I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart. I have overcome the world. (John 16:33 NIV)
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Two notable factors with regards to being active in ministry are this:
Not only do those who engage in kingdom work fortify their gifts as unto the Lord but, chances are, they will at some point in time, witness or experience church hurt.
As Dr. Barbara L Howard recalls, she’s witnessed it up close, in real time.
For that reason, Dr. Howard had become greatly inspired to spearhead Wounded Sheep: How To Heal Church Hurt, her featured book that was released in October 2017.
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A spiritually gut-checking written work that had been in the works for approximately a year — Dr. Howard had grasped the vision to compose the book sometime in 2016 — Wounded Sheep: How To Heal Church Hurt vividly reminds the masses that “unless you have been wounded by church hurt, you have not been wounded at all,” according to synopsis of this Mid-South author’s book at Amazon.com.
As part of Making Headline News’ 2023 Essence Music Festival advance coverage leading to the “the party with a purpose” event June 29-July 3 in New Orleans, Dr. Howard recalled how the more she became involved in church, the more she witnessed people hurting.
“And many even left church,” Dr. Howard told MHN. “(God give me the vision to write this book) around 1996 while watching my current pastor going through church hurt.”
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A book that is accompanied by 48 pages in length, Dr. Howard emphasized, among other things, God has given her an immeasurable, credible ministry, during which she could teach about spiritual warfare and love.
“That church hurt is real,” Dr. Howard said. “Spiritual hurt can lead to physical illness if not addressed. The way to get to the healing of church hurt is through forgiveness and love.”
A native of New Albany, Mississippi — a rural Union County establishment that is comprised of roughly 7,626 residents, according to the latest census — Dr. Howard in August 2013 made her authorship debut with the release of Wounded Sheep: How To Calm A Storm, which jumpstarted her Wounded Sheep series.
Suitably dubbed a Christian inspirational book, Dr. Howard’s Wounded Sheep: How To Calm A Storm’s vividly reminds us that Biblical scripture is applied to everyday life issues to achieve victory through Christ Jesus.
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In essence, Wounded Sheep: How To Calm A Storm, by all accounts, offers spiritual inspiration and includes unique Christian poetry as a form of understanding and healing.
To her credit, Dr. Howard has graced the pages of other books.
“I have had pieces of my poetry published in two international anthologies,” Dr. Howard said. “I am currently working on an academic book in the field of education. I would love to write a children’s book.”
Interestingly enough, Dr. Howard’s Wounded Sheep series essentially offers the Biblical take on how to handle mistreatment, misuse, and abuse from fellow believers in the body of Christ, she said.
A 1987 honors graduate of New Albany’s W. P. Daniel High School who lettered in basketball, track and field, and was a cheerleader, as well as a member of the yearbook and newspaper staffs, Dr. Howard was a recipient of the coveted Speech Award her senior year.
A graduate of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences. Dr. Howard acquired a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the same institution in 1994.
Consequently, she received a Specialist Degree in Administration and Supervision from Middle Tennessee State University in 2001 and a Doctorate Degree in Administration and Supervision from Tennessee State University in 2005.
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A devoted member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Dr. Howard has been in the field of education since 1994 and has received a variety of accolades for her valiant contributions.
In 2009, Dr. Howard received formal theological study at Central Baptist Theological Seminary and has since been a longtime student of the Bible.
To her credit, Dr. Howard has been licensed as a minister of the gospel since 2006.
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