Capturing the Stories of Rural Southwest Alabama and Beyond, One Story at A Time
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March/April 2022 Edition
This book is designed to encourage the readers. Those who are looking to be married and for those that are married. To help rekindle the fire in those who seem like they can’t take anymore. We want to educate the reader and talk about issues that sometimes go unwarranted. This book will make you agree with the contents, laugh, and inspire you to go the extra mile. If you have failed at it, you can try again.
"Poems from the Heart and Soul is about life and what we go through. I hope these poems help encourage someone to stand for the better. So hopefully, someone will read them and turn to God. It’s not to belittle anyone or make anyone look bad, but it’s to encourage. I hope you all love my poems and take them to heart. My goal is to reach a soul that needs help reaching Jesus. "
The title of this book, The Fluker Family: God is Cruising Us to Regality, was chosen because of her Christian upbringing and belief in God and because of these words spoken to her shortly after moving from the rural town of Coffeeville, Alabama, to the large city, St. Louis, Missouri: "Edwina, you must have come from a regal family." At the time, I did not know what she meant by saying that I must have come from a royal status. However, after sharing this story with my publicist, she encouraged me to frame my book title around these experiences.
The author's expressions on everyday rural southern living will bring a smile or laughter. She interjects front-porch satire on topics of churchgoing, childhood experiences, food, and much more. As a bonus to the readers, she has included folksy drawings to accompany each written expression.
"Always Bet on Black is an account of my own self-discovery as a black woman and how I effectively took chances on myself despite whatever odds were against me as a person of color. It is also a self-help tool for other Black people in discovering their inner greatness to manifest success, self-validation, and peace. My personal experiences shared in this book will help you see that your life goals are attainable whatever they may be, and, that you are worth taking a chance on! Despite what the world has shown you, being Black is an honor. Hold your head AND your heritage high! You are more than enough, and that's a truth you can bet on."
Nahla's parents set out to take their daughter to New York City on a trip of a lifetime. Instead, their four-year-old daughter took them on an adventure. Journey with the Hill family to New York's noteworthy landmarks and share their colorful and emotional experiences of the city's various sights, sounds, and cultures.
This book is designed to encourage readers. When the world hears the word 'love', immediately, it is taken to mean intimacy, sex, seduction, a hunger for, or as a desire for. Christians should see love through the Word and knowledge of God. We can love in a capacity that is at a greater level in the world. This book explores the love journey from a physical heartbreak to the spirit of eternal love with God.
The Gentleman Chronicles, a poetry anthology, centers on the concept that hurtful life experiences or obstacles do not eliminate hope for the hurt and hopeless. This book was written to encourage youth, teenagers, and young adults. Through the poems in this book, the author vividly chronicles his stories of Pain, Hope, and Love through his transition from a teenager to young adulthood. He holds nothing back, utilizing various literary techniques, pouring out the emotional state of his mind during difficult and challenging times. From these warped experiences, he creatively weaves a light of hope and love in his writing that pulled himself into the character of becoming The Gentleman.
Have you been bullied by your parents or other people? Do you get angry because you feel like you have no one to talk to? You are not alone. Don't believe me? Let me tell you a story about a boy, James, who chose the right path and became a school hero. The Bully Fighter is written in the author's own words. Even though this story is fictional, this child author knows firsthand what it feels like to be bullied.
An afternoon of old-fashioned child’s play had abruptly metamorphosed into a harsh boasting game of I have a daddy and you don’t. Now, the young mother is suddenly faced with telling her young son the truth about his absentee father. As she struggles for the best way to explain this truth, memories of her pain and shame of the past resurface.
A little boy’s rite of passage weaves a charming holiday story of mystery and African American Southern traditions in this children’s book. Readers experience the color and the passion of John Henry’s special day. Even though boys and girls had gone before him, young John Henry finds himself standing on his promise with great expectations, then suddenly a wisp of fear overtakes him. What was he going to do?
"Ms. Rankins conveys the heartbreak and joy of giving birth as a single mom in the context of her own loving family. We embrace the African American tradition of loving all children born into this world. The absent father could have been portrayed as evil instead of human, thoughtless and cold. Instead of maudlin or tragic our herioine rises to motherhood with grace and style, creating a loving home for her son and a sweet story for us.
5 out of 5 stars
"Living in the South, I have seen this scenario many times. This is a well-written book and I want to read more! I was disappointed when it ended. Hope the author continues the story in the future.
--Cheryl C. Clarke
4.4 out of 5 stars
"This book started off with a good story line. It was detailed about beginning of relationship, however, the ending was open ended. I hope that there is a continuation book.
4 out of 5 stars
Faith is about trusting God, daily, to do the impossible in our lives and about extending His Amazing Grace when we don't deserve it. In each television show episode, a guest tells their story of walking in FAITH. Share your faith-STORY with the world and help somebody!