a tale of perceived failure. It will be those threads loosened by life’s stumbles that must be rewoven for the custom fit of intended purpose.

Through the fitting process that encompasses renewed faith these three will come to understand that “their future is greater than their past and that tomorrow has hope attached to. All that is required is that they stand up, repent and press on.”

To learn more about Bernard Boulton you can visit him at:

Sunday, January 17, 2010


His Grace, His Mercy is the continuation of the Keshia Dawn’s debut novel, By the Grace of God.

Life for Gracie has moved on but attachments to her past may prove to be the ruin of the happiness she found.

Determination to help fulfill the desires of friends, has placed her marriage to Marcus Jeffries in peril. Disclosure of past indiscretions and what was thought to have been well-buried secrets add to the drama packed events in the lives of the story’s characters.

Through the pages the reader will have a close view of what can happen when we chose to move under our own power rather than under the covering of and obedience to God.

About the Author: Keshia Dawn is a national bestselling author as well as a Black Expressions Book Club Member favorite, freelance journalist and writing consultant. To learn more about Keshia Dawn and her works visit her online at:
*Review copy provided courtesy of author

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Can you lend a hand? Will you pray?

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has asked that those with questions regarding the urgent situation in Haiti and those wishing to assist with Haitian relief go to this website: