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“Marriage 101” by Jewell Powell

BLOG TOUR DRAWING. • If you desire to participate in the drawing you are required to please leave your name and email address and participate in the discussion question below at the end of the article. At the end of the week, One Winner (Randomly chosen from all blogs – see schedule at will receive a $30 DATE NIGHT certificate to the restaurant of their choice (Applebees, Chili’s, Ruby Tuesday or Red Lobster) and a gift pack of books (includes Marriage 101, I Don’t Want a Divorce, and Have a New Husband by Friday.)


Your marriage can be strong, healthy, happy, and blessed. Marriage coach Jewell Powell shows you how in this 8-week plan for marital success. She reveals how God’s truths can transform two individuals into the union he desires. Laying a spiritual foundation is crucial to your marriage. In Marriage 101: Building a Life Together by Faith, you will discover God’s purpose for marriage, how to develop godly character, how to communicate effectively, and much more. With biblical examples, study questions, and Scripture meditations perfect for individuals or couples, you will be challenged to examine areas in your life that may need change so that your marriage can thrive.

jewell-powell[1]MEET THE AUTHOR- Jewell R. Powell, originally born in Atlantic City , NJ is now happily married to Lewis Powell and a mother to two beautiful daughters, Lauren (12) and Diamond (9). She is a graduate of VCMI Ministerial Training School, Florida Institute of Technology and the University of MD.
Her first book Marriage 101: Building a Life Together by Faith is published by Revell a subsidiary of Baker Publishing Group. She has recently released, under her own publishing company (Grace Publishing Inc), a four-part Marriage 101 Mini-Series: Sex & Intimacy, Communication, Parenting, and Finance. In addition, she released a Marriage 101 Journal to complement the Marriage 101 book. Grace Publishing will release in December 2009 the Marriage 101 Marriage Enrichment Curriculum and Pre-Marital Curriculum for marriage ministry leaders.
Jewell R. Powell, affectionately known as The Marriage Coach is an inspirational teacher/speaker and #1 bestselling author. Jewell has made it her mission to help married couples, especially those who are having trouble in their marriages. Jewell is currently working on her children’s series to debut 2010.
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• When did you begin to realize you liked to write?

I NEVER had a desire to write. However, on February 14, 2001, I was called to write. Since my passion is in helping people, I am driven to write.
• Tell us about your book, Marriage 101.

I share a story many know all too well. Whether in their own lives or in those of close family and friends. It’s a story about a marriage in trouble. I take you on my spiritual journey—of how my husband and I went from being engaged and enthusiastic to being frustrated and separated. I share the real issues that plague most marriages and the many challenges we faced. I share the disappointment I felt, looking at what was supposed to be “happily ever after.” But I also share how Lewis and I were able to rebuild our relationship and the lessons learned along the way as I implemented eight biblical truths from searching the Scriptures.

• Is this book for singles too?

Absolutely, this book is very personal. It allows the reader, whether married or single, to examine themselves so they can change and be all that God has called them to be.

• What do you hope readers will learn/discover from reading Marriage 101?

I hope they will learn God’s purpose for marriage and that they discover the hidden truth.
• Where can readers order your book online?,, or my website at

• Do you offer your services as a speaker for workshops, conferences, or retreats? If so, what are the titles of some of your popular topics?

• Marriage 101 (teaching the eight biblical principles and discussing topics that plague most relationships: Finance, Communication, Parenting, Sex & Intimacy)
• The Extreme Makeover
• Doing the Right Thang

Tell us about some activities you enjoy doing during your free time.

Reading , shopping, and spending time with my family.

Do you like to cook? If so, what are your favorite dishes to cook (or eat)?

No, this was one of the biggest challenges we had to overcome in our marriage. However, I love Indian food.

Do you have a favorite bible verse and or quote you wish to share?

Isaiah 55:8-11 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts…”

I have realized, as a Christian, that God expects me (us) to do things that really don’t make sense. I must say that it is not my favorite scripture but it helps me to stay focus – to do the right thing.

What one piece of advice did someone give that still sticks with you to this day?

Tyler Perry, “It doesn’t matter if a million people tell you what you can’t do, or if ten million tell you no. If you get one yes from God that’s all you need.” And he has stated numerous times to own, own, own.

What brings you the most joy? Spending time with Lewis and the girls
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“The Lovechild” by Ashea S. Goldson

What can separate us from the love of God? The Word of God tells us nothing. However, sometimes a person may have a hard time believing this and feel unlovable, unloved, rejected and bitter. It doesn’t matter that on the outside people see you as successful, physically beautiful and from a great family that seemed like a pillar of the community. Yet , it was a family with secrets.

In The Lovechild, Makaeli Hunt, a successful fashion designer, has been driven far away from home by her family’s dysfunction. While living in Italy, trying to heal the wounds of yesterday, ambition becomes her comforter. When a family emergency forces her to return to her home, in seven life altering days, amidst memories of a tumultuous past,will one revealed secret drive her away from her family and God forever? Or will she discover what it means to be God’s lovechild?

The Lovechild gracefully and beautifully shows us, without being preachy, how the love of God can work through and in our lives to overcome the pain and ugliness of the past. It reminds us that we must forgive or else unforgiveness can kill your soul. Nothing can separate us from the love of God if we seek Him. My favorite character was Mrs. Pearl – someone God sent into Makaeli’s life as a child to encourage, love and that told her about Jesus, even though she turned her back on Him for a long time. Mrs. Pearl indeed was a pearl full of wisdom and love. She’s was a source of escape for Makaeli as a youth, who loved her when she felt abandoned, and made God’s love and wisdom real.

Dealing with issues of racism, depression, self-esteem, drug addiction, mental illness, verbal and physical abuse,The Lovechild is a story of redemption and re-dedication, confirming our victory in Jesus Christ.

Meet Ashea Goldson, author of The Lovechild
Ashea Goldson, originally born in Brooklyn, NewYork is a wife of twenty three years, a mother of two daughters, a grandmother of one, a graduate of Fordham University, a writer, a poet, a publisher, a reviewer, an internet radio host, an educator, and a co-founder of a Christian preparatory school. Active in the ministry, she is a dedicated member of World Changers Church International for many years. She has a lifetime of experience with writing which ranges from being published in local newspapers, magazines, and online publications to full length books.
Her first Christian fiction novel is The Lovechild, published by Urban Christian Publishers in 2008. Ashea’s short story entitled “The Kit Cat Trial” will be released in an anthology named Pets Across America in September 2009. Her second Christian fiction novel, Joy Comes In The Morning, will be released in July 2010, also by Urban Christian Publishers. She has recently released a non-fiction title, Resurrecting Vision: 45 steps To Digging Up Your Destiny And Seeing It Through God’s Eyes through her own publishing company.
Calling herself a kingdom writer, and passionate about this calling, she is currently working on her third novel, random poems, several short stories, a children’s book, and is organizing a literacy group for youth in her community. During her relaxation time she can be found hanging out with her family, snuggled up to a good book, or listening to gospel music.

Book Review by Linda Fegins


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