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Vanessa Petten bridges the communication gap between teens and parents. Every parent fears "losing" their child. But in this revolutionary book, youthologist Vanessa Van Petten translates what parents want to say into what teens want to hear. At 16, Vanessa Van Petten started her award-winning website, RadicalParenting. com, in reaction to sudden friction with her parents. Today, Vanessa and more than one hundred teen contributors help thousands of parents build and maintain healthy, strong, mutually fulfilling relationships with their teenage children-by providing prescriptive advice straight from the source. From classic fights like dating and chores to 21st Century issues such as sexting and cyberbullying, this comprehensive book provides step-by-step guidance on every worry, including: Lying Peer Pressure Social Networking Sex School Drugs It's never too late to reconnect. Vanessa Van Petten helps you learn what's really going on in your child's life, and most importantly- understand when to put your foot down and when to let go. .
When one woman is caught in the act of her greatest transgression, it's the beginning of her greatest transformation. . . It started innocently: a coincidental meeting between old high school friends--first loves--at Butterfly's business, The Painted Lady Flower Shop. Then came lunch, then confessions of unhappy marriages, loneliness. It went on that way for years between Butterfly and Ethan. That's how they built the soul tie--the bond that, despite their devotion to God, has now led to adultery. And as with all things done in secret, they've been found out. Well, Butterfly has. As a leader in her church, Butterfly is suddenly cast into the spotlight. But she soon realizes she's being used as a pawn to bring down a new pastor--a young man who is upsetting tradition by preaching about real-life issues real people deal with. People like Butterfly. And as she faces a challenging search for truth, forgiveness, and the real meaning of love, she may finally break out of her cocoon. . . There are enough tears, hugs, and lessons learned before summer's over to appease readers, young and adult, who like a good dose of faith with their fiction. --Publishers Weekly on Ray of Hope Griggs address[es] the challenges of living by Biblical rules with homespun humor. Fans will be pleased. --Publishers Weekly on The Truth Is the LightA smart novel that addresses an issue that many in the church shy away from--divorce--with frank realism. --Library Journal on Practicing What You PreachVanessa's rich stories of faith in action always hit the writing trifecta--they make you laugh, cry, and yearn for more. --Angela Benson, National bestselling authorI absolutely love Vanessa's unique writing style. She is one of a kind. --Mary Monroe, New York Times bestselling author
"Vanessa is a superb storyteller. " --ReShonda Tate BillingsleyA Blessed Trinity NovelAs Pastor George Landris welcomes a new member to the Followers of Jesus Faith Worship Center, jealousy begins to shake up the congregation. . . . Gabrielle Mercedes has dreamed of being a dancer since she was a little girl. But her life takes a very different turn, and it's not the future she'd envisioned for herself. Feeling a void she can't fill, she finds the salvation she's been seeking in church and decides to start anew. Learning that her church has a dance ministry, she's thrilled to have her first love back in her life. Then she meets the handsome and professionally accomplished Zachary Wayne Morgan, and finally everything seems to be falling into place--until a past secret threatens to tear it all apart, and her newfound faith is put to the ultimate test. . . Praise For Vanessa Davis Griggs"I absolutely love Vanessa's unique writing style. She is one of a kind. " --Mary Monroe, "New York Times "bestselling author"Will make you laugh, cry, shout, and praise God. Goodness and Mercy was a true page-turner and will make you want more and more. " --Urban Reviews
The Handbook of Race and Adult Education provides a discourse on the theory, the real-life experiences, and the structure of privileges within race and racism. Edited by leaders in this field, the unique resource presents ways for changes in classrooms, communities, and homes for marginalized or oppressed groups and individuals. As the first comprehensive resource on race, racism, and adult education, this book is essential for introductory level graduate students in understanding the complexity of race and racism in an educational context.
Secrets threaten the faithful as Pastor George Landris, the charismatic leader of the Followers of Jesus Faith Worship Center, faces a tough choice, and a troubled woman learns that uncovering the past can test one's deepest faith. . . Memory Patterson has been hiding from her family for much too long. Her instinct has always been to run, and never more so than when a chance meeting with Pastor Landris and his pregnant wife, Johnnie Mae, leads to a shocking revelation about Memory's mother. For all those involved, secrets have done nothing but tear them apart and destroy their families. And for Memory's family, only hope and the power of faith can mend their shattered, fractured lives . . . Praise For Vanessa Davis Griggs"Vanessa's rich stories of faith in action always. . . make you laugh, cry, and yearn for more. " --Angela Benson, National Bestselling Author"Vanessa's books are fascinating, full of wisdom, occasional humor, and] a little romance. " --Cheryl Robinson, author of "Sweet Georgia Brown"
When a battle of wills threatens to tear a family apart, a child shall lead them--straight to a shocking secret. Will they betray their faith--and each other--to keep it buried?After seven years of marriage, Paris Simmons-Holyfield and her husband, Andrew, are still childless. Now Paris is determined to adopt orphaned nine-year-old Jasmine Noble. Trouble is, Jasmine's in the custody of ex-stripper Gabrielle Mercedes. Worse, Andrew is vehemently against the idea--and he's not alone. Paris's father, Lawrence Simmons, a powerful politician, has vowed to shut his daughter down. The only man to even dare be on Paris's side is shady Darius Connors. Unemployed and not quite out of the dog house with his wife, Darius is more than happy to help the beautiful, vulnerable, yet undeterred Paris. . . Paris has her suspicions about why her husband and her father are so opposed to the adoption. But the reality is far more scandalous than she imagines. To get to the bottom of it, she'll have to deal with blackmail from the last person she ever expected--and battle Gabrielle, who'll fight with everything she's got--including the truth. Soon, all involved will learn just what's on the other side of dare. . . I absolutely love Vanessa's unique writing style. --Mary Monroe
Full of crazy church politics and a huge cast, Griggs keeps this on-going story alive by addressing the challenges of living by Biblical rules with homespun humor. --Publishers Weekly Paris Simmons-Holyfield is finally pregnant with the baby she's dreamed of for so long. There's just one complication: she's not sure who the father is. Apparently, after a night of drinking with her ex-coworker and ally Darius Connors, it could be him. Considering her husband's track record, chances are it is. Still, Paris prays it's not Darius, and decides to keep quiet about her worries. Especially because Darius isn't ready to give up on his crumbling marriage. . . Meanwhile, after a battle to keep her adopted daughter and an ugly confrontation with Paris's family, Gabrielle Mercedes has finally found love and happiness. But when her father shows up, paroled from prison, she fears she's in for another round of trouble. As all three navigate the path from sin to redemption, can they forgive their way to the other side? I absolutely love Vanessa's unique writing style. --Mary Monroe, New York Times bestselling author
How far will faith and love go when an ambitious man finds himself in the fight of his life--with a woman who knows the other side of goodness all too well. . . Fifty-year-old Alabama congressman Lawrence Rudolph Simmons will do whatever it takes to get re-elected--even switch parties from Democrat to Republican. With the political tide turning, Lawrence feels it's his best shot--along with his charisma, solid twenty-nine year marriage, and three great kids. But a buried secret from his past is about to be resurrected. . . . It's been eight years since Gabrielle Mercedes gave up her baby for adoption. But when she learns the child desperately needs a bone marrow transplant, she doesn't hesitate to contact the congressman. Like Lawrence, Gabrielle will fight for what she wants, even if it means the truth could ruin someone else's life and career. . . . "There are enough tears, hugs, and lessons learned before summer's over to appease readers, young and adult, who like a good dose of faith with their fiction. " --"Publishers Weekly "on "Ray of Hope" "Griggs address es] the challenges of living by Biblical rules with homespun humor. Fans will be pleased. " --"Publishers Weekly "on "The Truth Is the Light""A smart novel that addresses an issue that many in the church shy away from--divorce--with frank realism. "--"Library Journal" on "Practicing What You Preach""I absolutely love Vanessa's unique writing style. She is one of a kind. " --Mary Monroe, "New York Times "bestselling author
Must a young woman choose between her commitment to her marriage. . . and to God?Brianna was ten years old when she first met twenty-five year old David R. Shepherd, a devout and gifted gospel recording artist who would ultimately become world renowned megastar, King d. Avid. He left an impression on Brianna she would never forget. And they were destined to meet again. . . Brianna's best friend, Alana Norwood, hasn't had the best encounters with men, but she's always been a good friend to Brianna, no matter what situation the two may find themselves in. But despite their bond, the next time Brianna encounters King, she's a lonely young wife seeking solace in religious studies. While Alana's quest for fame has her living a life that seems to be going nowhere fast, King's companionship offers Brianna the deep emotional connection she longs for. But when both a tragedy and a blessing enters Brianna's life, she finds herself wrestling with questions of faith, fidelity, forgiveness, and the sovereignty of God. . . like never before. "Griggs address[es] the challenges of living by Biblical rules with homespun humor. Fans will be pleased. " -Publishers Weekly on The Truth Is the Light"A smart novel that addresses an issue that many in the church shy away from-divorce-with frank realism. "-Library Journal on Practicing What You Preach
"I absolutely love Vanessa's unique writing style. She is one of a kind. " --Mary Monroe, New York Times bestselling author"Full of crazy church politics and a huge cast, Griggs keeps this on-going story alive by addressing the challenges of living by Biblical rules with homespun humor. " --Publishers WeeklyAs the son of a well-known minister, Clarence Walker knows his decision to leave his father's flock and join Pastor George Landris's mega-church ministry is controversial. But little does he suspect it will ignite a firestorm of revelations that will shake the heart of the congregation--and his very own family. . . From a long-buried secret that will bring the paternity of not one, but two women, to light, to a parishioner whose long awaited love match may be thwarted by an unexpected source, hidden truths are coming to the surface. But most shocking is that Clarence's own father, Reverend Marshall Walker, may not be the pious figure he claims to be. And since evidence of his transgressions lies in the hands of his arch nemesis, it's only a matter of time before Reverend Walker's life--and his church--falls like a house of cards. Praise For Vanessa Davis Griggs"A beautiful, hip, and spiritual retelling of one of the most memorable and redemptive stories in the Bible. " --Freshfiction. com on Redeeming Waters"A smart novel that addresses an issue that many in the church shy away from--divorce--with frank realism. " --Library JournalonPracticing What You Preach