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Hell Bent, Heaven Bound: One Woman's Journey from the Drug House to the King's House

Hell Bent, Heaven Bound: One Woman's Journey from the Drug House to the King's House

by Shawnta' Pulliam


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Growing up in a neighborhood where crack cocaine and prostitution coexisted alongside a gospel-preaching old woman named Sister Lou, Shawntá Pulliam saw the futility of life around her in the “hood,” yet knew deep inside she was born for something more—something great even. Still, with a drug-addicted mother and a father behind bars, the pull of the streets and deep emotional wounding took their toll, and she easily fell in with a crowd hurtling headlong in the wrong direction. A nervous breakdown that led to her breakthrough revived Shawntá’s faith and stirred up the gifts God had planted in her long ago. Propelled by that faith, she watched as God opened door after door for her to walk through. Following her heart-cry, she eventually founded an organization called Nurturing Hearts for at-risk girls ages ten to eighteen. In Hell Bent, Heaven Bound, she reminds us all that God uses the things we like least about ourselves—and breathes purpose into them.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683501077
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
Publication date: 03/14/2017
Series: Faith Series
Pages: 124
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Shawntá Pulliam is a visionary, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and life coach. She is the founder of Nurturing Hearts, a nonprofit organization in Erie, Pennsylvania, whose mission is to provide supportive leadership and life skills that will prepare girls ages ten to eighteen for a bright and positive future. Through her organization Shawntá Pulliam Arise, LLC, she offers inspirational speaking and life coaching services—a qualification she earned through being coached by world-renowned motivational speaker Les Brown.

Table of Contents


Fade to Black 3

Why Persephone Should Be a Black Name 4

East 149th Street (Symphony for a Black Girl) 6

Complected 7

My Monthly 8

Ode to Now 'n' Laters 9

Fifteen 11

Dear Diary 12

I'll Be There 16

Scar Tissue 18

Akron at Night 19

Free 20

Mercy 21

The Handicapped Stall 23

Sixteen 25

Brown Sugar 26


Understood 31

Membrane 32

Wrath 33

Passover 34

Searching 35

Nights at Maya's 37

Southern Cross 38

Piece 39

Perspective 40

The kink in the fantasy 41

One Night Stand 42

Morning When a Dream Lingers 43

Kiwi 44

Church 45

Process 46

After Earl Came Home 49

Work Calendar 50

Lily 51

The blond on his arm 54

Odalisque 55

Gaze 56

She Talks to Michael Fassbender 57

The small of my back (your hand here) 59

Permission 60

He Can Get The Panties 61

The Dark Lady Speaks 63


Haint 67

Charting 68

Knell 70

The First IVF Fails 71

Going Through With It 72

Bough breaks 73

Hunger 74

Slip Skin Study: Broken 75

At 5 weeks 76

The Return of the Prodigal Mother 77

Induced 78

Letdown 79

Family Bed 80

All the King's Horses 81

Thick of It 82

Two Glasses of Milk 83

Lament for Things Found Under a Child's Bed: 84

Notes 85

Biography 87

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