Christian Book Lovers Retreat 2017

This past weekend was one of the most amazing weekends ever.  I had the opportunity and privilege to meet some AMAZING women of God.  I was encouraged and blessed beyond measure.  These phenomenal women had inspiring messages and poured into our lives like no one else.  No egos just a lot of love,  sisterhood and sharing.  I am already looking forward to next year's retreat.  You should be there!!!!

Blessings,

Alicia

Black Women Read Book Club Meetup/Discussion

Thanks so much to the Black Women Read Book Club of Nashville who graciously invited me to attend their book club meetup for June.  It was a pleasure meeting this group of ladies and discussing my book.  I so appreciate all of the feedback and comments that were shared on Saturday and I intend to hang out some more with these ladies doing some additional reading and discussions.  

It made my heart glad to hear how they felt about the characters and which ones they wanted to learn more about and which ones they could relate to as well as their favorite. By far with this book discussion and the prior one that I had - Deacon Jones appeared to be everyone's favorite character.  I hope in the next book or series that I can bring the characters to life even more than this one.  Thanks again beautiful ladies and oh everyone was so rocking their natural styles - loved it!.

 

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Ssssshhhhh...... Why are we afraid of being TRANSPARENT?

Secrets deals with an urban church who have members who pretend Sunday after Sunday that their lives are perfect.  You know the members you meet on Sunday morning that smile and say that they are "blessed and highly favored", "God is good", We all know in reality, that absolutely no one has a "perfect life".  The Bible says, "we shall have trials and tribulations". (John 16:33)

We live in such a time of turmoil and chaos that it feels like our entire lives are just busy, busy, busy on top of just living day to day.  It used to be people would sit on their porches on Sunday afternoon with one another and share and just enjoy the day. Now, everyone is in such a hurry that it seems like we don't take time for one another any more. Work is scheduled, family time is scheduled and even church is scheduled.  In these busy times, it is easy to get overwhelmed by just living which brings me to the point of Christians, family and friends being able to share with one another.  Not only sharing with one another but being transparent with one another.  We would be surprised if we would just share our story with someone else how they may be able to help us or vice versa.

Working on Secrets gave me time to do some thinking and evaluation and I want to ask you some questions:.  

  • Why do you think that we have issues sharing with one another and being transparent with one another?  
  • What is the fear? Are we afraid of being judged?  Are we afraid of what people might think?  
  • Do you think that people in the church judge one another?  If you answered "Yes", then why?

Let me know your thoughts - I look forward to your comments.

Until next week - remember to live, laugh and love

Alicia