Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Celebrating Women in Ministry Blog Tour
Vanessa Miller of Dayton, Ohio is an Essence best-selling author, playwright, and motivational speaker. Her stage productions include: Get You Some Business, Don’t Turn Your Back on God, and Can’t You Hear Them Crying and Abundant Rain. To date, Vanessa has written the Rain Series and the Storm Series. The books in the Rain Series are: Former Rain , Abundant Rain, and Latter Rain. The books in the Storm Series are: Rain Storm and Through The Storm . These books have received rave reviews, winning Best Christian Fiction Awards and topping numerous Bestseller’s lists.
Yesterday’s Promise is the first book of a series entitled, Second Chance of Love. Whitaker House plans to release the next two books in October 2010 and January 2011.
Visit her online at http://www.vanessamiller.com/.
Yesterday’s Promise (Whitaker House – March 2010).
Melinda Johnson has always felt called to ministry. So, when her father, Bishop Langston Johnson, decides to step down after thirty years of leadership at Omega Christian Center, it seems only natural for her to take his place. But Bishop Johnson feels led by a God who has other things in mind, and to succeed him, he appoints Steven Marks-a man who is opposed to female pastors, not to mention the fact that he is Melinda’s ex-fiancé.
Feeling defeated, Melinda nevertheless maintains her position as the church’s Missions and Community Outreach Director. Frequent interaction with the new bishop incites bitter sparring-and rekindles long-suppressed attraction, which grows only stronger when Melinda develops a relationship with Steven’s precious daughter, Brianna, who’s still struggling with the death of her mother.
Can Steven and Melinda set aside past pains, forgive each other, and learn to love again? Or will their opposing positions regarding women preachers keep them forever at odds?
Vanessa's video for the tour.
Her book trailer is at:
WOMEN IN THE MINISTRY - Minister Patricia Williams-Murphy
I would like to dedicate this blog to a woman I’ve admired for years. Minister Patricia Williams-Murphy. She is a minister at my church, Star Bethel Full Gospel Church.
We met at church before she received her calling. I always admired her commitment to the church and her willingness to minister to others. I was not surprised that she was called into the ministry because she had the spirit of teaching.
I have learned a lot from Min. Pat from our long talks to her sermons. One thing I like about her sermons is that she always breaks the Word down for everyone to understand, even the children in the church. She’s a visual minister who uses visual aids for her sermon. I believe this keeps the members attention because they don’t know what to expect when she steps up to the podium.
I would like to thank Min. Pat for sharing her gift from God and not running away when he asked her to be one of his teachers. I know she has many more things to share with others and I look forward to seeing her grow into the Pastor God has chosen her to be.
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