Souls of My Sisters: Black Women Break Their Silence, Tell Their Stories, and Heal Their Spirits

Souls of My Sisters: Black Women Break Their Silence, Tell Their Stories, and Heal Their Spirits

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by Dawn Marie Daniels, Candace Sandy

"If you can't reach a girlfriend to pour out your heart read Souls of My Sisters... Souls is just the thing when you need an extra boost." —Heart and Soul Magazine 

Sisters Share Their Experience.  .  .And Their Strength

In this revised edition, black women from all walks of life candidly reveal how they overcame


"If you can't reach a girlfriend to pour out your heart read Souls of My Sisters... Souls is just the thing when you need an extra boost." —Heart and Soul Magazine 

Sisters Share Their Experience.  .  .And Their Strength

In this revised edition, black women from all walks of life candidly reveal how they overcame challenges just like the ones you're facing now. From Patti Labelle, Terrie M. Williams, LisaRaye McCoy, and Mary J. Blige to single moms and spiritual leaders, these diverse females have bonded together in print, for the first time, to discuss the issues that have touched their lives. You'll find a few new stories and learn what has happened to some of these Soul Sisters in this revised edition. 

Their powerful, provocative, and ultimately uplifting stories relate with raw honesty the experiences only their sisters can truly understand, from abortion, AIDS and date rape to love, sex, racism, and money. Your sisters have been in your shoes. With their help, and your own inner strength of faith, you'll soon be taking the first precious steps toward healing from within—and liberating the magnificent woman you always dreamed of becoming. 

"Provides an opportunity for us to stop apologizing for what we have no control over and control what we can." —Debra Fraser-Howze, President/CEO of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS 

Dawn Marie Daniels brings a spirited array of professional credentials to her role as Editor of Souls of My Sisters. She was the editorial force behind a number of award-winning authors, and has utilized her position and power as one of the book industry's premier editors to ensure that African American projects get the attention they deserve. Daniels has established a commanding presence in adult nonfiction with such books as In the Meantime and One Day My Soul Just Opened Up, both New York Times bestsellers by Iyanla Vanzant. She utilized her eight years of publishing experience to bring new talent to the surface and helped push them to the forefront of the publishing industry. Daniels' authors have been published through various imprints such as Prentice Hall Press, Fireside, Touchstone, S&S Aguilar, Scribner Paperback fiction, Simon & Schuster Trade, and Pocket Books.   

Candace Sandy is the President of Candace Sandy Communications a multi media cooperative targeting women. For ten years, Candace Sandy has also served as the Communications Director for Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY) of the Sixth Congressional District, a member of the House Foreign Service and Financial Services Committees. In her capacity as Communications Director, Sandy has managed both national and international media campaigns in countries that have included Africa, Canada, Caribbean, China, Colombia, Cuba, Great Britain, India, Israel, Malaysia, Peru, and Venezuela. A frequent lecturer, who has served on several high-profile political campaigns, Sandy has worked tirelessly on behalf of women's issues including poverty, domestic violence, youth prostitution, anti crime, financial literacy, and reentry in New York City. Sandy is the former General Manager of New York University Radio Station WNYU 89.1 FM.  As a former Radio Advertising Bureau Mercury AD/LAB Fellow, Sandy has covered such events as the 1993 and 1997 Presidential Inaugurations and the1996 Summer Olympics. She has also conducted several celebrity radio interviews, including Pam Grier, Stevie Wonder, and Will Smith.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Literary agent Daniels and media consultant Sandy probe African-American women's strong facade to reveal the spiritual reality beneath it. Pointing to the recent discovery that "black women have among the highest rates of depression in the country," they perceive a need for African-American women to do some serious soul-searching. Early in the book, they ask readers to examine themselves through three simple words: Who am I? From there, they set readers on the path to self-discovery through poetry and soul-baring prose, with numerous, luminous African-American women lighting the path. Written by an eclectic group ranging from Rev. Patricia Webster to hip-hop queen Mary J. Blige, these insightful essays fall into 14 sections including "The Color of Money," "Isms" and "Better With Time." Many women reveal the despair that has threatened to engulf them, as well as the highs that have crowned their struggles. With characteristic honesty, public relations whiz Terrie Williams reminds readers of the common humanity we all share: "Deep down inside we are all fragile human beings, each one a combination of victories and defeats, a mixture of pain and joy, suffering and hopes." In her essay "When I Was Puerto Rican," Teresa Wiltz candidly reveals the humiliation she felt as a child when she was asked to clarify her ethnicity for her classmates. Although it may pull them toward cathartic tears at times, female fans of Iyanla Vanzant and Eric Copage will appreciate this reminder that the burden of living positively and productively is not borne alone. (Oct.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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Meet the Author

Dawn Marie Daniels was an editor for eight years at Simon & Schuster, where she worked on adult nonfiction such as Iyanla Vanzant's New York Times bestsellers In the Meantime and One Day My Soul Just Opened Up.

Candace Sandy serves as the Communications Director for Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-NY). She was recently awarded the prestigious 40 Under 40 award for her civic and professional work for NBC. Dawn and Candace have also been honored with the 2002 Amazing Woman Award for their literary efforts.

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As a Male Latino who has read this collection of inspirational's a Book Well-Worth Everyone, regardless of race and gender. And yes, that includes Whites. The book helps others understand the struggles needed to achieve Success or Security. It adds a degree of dimensional understanding of others, of those who struggle or have struggled to earn a place in society. Also, during my Youth, I grew up across 2 countries and many U.S. states, so I easily related to many stories in the book...where in my youth, I went through the phases of life....enduring the various states of mind that we undergo(lack of 'belonging', changing social values, etc.). Now, as a mature adult, successful, and secured in my life, this book reflects many of the of the roadblocks that I over-came in my past. And the readings in this book will inspire me to overcome future roadblocks that society places in front of me. In's a darn good book that helps us to Think with a Degree of Empathy for others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read of the book and heard of it since its release. It sparked an interest, but I shyed away because I thought it might be another women's 'complaining and moaning' book. I learned that I was quite mistaken when my dear sister friend (who happens to be white) gave it to me as a gift when I made a commitment to join a church after years of active attendance but no official commitment to a church! Having made my career in the entertainment industry in various demanding executive management positions, while being the sole caretaker of my demanding widowed & ill(now)78 year old mother for the past 12 years, I could relate to the necessity of finding, appreciating, and healing oneself and ones spirit! The beauty of the book is the sharing of the challenge and the triumph experienced through going through the challenge! Additionally, the appreciation of various triumphant stories from women from various walks of life and stages in their lives. Some journeys were less bumpy than others, some were extremely bumpy; however, the common thread is that there are no victims here, they are all victors! I actually know a few of the writing contributors professionally/socially, and knew of some of their challenges; nothwithstanding,I was still moved by their stories. As a woman of 40 plus, I wish when I was in my early 20's there had been such a book of contemporary Black women sharing their stories with me; but during this stage of my journey, I greatly appreciate it now. I have recommended this book to my peer age group, but also recommend it to young women in their early - late teens and certainly college age and those just starting out in their careers. 'I'm waiting for the next volume'--hint to the authors.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every woman goes through obstacles within their lifetime. This book really relates everything to you, in any situation. I have recently had a broken heart due to a breakup with my love of four years. I read Felicia Middlebrooks story, and it truely an awakening in my soul! It was like she knew what i was going through. Ladies this is a must have book. Please share it with your friends and yes, even your enemies. Thank God for this Book.
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'Someone was hurt before you; wronged before you; hungry before you; frightened before you; beaten before you; humiliated before you; raped before you; yet, someone survived.¿ -Maya Angelou Souls of my Sisters is an equally inspiring as well as motivational source of all the life lessons of today¿s black woman. The unifying theme here is, you are never alone; we all have been down that road. Regardless if it was caused by the atrocities of our heritage, the turbulent times we see right now or the unforeseen uncertainties of our future as a people. All of the roads lead toward one particular factor, which helps us make it through these uncertain times¿our own unrelinquished beliefs of and or the grace of God. Even if you don¿t have a set belief, you don¿t need to. If you want to be preached to, then this won¿t be your cup of tea. However, it may help to fill that void in your life. This is a collection of real experiences, anguish, hurt, reflections, memoirs, love and spiritual journeys of all forms. This book offers a diverse group of black women from all walks of life; such as Mary J. Blige, Kym Hampton, Rosalyn McMillian, Felicia Middlebrooks and other unsung heroines. If you have ever felt that sneaky feeling of worthlessness or self doubt, or you just sat alone in the dark and wondered why? Why is this happening to me and where do I go from here? Then let this book be your guide towards the collective healing process and learn to fully understand and love yourself. Tionne ¿T-Boz¿ Watkins, pondered this same question until she came up with this answer: ¿¿Because I am here for a reason and every day I still learn good reason to answer my question: Why me?¿
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Souls of My Sisters' is defintely a book that every family should have. I was fortunate enough to meet a few of the authors in the book while attending two signing and each one was both beautiful and inspiring. I would certainly agree that after hearing Jerry Lucas, one of the authors in the book personally speak I was totally intrigued by her story 'The Rug Pulled From Under Me'. While this and every other story in the book brought about a full range of emotions I could not help but to want to know even more about all of these beautiful women. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes the adventure that most fiction novels provide, while being a completely non-fiction book.. Kudos to everyone who gave a piece of themselves to make this book a home-run!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Iam a commited reader of clasics. Books that are writen with truth and honesty. Souls of My Sisters is down to earth and honest. I have purchased nine copys for my friends and co-workers both male and female. Some of the short stories have brought tears to my eyes,and only by the grace of God Goes my wife/sister or mother. I was lucky enough to have been given a copy by a female friend. I wish more males would read the book because it gives you a better understanding of how women greeve. They deserve all of the love and tenderness that we as males can give. Iam sure that everyone who reads the book can apreicate the openess of the authors. Souls of My Sisters crosses all boundries.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Souls of My Sisters will only get better with time. The women that shared their stories were very candied and it made you feel that you knew them personaly. I have not been able to put the book down. After reading it once and drawn to reread certian stories. I especially enjoyed 'The Rug Pulled Out From Under Me' By Jerry Lucas. I will be waiting for the book. 'Souls of My Sisters' has sparked my intrest in the women that would share such personal and private feelings about themselves. This book proves that life is better that a soap opera. This is difently a coffe table book. Even your children can read and learn from the real experiences of real women that have servived and are moveing on. It has embarked a soul serching experience for myself. It will difently be in all of my Xmas stockings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently attended a book signing for this book and I was moved to tears by the sharing of some of the participants in this masterpiece. This book is about women telling their stories, empowering themselves, loving themselves, finding inner peace and strength, communicating with each other on a spirtual level, and all other good things that women can do for each other through communication. I recommend this book to all women. It is a very personal, loving spirtual, inspiring conversation between sisters. I love you my sisters. I purchased six copies to share with my dearest friends. I hope they will enjoy them with their friends, husbands, children, mothers, fathers and everyone they find to share it with.