SistahFaith: Real Stories of Pain, Truth, and Triumph

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Bunny Debarge, Sharon Ewell Foster, Claudia Mair Burney, and other women share their stories of abuse, betrayal, rape, abortion, and abandonment, giving readers permission to be honest about their own pain. The miracle of telling the truth allows the curtain of humiliation to be pulled back and expose secrets, breaking the power shame has over women. As readers come to understand the restoration and healing that happened when the contributors came to God and the truth, they will find their own courage and hope in...

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Overview

Bunny Debarge, Sharon Ewell Foster, Claudia Mair Burney, and other women share their stories of abuse, betrayal, rape, abortion, and abandonment, giving readers permission to be honest about their own pain. The miracle of telling the truth allows the curtain of humiliation to be pulled back and expose secrets, breaking the power shame has over women. As readers come to understand the restoration and healing that happened when the contributors came to God and the truth, they will find their own courage and hope in the God of second chances. Sistah —a word often used to describe women of color—is used in this book to move beyond the boundaries of race, class, and faith to bring women of all colors together. .

With true stories from more than twenty women, SistahFaith also includes original poems, fill-in-the-blank Bible study, reflection questions, prayers of proclamation, and scripture. In these pages, women will discover new friends—women who aren’t afraid to be seen at their worst and who believe that true sistahs will still see the best in them. .

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439152775
  • Publisher: Howard Books
  • Publication date: 2/2/2010
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 211
  • Sales rank: 1,391,089
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Marilynn Griffith is the author of eight novels including the Shades of Style series and the Sassy Sistahood series. Her novels have been featured in Charisma Magazine, Black Expressions Book Club, and Black Issues Book Review. Other credits include Chicken Soup for the Christian Woman’s Soul, Cup of Comfort Devotionals and Momsense Magazine. She also serves as president of the recently formed SistahFaith Communications, LLC.

Raped at the age of thirteen and a first-time mother at age fourteen, Marilynn was all too familiar with secrecy and shame. But after becoming a Christian and marrying a good man, she now encourages women to lay aside the shame of secrecy and shares a message of hope and healing.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: In search of Sistahood Marilynn Griffith xiii

Serving Notice, a poem Rosalyn Webb xvi

Selecting Your Sistahs xvii

Chapter 1 Tamar, a Sistah Ashamed 1

Winter Is Past Carlean Smith 3

The Kept One Bunny DeBarge 6

A Hateful Love Marilynn Griffith 8

Tamar's Triumph, a poem Rosalyn Webb 10

Twelve Weeks of Truth-Week One 11

Chapter 2 A Sistahood of Scars 12

Treasure in the Scars Sharon Ewell Foster 13

Girl of Grace Woman of Peace, a poem Tanya Bates 20

My Past Cannot Have My Future Blessings Kisha Woods|22

Twelve Weeks of Truth-Week Two 29

Chapter 3 Tamar's Sharme 30

My Own Creation Sonya Visor 32

Hush-Hush Stuff Little Sally Walker 35

Let Me Laugh, a poem Wanda J. Burnside 39

Twelve Weeks of Truth-Week Three 40

Chapter 4 The Forgiving Hour 41

Divinely Made, a poem Wanda J. Burnside 42

Drowing Must Be a Terrible Way to Die Dr. Naima Johnson 43

Get Wisdom, Get Understanding Lady Catherine 51

I Loved a Boy Claudia Mair Burney 53

Twelve Weeks of Truth-Week Four 59

Chapter 5 Tamar's Flight 60

A Woman's Worth Delores M. Jones 61

Going Home Dorien Hage 65

How Dare You Robin Caldwell 69

Twelve Weeks of Truth-Week Five 76

Chapter 6 The Healing Pen 77

Life's Reintroduction, a poem Carmita McWebb 78

Confession Is Good for the Soul Stanice Anderson 80

A High Price to Pay LaVonn Neil 89

Beyond the Scars Sharon Ewell Foster 97

A New Name Marilynn Griffith 105

Twelve Weeks of Truth-Weeks Six 107

Chapter 7 My Sistah's Keeper 108

Far Above Rubies Marilynn Griffith 109

A Place Prepare Marilynn Griffith 116

The Naked Pregnant Lady in the Yard Claudia Mair Burney 118

Twelve Weeks ofTruth-Week Seven 121

Chapter 8 Her Robe, Royal No More 121

Scars Claudia Mair Burney 123

Perfection Dr. Gail M. Hayes 125

When I Think I'm Unlovable Robin R. Wise 128

Uncovering Love Delores M. Jones 133

Deliverance,a poem Shelette Carlisle 136

Twelve Weeks of Truth-Week Eight

Chapter 9 My Rearguard 139

The Short Trip Back to Sanctuary Davidae Stewart 142

Tamar's Wings, a poem Marilynn Griffith 145

Twelve Weeks of Truth-Week Nine 147

Chapter 10 Choose Life 148

Tea and Crackers Dr. Gail M. Hayes 149

No Choice Marilynn Griffith 154

Amazed by Grace Stanice Anderson 155

Evergreen Marilynn Griffith 161

Twelve Weeks of Truth-Week Ten 164

Chapter 11 Garments of Praise 165

If I Were Her Claudia Mair Burney 166

Two Minutes Dr.Gail M. Hayes 169

My Heart Waketh Marilynn Griffith 173

From Shame to Praise Dee East 176

What If I Had Never Been Sexually Abused? Stephanie L. Jones 180

The Day of Salvation Marilynn Griffith 184

Twelve Weeks of Truth-Week Eleven 186

Chapter 12 A Healing Season 187

Raising the Roof Marilynn Griffith 188

Brother, I'm Healed Marilynn Griffith 190

A Bare Witness Marilynn Griffith 192

Healing Proclamation Prayers 195

Twelve Weeks of Truth-Week Twelve 198

Healing Resources 199

About The Contributors 201

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