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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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Georgia author Glenda Rena’s newly-produced book recalls her having overcome domestic violence


“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NIV)


WOMAN THOU ART LOOSED

HARVEST SEASON — A native of Americus, Georgia-based, Glenda Rena (Ingram) is an author and devout woman of faith, who had become greatly inspired to assemble an informative, awe-inspiring book that recalls her assortment of life-changing testimonies and experiences surrounding domestic violence.

DALLAS — Glenda Rena can greatly attest to the notion that she’s been called a number of things.

“Overcomer” ranks near the very top of the list — if not the top.

To grasp a thorough understanding of why Glenda Rena has been appropriately deemed an overcomer, look no further than the downtrodden, disastrous, seemingly insurmountable season of her life, during which she had to press and navigate her way through the dreaded nightmare that is domestic violence.
For Glenda Rena — whose full name is Glenda Rena’ Ingram — it wasn’t merely a figurative nightmare that swiftly prompted her to awaken out of her sleep.

This was an authentic, gruesome nightmare, mind you, one that essentially caused her to question her very existence, one that, much to her delight, eventually fueled her desire to draw closer to God Almighty.

So much, in fact, that this is Americus, Georgia-based author and devout woman of faith had become greatly inspired to assemble an informative, awe-inspiring book that recalls her assortment of life-changing testimonies and experiences surrounding domestic violence.

To grasp a thorough understanding of why Glenda Rena has been appropriately deemed an overcomer, look no further than the downtrodden, disastrous, seemingly insurmountable season of her life, during which she had to press and navigate her way through the dreaded nightmare that is domestic violence.

“I chose to produce this book, because there are so many women living in domestic violence situations that think they are alone and who are losing their lives to this matter,” Glenda Rena told Making Headline News this week. “My book is to encourage them to know their self-worth. It’s to help them understand why self-love is the best love.”

The book to which Glenda Rena is alluding is her newly-produced written work entitled, “From Overtaken to Overcomer.”

A book she began constructing some time in 2016 and needed somewhere in the neighborhood of two years to assemble, Glenda Rena’s “From Overtaken to Overcomer” depicts the life of what this writer describes as a troubled young girl, whose childhood trauma shifts into a whirlwind of chaos, thus giving way to her being overtaken by a tumultuous firestorm that is domestic violence.

“I chose to produce this book, because there are so many women living in domestic violence situations that think they are alone and who are losing their lives to this matter,” Glenda Rena told Making Headline News this week. “My book is to encourage them to know their self-worth. It’s to help them understand why self-love is the best love.”

Consequently, that such a chaotic season had essentially resulted in this youngster being saddled by low self-esteem, this writer appropriately recalls how she managed to outlast what she vividly labels her “overbearing afflictions.”

In a nutshell, she didn’t shy away from the notion that even while enduring arguably the darkest season of her young life, even when her faith had been placed on trial unlike never before, God had ultimately come to her rescue, having spiritually cross-examined her from harm’s way, as only He could.

Now that she’s been blessed to ceremoniously make her authorship debut, Glenda Rena is especially grateful of the fact that even in the midst of her season in the wilderness, she was empowered spiritually to hasten to God’s throne, a place where she had ultimately found and possessed the breakthrough she so desperately sought.

GOD’S LEADING LADY 

A MUST READ — A book she began constructing some time in 2016 and needed somewhere in the neighborhood of two years to assemble, Glenda Rena’s “From Overtaken to Overcomer” depicts the life of what this writer describes as a troubled young girl, whose childhood trauma shifts into a whirlwind of chaos, thus giving way to her being overtaken by a tumultuous firestorm that is domestic violence.

“The divine message is that once you begin to understand who you are, then no one will be able to come into your life to disrespect you, cause harm to you, or you won’t settle for just anyone and anything as mentioned in Ephesians 2:10,” Glenda Rena explained. “You will know and understand that you are God’s masterpiece. It will also show how having low self-esteem will cause you to make bad decisions and could possibly cause you your life by just settling.”


To her credit, Glenda Rena is extremely grateful in that God had strategically set her aside for His use, which, in turn, has greatly enabled her to produce a book that’s comprised of a great deal of transparency.

GOD’S SECRET PLACE — Now that she’s been blessed to ceremoniously make her authorship debut, Glenda Rena is especially grateful of the fact that even in the midst of her season in the wilderness, she was empowered spiritually to hasten to His throne, a place where she had ultimately found and possessed the breakthrough she so desperately sought.

“Being a victim of domestic violence, I encountered low self-esteem, depression, and had suicidal thoughts,” said Glenda Rena, adding that there are plans in the foreseeable future to assemble a 31-day devotional that will center largely on the empowering women. “This is where my one-day retreats come into play. We empower, uplift, and inspire women to become whole, healed, and free.”

Well said by this resilient woman of faith, one who can greatly attest to the notion that she’s been called a number of things.

“Overcomer” ranks near the very top of the list — if not tops.


For more information about Americus, Georgia-based author Glenda Rena, or to schedule her for a public appearance, book signing, or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/rena.thornton. Also, send email to: beautyforashes229@yahoo.com.


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Birmingham author Tomeka Walker vacates her ‘comfort zone,’ assembles a new book


We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. (Romans 15:1 KJV)


DALLAS — God undoubtedly has heard Tomeka Walker’s cry.

Others, too.

So much so that Walker deemed it essential to compose a book that figures to — for a lack of better words — change a generation.

“I have always had a desire to write a book, but it wasn’t until I experienced the loss of my only child and started a nonprofit organization in his memory that showed me this was the time to write my book,” Walker, during a recent interview with Making Headline News, said, explaining her vision that had ultimately given way to her making her authorship debut.
A Birmingham, Alabama-area businesswoman, Walker is the mastermind behind “We Heard Your Cry: Volume 1,” her awe-inspiring, informative book she’s responsible for forwarding and is comprised of a gallery of writers, all of whom have dealt with the heartache of having to bury their child.

PURPOSED FOR PAIN

HEAVEN SENT — A Birmingham, Alabama-area businesswoman, Tomeka Walker is the mastermind behind “We Heard Your Cry: Volume 1,” her awe-inspiring, informative book she’s responsible for forwarding and is comprised of a gallery of writers, all of whom have dealt with the heartache of having to bury their child.

A book she began assembling in April 2018, Walker needed somewhere in the neighborhood of seven months to complete a written document that provides what this writer describes as real-life stories to mothers, particularly those who think they are alone and feel that no one else has endured the symptoms or pain they have from the loss of a baby, infant or child at any age.

“It does not matter what age or what caused the mother to experience the loss, it hurts, and it hurts deeply,” Walker cites in a detailed breakdown of her book at https://weheardyourcrybook.com/.

A book she began assembling in April 2018, Walker needed somewhere in the neighborhood of seven months to complete a written document that provides what this writer describes as real-life stories to mothers, particularly those who think they are alone and feel that no one else has endured the symptoms or pain they have from the loss of a baby, infant or child at any age.

In addition, Walker reveals the following key points provided exclusively for a mother during pregnancy or after the birth of a child.

Those points are (but aren’t limited to):

  • The importance of a spiritual support system
  • A guide for emergency pregnancy
  • Awareness of infant death illnesses
  • States of grief in order to cope with life and,
  • Ways to cope with the loss of a loved one.

As Walker explained, she had no doubt that while in the process of producing “We Heard Your Cry: Volume 1,” God was the Author and Finisher of her faith from the outset.

“I knew it was God, because I stepped out of my comfort zone and began doing things I would have never done,” Walker said. “I started investing in myself. I knew if I put one foot in front of the other, I would eventually walk through this assignment just like I had done in the past.”

Mission accomplished for this big-hearted and devout woman of faith, who’s widely known as the founder and chief executive officer of Khairi And Little Angels’ Memorial & Stand By Us, her Birmingham-based nonprofit organization that is named in honor of her late son, Khairi, who died as a premature infant shortly after she gave birth in May 2014.

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As Walker explained, she had no doubt that while in the process of producing “We Heard Your Cry: Volume 1,” God was the Author and Finisher of her faith from the outset.

“Meanwhile, this assignment was a lot different,” Walker said of her new book. “I could hear God, not that I hadn’t heard Him before, but it was so clear and things fell in place like a jig saw puzzle. It was like I had done this before, and I hadn’t.”

Much to her delight, God had strategically provided Walker with the ideal supporting cast, which enabled her to create a compelling masterpiece as a result.

“He placed the right people in my life at the right time,” Walker said. “It could not have been better had I tried to plan it myself. God is ahead of this book and others to come.”

For Walker, other written works are certainly on the horizon, she acknowledged, most notably “We Heard Your Cry: Volume 2” and a book devoted exclusively for fathers.

As for her first project, Walker doesn’t shy away from the notion that there is, by all accounts, a divine message she’s sending to her reading audience through.

“The message I am sending to my target audience — which are parents that have experienced the loss of a child — is I want them to know they are not alone and that they can make it and they have somewhere to turn to if they ever find themselves in a dark place,” Walker said. “I am also sending a message to the general public and politicians to let them know that the loss of a child does goes hand-in-hand hand with mental illness.”

To her credit, the feedback since the release of “We Heard Your Cry: Volume 1” has been overwhelmingly “awesome,” Walker said.

REMEMBERING KHAIRI

Walker is widely known as the founder and chief executive officer of Khairi And Little Angels’ Memorial & Stand By Us, her Birmingham-based non-profit organization that is named in honor of her late son, Khairi, who died as a premature infant shortly after she gave birth in May 2014.

“Because many people understand that what I am writing is needed,” Walker said. “We all know and understand there are no instructions to raising a child and there are no instructions for experiencing the loss of a child, which is why I guide women and their families to the bible.

“This is the one and only book that can guide you and give you the strength that is needed to get you through something so traumatizing, as well as restore your life back,” Walker added. “There is no other true help but to turn to your religion. For parents that do not have a religion. I promise you they will find themselves seeking one, because this is such a devastating and traumatizing experience. Therefore, you have to lean on God, trying to go through life and this experience, but for anyone trying to go through this experience on their own, only makes it harder. Knowing God’s word and His promises gives a person something to stand on.”

Because after all, God undoubtedly has heard the cry of this fine author.

Others, too.

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Birmingham, Alabama-area businesswoman Tomeka Walker establishes credible nonprofit organization in her son’s memory


For more information about Birmingham, Alabama-area Author Tomeka Walker, call 205.340.6400 or write to: P.O. Box 12541, Birmingham, Alabama 35203. To schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via Facebook under: https://www.facebook.com/KhairiMemorialPage. Also, send email to: khairiandlittleangelsmemorial@gmail.com or weheardyourcrybook@gmail.com.


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Mobile, Alabama author Terrie Ann Polk proclaiming ‘no more tears’ in upcoming new book


And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. (Joel 2:25 KJV)


‘NO MORE TEARS’

A BUT GOD MOMENT — There is, in fact, a variety of reasons Terrie Ann Polk has deemed it essential to take a stance against domestic violence amongst men and women, most notably in the soon-to-be-released book entitled, ““I Am A Black Woman, Volume 2.” For starters, Polk has been victimized by domestic violence and unhealthy relationships which, in essence, has often left her questioning her identity, not to mention her very existence.

DALLAS — Terrie Ann Polk was in the mood to spread some good cheer Thursday morning.

Hastening to her Facebook page, Polk staged to her timeline some rather favorable, inspiring pleasantries to her male counterparts.

Polk erected to her social media page a black and red image that was accompanied by a red heart, which read: “Hey, Black Man, I Love You.”

Much to her delight, it’s safe to assume that Polk’s male counterparts likewise have much love for her, considering how as a strong, black woman, she can greatly attest to the importance of being strong, particularly when being strong is virtually her only choice.
“My message is for woman and men to stop the violent…to get help and split up if you have to fight,” Polk told Making Headline News this week.
“I Am A Black Woman, Volume 2” addresses a variety of pertinent topics, most notably surviving divorce, sexual and physical abuse, broken identity, and mental illness, among other subjects.

There is, in fact, a variety of reasons Polk has deemed it essential to take a stance against domestic violence amongst men and women, most notably in the soon-to-be-released book entitled, “I Am A Black Woman, Volume 2.”

For starters, Polk has been victimized by domestic violence and unhealthy relationships which, in essence, has often left her questioning her identity, not to mention her very existence.

But God…

All things considered, Polk would be the first to admit that because of the purpose for which God created her, because there was, by all accounts, a divine purpose connected to her pain, that through it all, she learned to depend on and trust in God.


THE BELOVED MAMA ELAINE 

PURPOSE FOR HER PAIN — All things considered, Polk would be the first to admit that because of the purpose for which God created her, because there was, by all accounts, a divine purpose connected to her pain, that through it all, she learned to depend of God.

Unlike never before.

“(I want) to encourage woman and young girls…to teach the younger women the signs and let them know how valuable they really are,” Polk said. “(I want to let them know) that love never hurts.”

Which, to Polk’s credit, are amongst the strategic and vital observations she addresses in “I Am A Black Woman, Volume 2.”

A book that is spearheaded by Atlanta businesswoman and author Dr. Carolyn Stephens, “I Am A Black Woman, Volume 2” has been popularly labeled “One Voice,” although this book is being assembled by 12 authors.

As she began to steadily heal according to God’s purpose, Polk consequently began to witness God restore unto her the years and the locus and cankerworms had consumed as a way to challenge her faith.

Moreover, “I Am A Black Woman, Volume 2” addresses a variety of pertinent topics, most notably surviving divorce, sexual and physical abuse, broken identity, and mental illness, among other subjects.

For Polk, a Mobile, Alabama-based author, she has been writing regularly for a little more than two year. That she has crossed paths with Dr. Stephens, she’s thoroughly persuaded that there is, in fact, a divine purpose for that past pain she’s endured.


“I was searching for help locally and it was God that sent Dr. Carolyn my way to give me such a great opportunity and open the door for my personal project,” said Polk, who announced that a second book — a solo authored projected entitled, “No More Tears” – is presently in the works. “I started writing to help with my healing process.”


As she began to steadily heal according to God’s purpose, Polk consequently began to witness God restore unto her the years and the locus and cankerworms had consumed as a way to challenge her faith.

But God…

Aside from being a rising author, Polk is the founder No More Tears, her nonprofit organization she formed as a strategic way to aid and inspire those who have endured domestic violence, though her organization isn’t limited to such.

“There were so many woman in my city of Mobile being killed by their husband or boyfriend,” said Polk, explaining her purpose for joining the I Am A Black Woman movement. “I wanted to help other woman. I begin with (I Am A Black Woman) in October and I pretty much had a lot already written.

As expected, a majority of people have applauded Polk for steadfast commitment to sharing with the masses her life story, while others have rendered criticism to this writer.

“I have gotten good and bad feedback,” Polk, who holds a Bachelor Degree in Business, said. “Women have been helped with my story.”


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As expected, a majority of people have applauded Polk for steadfast commitment to sharing with the masses her life story, while others have rendered criticism to this writer.

And, as far as Polk is concerned, that’s really all that matters at this stage in her life.

Aside from being a rising author, Polk is the founder No More Tears, her nonprofit organization she formed as a strategic way to aid and inspire those who have endured domestic violence, though her organization isn’t limited to such.

For Polk, a Mobile, Alabama-based author, she has been writing regularly for a little more than two year. That she has crossed paths with Dr. Stephens, she’s thoroughly persuaded that there is, in fact, a divine purpose for that past pain she’s endured.

“I am an advocate in my city for woman and children,” said Polk, who also oversees a local ministry for youth girls that’s called The Loving Me Movement.

“My goal is to do the will of God and to prevent other woman from feeling what I felt for over 20 years,” said Polk, a mother of three and grandmother of one, who’s also a poet in her own right. “My family is very important to me.”


For more information about Mobile, Alabama-area author Terrie Ann Polk, or to order her book, schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing, or speaking engagement, call 866.231.6510 or 888.512.3345, or connect with her via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/terrie.polk. Also, send email to: nomoretears56gmail.com, or connect with her via Instagram at: @nomoretears56, or via at: Linkedin.com-No More Tears.


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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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Dallas/Fort Worth businesswoman Thenetia Wallace’s Healthy Weight Loss Coffee venture enjoying sustained success

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33 KJV)


DALLAS — The very moment that Thenetia Wallace put God first, all of the other things were added.

Good things, that is.

Consider, for instance, how Wallace, a young, thriving, progressive Texas businesswoman, has working diligently to move up the ranks of entrepreneurship in recent years.

TEXAS-SIZED IMPACT — A native of Montgomery, Alabama, Dallas/Fort Worth-area businesswoman Thenetia Wallace has become a fixture as saleswoman in the Healthy Weight Loss Coffee venture, whereby she’s responsible for changing lives by sharing the company’s feature product — which is the healthy weight loss coffee — as well as other products, many of which help people rid themselves of their medications.

All butterflies and nervousness aside, the very moment Wallace had deemed it essential to put God first in her lofty endeavors, an assortment of things began to work out in her favor.

“I was shy and didn’t have any confidence in myself,” Wallace, during a weekend interview with Making Headline News, said, explaining in great detail the memorable events that gave way to her delving off into entrepreneurship. “But when I start stepping out on faith and surrounding myself with people who are positive and putting God first, then (I discovered that) anything is possible.”

She got that right. And to her distinctly unique credit, Wallace as gone to great lengths to not just put God first, but she’s steadfastly stayed true to herself, particularly as young businesswoman who boast lofty aspirations of functioning mightily in her element in the process.

GOTTA TRY THIS STUFF — Interesting, the Healthy Weight Loss Coffee has proven to be extremely efficient and therapeutic in that is has been known to help parents with children who have been diagnosed with ADHD and other challenges, Wallace said.

A native of Montgomery, Alabama, Wallace has become a fixture as saleswoman in the Healthy Weight Loss Coffee venture, whereby she’s responsible for changing lives by sharing the company’s feature product — which is the healthy weight loss coffee — as well as other products, many of which help people rid themselves of their medications.

Interesting, the Healthy Weight Loss Coffee has proven to be extremely efficient and therapeutic in that is has been known to help parents with children who have been diagnosed with ADHD and other challenges, Wallace said.

“My target audience are adults and children, or people who need to lose weight, looking to get healthy, children with ADHD and ADD, arthritis, inflammation, gout, diabetics, pre-diabetics, and cholesterol issues…not making any medical claims however our products have assist people with these conditions,” Wallace said. “We work as a team, and I get to help others achieve their weight loss goals and their financial goals.”

A 2005 graduate from Sunrise Christian Academy who holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Care Management form Wichita State University, Wallace has made tremendous strides since joining the Healthy Weight Loss Coffee’s internationally-acclaimed team.

SHOCKING THE WORLD — A 2005 graduate from Sunrise Christian Academy who holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Care Management form Wichita State University, Wallace has made tremendous strides since joining the Healthy Weight Loss Coffee’s internationally-acclaimed team.

“The company is seven years old,” said Wallace, who is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration. “However, I’ve (promoted my products in) Dallas, Houston, and Wichita, and looking to open the markets across the United States.”

Much to her delight, Wallace has a host of business-minded individuals to thank for helping her to achieve her entrepreneurship success.

“My best friend, Chase West, who inspires me and encourages me,” Wallace said. “(Also) Tom Bowman, Amy Laffite, Denae Chandler and the whole Dallas/Ft. Worth team has helped me reach my goals in this industry. It has been a journey in the direct sells business like I mentioned.”

Given the continuous strides she made, it’s safe to assume that Wallace has found her niche in her selected venture.


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SOLID SUPPORTING CAST — Much to her delight, Wallace has a host of business-minded individuals to thank for helping her to achieve her entrepreneurship success.

 “This is my tenth direct sells company, which I made no money and didn’t receive support from the other companies I was with,” said Wallace, who joined Healthy Weight Loss Coffee in June 2018. “I think people need that reminder that they can always accomplish their goals by putting God first and taken action.”

Because after all, the very moment Wallace put God first, all of the other things were added.

Good things, that is.

“It’s important for me to inspire others, because people always need some form of encouragement,” Wallace said. “I think people need that reminder that they can always accomplish their goals by putting God first and taken action.”

Just like she did.


For more information Dallas/Fort Worth-area Businesswoman Thenetia Wallace, or to inquire about Healthy Weight Loss connect with her via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/thenetia.wallace. Also, send email to: thenetiawallace@gmail.com.

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Birmingham, Alabama-area businesswoman Tomeka Walker establishes credible nonprofit organization in her son’s memory

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Tomeka Walker can be appropriately described as a number of superlatives.

A woman with a big heart undoubtedly should top the list.

IN HONOR OF HER HERO — A native of Bessemer, Alabama, Tomeka Walker is the proud founder and chief executive officer of Khairi And Little Angels’ Memorial & Stand By Us, her Birmingham-area non-profit organization that is named in honor of her late son, Khairi, who died as a premature infant shortly after she gave birth in May 2014.

Amongst the reasons is that for someone who had to face the brutally tear-jerking task of burying her child, Walker had devised ways to strategically exercise her faith in ways unimaginable.

For her valiant efforts, she’s witnessing God bless her in ways unimaginable.

A native of Bessemer, Alabama, Walker, 38, is the proud founder and chief executive officer of Khairi And Little Angels’ Memorial & Stand By Us, her Birmingham-area non-profit organization that is named in honor of her late son, Khairi, who died as a premature infant shortly after she gave birth in May 2014.

An institution that Walker established in October 2014, amongst her nonprofit organization’s key objectives is working diligently with funeral homes and cemeteries to make this time less stressful for families, particularly those who had to bury babies. 

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Interestingly, during the process of making arrangements for Khairi’s burial, Walker was fielded a quote of a whopping $5,000 to bury him and, according to a spokesperson for Khairi and Little Angels’ Memorial & Stand By Us in a detailed description at http://klamemorial.org, that was the turning point for her.

Interestingly, during the process of making arrangements for Khairi’s burial, Walker was fielded a quote of a whopping $5,000 to bury him and, according to a spokesperson for Khairi and Little Angels’ Memorial & Stand By Us in a detailed description at http://klamemorial.org, that was the turning point for her.

“She thought, ‘He is a baby and not even a full-term baby. Why so much?” a spokesperson for Walker’s nonprofit said.

JOIN THE FIGHT — By and large, Walker strongly believes there are other organization that likewise can rise to occasion and assist grieving families in need.

Not only that, it was in large part to such a large quote, coupled with Walker’s seemingly boundless grief amid the sudden death of her son, that she has become inspired to establish an organization that would give mothers options on how to bury her babies.

“I like being able to relieve a financial burden for a mother and her family,” Walker said. “Many don’t understand that when a mother cremates her baby how the financial issues affect her or how the decision of doing something you didn’t want to do affects her. To some women, this cause more depression and make the grieving process worse and longer.”

That, in a nutshell, is amongst the primary reasons Walker’s Khairi and Little Angels’ Memorial has become committed to servicing low income teenage girls to child-bearing women, she acknowledged.

“Stand By Us grief support group caters to the family as a whole,” Walker said. “My personal mission is to help low-income women ease their pain, because women wear so many hats that suffering in silence shouldn’t be a hat a woman wears.”

By and large, Walker strongly believes there are other organizations that likewise can rise to occasion and assist grieving families in need.

An institution that Walker established in October 2014, amongst her non-profit organization’s key objectives is working diligently with funeral homes and cemeteries to make this time less stressful for families, particularly those who had to bury babies.

“There are just too many businesses and corporations that can tribute and help provide assistance for women when they lose a child,” Walker said. “It is not easy, especially when you have to put a smile on your face to return to the workplace or just to be around family and friends. Having healthy employees should be a concern for any and all employers.”

To her credit, Walker certainly possesses the skills and knowledge to function in her element for such a time as now.

A graduate of Jess Lanier High School, Walker advanced her education when she enrolled at nearby Lawson State Community College, where she earned an Associate’s Degree (A.AS) in Computer Information Systems.

In addition, she enrolled at Miles College, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer And Information Sciences before obtaining a B.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Also, Walker holds a Master’s in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati and is currently pursuing a M.S. Degree in Biblical Counseling.

As for who were amongst those who inspired her to establish her nonprofit, it her beloved Khairi tops the list.

“My baby boy, Khairi, and myself,” Walker said. “I saw what I went through and I have good insurance and a steady income, but to think about the ones who are less fortunate than me and not be able to lay their infants to rest properly really hurt me. Therefore, I had to do something.”

Fortunately for Walker and countless families, her organization isn’t just one that’s needed. Most importantly, it is one that’s making a huge difference.

“We all hurt from so many other things in our lives. I just thought why allow a financial burden hunt a woman for the rest of her life and it does,” said Walker, whose collaboration book entitled, “We Heard Your Cry,” is currently in the works and will be released this fall. “I have talked with several women that have cremated their babies, because they didn’t have the funds to bury their baby and it devastates and break them down mentally over a period of time, because it is replayed over and over in their minds. The unexpected passing of the baby is enough.

“I think it is imperative that I inspire others daily, because innocent infants are dying and families are left torn,” Walker continued. “Mothers are devastated and grieve for a lifetime. Medical professionals move on with their lives and some become numb to it, because it is a part of their daily routine in their profession. Therefore, it doesn’t bother them, because it becomes a norm to them. Well, the numbness the mother feel becomes a norm also, because this is the way she has to live her life now but this is a lonely norm. The two norms are so different that it brings me to tears to think that someone could get used to someone dying. There are just things I want people to think about…like what if it was you trying to bury your infant child but, because of your financial situation, you are not able to provide your infant with a proper burial. Meanwhile, you have to make a decision you don’t want to…a decision you know that you can never go back and undo or change…a decision to cremate your innocent child is devastating, traumatizing and in some cases for some women it destroys their lives forever.”

Without question, Tomeka Walker can be appropriately described as a number of superlatives.

A woman with a big heart undoubtedly should top the list.

 

 

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Columbus, Georgia author Dr. Sarah Beecham Powell’s book addresses ‘real life issues’ faced by women

A Columbus, Georgia based author, Dr. Sarah Beecham Powell is the mastermind behind the alluring, captivating book entitled, Run Sallie Run, Run Like Hell Is On Your Heels, an intriguingly compelling written document she assembled, one she believes speaks cross-culturally to all women, and allows for open and unguarded discussion of the issues addressed in her book.  Run Sallie Run, Run Like Hell Is On Your Heels officially hit the market in September 2016, a book she needed only 16 months to complete.

“I had been married to a wonderful man for 32 years prior to his death in October 2013,” Dr. Powell said of her former husband, a military veteran, who had retired after serving 22 years in the U.S. Army.

“The feedback has been great, because women have the opportunity to speak openly and unguarded about issues they were dealing with in secret because of shame and embarrassment,” said Dr. Powell, adding that another book is presently in the works (entitled OUI, Operating under the Influence).  “They get support and encouragement to let go of negativity,…a sort of support and self-help group.”

After becoming a widow, Dr. Powell participated in grief groups and attended single women’s seminars and conferences seeking support and commonality.  It was during these meetings, after talking with other single and single-again women that she came to realize that her experiences were not uncommon.  “When I decided to start dating, I encountered some of the same negative and unhealthy experiences other women had disclosed to me,” Dr. Powell recalled.  “I had to remind myself of who Sarah was, what I was accustomed to, and how I was accustomed to being treated and valued.”  “I love to read, so I searched for a book or information that would inform and help me.”

A Columbus, Georgia based author, Dr. Sarah Beecham Powell is the mastermind behind the alluring, captivating book entitled, Run Sallie Run, Run Like Hell Is On Your Heels, an intriguingly compelling written document she assembled, one she believes speaks cross- culturally to all women, and allows for open and unguarded discussion of the issues addressed in her book.  Run Sallie Run, Run Like Hell Is On Your Heels officially hit the market in September 2016, a book she needed only 16 months to complete.

“I found nothing that appealed to me, so I decided to write my own self-help guide from personal experiences and from the stories I collected from other women who shared their experiences with me.”

“I wanted a quick reference guide that would help me wade through unchartered waters”, Dr. Powell, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, said while explaining her purpose for composing her book.  “I wanted and needed something to help me heal emotionally, inform me, validate my thoughts and feelings, and heal my self-esteem.”

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After becoming a widow, Dr. Powell participated in grief groups and attended single women’s seminars and conferences seeking support and commonality.

“Staying connected to any relationship that leaves you feeling devalued erodes your self-esteem and will have you second-guessing yourself,” Dr. Powell said with the utmost confidence.  “Any relationship that compels you to compromise who you are, and that brings about negative changes even you can see in yourself costs way too much, and you have stayed way too long; you need to run like hell is on your heels.”

Generally, Dr. Powell emphasized, Run Sallie Run, Run Like Hell Is On Your Heels is a book that doesn’t just validates one’s emotions and intuitions, “But you actually feel as if you are talking to a girlfriend in a private conversation,” she said.  “Although Run Sallie Run is written from a humorous perspective, it delves into some serious emotional relationship issues dating women experience.  The humor helps women to open up and address emotions connected with negative relationships that they may have found embarrassing to talk about otherwise; the goal is to start healing, get informed, let go of disappointment, and move on through the humor, “ Dr. Powell added.

As for the divine message she aspires to pass along to her reading audience, Dr. Powell felt compelled to reinforce that anything that ultimately erodes your spiritual, mental, physical, or emotional health also interferes with your praise, purpose, and peace, and prevents you from operating at your optimal potential.

And let’s not forget the one key attribute that essentially help make this book a fun read—Dr. Powell’s witty demeanor.

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“Since I have a humorous personality, I began to think that I knew what Sallie was running from in the Fun with Dick and Jane books some of us read as children,” Dr. Powell explained.  “In my opinion, Sallie was running from Dick because of the rotation game, financial instability, deceit, and non-exclusive relationships women sometimes encounter in unhealthy dating situations. I also love music, so I combined my humorous nature with my love of music and titled the majority of my book chapters after song lyrics.

“For instance, the chapter Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday Love talks about the dating rotation schedule,” Dr. Powell explained.  “Bag Lady, You Gon Hurt Yo Back is about making a choice not to pick up or take on responsibility for someone else’s baggage from their past relationships or circumstances.”

As for the divine message she aspires to pass along to her reading audience, Dr. Powell felt compelled to reinforce that anything that ultimately erodes your spiritual, mental, physical, or emotional health also interferes with your praise, purpose, and peace, and prevents you from operating at your optimal potential.

IN HER OWN WORDS — “When I decided to start dating, I encountered some of the same negative and unhealthy experiences other women had disclosed to me,” Dr. Powell recalled.  “I had to remind myself of who Sarah was, what I was accustomed to, and how I was accustomed to being treated and valued.”  “I love to read, so I searched for a book or information that would inform and help me.”

Talk about driving home a major point, courtesy of this proud native of Montgomery, Alabama and an alumna of Alabama State University (Ed. D. Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law)

“The feedback has been great, because women have the opportunity to speak openly and unguarded about issues they were dealing with in secret because of shame and embarrassment,” said Dr. Powell, adding that another book is presently in the works (entitled OUI, Operating under the Influence).  “They get support and encouragement to let go of negativity,…a sort of support and self-help group.”

As for Dr. Powell’s itinerary, she will be hosting a workshop called “Put On Your Red Running Shoes” on April 14 at the Columbus Public Library (Synovus-Room B), during which she will discuss more about her book.

This event is free and open to the public, and will take place from 3-6pm EST.  “It’s a free BYOB (Buy Your Own Book) event,” Dr. Powell said.  “Wear your red running shoes.”

 

For More information on Dr. Sarah Beecham Powell or to book her for an appearance, log on to www.runsallierun.com.  Also, connect with her via Facebook under “Run Sallie Run.”

 

 

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Georgia author Shameka Pointer joint authors book with fiancée; is mastermind behind five other books

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. (Philippians 2:3 NIV)

 

Shameka Pointer and her fiancée, Al Newell, first crossed paths in May 2017.

GODLY POWER COUPLE — An Atlanta-area couple who doesn’t shy away from the notion that God undoubtedly is the Focal Point of their courtship, Shameka Pointer and Al Newell co-authored the awe-inspiring book entitled, “Dating To Marry,” a newly-released, informative written documents that recalls this couple’s assortment of interpersonal relational experiences.

With God, their Helper, leading the way, they’ve since wasted little time collectively becoming engaged in a rather unique activity, one that figures to impact and enrich the lives of an array of couples, most notably those whose relationship is on the right path to marriage.

An Atlanta-area couple who doesn’t shy away from the notion that God undoubtedly is the Focal Point of their courtship, Pointer and Newell co-authored the awe-inspiring book entitled, “Dating To Marry,” a newly-released, informative written document that recalls this couple’s assortment of interpersonal relational experiences.

“Dating may seem unimportant but in reality, but it is the foundation that you set for marriage,” said a spokesperson in a detailed synopsis of Pointer and Newell’s book at http://www.lulu.com/. “Whomever you set out to date will more likely help you decide if you really want to date this person to marry them. This book will help you analyze the importance of dating.”

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All things considered, Pointer, during a weekend interview with Making Headline News, emphasized that it was absolutely essential to compose Dating To Marry, in large because the modern-day church has, in some aspects, shied away from — as she calls it — “getting down and dirty” to do the necessary things that will keep the sanctity of marriage intact.

“(We’re trying) to help people be more open-minded to living a Christian life and not just saying you are a Christian, bearing no fruit or showing no signs,” said Pointer, explaining the purpose of Dating To Marry. “In this book, we talk about the importance of dating with a purpose and not just dating for self-gain and irrelevant reasons.”

To her distinctly unique credit, it’s safe to assume that Pointer can appropriately be labeled as a serial author, of sorts, considering this native of Town Creek, Alabama is responsible for having written five other compelling books.

In June 2012, she witnessed the release of her book entitled, “Being Free And Staying Free: The Natural And Spiritual Laws of Being Free At All Cost.”

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A 32-page project that can be purchased at Amazon.com, Being Free And Staying Free demonstrates different ways one could be gripped in bondage.

“Our minds can’t even imagine how many obstacles come into our lives to hinder our growth and accomplishments,” Pointer explains. “How many times have we asked ourselves, ‘Why can’t I get passed this situation?’ or ‘Why does it seem like I’m going in circles?’ Being Free And Staying Free is here to open up your understanding on how to be free and stay free in your life.”

And then there is Poems Of Courage, a 34-page book Pointer released in July 2013.

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In this book, Pointer shares her immense gifts through poetry, recalling among other things, her slew of struggles with life’s situations that, at one point in time, seemed insurmountable and downright unbearable.

But God…

“As I wrote the book, the stronger I became,” Pointer said. “This book will give you the strength you need to carry out life’s sometimes difficult situations. It’s full of strength, encouragement, and hope. It will bless you without a doubt, so be blessed.”

Not to be outdone, Pointer authored a two-part series written document entitled, Surviving The System: The Life of A Foster Child and Surviving The System: The Life of A Foster Child, Part 2: An Emotional Healing Guide.

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A book that made its way to the market in April 2017, Surviving The System: The Life of A Foster Child depicts the life of a foster child, with a special emphasis on opening the eyes of people when it comes to the slew of emotions and behaviors of that of a foster child.

Also, in March 2016, Pointer’s book, When The Head Refuses To Pray: The Body Withers And Dies, was officially released and has since has an immediate impact amongst her reading audience.

A 48-page project, When The Head Refuses To Pray: The Body Withers And Dies recalls Pointer’s tumultuous, chaotic experiences, particularly what she deems her “abusive unequally yoked marriage” she was in for 10 years.

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“There was no consistent prayer in the marriage from the head, (during) which I did not survive,” Pointer explained. “So it talks about the importance of prayer and fasting together, but also as the head.”

YOU GO, GIRL!!!! To her distinctly unique credit, it’s safe to assume that Pointer can appropriately be labeled as a serial author, considering this native of Town Creek, Alabama is responsible for having written five other books.

An accomplished writer whose reputation is such that she is extremely passion about enhancing interpersonal relational skills amongst couples who seek to establish — and retain — healthy relationships, Pointer said it is by the grace of God, coupled with the divine calling on her life that she’s steadfastly walking in her purpose as an accomplished author.

Not to mention a devout woman of faith.

“The good, bad, and ugly times are what made me who I am today,” said Pointer, alluding specifically to her book, Surviving The System: The Life of A Foster Child.

In actuality, it seems that such an intriguing declaration is prevalent to the overall landscape of her life, a trend that has greatly fueled her desire to exercise her faith as an accomplished and gifted serial author.

For more information about Author Shameka Pointer, connect with her via social media under: “Author Shameka Imadeit Pointer.” Also, send email to: shamekarena@gmail.com

 

 

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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 email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

Alabama-based minister/businesswoman ‘Nia’ advancing the kingdom mightily courtesy of her thriving ministry

Just recently, accomplished Alabama-based minister/businesswoman Nia was asked to share in great detail her present endeavors.

And just like that, a life-enhancing, emotional testimony unfolded for all the right reasons. 

“I am a planter in the kingdom vineyard,” Nia, 43, told Making Headline News during an exclusive interview.

BOLD GOD-ORDAINED DECLARATION — For what it’s worth and because of the immeasurable, God-orchestrated calling on her life, Nia can dauntlessly profess that she’s one who is qualified to function in the endeavors to which God has strategically assigned her.

A disabled United States Navy veteran and a retired Department of Labor Counselor, Nia is actively involved in a variety of kingdom-based endeavors, most notably an E-Magazine and a Radio Talk Show, both of which are powered by  her forthcoming publication, “Untold Chronicles.” In addition, she has authored several books, as well as conducts regular seminars, and hosts a prayer line.

Having admittedly birthed these of endeavors out of what she describes as “the hurt, the shame, the disappointment, the ridicule, the defamation of character, the back stabbing, the neglect for my soul and the souls of others,” Nia doesn’t shy away from the notion that she’s steadfastly walking in the purpose for which God created her.

“This is now my purpose in life that initially was not seen through my natural eyes, but after an encounter with God, it was revealed to me that my testimony was to be someone else’s salvation,” Nia explained while referencing the familiar passage that is Romans 8:30. “But I first had to be tried, tested and fit for the Master’s use. To whom He calls, He qualifies.”

For what it’s worth and because of the immeasurable, God-orchestrated calling on her life, Nia can dauntlessly profess that she’s one who is surely qualified to function in the endeavors to which God has strategically assigned her.

“First, I love the interactions with meeting people in all walks of life and being able to tell them about my personal experiences and how I found Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. And, how after seeing Him through the eyes of others (leaders, mature Saints, and those that accepted Jesus in their lives before me), and finally realizing that I myself had not being taught or shown how to know — having an intimate relationship— Him for myself,” Nia said.

WOMAN OF MANY HATS — A disabled United States Navy veteran and a retired Department of Labor Counselor, Nia is actively involved in a variety of kingdom-based endeavors, most notably an E-Magazine and a Radio Talk Show. In addition, she has authored several books, conducts regular seminars, and hosts a prayer line.

As for the spiritual and competitive drive that have greatly fueled her desire to diligently advance the kingdom for such a time as now, Nia  appropriately alluded to what she deems her “bulldog tenacity,” the kind of passion that is synonymous to that of David.

“Though I was small like David in stature and size, I had to have a ferocious nature,” Nia said. Due to being what my family and society deemed as being not the norm, I had to figure out how to navigate through life on my own. My environment gave me no choice other than to be a natural fighter and, when I turned to the church, where I was supposed to have solace and refuge in order to not have to fight alone, it was quickly revealed that the difference between what I was accustomed to in the world and what I was now — being subjected to in the church — was the words, because the actions were exactly the same.”

A proud 1992 graduate of Jess Lanier High School in Bessemer, Alabama, Nia sold out completely to God when she dedicated her life to Christ in April 1994, during which she served in the United States Navy and was based in Honolulu.

“See, I was born into an environment where I was predisposed for failure, teen pregnancy by multiple fathers and an impoverished lifestyle,” Nia recalled. “Over the course of 23 years, the experiences and encounters that I was faced with set the stage for me to be able to take an honest look at myself first, and then be willing to be transparent about my own interactions.”

Upon finishing high school, Nia advanced her education, first by earning an Associate of Arts Degree in General Studies, then a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Science from Tulane University in 2009. Consequently, she earned a Master’s Degree in Christian Counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary in 2013.

As for what has shaped up to be a flourishing ministry, it was due in large part to Nia’s array of transparency that this big-hearted, beloved, spiritually aggressive and devout woman of faith had ultimately possessed the courage to outlast the enemy with God, her Helper, leading the way.

KEEPING IT 100  — It was, by all accounts, due in large part to her array of transparency that this big-hearted, beloved, spiritually aggressive and devout woman of faith had ultimately possessed the courage to outlast the enemy with God, her Helper, leading the way.

“Those events paved the way for me to have the courage to expose the enemy concerning the interactions of those that were supposed to lead me through this journey,” Nia said.

Armed with an assortment of immense spiritual gifts that, to her credit, have afforded her the golden opportunity to minister in such establishments as Mississippi, Alabama, Philadelphia, Missouri, Florida, Illinois, Texas, Tennessee, Georgia, and the nation’s capital, it’s safe to assume that Nia’s well-publicized ministry has been embraced by many throughout the Body of Christ.

Yep, that’s just like God.

“The word of God is for everyone that will accept Him,” said Nia, alluding to Luke 14:23. “but my assignment to the Body of Christ — because everyone has been given a particular assignment, gift and calling — is to the Millennials. Those in this era that are misunderstood, downtrodden, talked about, given up on, ridiculed, hated and shown extreme amounts of prejudices need a voice to speak to them and for them.”

To grasp a thorough concept of this rather fervent, bold approach by which Nia customarily takes, look no further than what she labels her “niche by God’s design.”

“(It) has been to those already in a relationship with Him, but have suffered at the hands of those that lead them,” said Nia, explaining in detail her mission for her latest endeavors. “This epidemic continues to plague the Body of Christ in a way that casts a dark and derogatory image over us.”

Wait…because she has more to add to such an intriguing, thought-provoking notion.

Armed with an assortment of immense spiritual gifts that, to her credit, have afforded her the golden opportunity to minister in such places as Mississippi, Alabama, Philadelphia, Missouri, Florida, Illinois, Texas, Tennessee, Georgia, and the nation’s capital, it’s safe to assume that Nia’s well-publicized ministry has been embraced by many throughout the Body of Christ.

“See, we all have played a role at some point in this infection diseased community,” said Nia, referencing Isaiah 65:8. “The hurter — the one who did the hurting — the on-looker of the hurt that is being done — the one watching the hurt being done to someone — and the hurtee — the one that has been hurt — but is yet giving out the hurt that they themselves once experienced.”

All of which essentially sums up why that Nia is a planter in the kingdom vineyard makes all of the sense in the world, all of which practically explains why her unique, awe-inspiring presence in the modern-day church is so prevalent for a time such as now.

Talk about having a massive and influential kingdom impact.

“Throughout this journey, I have experienced a high-level of spiritual warfare with a great level of non-comprehension…just extreme amounts of hurt,” said Nia, who has been serving in her ministry for over five years but have been rooted and grounded in the Body of Christ for a nearly a decade and a half. “These experiences have allowed me to grow into the person I currently am and, the entire reason that I do what I do for the Body of Christ, I never want to see anyone endure what was thrust upon me.”

Interestingly, Nia emphasized, it all goes back to what she describes as her level of admiration, love, and compassion for people, just as God commands us through His word.

“(My love and compassion for people) continues to overwhelm me,” Nia said. “So much so that I will give all I have and all of my time to forever serve them and bring them into a level of understanding of where they are and what God has called them to do as well.

“This brings to mind several specific instances that occurred that may shed a little light on my tenacity,” continued Nia, while offering thorough breakdown, one that goes something like this:

 

NIA: IN HER OWN WORDS

(As told to Making Headline News)

2003 – I had been serving at this ministry for over five years and had experienced nothing but continual death to my spirit. I was talked about from the pulpit, I was embarrassed on more than one occasion, my character was on trial, my marriage place in jeopardy, finances constantly lacking because of giving and no reaping and no glimmer of hope at the forefront of my life. Needless to say, this was all at the hands of my SPIRITUAL LEADERS!

2005-2009 – In a very odd place in my life confused, broken, battered by the words that had been spoken spiritually and naturally, plagued by condemnation of my own self-inflicted wounds and destroyed by constant open scars and reminders of those that were supposed to comfort me in these stages of my life. Instead my name was spoken from lip to lip, church to church, city to city where they knew me. What should have been silent, and an indiscretion shared amongst leaders and myself was handed out like a free chicken dinner after church on Sunday afternoon.

2016 – Everything was great, OR SO I THOUGHT. I had finally overcome many obstacles through the blood of the lamb and the words of my testimony, I told GOD yes to whatever he wanted from me and I was moving forward to my next phase in him. Starting preparing to launch my ministry in 2015 and was aware that we would officially be New Era Ministries (where the millennials dwell) in January 2016. I had all things in order and family and I were ready to go. Don’t you know the enemy has to throw in a monkey wrench or he would not be himself. A couple of supposed to be pastors from a big city, Mega Ministry and high ranking platforms….or so they said. New to an area, had the same vision, and decided to move forward together. Of course you know this ended badly and the events that transpired took me completely out the game, vowing NEVER to preach again. The events above not only affected me greatly but also my family who more so than I vowed to NEVER put their trust in “church folks” again.

 

For more information about Nia or for  booking information, contact Omekia McNeal at 561-900-5079. Also, send email to: belindagailmanagement@gmail.com

 

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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 email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.