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Previous Book Club Picks and Reviews:
The Midwife of Hope River:
A Novel of
An American Midwife
My Amazon Review: 7 of 7 people found the following review helpful --
Beautiful, Inspiring, yet Powerful! as the Miracle of Birth!,
-October 10, 2012
...the perfect novel to read during Autumn and Winter, The Midwife of Hope River, celebrates life, friendship, love and community. Get your hot cocoa, marshmallows and blanket together and prepare to sit for long periods of time as you enjoy this page turner that you'll dread finishing.
Imagine the time, an era of the Great Depression, where hope seems lost with each passing season, each day feeling dark and troublesome on "Hope River." Hope River is on the Appalachia Mountain in Union County, West Virginia, where you will surprisingly find a lot of diversity: miners, travelers seeking work, business owners, physicians, ministers and their families make up this community. The time is filled with racism, discrimination, many laws that divide us. A time where little work is offered, therefore many babies are conceived. A time before ultrasounds and technology, where hospitals are able to turn you around if you aren't able to take care of the bill first and a time where doctors could turn you around because of the color of your skin is the setting for "The Midwife of Hope River." In this novel, you will see the beauty of life bringing a community of people together despite their differences and the chaos surrounding them.
New to the community, certified midwife, Patience Murphy (formally Elizabeth Snyder) has traveled a journey filled with sadness, loss and trouble. She now finds herself moving from the city to this rural area wanted by the law. With guilt on her heart and mind, she gives endlessly to this community with no expectations of anything in return. Patience does not turn away a birth even when she regrets it later. She attends the births of the affluent, the poor, black, white, homeless, Amish, Christian, non-believers. Each birth is celebrated uniquely, yet beautifully. In giving birth, many lessons on life are learned with each birth report she writes. Occasionally reminiscing about the past she left behind, standing up for those things she's most passionate about: life, social equality and her new friends. With this new leaf on life, her new help and dear friend, Bitsy, a courageous black, intelligent woman with dreams of her own, they become a team in Hope River.
Patience brings to Bitsy a home and work that she learns naturally, while Bitsy brings to Patience, a sense of what she endures as a black woman, family, warmth and together they embrace a beautiful friendship learning from each other. They both find healing in love, life and laughter in odd places. With each birth, you will feel that you are right there in the room with every detail given.
This is no surprise since the author, Patricia Harman, served as a Midwife for several years passionately delivering life into this world, never losing a patient alongside her husband who's a gynecologist and retired obstetrician. The author has been committed to service herself throughout her life as an activist and teacher. She brings life to Patience Murphy and "Bitsy" for each reader to love and enjoy in this beautifully written fiction. As it deals with "Life, death and the beautiful mess in between," The Midwife of Hope River, will make you laugh as well as cry; dream and think as this beautiful and powerful story unfolds. The eye opening story it is, The Midwife of Hope River, inspires with amazing details from the past and a hope for the future as it brings into full circle, life, even in loss, while cherishing the greater good in all of humanity.
Black Woman Redefined:
Dispelling Myths and
Discovering Fulfillment in the Age of Michelle Obama
My Amazon Review: 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
A Book All Women Can Sit and Discuss!
-June 8, 2012
...a transparent authoress, facts and statistics, quotes, love in the details makes for a very good book. That's exactly what you will find in "Black Woman Redefined: Dispelling Myths and Discovering Fulfillment in the Age of Michelle Obama." This book is eye awakening, yet confirming while the authoress is encouraging and transparent. It is one of the most well and heartfelt written books I've read in a very long time. It makes for great, intellectual discussion from women of all races and backgrounds. Very informative and inspiring!!!
Sunne's Gift: How Sunne Overcame Bullying to Reclaim God's Gift (Book Review, Questions and Answers With The Author)
Ama, tell us a little about your background and how it's brought you to writing the inspirational children's book: Sunne's Gift.
I grew up in Queens, NY and I have taken a very traditional and academic path in life. I went to Harvard and studied Social Studies and then went to The Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania for my MBA and JD. Along the way, I have worked as an investment banker, wall street stock-picker and now a securities lawyer. I also got married and had two beautiful boys. None of my history would give any hint that I would wind up pursuing creative writing. I’m shocked myself. It was a true calling.
One day, I went to a barber shop with my dad to get my son Jojo’s hair cut. Jojo was 3 at the time and the two other hair cuts that he had consisted of a barber shaving his hair practically bald. That is the easiest hair cut for a fidgety child. I wanted this time to be different and I told the barber not to shave off all of Jojo’s hair and to just make it shorter. He then proceeded to, in my view, shave Jojo’s head practically bald. “Whoa, whoa, I told you that I did not want it bald, this is way too low!” I exclaimed. “How can I tell you this? You’ve got a real n****r here. He is a native boy. He is from the tribe. This ain’t pretty hair. This is the best cut for him,” said the barber with his clippers still in the front of Jojo’s hair. I forced a giggle and then entered a state of shock. I could not believe that the black barber demeaned my son and his hair. The next day, I was watching the fashion police with Joan Rivers and they were discussing Solange Knowles’ outfit to the Gatsby premiere. Joan Rivers made a comment that an afro is not an appropriate hairstyle for a red carpet event. My head began to spin. I was just tired of all of the natural afro-textured hair hate from black people and white people alike. I was reading a marketing book at the time which said that the best way to get a message across is through a story. I really wanted to write a story that would honor afro-textured hair. But I did not think of myself as a creative writer. Soon afterwards, I was watching Super Soul Sunday on OWN and a speaker said that art is no different from prayer. I started praying on a story and God gave me the story of Sunne’s Gift. Hence, the story was born. The fable is really for everyone and it is not just about afro-textured hair, it is about anything that makes you unique as individual or as an ethnicity. But because short stories with pictures are marketed to children, it is in the children’s book market.
That is such an excellent and inspiring response... Even with your busy schedule as a mother and attorney, you took the time to tell this story in such a way for everyone (all ages and ethnicities) to understand and take several messages from it. So, tell us what you want each child reading this book to take from it as we're living in a day where kids are teased about everything whether it's at school or on social media.
I would like each child to gain the following message. God gave everyone a gift. When we bully or ridicule someone we may destroy that person’s gift and we will all suffer from that loss. For that reason, we should love and accept ourselves and love and accept everyone else.
Loving and accepting ourselves and each other, is the precise opposite of harming others through bullying. Sadly, social media has made bullying easier and more pervasive. Children are not only bullied in school. They get on Twitter and on Facebook and experience more bullying. My heart goes out to that beautiful young lady Jada who was not only sexually assaulted, but who was also emotionally assaulted as people passed along her naked pics and taunted her. This type of behavior is just so unacceptable and for that reason I pray that more children read Sunne’s Gift. If children know their own worth then they will not feel the need to “prove themselves” by assaulting and bullying others. They will love and respect others as they love and respect themselves.
That is very true and I'm so glad that you brought up Jada's story and I see the power rising in her from her story as she too, as Sunne, reclaimed her gift. Empowering. Now tell us, why should parents make sure their child(ren) read Sunne's Gift?
As parents, it is our duty to instill our children with self-esteem and pride. It is also imperative that we teach our children to treat others lovingly and respectfully. But sometimes, we miss out on opportunities to instill pride and remind children of these crucial lessons. Sunne’s Gift provides such an opportunity through the actual story and through the questions and answers at the end of the book. There are not many books on the market that provide this in a way that is relatable to children and adults of all ages. The book is marketed as a children’s book because it is illustrated, but I personally remind myself of the story as I go through my daily journey of trying to live my truth and bolster my own feelings of worthiness.
Amazing, Ama. A story beautifully told and I thank you for sharing this with us and to the world. To you who are reading, let us know what you think and be sure to click the pinks for all the links!
We recently read and met virtually to discuss Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive by Bishop TD Jakes
This book is perfect for you who are seeking increase in every capacity of your life. This book serves as a great guide to help you discern between distractions and destiny--using your God-given instinct we all were born with.
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"Our instincts are the treasure map for our soul's satisfaction. Following our instincts can make the crucial distinction between what we are good at-- our vocation or skill set--and what we are good for--the fulfillment of our purposeful potential." -Bishop TD Jakes, Instinct Has a Rhythm