JoeyTweets BookBlast – “Ginny and Me: Reflections of What God Can Do (2nd Edition)” by Christine Walters

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Title: “Ginny and Me: Reflections of What God Can Do (2nd Edition)”

Author: Christine Walters

Genres: black, african american, literary criticism, parenting, relationships, family relationships, parent and adult child, spirituality, religion, inspirational, personal testimonies

Description: Abuse is damaging. It comes from cycles of abusive behaviors learned and repeated through generations. Because of shame and embarrassment, many people do not speak about the cruelty they endured. In my case, most of the abuse I suffered resulted from my mother’s mental illness. For my entire life, people told me to excuse my mom’s abuse because she was mentally ill. However, mental illness does not give anyone the right to abuse you (in particular, your child).

Ginny had childhood paranoid schizophrenia with multiple personality disorder. She lived in the Buffalo State Hospital through her adolescent years. When released from the hospital, she had me. She was twenty-six, and my dad was thirty years older. My mother was white, and my father was black.

As a child, I struggled with my mixed heritage. My mom would tell me that white people did not like me because I was black. Even from a religious standpoint, I was raised as a Catholic and Baptist. On Sundays, my mom and I attended mass without my father and Baptist service with him.

I always felt like I had to choose. Was I black? Was I white? Was I Catholic? Was I Baptist? My mom told me that her side of the family disliked my dad because he was black and my dad’s side of the family disliked my mom because she was white. Here I was stuck in the middle.

I share my life story with the world through God’s glory. My story is about how faith enabled me to overcome extraordinary struggles, pain, and loss. Faith, hope, and forgiving the unforgivable through prayer and trusting in God are the keys to healing.

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JoeyTweets BookBlast – “Claretta Street” by Colette Barris

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Title: “Claretta Street”

Author: Colette Barris

Genres: fiction, african american, historical fiction

Description: “Claretta Street” follows the lives of four young African-American girls living in Pacoima, one of the oldest neighborhoods in the northern San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles. They navigate the turbulent change of the 1960s, coming of age in the decadent and destructive 1980s. Through the lenses of the young women, the sound and textures of life unfold as the devoted friends provide vivid accounts of one of America’s greatest periods of social change. This work of historical fiction is the first novel by Pacoima native Colette Barris, who was inspired to write her debut book as a testimony to the struggle and triumph of Africans in America.Continue reading