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 – “Single Mothers He’s Your Son” by John “Rosebudd” Dickson

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Title: “Single Mothers He’s Your Son”

Author: John “Rosebudd” Dickson

Genres: nonfiction, relationships, parenting, teenagers, parenting boys

Description: “Single Mother’s He’s Your Son” is a riveting book about a serious problem we are facing in our communities. Young boys are being lost to the streets because of stubborn mothers and fathers who would rather be angry and upset with one another, instead of focusing their energies on how the children are being affected by the separation. When fathers are missing from a son’s life, be it due to irresponsibility on the father’s behalf or be it due to the mother stiffling the father’s visits, that boy has a hard time finding his manhood.

John “Rosebudd” Dickson has highlighted many ways for parents to address this situation in this book, but we must first learn how to live together after separation. He has taken a different path to solving this problem. Rather than simply point out that the problem exists, he identifies the immediate problem and many of its associative problems. This is not something we should allow to continue festering in our community. Our sons are unintentionally being emasculated by their mothers and need to be groomed to know and learn what it will take for him to become a man that can lead his family and possibly the country in this 21st century.

Single Mothers He’s Your Son is not a book that is trying to place any blame. Believe me, there is enough blame to spread out for everyone to have some if that were the case. No, I am not trying to blame mothers for trying thwart their son’s maturation, nor am I trying to blame fathers for not being there for their children.

What I am doing is identifying a problem and offering a few solutions. Please, don’t get caught up in the blame game. Let’s join together and try to find a solution that we can spread throughout all the communities and get our sons back on track to be the future leaders they are in line for.

This is the only book I have written that actually expresses so much of my personal feelings on a subject. I try to be objective when I write, but my objectivity was limited the more I got into writing this book. It’s important to me that we take this information seriously and pool our resourses to try to do something about this dilemma.”

~ John “Rosebudd” Dickson

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