Preying on the Church is almost here.
Everyone that's familiar with me, know I'm from South Carolina. A place of salt water slapping against the sand, the scent of pine and palm trees covering the air, and the home of Dukes BBQ.
But, one thing I haven't mentioned was my home church, St. George Bethel A.M.E (African Methodist Episcopal). Founded by Richard Allen. Richard Allen (February 14, 1760 – March 26, 1831) was a minister, educator, writer, and one of America's most active and influential black leaders. In 1794, he founded the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), the first independent black denomination in the United States.
So, in 2005 when the tragedy happened, as we AME's called Emanuel A.M.E Church, Mother Emanuel, it hit home to a lot of us. Growing up as a little girl attending that church for YPD retreats and having my first Debutante Ball there, I felt some type of way. You always have the "what if's" moments that slither through your brain.
So, from that tragedy, I wrote Preying on the Church. Yes, it is a fiction adult novel. I wrote it because sometimes with life events, our faith is tested in so many ways that we don't understand and we lose sight of our purpose. Now, this isn't the only church shooting we have had in America but this was a tragedy that was so close to me. So, I'm going to give you a small synopsis of the book below:
Preying On The Church Synopsis
Preying on the Church follows the story of Margaret, a 40-year old African American woman, who is trying to balance from the five stages of death (Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance). Deprived by her religion of praying and attending church three days a week, Margie has no clue that church isn’t a safe place. Until one-night Margie experiences a tragic shooting accident in her church, leaving several dead with one of the victims as her son.
Margie’s, entire outlook of life becomes difficult. She’s loses faith and turns to drinking, which puts a wedge on her friendships and marriage. Margie thinks the world is crashing down on her but it’s her drinking that’s driving everyone away.
There is a slight problem. They are informed that the young man who did the shooting of the church was part of a hatred group. Because of Margie’s anger, she makes mindless decisions that could get herself harmed and create problems where she would have to attend AA meetings.
One night from a dream, which is a visit from her son, she learns that everything happens for a reason and he is in a better place than ever. After attending these meetings and coming to reality, Margie can forgive herself, the shooter, and look to her faith for answers.
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