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"I WAS WONDERING IF WE COULD GET TOGETHER AGAIN." I knew I at least
owed him an honest answer. "Mr. Brown, I think you're a nice, friendly
person and this is all very flattering, but I'm attracted to African-American
men." "Well, you see, I'm only seeking a certain kind of woman. She's
got to be strong. Secure. Positive. And a woman of God. I, too, have
discriminating tastes." I walked toward the door. "Mr. Brown, this
isn't going anywhere." "LaShondra-" I almost jumped when he said
my first name-"can you give a brother a chance?" I laughed at him,
sitting there in his khakis and Polo shirt looking like a regular Tom Cruise
wanna-be. "You are not a brother!" "If I'm not mistaken, I am
your brother-in Christ. Doesn't that count for something?"
From a fresh new voice in fiction, this daring debut novel is about one
woman's struggle between her faith, desires, and deep-seated beliefs as she
discovers there is no color-or boundaries-to God's love...
LaShondra Smith has a successful career, a supportive, outspoken family,
friends who are always there for her, and a strong personal walk with God that
nourishes her spirit and gives her the confidence to face anything. She just
wants one more little thing: a man. Make that a strong, sensitive, Godly man,
like Boaz in the Bible. And oh, he should be African-American. Sure, she
successfully deals with all people as vice principal in one of Dallas's largest
high schools. And she knows God's word on loving all mankind. But she has also
been hurt and has learned from those experiences-and much advice from
others-that black folks need to stick together and marry their own kind.
Then LaShondra meets an engineer named Stelson Brown. Caring, conscientious,
and endowed with an intelligence and sense of humor as devastating as his looks,
Stelson is both secure in his faith and convinced that LaShondra is the strong,
sensitive, Christian woman for him. But he's not exactly what she had prayed
for. Suddenly, LaShondra must not only deal with the reactions of her friends
and family, but face the hidden prejudices and attitudes she never realized were
part of her. Now, as she struggles to reconcile her past experiences, her fears,
and what could be, she must decide what really matters when true love and faith
are at stake.
by Michelle Stimpson
Publisher: Walk Worthy Press (Warner Books)
Publication Date: 2004
Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Book Type: New