Biographies & Memoirs

August 13, 2019

God in My Closet

"God in My Closet: One Woman’s Journey from Darkness to Light" by Sonya Black

| Website | Facebook | Sonya Black is born in the projects to addicts and alcoholics bent on the kind of destruction that drives children mad. One night, her mother shuts her in her closet, but Sonya finds a friend in the dark. This is the beginning of her lifelong conversation with God. As Sonya and her brothers are dragged from Section-8 apartments to shelters to crack-houses, she begs God for help. As she endures violence, sexual violation, and loss, Sonya gives God a piece of her mind. Sonya becomes her own worst enemy, inflicting dangerous wounds on herself, and descending into madness—but she never gives up on God. The adult Sonya battles grief to seek the one thing she never had: a home. God in My Closet is the story of a woman who cries out to God but keeps laughing, who argues with God but never stops talking to Him, until their conversations turn darkness to light.

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July 14, 2019

Can’t Afford To Fail

"Can't Afford To Fail" by Petergay Dunkley-Mullings

In a story of trial and triumph, Petergay Dunkley provides an unflinching and candid look at a life that starts as a homeless teenage mother in Jamaica. Pregnant at fifteen, she is forced to give up her infant, is banished from house and home, and is forced to survive on the streets. Tragically, Petergay loses her son suddenly to a viral illness, but she refuses to give up on herself. She meets and marries an American who whisks her off to the US with promises of a better tomorrow. Unfortunately, the abusive relationship quickly sours, and Petergay finds herself stranded in suburban Washington. She finally musters the courage to break free of the oppressive marriage, flees to Florida, and connects with the Jamaican ex-pat community there. Life in the Sunshine State brings as many opportunities as it does challenges, but Petergay never falters. She leverages her willingness to work hard, her indomitable grit, and her infectious sense of humor to advance from a string of minimum-wage jobs, eventually earning a nursing degree, and finally serving as the head nurse of one of the largest hospice facilities in the Southeast. Along the way she finds true love and starts a family. Throughout her story, Petergay shares inspiring lessons that show that by acting on faith, anyone can rise from neglect and poverty to become a person blessed with abundance and the ability to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

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June 29, 2019

Diary of a Hoarder’s Daughter

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"Diary of a Hoarder's Daughter" by Izabelle Winter

Does the programme 'Hoarders' fill you with horror? Can you imagine what it would be like to grow up in a hoarded house? Here is one true story from an adult child of a hoarder who finds herself having to re-visit the house where she grew up, only it has now become far, far worse than it ever was. Facing her demons, Izabelle has to make the house 'safe' for her hoarder father to return home from hospital while her father does his utmost to stop her throwing anything away from his hospital bed.

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June 20, 2019

Thank You For Making Me Better !

"Thank You For Making Me Better!" by Dede Sooyoo

Dede Sooyoo was just a normal college student when she was whisked away from her home in Ghana and planted in the last place she ever expected: Maryland. There, armed with nothing but an iron will and an endless sense of optimism, she dove enthusiastically into the corporate world. Follow Dede's sometimes hilarious, sometimes harrowing journey as she endured years of bullying and prejudice, only to end up with a nightmarish boss who tried to get rid of her using everything from theft to voodoo magic. Did Dede finally abandon her joy, or was she able to maintain her sunny disposition? Laugh, cry, and be inspired by this true tale of integrity, determination, and the simple power of kindness.

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