<img <img Congratulations to Kendra for 15 years of writing what God places into her heart to teach , to inspire ,and to touch the hearts of the readers.
This is her 15th book. May this be her best seller. Her advice to aspiring writers about the need for prayer, patience and perserverance was humble, yet fundamental.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
KENDRA NORMAN-BELLAMY is a national best-selling author and the founder of KNB Publications LLC. She is the organizer of Visions in Print, an Atlanta-based national organization for faith-based writers, and The Writer’s Hut, an online fellowship for African American Writers. She is the founder of Cruisin’ For Christ, a groundbreaking at-sea ministry that celebrates writing, gospel music and other God-glorifying arts, and also serves as a motivational speaker.
A native of West Palm Beach, Florida, Kendra currently resides in Stone Mountain, George with her family. For more information, visit http://www.knb-publications.com.
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About the Book
Josiah Tucker, the son of a substance dependent and neglectful mother, spent most of his childhood years in the custody of the State, living in foster homes throughout Atlanta, Georgia. At the age of fourteen, he was taken from the foster family that he had grown to love, the Smiths, and returned to his negligent birth mother. Enduring the hardships faced while living with his birth mother JT manages to makes something of his life. However, fifteen years after being taken from the Smiths and at the peak of success, he finds himself feeling empty and at his lowest. When he decides to reconnect with the Smiths, JT finds his faith in God renewed and discovers his attraction to his foster sister.
Book Review by Linda Fegins
“It is the family that gives us a deep private sense of belonging. Here we first begin to have our self defined for us”. Howard Thurman, Disciplines of the Spirit, 1963.
In Fifteen Years, Kendra Norman-Bellamy challenges us to recognize that what constitutes family is a spiritual connection which sometimes runs much deeper than our family blood lines. God places people in our lives that provide love, nurturing and a sense of belonging although they may not be our biological family.
Josiah “JT” Tucker, a man who attends church and believes in God, is a college graduate with an executive title and appears to be a picture of success. He has overcome insurmountable odds. However, after fifteen years he still is secretly a tortured soul who feels a void in his life as a result of a neglectful and emotionally abusive mother and having lived in a burdened foster care system. He was removed from a grounded and loving foster care home that introduced him to Christ and returned to his neglectful mother where he played the role of “parent” and provider.
Josiah, as well as the other characters, was a realistic well-developed character. From the beginning of the story his character was engaging. It was good to see a God honoring young man. A key issue addressed in the book is how a saved person can still be a wounded Christian on the inside, if one does not confront the root of his or her pain, forgive , and forget the past. Fifteen Years presents many practical lessons on life.