Lorain has been a prisoner of her secrets for almost her entire life. At the age of 13 she managed to keep her pregnancy a secret, discarding the infant and leaving it for dead. Years later, Lorain's mother finally met the love of her life, and Lorain couldn't find the courage to tell her mother that her new beau was the man who had molested Lorain and impregnated her. To complicate matters even more, Lorain discovered that the baby she'd abandoned all those years ago survived.
Lorain is back from her sabbatical, and although God didn't reveal to her all that she wanted him to regarding her past, she refuses to just let things be. When all the pieces of the puzzle begin to come together, just how many lives will be damaged, and how many will be restored? The survivor of one of the most horrific experiences a person could ever endure, it appeared as though Sister Nita, as leader of New Day's Janitorial Ministry, was hiding behind a mop and a broom.
Without Mother Doreen, there never would have been a New Day Temple of Faith Singles' Ministry. So it's bitter-sweet for the single saints she's leaving behind to see her go. Having thought she'd never love again after the death of the only man she'd ever been with in her entire life, when Mother Doreen is proposed to by a pastor from her home town, she can't imagine turning down a gift from God.
"The Perfect Christian"
Mother Doreen has left New Day Temple of Faith in Malvonia, Ohio, and moved to Kentucky to help her diabetic sister. Her sister's husband, a truck driver, pretty much lives on the road. Mother Doreen feels in her spirit that she's needed to intervene on her sister's behalf, especially when the assistant pastor of her sister's church seems to be there just a little bit too much. Her suspicions really grow when her sister's belly does too.
Imagine living in your car for months. Thinking you have met the love of your life, only to discover he is not the one. Unrequited love that you are waiting for another to quench. Being made to feel inferior by the people you love the most. Your mom dying of cancer. This autobiographical account of love, loss, and expectations offers an intimate view into life events unknown even to family and friends. Ms.Sledge has embellished circumstances surrounding the trials and tribulations of a life full of love, joy, exploitation, and injustice as only a poet can.
"I appreciate the words in Desires of Perception"
How was Locksie supposed to tell her boyfriend that she had gone off to church and fallen in love with another man? Locksie grew up in the church - against her will - thanks to her holier than thou mother. But now that she's all grown-up, she's her own woman and church is the last thing on her mind; her live-in boyfriend, Dawson, is the first. When Locksie finally decides to go back to church, she ends up finding more than she could have ever expected.
"It Blessed Me, and Kept My Attention"
Charis Adderly is the secret, mute, mixed race, niece of Mayor Harlow Radclyffe's wife, Madeline. The Radclyffes are the spice of Deer Creek, Alabama; a small town of wealthy people, which is why Charis is passed off as their maid. The glorified men of this town do what they desire to whom they desire, without consequence. That is until Charis witnesses the Mayor in a dangerous compromising position. Her dreary and horrific existence takes a dramatic turn when she is faced with a choice.
Church from the Eyes of a Saint captures the real-life spiritual growth of a young African American woman living in the South within a four-year span, from the age of 25 to 30. Each chapter recaps the author's transition from a lifestyle of spiritual bondage into the spiritual awakening of her spiritual giftings and her true identity to include the prophetic realm.