After The Altar Callby Jacqueline J. Holness
After the Altar Call: The Sisters' Guide to Developing a Personal Relationship With God is a fresh, real and relevant how-to manual for African-American Christian women who desire to move past the "church speak" and into an intimate relationship with their Creator. What makes this book unique from other "relationship with God" books is that this book is written from an African-American perspective and spans a variety of issues typically not included in one book--from being thrice-married to leaving the Jehovah's Witnesses. The book includes interviews with 24 remarkable women with compelling stories such as the "The View" co-host Sherri Shepherd; Valorie Burton, life coach, author and co-host on the Emmy award-winning show "Aspiring Women" and the former co-host of the national daily television program, "The Potter's Touch" with Bishop T.D. Jakes; and Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, the 117th elected and consecrated bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and the first woman elected to Episcopal office in over 200 years of A.M.E. history.
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I am a fan of Jacqueline Holness and have followed her Christian journey through her online blog After the Altar Call. When I found out she was writing a book about the altar call experiences of other African-American women, I knew it would be a must-read and a vehicle of inspiration to others. After the Altar Call: The Sister’s Guide to Developing a Personal Relationship with God is the type of manual I wish had been available to me when I was floundering in my personal relationship with God. The testimonies of this diverse group of women, from Holness herself to well-known personalities such as The View’s Sherri Shepherd, offer many viewpoints about developing a personal relationship with God and the divergent paths that led each of them to answer their calling from God. I found their stories to be relatable, identifiable, and relevant to the struggles of the modern African-American Christian woman. Many devotionals and guidebooks do not give a realistic depiction of the struggles Christian women face in the modern world with dating, developing intimate relationships, and interacting with a secular world. I feel that After the Altar Call accomplishes this goal and more. The layout of the book offers an ideal format for women’s bible study groups as well as book club discussions. Each woman’s story is easy to follow and you feel as if you are hearing her voice as you read her testimony. This is a great book to give to any young African-American woman who may be seeking practical but realistic advice about taking the “Christian walk” from the perspective of other African-American women. Another bonus is that the book also appeals to the more mature Christian woman who may identify with similar struggles of the wives, mothers, and grandmothers featured in this book. From my perspective, the best thing I like about this book is that it gives you spiritual encouragement and scripture references without coming across as being too preachy or in your face, which appeals to me as a modern-day Christian woman. I would definitely recommend the book and buy it for all of my friends and family.
I enjoyed the book, it reminded me of the time that I accepted Christ into my life. I also recommanded the book to other friends, and we've decided to use it as the first book in our Book Club. This should be interesting.
Though written to guide Black women in their Christian walk, this book is an inspiration to all women. The personal stories are relatable and real. The stories speak for themselves; not "preachy" or "contrived". Real stories, as related by real women. Some you know, others might remind you of a friend or neighbor. a must read for any woman seeking a closer relationship with God!!!
After the alter call is an inspiring collection of personal stories by a group of diverse black women. I found in each story a message of hope and nuggets of truth. A definite must read for anyone seeking a closer relationship with God.