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Living in the Pink Blog Tour

SHARON TUBBS is a Christian who loves to write. She has worked professionally as a journalist since 1995 and has reported and written about various news topics, from local government issues to race relations to national religious events. Currently, she is a community news editor for a major newspaper in Florida.

Her passion is writing about God’s love and His vision for believers. She confessed Christ as her Lord and Savior in 1995, shortly after graduating from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and moving away from her home state to jumpstart a journalism career in suburban New Jersey. Hundreds of miles away from the security of home, she realized that God was the source of true peace, contentment, and most importantly eternal life. Since moving to Florida in 1996, she has used church leadership activities and other venues to encourage women in the Tampa Bay area to write poetry, devotionals, and books with Christian themes. She has also sponsored a “small group” home Bible study affiliated with Grace Family Church in Lutz, Florida, where she has been a member since January 2008. She feels blessed to learn from other women, while helping to facilitate their growth, as well.

The Living in the Pink project originated when Sharon wrote a version of the first story, Revelation, for a writing contest. She didn’t plan to create a series at the time. In fact, that story stayed tucked away in the annals of her computer for years before she looked at it again. The second go-round, she saw potential for something more and began to develop the central character “Sister Pinky,” using humor and real-life situations to touch others in a down-to-earth way. In 2009, the project was launched online at LivingInThePink.com as a monthly short story series and newsletter with themes inspired by struggles that many women face.

In the spring of 2010, Sharon finalized a deal with Moody Publishers to expand the Living in the Pink project. That same year, she also contracted with See Media, a Christian company that publishes 30-day devotionals for woman. Both the Living in the Pink project and Sharon’s devotional for See Media are scheduled for release in April 2011.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Living in the Pink is a series of humorous and insightful short stories with Christian underpinnings. Through the eyes of the wise “Sister Pinky” and Believers Ministries International Church, these stories highlight issues that women grapple with but that often remain unspoken in religious circles. The characters are everyday wives, mothers, and singles. They develop and gain a spiritual perspective in dealing with romantic relationships, wayward children, jealousy, church traditions, Christian hypocrisy, and self-righteous judgment, among other themes.

Discussion questions help readers connect with the storylines and urge them to look within—and up—to reach their highest potential in life.

Book Review by Linda Fegins

The delightful book “Living In the Pink”, authored by Sharon Tubbs, is full of real life colorful characters, humor, insightful short stories about the lives of people and relevant life issues surrounding the characters who have chosen to live their life in the pink. The central character is a once worldly woman, affectionately called “Sister Pinky” who knows about living in the pink, but who has been transformed and now reaches out to help others with godly wisdom and spirit-led solutions. Sister Pinky’s mission is to guide women out of their pinkish state and into walking in the light of God’s Word and ways without compromise.

What is the pink state? It’s a state of straddling the fence where one has not totally committed his or her life to walking in the ways of Christ, but have continued to live a carnal lifestyle. The person may say they believe in God, but only enough to call themselves “spiritual” without having to make significant changes in their lives.

Sharon Tubbs shares life lessons in a non “preachy” way, but challenges and inspires women to honestly examine their life choices and to find out how to grow in the ways of Christ and to live a righteous and victorious lifestyle. This page turner has discussion questions at the end of each story that inspire self-reflection. The short stories and discussion questions make this an excellent book for women’s groups to study. The short stories address relevant issues that exist in the church today. This book works well as an individual read or as a study tool for church groups.

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My Father’s Colors by Marian L. Thomas

Marian L. Thomas graduated Magna Cum Laude, receiving her Bachelor degree in Business Communication. She began her writing debut as a Sports Editor and as a News Editor for a local Atlanta college paper.

It took over twenty-years for Marian to see her first piece of published fiction in Print─Color Me Jazzmyne, in early 2009. Color Me Jazzmyne went on to become a Amazon Best-selling novel for Marian, reaching #1 in the Rhythm & Blue category, #2 in Inner-Child and #7 in Performance/Voice for her character Naya Moná’s, amazing melodious tones that are developed throughout the book.

Color Me Jazzmyne was awarded as one of the “Top 100 Books” for 2010 by the Sankofa Literary Society Review.

While Marian’s books are a work of fiction, they touch on the struggles of women, abuse, relationships and friendships, giving each one a hint of reality that readers are looking for in a good, clean and emotional story.

Visit the author online at http://www.marianlthomas.com/

About the Book

Four people will travel on a journey that will lead to one destination.

How do you find a daughter you never knew you gave birth to? That is the question that Naya must answer as she once again finds herself on a journey filled with betrayal, lies and shocking secrets of her past.

How far would one go for love? That is the question that Chris wastes no time answering. He will do whatever it takes to remove his wife’s pain, even if it means being the one to cause her the most.

Fame and Fortune have been the determining factor for Misty ever since her father passed away. How far will she go, this time to achieve it?

Carl Thompson has found the love of his life, only she doesn’t know it. Green eyes and hazel brown hair fill his dreams for the future. Does he have enough love for the both of them?

Join best-selling author Marian L. Thomas as she takes you through the pages of My Father’s Colors. This book is guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and get caught in the drama-filled story of a woman’s journey to find her voice, again!

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Review

 My Father’s Colors  by Marian L. thomas  was a  entertaining , yet poetic  and compelling story about the main character Naya Mona’s journey to find her voice, develop  a relationship with a son and search for a daughter she was not aware existed. She struggles to find peace and forgive her father as she is a survival of incest and rape that produced her children at a young age. I loved the gentleness and tone with which the author allowed the characters to share with us their drama filled journey filled with secrets, regret, and betrayal.

 Although I was left wondering about some characters and situations, the story was engaging and I enjoyed the author’s  creative style in telling the story. The talented R and B singer, Naya Mona, gains strength and courage to face her demons, tell her story, and to seek and speak the truth. She musters the courage to stop allowing other people to color her attitude and reactions to life, but to determine the colors she will select to define herself and her world.

April is National Child Abuse Awareness Prevention Month.  This story reminds us that  many boys and girls have suffered violence and sexual perversion at the hands of persons they trusted as well as from strangers. Please report child abuse. If you have suffered from such conduct seek help and counseling and know that you are worthy of love.

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Beyond the Closet Door Sharon Jenkins -April is Child Abuse Awareness Month

 

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Why I’m an Advocate for Child Abuse Prevention

By Sharon C. Jenkins

“As the closet door closed and the darkness consumed her, she lost all hope of escape.  What had she done that was so bad that caused her to warrant this prison sentence? This little mischievous girl had made the mistake of misbehaving.  Her punishment: Eternal darkness – or so it seemed. In this place one minute seemed like an hour and an hour a day.  Would anyone come to rescue her from this lifeless tomb? (Satan and his imps had set the stage for their wicked plan to trap this child who had escaped death once.  But not again, this time it would be a slow and consuming death of hopelessness and despair.  Their dark weapon of choice, fear …” Taken from “Beyond the Closet Door”

 

The “Boogie Man” was real to this little girl, as real as the adult who sentenced her to an inordinate punishment in the darkness of a closet.  Somewhere in the midst of this tragic event, the little girl lost the sense of security she needed to feel safe and unfortunately, she had trouble recovering even as an adult.  Long after her maturity erased the possibility of a “Boogie Man”, the fear remained.  I am that little girl.

God gives us the gift of procreation to build His kingdom for righteousness sake on the earth. Children are a by-product of that gift and should be treasured as one of the most precious entities on the earth.  In America we have forgotten the value of a child.  Child porn is as available on the Internet as access to your bank account.  Sex trafficking of minors is on an all time rise, worldwide and the current economic woes of our nation are an ever increasing factor that contributes to child abuse within our neighborhoods and within the bedrooms of our own homes.  So what does a fallen world do about the thief label “abuse” that methodically robs the innocence of both little boys and girls worldwide?  We become an informed community, we empower parents to be better parents, and we fall in love with children again as a nation and do whatever is necessary to “rescue” them. 

Let’s look at some statistics: 

  • A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds.  (Can you imagine how many incidents of abuse are not reported?)
  • Almost five children die everyday as a result of child abuse.  More than three out of four are under the age of 4.
  • 90% of child sexual abuse victims know the perpetrator in some way; 68% are abused by family members.
  • Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education.[1]

 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has an organization called Child Welfare Information Gateway.  This organization connects child welfare and related professionals to comprehensive information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families.

Their research has found that successful interventions must both reduce risk factors and

promote protective factors to ensure the well-being of children and families.

 The following protective factors are linked to a lower incidence of child abuse and neglect.  These factors are relevant in all socio-economic groups and cross all cultural boundaries. They are: 

  • Nurturing and Attachment – Bonding of the parent with the child in the early developmental stages.
  • Knowledge of Parenting and of Child and Youth Development – Educating parents on how to successfully raise children and empowering them to do so effectively.
  • Parental Resilience – Teaching parents how to bounce back after crises and enabling them to seek support if necessary.
  • Social Connections – Eliminating the isolation that often comes with the risk factors associated with abuse.  Having a social entity that fosters relationships in the community.
  • Concrete Supports for Parents – Having social and community agencies that offer dependable, reliable, and effective support for parents that are accessible.[2]

 

As a child abuse prevention advocate, I admonish you to take an active role in your community to prevent child abuse.  When we value children, we value our future.  Become a “rescuer” in your community.  For more information about this topic visit www.childwelfare.gov, I care and so should you.


[1] National Child Abuse Statistics, Childhelp, http://www.childhelp.org

[2] Strengthening Families and Communities Resource Guide 2011, www.childwelfare.gov.

 

About the Author

Sharon Jenkins shares her very personal story of how she went from victim to victor over abuse. The book Beyond the Closet Door… is centered on her closet experience as toddler and how this experience of neglect has shaped every life experience she has had since then. She chronicles its effect from that point through her adulthood. This book is not about blame but perseverance. The silent scream of abuse continues to cry out in this nation and as an advocate for the abused she has made it her personal mission to help others child abuse adult victims “stop the hurting.”

Known locally as The Master Communicator, the author is proficient in communicating the plight of the abused child in this revelatory book. Ms. Jenkins is a motivational speaker and workshop facilitator. She is also the co-author of another inspirational book, Songs of Three Sisters, and an avid contributor to local magazines and newspapers. She is current a writer for Beauty Come Forth E-Magazine.

About the Book

Sharon C. Jenkins celebrates the demonstrated power of faith to heal adult child abuse victims. All sufferers of child abuse deal with emotional issues in the aftermath of their oppression, whether it is physical, sexual, verbal, or mental. This work of nonfiction furnishes the breath of life for hope found within the resurrected soul touched by Calvary’s cost and empowers them to find purpose for their once shattered lives

Book Review by Linda Fegins

Author Sharon C. Jenkins’s book Behind the Closet Door: Christ’s Rescue from Abuse is a creative, yet biblically based ,  and compassionate   tool to aid in the healing process for those who have suffered physical, sexual and emotional abuse.

 Ms. Jenkins describes her dark hours of abuse as well as shares the various stories from other real life persons who had the courage to describe their tales of abuse and fear without making the reader feel overwhelmed by the ugliness of this evil. She wisely has woven biblical scripture of hope and healing after each story. She focuses on how God loves those who have been victimize, that they are worthy of love and good treatment and how God can heal the hurt and help them overcome the negative effects of such abuse. Significantly she provides ample space for the reader to journal. In the journal section, after a chapter, she asked questions to allow those who may have suffered from abuse to write their story or to share their deep-seated pain.

April is National Child Abuse Month. If you know of a child that is being abused please contact your local authorities and or your local child abuse hotline. If you have been abused or know of someone please seek the Lord and pray for nothing is beyond the reach of the Lord, but take action by getting the spiritual and secular counseling necessary and read this book. The journaling aspects of the book will be helpful.

 

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