Dominique Wilkins has used actual events to demonstrate the extent of human's rudeness, inconsideration, and downright unkindness toward friends, family, and neighbors. You'll identify with the stories and want to contribute a "The Audacity of You!" tale or two from your own experiences. Indeed, the appeal of The Audacity of You! lies in the fact that we've all been there.
Alicia Cramer has reached the end of her rope. As Work it Out begins, Alicia is on the verge of jumping into the water and ending it all. She has nowhere else to turn and no money to keep running. While she is contemplating whether to jump or to return to a toxic relationship with her boyfriend, an older woman suddenly appears in the park. The woman, Rosemary, urges Alicia that, if she must commit suicide, she do it quickly so as not to inconvenience evening commuters.
Sheldon’s parents always told him how smart and special he was, but yet he never felt special. The kids in his class always made fun of him and none of them wanted to be his friends. Eventually, they began talking to him, but that was only because he had something they wanted. They either wanted to borrow money or a favor to help them with their homework, since they knew Sheldon was good at saving his money and great with math. Sheldon became used to the fact that they just wanted to use him. He became so used to it, he began to capitalize off of it. He became everyone’s go-to guy. As he got older, he felt power in knowing that they all needed him, while he needed and wanted nothing from them, until he met Ruby. She was different and she changed all of that. There was something about Ruby and he wanted to be with her and would stop at nothing until he had her! Or until she had him, making him regret ever setting eyes on her.
Deserted by her husband, Audrey was forced to raise her sons, Erick and Robert, alone. When Erick continued a downward path with the wrong crowd, despite Audrey's intervention, his luck ran out after he repeatedly disobeyed the law and was sent to jail. Preoccupied with how she could have saved Erick from a life of crime, Audrey stuck by her son, visiting him every week and prayed that he would see the light and clean up his life.
At the height of her career as a successful realtor, Nadia had everything she wanted: money, a beautiful home, a career she loved, and a full social life. All that changed at a friend's baby shower when her friends indicated Nadia's life was lacking quality and substance and she had little in common with them. The statement was an eye opener for Nadia. Nadia's biological clock immediately began ticking. She was so focused on having a child that she engaged in a one-night-stand with the wrong man.
The Alameda sisters, raised by a no-nonsense mother, grow up to be single parents in very different circumstances. Dorothy's husband vanishes when her son, Malachi, is very young while Danielle's husband is killed by a drunk driver, leaving her a widow with her son, Jacob, to raise alone. Both women fear their sons will follow the path of others in their urban community and end up in a gang, on drugs, involved in crime, or in jail.
Jill only wanted to get along, but it seemed like Shannon lived to make her miserable. She was ruthless and used whatever she could to get under her skin and destroy her mentally and even financially. She had never met this woman and wondered how could someone be so evil. Her husband Daniel seemed to be the good Christian, who refused to get all worked up over her foolishness and plots.
Patricia was in a relationship with Carlos, who fulfilled many of her needs, but not the important ones. She stayed until she began to bear children and realized exactly how selfish he was. Merely supporting his family with a job was no longer enough for her. So, two children later, in frustration, she finally faces the fact that Carlos was not the man they needed and left him.
I Need a Little More Jesus is the story of seventeen-year-old Giselle Donahue, who is banished from her home when she becomes pregnant without a husband. Her religious family fears the congregation at their church and community might discover her sin. Giselle's father was so upset that after banishing her, he forbids her from ever returning; not even to see or speak to her ailing mother, who is undergoing chemotherapy.
Joy Pembrooke was sure that he loved her as much as she loved him, but when Kenny walks into the house on her and another man, she wonders what's so hard about understanding that he's just a friend? Kenny becomes so angry and outraged with distrust. She can't understand why he doesn't trust her. Now he's saying that he's got a friend too - but is she really just a friend? Pretty soon, things get deep and quick. Find out how much crap will Joy accept to bring the love back into her marriage.
"Letting go of the hurt"
Friends First is a testament to the power of faith and to the resilience of the human spirit. As a teenager, Fiona is rescued from an alcoholic, abusive father by her boyfriend, Cliff. His family, who take Fiona in, convince her that she is in no way to blame for her father's drinking and his physical and verbal abuse. Feeling unsure and lacking confidence, Fiona clings to Cliff whom she sees as her savior until they eventually marry. Her marriage to Cliff would seem liked a "happily ever after" ending. But, once again, life events intervene.