Author, Children’s Pastor Eric Stender

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Author

Children’s Pastor

Eric Stender is an author and children’s pastor in Huntington, Indiana. I first met Eric when I was asked to do a book review on his first book The Samaritan Perspective. After reading Eric’s first book, I admired the concept he uses as a writer when telling the story of individuals who suffered through betrayal, false accusations, and much more. Eric has always given you an aha moment when he begins telling a story because he puts all his passion into it.

He began writing to deal with peer pressure and other emotions we all dealt with as a teenager. He mentioned that it all started with a green spiral notebook. Most of his writing revolved around life and love. During his senior year in high school he was often teased for being romantic and deep in his writing, but he kept at it. From there, his writing was based on a free thought and each time, the results were inspirational and admired by those around him.  In a college composition class, Eric would present his stories in class, most people in his class would stay to hear what he had written and Eric mentioned how that was really encouraging.

All though he never finished his original book, he took his talent and began to inspire youth through story as a Children’s pastor. His goal is to make the bible fun for them by teaching them how to become the story by acting out different stories of the bible. When teaching the story of Daniel and the Lion’s Den, he told the story from the perspective of the lion, which is an interesting twist to storytelling. From that experience, Eric decided to use that same concept and begin writing books.

When someone is put into a situation where they are betrayed by those they love or a false accusation is put out there about them, it is not an easy situation to deal with. In Eric’s second book, “The Joseph’s Perspective,” he talks about the betrayal of Joseph’s brother’s and how jealousy pushed them to sell him as a slave. Little did they know, he would end up at the top, 2nd only to the Pharaoh/King. Like Joseph, many people go through hard times and during those times, they don’t feel they are able to persevere through to their purpose. It’s takes strength to be humble enough to go through something and stay positive that it will work out for the good.

I admire Eric’s work as writer. He proves through writing his stories that not all is lost even though most is given. Eric is currently working on a third book and he and his wife just opened their first business called Covered in Hope, which is a baby and children’s clothing store. To learn more about Eric, click on links below.

Follow his Author page on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/authorericstender/.

Check out his website @ http://ericstender.wixsite.com/author.

Check out Eric and his wife’s new business https://www.facebook.com/coveredinhopeboutique/?pnref=lhc

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Author, Mentor MeLisa Calhoun

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MeLisa Calhoun

Author

Mentor

I first met MeLisa when being introduced to her book in my book club. “When I Grow up I Want to Be a Prostitute” is a book about broken promises and shattered dreams. It gives insight on the struggles of African-American women. MeLisa served as a social worker for twenty-five years and during her time as a social worker, she met young girls who encountered horrific ordeals in their lives which encouraged her to write her first book. Her non-profit is called As I Am Girls and she works with girls ages 10 -17. The non-profit targets young African-American females who are misunderstood and gives a voice to those who are stereotyped into one category.

During the interview, MeLisa discussed how she likes to help young girls distinguish between the different emotions they experience by helping them identify the difference between their anger, fear, and other emotions they may not understand the difference between. In certain situations, those in authority fail to understand the reasons behind bad behaviors and irrational behavior. MeLisa’s goal is to change the misunderstanding of the behavior vs child scenario by helping young girls identify the why behind their feelings and helping them find solutions to overcome life’s challenges.

MeLisa told me a story about a woman who approached her years after her first book had been published and discussed with her the book and how it changed her life. She said she was in awe about the situation, but it made her feel good about what she does for African-American women.  As a writer and advocate for young girls, MeLisa wants them to speak out about their struggle with racism, sexual assault and rape, drug addiction, and many other things that affects their lives to help them become who she knows they can become.

Her message is to not become what happened to you, but become because of it. She believes that writing is therapeutic and feels that women should write more. When we write stories about our lives and others’, many people read to not only get advice but to know that there is someone else out there who has gone through similar circumstances. It helps them with figuring out how to overcome their struggles and gives them the confidence to do so by realizing that they too can persevere.

 

To find out more about MeLisa, check out her website below.

http://www.melisasamiacollins.com/

Her second book is available now @ http://www.melisasamiacollins.com/store.

Follow her @ https://www.facebook.com/authormelisasamia/.

MJ’s Photoshoot

Happy Sunday!!! Thanks to everyone who participated in our photoshoot for MJ’s. We have a new shipment and the new jewelry will be available within the next two weeks. Shout out to the models Sasha Jenkins and Ciara Gee for their hard work and stunning looks. Thank you Ki Lashelle for being our photographer. Thank you Sean Que for all of your behind-the-scenes work. Check out MJ’s @ www.facebook.com/mjsgiftshopsc and www.mjsgiftshop.com.

 

Book Club: “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead

201607-orig-underground-railroad-cover-949x534Hello Readers! Can you believe there are only three months left in 2017? This means there are only three books left to read from our book list.
Our next book is “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead
Genre: History/Culture
No movie
Recommended by Oprah Winfrey 
The Underground Railroad is the sixth novel by American author Colson Whitehead.The alternate history novel tells the story of Cora and Caesar, two slaves in the southeastern United States during the 1800s who make a bid for freedom from their Georgia plantations by following the Underground Railroad, which in the novel is an actual subway as opposed to a series of safe houses and secret routes.

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