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Alabama businesswoman Brittany C. Vinson’s advancing the kingdom mightily through her empowerment organization


Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV)


GOD’S LEADING LADY 

WOMAN OF EXCELLENCE —– A native of Leighton, Alabama, Brittany C. Vinson, 32, is the founder and CEO of Partners-N-Shine Women Empowerment Group, her Florence, Alabama-based organization she established in November 2018.

Just before sunrise Thursday, there was Brittany C. Vinson, taking questions from the media.

Then suddenly, the conversation had turned into what seemed to be a testimony service, of sorts.
There was Vinson, recalling in great detail how someone who’s very dear to her in the Body of Christ had prophesied recently how by August 8, 2019, someone would become the beneficiary of “88 days of miracles,” in large because August is the eighth day of the month.
That someone: Brittany C. Vinson whom, much to her delight, was overcome by joy just before sunrise Thursday, which just happened to be August 8.
“Crazy…but in an amazing way,” Vinson told Making Headline News. “God told me Oprah Winfrey-type…if not better. Jesus!”

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An organization that is nearly its first full year of existence, Vinson’s group is comprised of more than over 650 members nationwide and has been a place where women have been able to share their life stories, all the while and not being judged.

For the record, Vinson was alluding in large to the wave of global exposure she’s destined to acquire — much sooner than later — as a progressive, thriving businesswoman.

A native of Leighton, Alabama, Vinson, 32, is the founder and CEO of Partners-N-Shine Women Empowerment Group, her Florence, Alabama-based organization she established in November 2018.

A devout woman of faith who customarily refers to her occupations as a self-proclaimed “GOD-iologist” or “Dr. BrittKnee,” Vinson’s up-and-coming venture emerged amid her quest that was centered largely on her desire to step out on faith, a development that essentially jump-started what Vinson deems “one of  God’s manifestations.”

Widely regarded as an inspiring public figure, Vinson’s faith-based body of work is such that she’s become an ambassador for social justice.

“We live in a world where injustice is practiced and respected, leaving justice to be disrespected and not tolerated,” Vinson said.


FOR STARTERS 

As for her organization, Vinson has become a fixture for sharing her international women empowerment group, which is designed to help women gain self-respect, morals, and standards, among other things.

An organization that is nearing its first full year of existence, Vinson’s group is comprised of more than over 650 members nationwide and has been a place where women have been able to share their life stories, all the while and not being judged.

“By popular demand, it has been known for its positive impact,” Vinson said. “Sharing God’s grace and mercy has brought many of these ladies to Christ, resulting in them being saved.”

AWWWWWWW — “Investing in myself was the best thing I could have ever done,” Vinson said. “Whereas others laughed and made a mockery of me, called me crazy and so much more, God told me that my special needs daughter would bring non-believers to Christ.”

And then there is Vinson’s Partners-N-Shine which, to her credit, has brought about an assortment of favorable changes, a trend that has given way to allowing women to be themselves, thus overcome their fears, as well as collectively form an “amazing” sisterhood, Vinson said.

“The focus of the group is to bring unity to the community,” Vinson emphasized.

And not just within the local community, but  internationally, Vinson acknowledged.  “Closed sessions within the (HOLY✝TEMPLE) also allowed the women to gain trust and look at life in a different way,” Vinson said. “God’s blessings to all…we are one nation under God…it’s all (about) GOD.”

SAVE THE DATE

When asked what she loves the most about her organization, Vinson wasted little time acknowledging the slew of awe-inspiring testimonies she’s been afforded to share, in large part because as she tells, “I don’t look like what I’ve been through.”

As Vinson explained, she’s undoubtedly been through so much, yet by the God’s grace, she’s managed to conquer so much more as a result.

“I’ve been judged based off of my outer appearance,” Vinson said. “I look nothing like my struggle. I’ve been beautiful all of my life, but I’m more so beautiful on the inside. My inner beautiful from God is what makes me.”

Interestingly, Vinson’s organization is designed to also bring awareness to mental illness.


“Mental illness is real and overlooked,” she said. “We’re losing people every single day. Looking at me, you would never know that a year ago, I was diagnosed with a major depressive disorder, severe anxiety and depression PTSD and ADHD. However, the devil is a lair. My mental diagnosis is simply spiritual gifts from God that our world seems to sweep under a rug.”


Much to her delight, Vinson will be afforded the golden opportunity to put her immeasurable empowerment skills on display when she hosts Back To School Empowerment Unity In The Community event on August 24 at New Destiny Development Center, located at West 2nd Street in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

ALL FOR HER ANGELS — When asked what she loves the most about her organization, Vinson wasted little time acknowledging the slew of testimonies she’s been afforded to share, in large part because as she tells, “I don’t look like what I’ve been through.”

All things considered, Vinson is appreciative of the fact that God has strategically allowed her to exercise her faith with a credible organization for such a time as now.

“Investing in myself was the best thing I could have ever done,” Vinson said. “Whereas others laughed and made a mockery of me, called me crazy and so much more, God told me that my special needs daughter would bring non-believers to Christ.”

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A devout woman of faith who customarily refers to her occupations as a self-proclaimed “GOD-iologist” or “Dr. BrittKnee,” Vinson’s up-and-coming venture emerged amid her quest that was centered largely on her desire to step out on faith, a development that essentially jumpstarted what Vinson deems “one of  God’s manifestations.”

“God also said that He would indeed make her whole and heal her. She is blind for the moment, but I can see my way spiritually though.”

Talk about a recent prophesy coming to fruition, the beginning of “88 days of miracles” unfolding right before her eyes.

Stay tuned.

The story continues involving the woman who’s widely known as the “GOD-iologist.”


For more information about Florence, Alabama Businesswoman Brittany C. Vinson of Partners-N-Shine Women Empowerment Group, or to book her for a public appearance, connect with her via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/brittany.c.vinson. Also, send email to: vinsonbrittanyc@gmail.com.


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Alabama preacher Tamika D. Pharr goes from ‘thug girl’ lifestyle to selling out solely to Jesus Christ


Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, since you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:58)


SOLD OUT ON JESUS 

BEAUTY FOR ASHES — Aside from overseeing the day-to-day operations of a credible business, Tamika D. Pharr is Mobile-area minister as the beloved Co-Pastor of Tabernacle of Praise Church, a tradition-rich, historic institution that also has a campus in Richmond, California.

DALLAS — Tamika D. Pharr could be appropriately described as a number of things.

For starters, she’s an accomplished businesswoman as a resourceful sales consultant with Paparazzi, a globally-acclaimed venture that’s widely known for offering consumers fashion-forward jewelry and product parties.

She’s a proud mother of two, a grandmother of three, and a mother-in-“love” to whom she often describes as a “beautiful young lady.”
More than anything, though, Pharr would be the first to tell you that she’s devout woman of faith, one’s who deems it essential to go to great lengths to proclaim the matchless Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Never mind that this Mobile, Alabama native was raised in what the urban community has dubbed the School of Hard Knocks.
“I had a rough upbringing. But God,” Pharr, 43, told Making Headline News during a recent interview. “(I’ve) seen a lot, heard a lot, done a lot. But God.”

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And because Pharr, a resourceful, resilient, spiritually-empowering minister, doesn’t shy away from the notion that God is, by all accounts, the Focal Point of her life, it’s safe to assume that life as she knows it is, well, far more superior than her rough upbringing.

Aside from overseeing the day-to-day operations of a credible business, Pharr is Mobile-area minister as the beloved Co-Pastor of Tabernacle of Praise Church, a tradition-rich, historic institution that also has a campus in Richmond, California.

Widely regarded as a Christian-centered ministry that accompanied by the slogan, “Changing The World With The Word,” Tabernacle of Praise is pastored by Apostle Timothy D. Monigan.

WOMAN OF MANY HATS — Pharr is an accomplished businesswoman as a resourceful sales consultant with Paparazzi, a globally-acclaimed venture that’s widely known for offering consumers fashion-forward jewelry and product parties.

For Pharr, that she was steadfastly brought up in the church and raised in an environment where she customarily was taught Biblical principles has proven beneficial to her, considering even to this day, she’s still very much on fire for Almighty God.

Only now, she’s serving and paying homage to Him from a much larger stage.

“My family taught me that when you learn better, you do better,” said Pharr, recalling vividly the memorable developments of her childhood. “That took a while to set in on me, because I was a thug girl, but God turned me into a church girl.”

Widely regarded as a Christian-centered ministry that accompanied by the slogan, “Changing The World With The Word,” Tabernacle of Praise is pastored by Apostle Timothy D. Monigan.

As Pharr explained, it took a relatively solid supporting cast of godly women who collectively helped steer her from the School of Hard Knocks as a “thug girl” to, well, Sunday School — pretty much on the regular.


“I have my grandmother Pruitt, (who was) an elder of love and understanding at Primitive Baptist Church until her health change and God called her home,” Pharr recalled. “My grandmother, Pauline James, plays a great big part in my life. She also helped raise me. My great grandmother, Mary Pharr, is the mother of St. Luke Church, where she’s been a member since before I was born. She is now 100 years old and her health has changed. My great aunt, Pastor Shirley Edwards and I, are the newest pastors in the family.”


For Pharr, that she was steadfastly brought up in the church and raised in an environment where she customarily was Biblical principles has proven beneficial to her, considering even to this day, she’s still very much on fire for Almighty God.

Sadly as it is to say, Pharr’s rise to becoming a full-time minister hasn’t been fully accepted by some whom she sensed would offer valiant support.

“Well, since I became pastor, a lot of family and friends have fell off, but I heard the Lord say that He will add unto me,” Pharr said without hesitation. “I saw God positioning me for ministry back in 2008 after I lost my 10-week-old baby.”

As it turned out, Pharr’s losing an unborn child essentially served a defining moment, of sorts, for this beloved, bigger-than-life thug girl-turned-woman of the cloth.

“I heard the Lord say He has need of me,” Pharr said in the wake of her dreaded miscarriage.

WE ARE FAMILY — “My family taught me that when you learn better, you do better,” said Pharr, recalling vividly the memorable developments of her childhood. “That took a while to set in on me, because I was a thug girl, but God turned me into a church girl.”

To her credit, this young preacher hasn’t looked back since.

If nothing else, she’s diligently drawn closer and closer to God which, in dramatic sequence of events, is a far cry from the proverbial thug girl life.

Having officially accepted her calling to preach the Gospel in 2011 — “I heard God call my name, using a familiar voice,” she recalls — Pharr initially sensed that it was actually her unborn baby who was calling her name.

Oddly as it might seem, she eventually heard her name called three times.

One for the Father.

One for the Son.

One for the Holy Ghost.

In that order.

As it turned out, Pharr’s losing unborn child essentially served a defining moment, of sorts, for this beloved, bigger-than-life thug girl-turned-woman of the cloth.

And if God said it, that settles it.

“My testimony is when God say go, obey His voice,” Pharr said. “I told God I didn’t want to do this. First of all, I thought I wasn’t worthy enough. Then I still wanted to sit at the bar and stay in the club.”

Still, in spite of her rebelliousness, amongst the things that Pharr had ultimately discovered is that if God has a dire need of you, He’ll find His way to the bar and club.

In no particularly order.

“One night, as I was sitting in the club, I heard a Voice so clear and I started looking around for someone,” Pharr explained. “I heard Him again, so I got up and ran out the club like I just seen a ghost.”

In essence, that’s what actually happened.


GOD’S LEADING LADY 

As Pharr explained, it took a relatively solid supporting cast of godly women who collectively helped steer her from the School of Hard Knocks as a “thug girl” to, well, Sunday School — pretty much on the regular.

Only this time, it was the Holy Ghost.

And the rest, as they say, was history.

“I have been going since then,” Pharr, who plans to compose a book that depicts her life, said of having found her niche in ministry. “He called me out the club to the church, from a thug girl to a church girl.”

Which goes to show that today, she could be appropriately described as a number of things.

A beloved spokesperson for Christ topping the list.


For more information about Mobile, Alabama-area Pastor Tamika D. Pharr, to schedule her for a public appearance or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/tdpharr?epa=SEARCH_BOX. Also, send email to: bblessladyy@gmail.com.


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Alabama author Monique Pettaway-Ray savoring the ‘abundant life’ Christ came to give us through a new book

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. (Romans 8:18 NIV)


Monique Pettaway-Ray was in the process of living her best life.

At least, she sensed she was.

As Pettaway-Ray recalled like yesterday, she was approximately six months removed from having exchanged nuptials with the man of her dreams.

POINTING TOWARD THE HEAVENS — A native of Saraland, Alabama, Monique Pettaway-Ray is amongst a gallery of accomplished authors who have joined forces to compose the book, “I Rise, Living Beyond The Bruises” which is scheduled to be officially released in December.

As if that wasn’t enough to bring her to all smiles, she had eventually landed a rather commendable entry-level position as a middle school science instructor in Huntsville, Alabama.

Life, as she knew it, was the life she sensed she fully deserved, was the life she had worked so diligently to reap and possess with God, her Helper, leading the way.

Then just like that, the enemy — just as he always does — had ultimately showed his true colors, considering Pettaway-Ray’s life had suddenly “imploded,” according to a spokesperson for her book entitled, “Incarcerated But Free: How To find Freedom From Your Mental Prison.”


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LEAD OFF HITTER — Having made her authorship debut a little more than a decade ago, Pettaway-Ray’s “Incarcerated But Free: How To find Freedom From Your Mental Prison” took somewhere in the neighborhood of about five years to compose.

That’s because her newlywed husband was consequently convicted for murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

“A vital part of her life was ripped from her and Monique didn’t know how to cope,” according to a spokesperson in a detailed breakdown of her September 2007 released book.

Fast forward some 11 years later, Pettaway-Ray, a longtime educator for the Mobile (Ala.) County Public Schools System, has deemed it essential to collectively share of her assortment of life-changing testimonies through another awe-inspiring project along with a host of other writers.

A native of  Saraland, Alabama, Pettaway-Ray is amongst a gallery of accomplished authors who have joined forces to compose the book, “I Rise, Living Beyond The Bruises.”

ONE PRECIOUS, GODLY GIFT — An empowering, kingdom-advancing written document, “I Rise, Living Beyond The Bruises” is forwarded by Flint, Michigan-based author Precious S. Brown and is scheduled to make its official release on the market on December 17.

An empowering, kingdom-advancing written document, “I Rise, Living Beyond The Bruises” is forwarded by Flint, Michigan-based author Precious S. Brown and is scheduled to make its official release on the market on December 17.

During a recent interview with Making Headline News, Pettaway-Ray was complementary of Brown for obeying the Voice of God by establishing a notable platform for her and other authors to tell of God’s goodness through their slew of trials and tribulations.

“I chose to be a part of this book, because there are so many people who are living in their own mental prison who don’t have a support system or guidance to help them overcome their pains,” Pettaway-Ray said. “This book will help women find healing and support they are seeking.”

All things considered, amongst the things about which Pettaway-Ray found especially intriguing was Brown’s keen ability to fortify agape love, coupled with her willingness to display transparency.

FINDING HER SPIRITUAL NICHE — Pettaway-Ray, a longtime educator for the Mobile (Ala.) County Public Schools System, has deemed it essential to collectively share of her assortment of life-changing testimonies through another awe-inspiring project along with a host of other writers.

“I began the journey of writing this book when I teamed up with Precious Brown of Kilgore Publishing,” Pettaway-Ray explained. “She told me about her vision of this current book and when I heard the title, I truly felt in my spirit that this was a book I definitely wanted to be a part of, because I believe everyone has a story and that everyone’s story can inspire hope and change someone’s life.”

Having made her authorship debut a little more than a decade ago, Pettaway-Ray’s “Incarcerated But Free: How To find Freedom From Your Mental Prison” took somewhere in the neighborhood of about five years to compose.

As for her latest project, it didn’t take as long, in large part because all things considered, God had already showed Himself strong amid the enemy having shown his true colors.

IN AWE OF GOD — As for Pettaway-Ray’s latest project, it didn’t take as long to complete, in large part because all things considered, God had already showed Himself strong amid the enemy having shown his true colors.

“Before God called me to the ministry, I was broken, hurt, and confused. It was only after I rededicated my life to Christ that God began to reveal to me His purpose for my life. Since then, God has delivered me from my pain and now I am on a mission to help women overcome their challenges and be healed from their past hurts. — Monique Pettaway-Ray


“Because when a woman can be healed from her hurts, she is free to live that abundant life that Christ promised in scripture.”

The abundant, much to Pettaway-Ray’s delight, is something by which she has thoroughly possessed even after having endured arguably the darkest season of her life.

Yep. That’s just like God.


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NOT TODAY, DEVIL — The abundant, much to Pettaway-Ray’s delight, is something by which she has thoroughly possessed even after having endured arguably the darkest season of her life.

“The message I am sending to people is that regardless of what you have been through or what experiences you have had, you can still be a vessel used by God,” Pettaway-Ray said. “You just have to realize that there are gifts and talents that lie deep inside and God just wants us to be willing to use those gifts for his glory.

“A gift is not a gift unless you give it to someone,” Pettaway continued. “God expects us to use our gifts for the purpose of helping others. It’s never too late to fulfill passion, purpose, or the power that God has placed inside of you. God only wants a willing vessel.”

Pettaway-Ray would know for sure, considering she’s a vessel who has deemed it a foregone conclusion to be used by God Almighty.

For more information Mobile, Alabama-area Author Monique Pettaway-Ray, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing, or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/monique.pettaway. Also, send email to: mvpettaway@gmail.com.


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Montgomery, Alabama author Dr. April Jones honors her father’s civil rights legacy, writes his extraordinary biography

A MAKING HEADLINE NEWS BLACK HISTORY MONTH SPECIAL REPORT

 

Say this about Dr. April Jones: She undoubtedly cherishes her father.

Never mind the discussion that transpired between Dr. Jones’ parents months before she was born.

DADDY’S LITTLE GIRL — Montgomery, Alabama author and businesswoman Dr. April Jones is the mastermind by the book, The Biography of Mose Jones Jr., Lawrence County Commissioner District 1: A Seed of the Foot Soldiers Bloody Sunday, March and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. One year removed from its official release, Dr. Jones’ book depicts her father’s life from the mid-1980s, during which he rose to prominence for his role in bringing voting rights to those who needed it most: the disadvantaged citizens of Lawrence County.

During a recent interview with Making Headline News, Dr. Jones, a Montgomery, Alabama-based businesswoman, spoke at length about how her father, renowned and longtime politician Mose Jones, Jr., once attempted to persuade her mother to abort her birth, in large because he could not afford to take care of another child.

By and large, it is an emotionally-driven, life-changing story about Dr. Jones admittedly doesn’t mind sharing, considering she and her father have established a close-knit relationship throughout the years.

So much, in fact, that Dr. Jones deemed it essential to chronicle by way of an awe-inspiring book the life of her beloved father, whom is widely regarded as the man who was amongst the first blacks to carry on the Civil Rights movement in Alabama, particularly after the immeasurable work of such foot soldiers as Dr. Martin Luther, King, Jr.

“The single, (most) underlying reason I chose to produce the book was to honor my father and tell his important part of history,” said Dr. Jones, a native of Town Creek, Alabama, a rural establishment that is comprised of roughly 1,100 residents, according to the latest U. S. census.

The book to which she is alluding is entitled, The Biography of Mose Jones Jr., Lawrence County Commissioner District 1: A Seed of the Foot Soldiers Bloody Sunday, March and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

A book that made its much-anticipated presence on the market a little more than a year ago, — January 11, 2017 to be technical — Dr. Jones’ book depicts her father’s life from the mid-1980s, during which he rose to prominence for his role in bringing voting rights to those who needed it most: those disadvantaged citizens of Lawrence County.

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Interestingly, long before Dr. Jones’ father had evolved into the beloved and motivating political servant for whom he is widely known, he had become a notable, big-hearted man of devout faith and a loving father, according to a spokesperson for her book in a detailed description at Amazon.com.

VISION UNFOLDED — Dr. Jones had adopted the vision for composing The Biography of Mose Jones Jr., Lawrence County Commissioner District 1: A Seed of the Foot Soldiers Bloody Sunday, March and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, most notably while her father was giving a rather inspiring and memorable speech, during which he spoke eloquently having the importance of such a remarkable honor.

A Lawrence County Commissioner for District 1 whom, long before he surfaced on the political landscape, had been mentored by a profound coach and teacher — whom many considered the most prominent black political leader in the county — the then-young Jones, Jr. had become knowledgeable of servant leadership, particularly the significance of how to play an integral part in bringing hope to his community.

To his credit, Jones, Jr.’s valiant contributions as a public servant had ultimately given way to him having received a commendable, notable award during the Selma 50th Jubilee Fruit Of The Labor Luncheon that was hosted by the National Congress of Black Women (the Birmingham Metro Chapter).

Consequently, Dr. Jones had adopted the vision for composing The Biography of Mose Jones Jr., Lawrence County Commissioner District 1: A Seed of the Foot Soldiers Bloody Sunday, March and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, most notably while her father was giving a rather inspiring and memorable speech, during which he spoke eloquently having the importance of such a remarkable honor.

MAKING MASSIVE HISTORY — A Lawrence County Commissioner for District 1 whom, long before he surfaced on the political landscape, had been mentored by a profound coach and teacher — who was the most prominent black political leader in the county — the then-young Jones, Jr. had become knowledgeable of the significance of servant leadership, particularly how to play an integral part in bringing hope to his community.

“When my father received his award and made his speech, I was touched and inspired to hear why he was so honored to get this award,” Dr. Jones said. “I never seen my father almost cry and give such an emotional speech.”

And never mind all of the past chitter chatter about aborting her birth.

What matters at this point, really, is that Dr. Jones and her father have established an inseparable, loving bond that quite frankly, no one can merely separate.

“At that moment, I felt more honored to be his daughter, holding back my tears,” Dr. Jones said of her father’s inspiring, tear-jerking speech for the ages. “I thought (it came in my spirit) we should get a book written about my father.”

The rest, as they say, was history.

“When my father and I were riding home on the highway (U. S. Highway 80) where the foot soldiers walked from Selma to the Montgomery March, we talked about what happened for him to get into office and I said, ‘You know, father, we should write a book about your story,'” Dr. Jones recalled.

Much to her delight, her father was all for it — was all for embracing and supporting the vision and purpose for which God created his daughter.

“He says, ‘Okay, but I’m not Martin Luther King, Jr. or any of those great foot soldiers I am not sure how many people want to hear my story,’” Dr. Jones explained. “Nevertheless, he agreed that we could write a book as long as I wrote it. In fact, he later shared that many people approached him to write a book and he refused. He told me he was so proud and honored that (his) very own daughter will write (a book about him).”

A 170-page written document that specifically recalls a vital portion of history, Dr. Jones emphasized that her book had to come to fruition, in large part because she was somewhat unsettled in that her father had not received much recognition, coupled with the fact that he was so proud of his award.

An accomplished entrepreneur who is the owner and chief executive officer of the Montgomery-based Visionary Consulting Services, LLC, a credible coaching and consulting services, Dr. Jones began writing her father’s biography shortly after the Jubilee.

“To this day, he talks about it and even had an article written about it,” Dr. Jones said of a book that is still attracting a wave of media attention. “I love my father, and I appreciate what he did to make a change on a local level for our community and all constituents in his county. The book details many challenges and triumphs.”

An accomplished entrepreneur who is the owner and chief executive officer of the Montgomery-based Visionary Consulting Services, LLC — a credible coaching and consulting services firm — Dr. Jones began writing her father’s biography shortly after the Jubilee.

Interestingly, in the wake of having jotted down an assortment of notes from their frequent conversations, she deemed it essential to hire a freelancer to develop what she described as “structured questions” during which she would then interview roughly 50 people about her father and his well-publicized legacy.

The first draft of the book, she said, was completed in approximately three months.

“However, it was a dull read,” said Dr. Jones, “so I hired another freelance writer to make it more appeasing to read.”

DESTINY STEPS — What matters at this point, really, is that Dr. Jones and her father have established an inseparable bond that quite frankly, no one can merely separate.

As it turned out, though, that development had eventually gave way to Dr. Jones needing an additional five months to finish the book, which was finally published in January 2017.

The rest, as they say, was history.

And never mind all of the past chitter chatter about aborting her birth.

What matters at this point, really, is that Dr. Jones and her father have established an inseparable, loving bond that quite frankly, no one can merely separate.

“The night of the Jubilee, he said that if he had allowed satan to convince him and my mother to abort me, I would have never served one of my many purposes, (which was) writing his book,” Dr. Jones said. “I never thought I would write so many books, but it was prophesied to me by Evangelist Debra Ward that I would write many books and travel the world as a part of my purpose God created for me. I have done just that.”

All while cherishing and honoring her beloved father in the process.

 

OTHER BOOKS BY DR. APRIL JONES: 

Nurse Commitment: How To Have Professional Staff Nurses In a Multigenerational Workplace

A Not So Easy Road: The Story of the Little Boy Who Kept His Promise

Lil’ Boy’s Enchanted Red Hat: Coloring And Activity Book

Lil’ Boy’s Steps to Goal Achievement: A Goal Setting Journal For Kids

 

For more information about Dr. April Jones, to order her books or to schedule her for a speaking engagement, she can be reached at 334-603-0600. Also, connect with her at: www.vcsllc.co. Also, she can be reached via email at: draljones@vcsllc.co

 

 

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