The ORACLE Speaks … just because
by Denise L. Cook (Author), D.L. Cook (Editor), DLC Graphics (Illustrator), Sandra Cooper (Illustrator)
The ORACLE Speaks … just because is designed to provide guidance through example. Noted author Denise L. Cook, known as The ORACLE, graces us with her unique blend of truth and straight-ahead honesty about things life. Through her cryptic poetry and prose style The ORACLE paints a picture you can see, hear, feel, smell and touch, all in a word…. SYMBOLISM, imagery and design by nature set the tone, balance and reference for perception. The symbolism in The ORACLE Speaks . . . just because is diverse and varies in genre, culture, spiritual influence and personal experience. The stories, poems and prose were born on the wings of the Phoenix of The ORACLE’s life. Each word and emotion embedded in the treacherous, powerful wings of change, uncertainty, promise and love. The VOID is where the ORACLE dwells. It represents the vast and infinite possibility for love, acceptance and understanding of self, God-self, and all that is in and of the universe . The ORACLE Cards which appear on the title page of The ORACLE Speaks … just because , represent aspects of the Spirit that make the ORACLE who she is. Each of the symbols are personal and universal: Peace, Honor, Unity, Balance, Truth, Integrity, Beauty, Pleasure, Wisdom. The meaning and significance of each specific to The ORACLE’s frame of mind during the course of her journey through the word of life. You ll find each translated in Latin on the card borders and/or represented by an image on the face of each card. The Tai Chi symbol at the end of each poem indicates just that. The end of the piece and the author’s hope for balance in the words, the message, and the spirit of intent. The five sections of the book, The VOID, PARADISE, INSIGHT, LOVE and COMPASSION, are arbitrary choices led by the flow of knowledge guided by God’s hand through the hands of the ORACLE. At the conclusion of each piece the author shares her ‘Motivation’ for writing and a space is provided the reader an opportunity to write ‘Your Thoughts’. Thus the book is personal and interactive. Many of the pieces are illustrated in full color by Los Angeles based artist Sandra Cooper and R. Vega, (Sandra’s ‘nom de’ art), and photos from Ms. Cook’s personal albums.
The Conversation: How Black Men and Women Can Build Loving, Trusting Relationships
by Hill Harper
In his first book for adults, New York Times bestselling author Hill Harper invites you to join the Conversation: an honest dialogue about the breakdown of African-American relationships.
For generations African Americans have turned to their families in times of need but now, this proud and strong legacy is in peril. Black men and women have stopped communicating effectively and it threatens the very relationships and marriages necessary to sustain the Black family. Today, less than a third of Black children are being raised in two-parent households, a sharp decline from past generations. So, why is it so difficult for Black men and women to build long-term, loving and mutually beneficial relationships? What is happening in the community that makes it so hard for women and men to find their way to each other? And why are there so few people who manage to hold a marriage together, even after finding a person to love?
In his moving yet practical book, Hill Harper undertakes a journey both universal and deeply personal in search of answers to these questions. He has conversations with friends and strangers — married, single and divorced — and learns about their private struggles, emotional vulnerabilities, and real concerns, and begins to see common themes emerge. As his journey picks up momentum, Hill begins to recognize his own struggles in other people’s stories, and is encouraged to more deeply examine his own relationship issues. Why does so much misinformation and mistrust exist between the sexes? Hill addresses the stereotypes that have developed in the Black community, in the hope that by addressing the challenges, Black men and women can find their way to common ground. The Conversation aims to open up the lines of communication, and offers inspiration to those who want to take control of this crisis and start building successful, sustainable relationships.
T.D. Jakes offers readers of the New York Times bestseller Before You Do, now retitled Making Great Decisions: For a Life Without Limits, a collection of Scripture and quotes that provides the spiritual underpinnings of his message about applying Christian principles to making important choices that you’ll be proud of for the rest of your life.
Before You Do, the narrative book, uses wisdom collected from more than thirty years of Jakes’s experience counseling and working with high-profile and everyday people through his ministry and numerous appearances on national television and radio.Relationship decisions come down to five crucial components, according to Bishop Jakes:
Research: gathering information and collecting data
Roadwork: removing obstacles and clearing the path
Rewards: listing choices and imagining their consequences
Revelation: narrowing your options and making your selection
Rearview: looking back and adjusting as necessary to stay on course
Making Great Decisions Reflections collects the words that ground Before You Do in biblical teachings, making this book an essential keepsake, to carry with you in moments when inspiration and encouragement are needed.
In this book, John A. Andrews takes you on a journey from the inside out, extracting insights from his own life and great inspirational literature, most of them written several decades before he was born – delivering nugget after nugget of wisdom – essential for changing your life as well as impacting your world.
So many embark upon the task of revolutionizing their home, their church and their world but never start with the “self.” Everything you see on the outside first came from within. Real change is an “inside job.” Learn the five fundamental steps necessary and pass it on to others.