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Oklahoma City author Tohnyonah Jackson’s bend-but-don’t-break faith gives way to a life-changing book

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (Psalm 139:14 NIV)


All jokes aside.

Tohnyonah Jackson is a little more than two years removed from having witnessed the much-anticipated release of her very first book.

BEND BUT DON’T BREAK FAITH STEPPER — And so it came to pass on May 31, 2016 that Tohnyonah Jackson, a native of Oklahoma City, had officially made her authorship debut with release of her spiritually gut-checking written document entitled, “Bending But Not Breaking.”

And boy, it’s surely one that is steadily advancing the kingdom for such a time as now.

“I used to tell my friends I was going to write a book, but it was in a joking way,” Jackson told Making Headline News during a weekend interview. “It didn’t manifest until after my grandfather on my dad’s side of the family passed away in August of 2013, a few days after my first grandchild was born.”

For Jackson, it also was a seemingly dark, turbulent season of her life, during which God had deemed it essential to place her faith on trial unlike never before.

“I battled with God, because that’s not what I wanted to do. I was trying to get into nursing school…test after test, fail after fail. I didn’t understand why I was not passing the tests, missing by 1 to 5 points. Later I realized I wasn’t being obedient and had to write.” — Author Tohnyonah Jackson 


And the rest, as they say, was history.

And so it came to pass on May 31, 2016 that Jackson, a native of Oklahoma City, had officially made her authorship debut with release of her spiritually gut-checking written document entitled, “Bending But Not Breaking,” a 62-page, self-published project that depicts the life of a young girl who wanted to be loved by her family, but according to the writer who’s widely known as “Author Tohnyonah,” she wound up discovering that love in her family came disguised in abuse, alcohol, drugs, staying in the homes of several family members.


PURCHASE AUTHOR THONYONAH’S BOOK HERE: https://www.amazon.com/Bending-But-Breaking-Tohnyonah-Jackson/dp/1498457878#customerReviews

A MUST READ — A 62-page, self-published project that depicts the life of a young girl who wanted to be loved by her family, but according to the writer who’s widely known as “Author Tohnyonah,” she wound up discovering that love in her family came disguised in abuse, alcohol, drugs, staying in the homes of several family members.

As if those personal encounters weren’t enough to rattle and disrupt the life of this young girl, Tohnyonah recalled having been molested as a child, a development that had ultimately led to her being adopted by another family, which unfortunately had given way to her further being molested and abused.

But God…

However, despite her assortment of struggles and turbulence, Author Tohnyonah steadfastly clung to unwavering faith, believing that God had a strategic plan for her life from the outset, a plan to prosper and not harm her, a plan that would ultimately blossom into a life-changing testimony for the ages, a plan that would catapult her to the purpose for which God created her.

“In this book, (Author Tohnyonah) sees that God’s loving provision doesn’t give more than one can handle,” said a spokesperson for Jackson’s book in a detail breakdown at Amazon.com.

THE ROMANS 8:18 FACTOR — Even upon the sudden deaths of her beloved mother and close aunt, Jackson sensed that she had to carry out of her God-mandated assignment to compose her book.

For Jackson, her quest to assemble her first book came courtesy of her abstaining from leaning unto her own understanding and seeking and consulting God for a sense of direction.

“I didn’t know what to write until I asked and the Holy Spirit, Who said, ‘The beginning,’” Jackson explained. “And so I did.”

Even upon the sudden deaths of her beloved mother and close aunt, Jackson sensed that she had to carry out of her God-mandated assignment to compose her book.

“I didn’t understand why (they passed away), because I was being obedient (to God),” Jackson said. So from August 2013 through May 2016, through all the losses, my book was released the day before my birthday, May 31, 2016.”

SHE’S STILL STANDING — Despite her assortment of struggles and turbulence, Author Tohnyonah steadfastly clung to unwavering faith, believing that God had a strategic plan for her life from the outset, a plan to prosper and not harm her, a plan that would ultimately blossom into a life-changing testimony for the ages, a plan that would catapult her to the purpose for which God created her.

Much to Jackson’s delight, it is a book that has garnered a slew of rave reviews.

“The message is you do not have to live in your past. Whatever God has taken you through, there is a purpose, so trust the process,” Jackson said. “While writing there were a lot of obstacles that fell in the way to discourage me, but as I wrote, chains were being broken. I was being released from the bondage of hurt, guilt, depression that I didn’t realize I was depressed.”

That’s not all to which Jackson had come to grips amid her season in the wilderness.

“(I learned to embrace) self-love and, most of all, I was gaining more love for God,” Jackson said. “I realize God created me for a special purpose starting with my name (she’s now chuckling). I live by I am fearfully marvelously made.”

All of which sums up why 2019, like 2016, figures to be a season of even more manifested blessings for this brilliantly gifted writer.


PURCHASE AUTHOR THONYONAH’S BOOK HERE: https://www.amazon.com/Bending-But-Breaking-Tohnyonah-Jackson/dp/1498457878#customerReviews

DOING IT GOD’S WAY — For Jackson, her quest to assemble her first book came courtesy of her abstaining from leaning unto her own understanding and seeking and consulting God for a sense of direction.

“I haven’t had any speaking engagements, but my vision for 2019 is to start going to speak in different cities to young teenage mothers, young girls in foster care, and young women and girls that have been sexually (abused) and feel like they can’t love,” Jackson said.

What a difference obeying the Voice of God has made.

All jokes aside.


For more information about Oklahoma City-based Author Tohnyonah Jackson, 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/author.tohnyonah.5. Also, send email to: tohnyonahjackson@yahoo.com.


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Dallas/Fort Worth-area Pastor Terry Vincent aiming to restore marriages, life’s obstacles through his inspiring debut book

DALLAS — Shortly after 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Terry Vincent pulled up to Starbucks Coffee Shop off of Texas Interstate 183, just minutes from Downtown Dallas.

Once inside, Vincent wasted little time counting his blessings, recalling, among other things, how God had strategically restored his marriage a little more than a decade ago.

COUPLE OF FOREVERSDuring his separation to his spouse, Dallas/Fort Worth-area Pastor Terry Vincent was purposed to write a book entitled, “Taking The Dys Out Of Dysfunction,” a published document that depicts the tumultuous events and downtrodden experiences that led to a short, but painful hiatus from his wife as well an intimate spiritual encounter with God that gave way to an eventual marriage reconciliation.

“In my own marriage, I discovered that we had gone through difficult times trying to learn each other, ” Vincent, during an exclusive interview with Making Headline News, said as he explained in great details the turbulent events surrounding his marriage to Wanda Vincent, his wife of nearly 25 years. “I’ve learned through my own marriage that some things aren’t learned in the classroom but rather in the field.”

It was, by all accounts, because of Terry Vincent’s subsequent separation from his wife that ultimately served as what he labeled a defining moment, of sorts, a notable development that greatly fueled his desire to process what had become a marriage on the rocks, a turn of events that gave way to much heartache and misery and despair, a tear-jerking, gut-checking encounter that inspired him mightily to get his act together.

TRIO OF LOVE — Vincent pictured with his three children: Jeremy, Edwin, and Mariah.

“During that time, I was able to hear God more,” Terry Vincent said.

So much, in fact, that Vincent, 48, the Founder and Senior Pastor of Restoration Of Faith Fellowship Church in nearby Arlington, Texas had assumed another God-mandated assignment, one that, fortunately for him, altered the overall landscape of his life.

RESTORING THE LOVE GOD’S WAY — A pastor since April 2004 when he founded his Texas-based church, Vincent said it wasn’t until made proper investments — and adjustments — that God ultimately opened the door to renewed sensed of love and enthusiasm and unity for he and his wife.
“I was lonely without my wife,” Vincent said.

During his separation to his spouse, Vincent was purposed to write a book entitled, “Taking The Dys Out Of Dysfunction,” a published document that depicts the tumultuous events and downtrodden experiences that led to a short, but painful hiatus from his wife as well as an intimate spiritual encounter with God, one that suddenly gave way to an eventual marriage reconciliation.

“It spoke volumes to me, because I knew God had to speak to me in order for me to humble myself,” Vincent, a Kalamazoo, Michigan native said, explaining his vision for his book, which will be released in the coming months, but at a date that has yet to be announced.

PARENTAL EFFECT — Vincent said his parents (Bishop John and Barbara Vincent) who were married for 46 years prior to his father’s death in May 2013, were amongst those who inspired him to write his first book.

In recalling the chaos that led to the separation from his wife, Vincent admittedly struggled with anger issues, a trend that though it caused an array of hardships and isolation in his marriage, he couldn’t pinpoint exactly from where it arose.

“When I say unexplained (anger), I don’t know where it came from,” Vincent said. “You didn’t see it growing up. I mean, you just didn’t see it. I said things that were inflammatory.”

Offensive to the point where this son of a renowned Tulsa, Oklahoma-area preacher found himself having to attend anger management classes.

Heck, he had no other choice, really.

It was either he control his anger or risk losing Wanda.

Possibly forever.

That’s when Vincent — sitting on the edge of his chair in that North Dallas coffee shop — specifically acknowledged having witnessed arguably the biggest wakeup call of his young life.

“I had to go to anger management classes to see what was the deal with me,” Vincent explained. “Anger is a spirit. And if you subject yourself to certain spirits, it’ll open up others.”

Conversely, there are two other vital areas to which Vincent alludes in his book: “Unresolved Issues” and the common feeling in which couples simply “Just Don’t Know.”

“And that goes back to the investment part,” he said. “It’s not so much that our parents didn’t demonstrate (unity and love). “But we have to find out what works for us. We have to make investments. We make investments in our health. We make investments in our automobiles. We make investments in shopping. But we never make investments in our marriage. Couples tend to put up their walls. And when they do that, that’s when fear sets in.”

A pastor since April 2004 when he founded his Texas-based church after having spent a majority of life in Tulsa, Vincent said it wasn’t until he made proper investments — and adjustments — that God ultimately opened the door to a renewed sense of love and enthusiasm and unity for he and his wife.

“I was lonely without my wife,” Vincent said.

As it turned out, Wanda was lonely without him. That’s when things began to shift in a positive direction — with God, their Helper, leading the way.

“God told me to contact her,” said Vincent, who sensed at the time that his separation to his wife and the mother of his three children was nearing a ceremonious end. “This time, God gave me how to say and what to say. And when I followed His direction, the response I got shocked me. The conversations that were once combative and perplexing were peaceful.”

TEXAS SIZE SUCCESS — As far as Vincent — who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Studies from Dallas Baptist University — is concerned, although he and wife reconciled, he sensed it was a foregone conclusion that he move forward with his book.
After all, he’d be the first to admit that is he and Wanda can weather arguably the toughest of adversities then, surely, they can empower and educate others to follow suit.

As far as Vincent — who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Studies from Dallas Baptist University — is concerned, although he and his wife reconciled their marriage, he sensed it was a foregone conclusion that he move forward with his book.

After all, he’d be the first to admit that if he and Wanda can weather arguably the toughest of adversities then, surely, they can empower and educate other couples to follow suit.

“Buy it,” said Vincent, issuing an appeal to his audience to commit to purchasing his book. “Buy it right now. It’s going to bless you.”

Chances are, buyers of “Taking The Dys Out Of Dysfunction” will thoroughly embrace his seemingly unyielding transparency, a trend that could very well enable them to do way with the dreaded “Dys.”

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

Oklahoma-based author Tiffany Donald’s “Provoked To Purpose” empowering the masses ‘not to terminate their destiny’

“Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” (Mark 11:24)

 

TULSA, Oklahoma — Clearly, there is a valid reason why the above passage is one by which Tiffany Donald has adopted as her favorite.

Come to think of it, there are a variety of reasons why such a familiar Biblical verse is prevalent to her daily living.

Take, for instance, how some 11 years ago, when Donald — who was married at the time — had bolted her native establishment of Tulsa, Oklahoma and relocated to Michigan and Indiana during which her estranged husband suggested that they separate. Consequently, she relocated to the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

DESTINY STEPS — Today, unlike never before, the tumultuous events that transpired a little more than a decade ago evidently have blossomed into a dramatic comeback for the ages for Tulsa, Oklahoma-area author Tiffany Donald, a rising author whom God anointed to compose “Provoked to Purpose,” her debut book that’s designed to inspire and empower a downtrodden, oppressed people to never neglect the purpose for which God created them.

Hampered by a slew of unfavorable circumstances that had ultimately given way to a broken marriage, Donald, a mother of five, recalled the days during which she was left to do what a devoted woman of faith was taught — press and navigate and persevere through life’s greatest of adversities.

Consequently, the destruction of her marriage eventually gave way to her having to uproot in Texas and move back to nearby Tulsa.

Surely, while her faith appeared bleak and she seemed on shaky ground, it was the solid, unyielding support of her family that greatly fueled her desire to, you know, say whatsoever she desired.

And so it came to pass what apparently was a rather thorough, redefining chapter in the life of a preacher’s kid whom, to her credit, managed to put her tumultuous encounters where they belong.

Behind her.

THE FAB FIVEHampered by a slew of unfavorable circumstances that had ultimately given way to a broken marriage, Donald, a mother of five, recalled the days by which she was left to do what a devoted woman of faith was taught — press and navigate and persevere through life’s greatest of adversities. And so it came to pass what was apparently a rather thorough, redefining chapter in the life of a preacher’s kid whom, to her credit, managed to put her tumultuous encounters where they belong.
Behind her.

Today, unlike never before, what transpired a little more than a decade ago evidently has blossomed into a dramatic comeback for the ages for Donald, a Tulsa Central High School alum and rising author whom God anointed to compose “Provoked To Purpose,” her debut book that’s designed to inspire and empower a downtrodden, oppressed people to never neglect the purpose for which God created them.

A book in which she acquired the endorsements of her father, the late John Vincent, and her mother, Evangelist Barbara Vincent, and a host of family members and well-wishers, Donald has already fielded three speaking engagements, and the possibility exists that she will be offered more.

In essence, Donald’s book, as she explained this week during an exclusive interview with Making Headline News, is a real-life story designed to reach the hurting, abused, neglected and the rejected men and women of our society.

“Many obstacles occur and are inevitable, but if one keeps pushing into purpose they will not terminate their destiny,” said Donald, sounding as confident and assertive as she’s been in quite some time.

According to Donald, God had given her the vision to write her book months after it was apparent that her marriage was headed for divorce.

WE ARE FAMILYFortunately for Donald, the daughter of the late Bishop John Vincent, a renowned Tulsa-area pastor who died in May 2013, several individuals with whom she’s established close ties have inquired about her book, which is available for presale.

Approximately 10 years later, she began composing her book, but not before arguably the grandest turning point occurred right before her very eyes.

Her son, Princeton Donald, a freshman at Oral Roberts University, was responsible for coming up with the title for the book — another chapter, of sorts, to a life of an up-and-coming author whom, because of the divine calling on her life, has been infused with the light of the Holy Spirit to share her story in such a way that it will draw others to Christ.

Besides, in case you forgot, this is a story about being provoked to purpose.

“I thought I was finished (writing the book) in September 2016, but the Lord saw fit for me to continue writing and adding more details to my story,” Donald explained. “My divine message is to keep pushing through the obstacles of life until you meet purpose.”

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A book that is comprised of eight chapters and is accompanied by a journal, a section for note-taking, a crossword puzzle, and overall rating scale, “Provoked To Purpose” is currently in the final publishing stages and is expected to be officially released in the coming months.

Fortunately for Donald, the daughter of the late Bishop John Vincent, a renowned Tulsa-area pastor who died in May 2013, several individuals with whom she’s established close ties have inquired about her book, which is available for presale.

“Many are interested in the book, because they have observed some challenges in my life and they are interested in knowing the steps I took to overcome them,” said Donald, adding that plans are underway to begin a sequel for her latest project and that her next manuscript is currently in the works.

A book in which she acquired the endorsements of her father, her mother, Pastor Barbara Vincent, and a host of family members and well-wishers, Donald has already fielded three speaking engagements, and the possibility exists that she will be offered more.

Besides, in case you forgot, this is a story about being provoked to purpose.

“My message for every reader is to pursue purpose, so you won’t abort your destiny,” Donald said. “Obstacles are inevitable and reaching your destiny is influential with purpose.”

This, after all, practically sums up why the above passage is prevalent to her daily living.

 

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EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.