In the Midst of It All

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All her life, Zenovia has struggled with the burden of caring for her schizophrenic mother, Audrey, alone. Until one day, God seems to offer support in the form of two members of a church called the Brethren of the Sacrifice, who knock at the women's door preaching an unconventional version of the Gospel. Despite having questions, Zenovia agrees to join the church along with her mother. Soon afterward, Audrey stops taking her medication when fellow churchgoers deem her illness a demonic possession. Unable to ...

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Overview

All her life, Zenovia has struggled with the burden of caring for her schizophrenic mother, Audrey, alone. Until one day, God seems to offer support in the form of two members of a church called the Brethren of the Sacrifice, who knock at the women's door preaching an unconventional version of the Gospel. Despite having questions, Zenovia agrees to join the church along with her mother. Soon afterward, Audrey stops taking her medication when fellow churchgoers deem her illness a demonic possession. Unable to watch her mother's mental deterioration, Zenovia flees town, only to receive a fateful phone call several years later telling her of her mother's suicide. Heartbroken, Zenovia must now make a soul-altering choice: accept "God's will," or return home to confront the demons she's worked so hard to leave behind....

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Zenovia has spent her life caring for her schizophrenic mother. One day two missionaries visit their home and talk Zenovia and her mother into joining their church. But when fellow members convince Zenovia's mother that she is possessed and should stop her medication, Zenovia leaves town rather than watch her mother's decline. Years later, a phone call about her mother's death causes Zenovia to question her faith. VERDICT Warren (The Bishop's Daughter) has written a wonderful tale with in-depth characters. Her debut novel, What a Sista Should Do, has been adapted into a stage play, which should garner her new readers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446195164
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/22/2010
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Tiffany L. Warren, is an author, playwright, songwriter, mother and wife. Her debut novel What a Sista Should Do, was released in June of 2005 and has ministered to over 50,000 readers. Her second book, Farther than I Meant to Go, Longer than I Meant to Stay was a national bestseller. In 2006, Tiffany and her husband, Brent, founded Warren Productions and released their first gospel musical. What a Sista Should Do - The Stage Play debuted in Cleveland, OH at the famed Allen Theatre.

Tiffany is also the visionary behind the Faith and Fiction Fellowship tour. Presently, the authors have visited groups in Atlanta, Houston, New York, Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Charlotte.

Tiffany's third novel, The Bishop's Daughter was released in January 2009. Tiffany resides in northern Texas with her husband Brent and their five children.

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  • Posted May 18, 2010

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    SOMETHING ON THE INSIDE

    GREAT STORY. I BELIEVE THIS IS THE SECOND BOOK I HAVE READ BY THIS AUTHOR. WHAT A MOVING AND INTERESTING STORY LINE. ZENOVIA IS A YOUNG TEENAGER CARING FOR HER MOTHER AUDREY, WHO IS SCHIZOPHRENIC. AND IF THAT IS NOT ENOUGH, ZENOVIA IS TRYING TO MAKE SENSE OF THE SPECIAL GIFT THAT GOD HAS GIVEN HER. AND THAT IS THE GIFT OF VISIONS. ZENOVIA IS ABLE TO SEE SOMETHINGS BEFORE THEY HAPPEN, OR SOMETHINGS THAT HAS ALREADY HAPPEN. ZENOVIA AND AUDREY ARE INVITED TO ATTEND WORSHIP SERVICE AT THE BRETHEN OF THE SACRIFICE CHURCH. BUT ALL IS NOT QUITE RIGHT THERE. AND ZENOVIA STARTS HAVING VISIONS AND DOUBTS ABOUT THIS CHURCH. THIS IS WHEN THE BOOK REALLY TAKES OFF. ZENOVIA GOES ON TO LEARN HEARTBREAK, WHAT IS IS TO BE CASTED OUT, AND MADE TO FEEL UNWANTED. BUT AT THE END OF THE BOOK, ZENOVIA IN MY OPINION, COMES TO TERMS WITH THE WAY HER LIFE AS TURNED OUT. SHE IS MARRIED AND SHE HAS A NEW CHURCH, WHERE SHE IS GROWING IN THE GRACE OF GOD. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK. GREAT JOB MS WARREN.

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  • Posted March 21, 2010

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    At 17 years old, Zenovia Sinclair's life is a lot different from other teens. With a schizophrenic mother, Audrey, Zenovia is forced to do more of the parenting, making it necessary to scrutinize everything in order to ward of any possible embarrassing attacks. When members of the Brethren of the Sacrifice Church show up and offer Audrey a chance to start over, she is excited and ready to sign up. Fortunately for Zenovia, she finds that the children involved in the Brethren are friendly and easy to deal with, making it easy for her to finally have a semblance of a normal life with friends and hanging out while not having to monitor her mother's every single move.

    Both falling into comfortable roles within the Brethren, Audrey's finally found the husband that she dreamed of 17 years prior. Unfortunately for Zenovia, Phillip, her mother's dream man, is dead set against medication and Zenovia is afraid of how her new life will deteriorate with a non medicated Audrey on the prowl.

    Invested in her own drama, Zenovia is dating Emil, considered a rebel with the Brethren, and crushing on two brothers, Tristan and Justin, superstars in the Brethren. When her relationship with Emil goes further, Zenovia is treated like an outcast and is soon out of the perch. It hurts, but what hurts her more is the fact that even Audrey appears against her.

    Four years later, Zenovia bumps into Justin Batiste at church. Despite his intense pursuit, Zenovia is still uncertain about them moving towards a future together. When she learns that he's cast out of the Brethren, they both must take a walk of faith and learn to get past the betrayal, hurt and pain associated with their families.

    IN THE MIDST OF IT ALL by Tiffany L. Warren caught me completely off guard. I'd never read the synopsis and was just intent on reading it because of who the author was. A good story, with great characters and a different choice of religion was just the right mixture that pulled it all together for me. I loved that you felt the uncertainty, the doubt and the forgiveness throughout the entire story. God can do anything but fail!

    Reviewed by Crystal

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  • Posted February 19, 2010

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    IN THE MIDST OF IT ALL

    Alexander Hamilton and Malcolm X are quoted for saying "Those Who Stand for Nothing, Fall for Anything." That almost describes Zenovia except she did have a relationship with God and she knew the bible for herself. So when Charlotte and her daughter Alyssa from Brethren of the Sacrifice knocked on her door claiming to have "good news," why did Zenovia ignore her gift and decide to join along with her mother? Was it because of her mom, or the excitement of being back in church?

    In search of good news, Audrey's excited about joining a new church. Zenovia has missed the choir and the preaching at their church First Gethsemane; however, what they find at Brethren of the Sacrifice Devotion Center leaves Audrey mentally unstable and Zenovia with unanswered questions and a broken spirit.

    I enjoyed the cast of characters, their story, and how they were redeemed. We see Zenovia's mother Audrey, though straddled with schizophrenia, eager to find a husband and a church. What I absolutely loved about this character was that side of her which had me laughing out loud throughout the book. As quick as she would crack a joke, she would cut you smooth if you crossed her.

    We met Zenovia at age seventeen, mentally older than her years, waiting for that next thing, whatever that was and looked like. I would assume that it's because she's cared for her mom for as long as she can remember. With no friends or a boy to call her own, Zenovia's grace is longer than her suffering.

    Tiffany Warren opens the doors on religious rhetoric and issues in the church that don't line up with what the bible says. I believe this is the perfect time for Christian authors to shed light on non-biblical doctrine being taught and preached in the church. In the Midst of It All could help the readers answer or feel empowered enough to challenge their church belief system, ask questions or seek the bible for answers. The title of this book was befitting of the challenges represented. In the midst of all that's going on and all that's being said to you, keep your focus on the Lord because His love will always be there.

    Reviewed by Missy for Urban Reviews

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  • Posted February 1, 2010

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    Tiffany L. Warren provides a thought provoking exhilarating story line with a deep message

    Teenager Zenovia has spent her entire young life caring for her schizophrenic mother. Tired and seeing a foreboding future of always being there for her mentally troubled mom, Zenovia does her best. When members of the Brethren of the Sacrifice Church arrive, Zenovia feels welcomed by them and though skeptical knows adding God into their lives will help them especially with her mom's excitement re the bible.

    Seventeen years ago, Audrey saw her future husband in a vision; now she sees her one day spouse Phillip in person at the church. They marry, but instead of Zenovia's life improving, it turns nasty as her stepfather and the rest of the flock want Audrey to stop taking her schizophrenic medication that prevents her mom turning violent, but the congregation insists she is suffering from demonic possession. With the help of church peers, Zenovia works hard at school and obtains a college scholarship to escape; knowing one day the call she dreads will come.

    This is a timely inspirational tale with a strong message that people should look closely at who interprets God's words; sort of a historiographer evaluating the history writer's background. Profound, Tiffany L. Warren provides a thought provoking exhilarating story line with a deep message encouraging people to apply the free will God has granted us to make your own interpretation and decision; as those who conveniently let others do so may be led by false profiteering prophets.

    Harriet Klausner

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