I love introducing books to
readers. Introducing a Christian book is even more special because when
I became a Christian few authors of color were writing Christian
fiction. As the Christian fiction genre grew, so have the contributions
from multicultural authors. I’m excited for this genre not only as a
writer, but also as a reader.
Having a character look like me
is wonderful; however, a great story is even better. This is why I have
a problem when someone says that they can’t relate to a multicultural
book because the characters don’t look like them. I find it interesting
that for years the characters never looked like people of color but
that didn’t stop multicultural readers from buying the books and
helping the authors’ books become best sellers. You know why? Because
we never cared about what the author looked like or what the character
looked like. The story is and always will be important.
My hope in introducing you to a
few multicultural books is that you will look at the story and not the
color of the characters or the writer. Read the blurbs and see what
interests you, then rush out and get the books. I promise you won’t be
disappointed, and you might just find a few new authors to add to your
I’d like to hear from you. Tell
me which book made you step out of your comfort zone and purchase it.
Linda F. Beed
is a Contemporary Christian fiction novel that reaches beyond the
superficial in order to deal with the heart of matters. Unbeknownst to
them, the lives of five people cross at a very crucial time. Bernadette
Lewis’ business endeavor is more than a financial blessing. For Treva
Scott, Falimah Meyer and Brian Chin, it will become the ministry that
shapes their futures. In terms of Hayes Davis, his skewed vision of
women and life in general will be challenged beyond anything he ever
expected when he seeks the companionship of Bernadette. Each individual
is faced with a choice. It will be their choice that will determine if
they will walk the ordained path to fulfilling purpose or detour down
the road of self-satisfaction.
Up Pops the Devil
Two hard years in prison have
changed Wilford “Preacher” Winters for the better. He did his time, now
he’s going to “do the right thing.” But the women in his life have
Tanya, the sleek and sexy mother
of his two kids, is much too comfortable with her pearls-and-Porsche
lifestyle, and she’ll do whatever it takes to maintain it. His sister,
Loretta, kept “the business” running smoothly while Preacher was
inside, and she can’t believe he’d trade Easy Street bling for a
nickel-and-dime dead-end job.
His one-time girlfriend Serena,
now married to his main man Barnard, is hiding a secret—and if past
sins come to light, they’ll ruin several lives and a very new, very
precious friendship between Preacher and Barnard’s
beautiful-inside-and-out sister, Natalie.
With his world about to explode
all around him, Preacher’s going to need every ounce of his new-found
faith to remain strong. Because it takes a lot to become a new man,
sometimes even a miracle.
& a Fine Man
Claudia Mair Burney
For Amanda Bell Brown, just
living her life is murder!
How’s a woman supposed to
grapple with faith, a fine man, and turning thirty-five when she keeps
tripping in her high heels over mysteries -- and not just the God kind?
Amanda Bell Brown knows that
life as a forensic psychologist isn’t quite as cool as it looks on
prime-time TV. But when she turns thirty-five with no husband or baby
on the horizon, she decides she’s gotta get out and paint the town—in
her drop-dead red birthday dress. Instead, she finds herself at the
scene of a crime—and she just may know who the killer is. She needs to
spill her guts, but not on the handsome lead detective’s alligator
shoes—especially if she wants him to ask her out. A complicated murder
investigation unearths not just a killer but a closet full of skeletons
Amanda thought were long gone. Murder, mayhem, and a fine man are
wreaking havoc on her birthday, but will her sleuthing leave her alive
to see past thirty-five?
Vanessa Davis Griggs
When Pastor George Landris, the
dreadlock-wearing minister of the new mega-church, Followers of Jesus
Faith Worship Center, urges his congregation to approach the altar and
cast off their strongholds--also known as their weaknesses--it’s the
start of intense soul-searching for many.
Mother Sasha Pray Onn and Mother
Bea Blister live on the edge—of Christianity, that is—and they’re about
to knock Sister Betty off her sanctified perch. As the senior citizen
matrons of the Ain’t Nobody Saved but Us-All Others Goin’ to Hell
church, their devotion to the Lord must compete with their secret
passions for gambling and grudges against each other. But their
long-held animosity is about to be complicated when the new pastor, the
Reverend Leotis Tom, wants to reorganize the Mothers Board in time for
the upcoming Las Vegas Conference and asks a reluctant Sister Betty to
run for president.
As the chaos and comedy get out
of hand, so do the questions about who is who, who did what to whom,
and where and when. Just as surprising are the answers, which show that
despite everyone’s best—or worst—intentions, from cradle to grave, it’s
God who is ultimately in charge.