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Practical Virtues: Everyday Values and Devotions for African-American Families
     

Practical Virtues: Everyday Values and Devotions for African-American Families

by Floyd H. Flake, Elaine Flake
 

As pastor of a church of more than fifteen thousand congregants, a former congressman, and president of one of the country's most respected black colleges, the Reverend Floyd Flake is frequently sought after by those in need of guidance. Now, with Practical Virtues, he and his wife, A.M.E. co-pastor Elaine McCollins Flake, have gathered their favorite

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As pastor of a church of more than fifteen thousand congregants, a former congressman, and president of one of the country's most respected black colleges, the Reverend Floyd Flake is frequently sought after by those in need of guidance. Now, with Practical Virtues, he and his wife, A.M.E. co-pastor Elaine McCollins Flake, have gathered their favorite stories, letters, hymns, narratives, and poems into a single, indispensable collection and paired them with spiritual exercises for the soul.

Beautifully designed, with each of the twelve chapters devoted to a single virtue — Courage, Diligence, Faith, Forbearance, Forgiveness, Honesty, Love, Loyalty, Prudence, Responsibility, Service, and Trustworthiness — Practical Virtues is a heartfelt, inspiring gift the Flakes have given to all African American families.

Editorial Reviews

Daily News
“An expansive anthology of words to guide souls to a place of inner strength.”
Bishop T.D. Jakes
“Practical Virtues will inspire, inform, and ignite those who read it.”
Essence
“An inspiring collection.”
USA Today on The Way of the Bootstrapper
“I was certainly inspired.”
Chicago Defender on The Way of the Bootstrapper
“Tremendously written.”
Black Issues Book Review on The Way of the Bootstrapper
“Motivational and spiritual.”
Congresswoman Maxine Waters on The Way of the Bootstrapper
“[An] enlightening and spiritual experience.”
William J. Bennett
“Read his words and lessons. Study them carefully...[and] take the next step by incorporating them into your everyday life.”
Dallas Morning News
“A powerful collection.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Well written...rings with sincerity....Families will find this book helpful.”
Publishers Weekly
In a treasure trove of African-American spirituality, Revs. Floyd Flake and Elaine McCollins Flake offer Practical Virtues: Everyday Values and Devotions for African American Families. While the title might suggest another simplistic niche devotional with bite-sized expressions of spiritual wisdom, the book actually offers an incomparably rich selection of historical writings by, for and about African-Americans. Here we find snippets from the memoir of Rosa Parks, the speeches of Sojourner Truth, the poetry of Langston Hughes and Gwendolyn Brooks and the socio-political writings of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois. (Polar opposites in their approaches a century ago, Washington and DuBois actually seem at home appearing cheek-by-jowl in this collection.) The writings are organized around spiritual virtues such as courage, diligence, faith, honesty, love, loyalty and service. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Husband and wife pastors of a church of 15,000 in Jamaica, Queens (New York City), the Flakes are both heavily involved in the practical challenges of daily living. Their book brings together an array of short narratives, poems, speeches, accounts, hymns, biblical quotes, and stories that relate to African American experiences. Each entry is coupled with thoughtful and applicable questions. This is an everyday book of inspiration and exaltation, broken into chapters each devoted to one of 12 virtues: courage, diligence, faith, forbearance, forgiveness, honesty, love, loyalty, prudence, responsibility, service, and trustworthiness. These virtues are set forth as "a way of life" applicable to everyone. Floyd Flake (Nine Action Steps to Achieving Your Dreams) grew up in poverty but graduated from college and later became a congressman, president of a multimillion-dollar corporation, and president of Wilberforce University. This collection of readings and exercises will inspire others and is particularly recommended for libraries in African American communities.-George Westerlund, formerly with Providence P.L., Palmyra, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060090609
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/14/2003
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
5.62(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.29(d)

Meet the Author

Rev. Dr. Floyd Flake is the senior pastor of the more than 15,000-member Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York in Jamaica, Queens, and is also the president of Wilberforce Univeristy in Ohio. Flake is also the founder of the Allen Christian School, which he established with his wife, Rev. Elaine Flake. From 1986-1997, Flake served in the U.S. Congress, and is currently a commissioner on the President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education and a member of the NYC 2012 Olympic Committee. A native of Houston, Texas, Dr. Flake holds a B.A. from Wilberforce University and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH. Author of the best-selling The Way of the Bootstrapper: Nine Action Steps for Achieving Your Dreams (HarperSanFrancisco), Rev. Flake lives in Old Westbury, NY with his wife and four children.

Rev. Dr. Elaine Flake is the co-pastor of the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral with her husband, Rev. Floyd Flake. Born in Memphis, Reverend Elaine, as her church knows her, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Fisk University in Nashville, a Master of Arts in English from Boston University, and a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She was also awarded a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. She has contributed articles to the book, Soul of My Sisters: Black Women Break Their Silence, and recently authored her own book, God in Her Midst: Preaching Healing to Hurting Women. Rev. Flake is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and hosts yearly ministry retreats that attact over 1000 women from across the country. She and her husband live in Old Westbury, NY and are the parents of four children.

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