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WALKING BY FAITH:
FACT OR FICTION

FOREWORD BY AWARD-WINNING BROADWAY WRITER & GRAMMY-WINNING COMPOSER
MICKI GRANT


“Zeretha Jenkins is … a truth teller. In this collection of short stories and dramatic works…once you begin the journey with her, you’re enticed to continue because you’re  never sure of where Jenkins is going to take you  until she  gets you there; and it  can be surprising…Just  as  the characters do,  readers  can find  and  extract  their own personal  lessons  from  this fascinating collection.”
- Micki Grant
Award- Winning Writer,
Grammy-Winning
Composer & Lyricist of
the Broadway Musicals,
Don’t Bother Me,
I Can’t
Cope
and Your Arms Too
Short To Box With God


 
Contact Information:

ZERETHA JENKINS      
c/o E.F.S.ENTERPRISES 
P.O. Box 7605  
NY, NY 10116-7605   Tel:(212) 283-8899 
     

Email:
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WALKING BY FAITH: FACT OR FICTION

 

 

 

SUMMARY:

 

Walking By Faith:  Fact Or Fiction is a diverse collection of fiction and drama exploring the thin line between faith, fiction, and reality that people continuously encounter in their journey through life. It highlights timely 21st century issues, trials and triumphs. Walking By Faith:  Fact Or Fiction, unapologetically demonstrates how people -- especially during hard times -- can check their doubt at the door and instead replace it with unshakable and enduring faith!  It stresses, in particular, the spirit of African –Americans to prevail in the face of life’s most challenging times.  Furthermore, it emphasizes the universal message that one's history, beliefs and faith are jewels connecting the lessons of the past to the hope of the future. The Foreword is written by Micki Grant, multiple-Award-Winning Writer, Grammy-winning Composer/Author /Lyricist of  the Broadway  Musicals,  Don’t  Bother Me,  I Can’t  Cope  and  Your Arms   Too  Short To Box With God   

 

 

FOREWORD BY MICKI GRANT(EXCERPT):

 

 “Zeretha Jenkins is … a truth teller.  In this collection of short stories and dramatic works… once you begin  the journey with her, you’re enticed to continue because you’re  never sure of where Jenkins is going to take you  until she  gets you there; and it  can be surprising… Just  as  the characters do,  readers can  find  and  extract  their own personal  lessons  from  this fascinating collection.”

 

- MICKI GRANT

Award-Winning Writer & Grammy-Winning Composer

        Of The Broadway Musicals, Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t  

                   Cope and Your Arms Too Short To Box With God

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:

"Considering the troubling times in which we now live, “Walking by Faith: Fact or Fiction” unapologetically demonstrates how people— especially during hard times—can check their doubt at the door and instead replace it with unshakable and enduring faith! … “Walking by Faith: Fact or Fiction” focuses on ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances and what they must do when life sends its worst, most powerful punch, all in the twinkling of an eye. These are some of the dilemmas gripping the characters… Step into their world and take this incredible journey for yourself, as their challenges become your timely 21st century challenges…waiting to rush in. And when all is said and done, you decide if these characters’ walk of faith is, indeed, fact or fiction."
-   Charles  E. Rogers
                The Amsterdam News (NY, NY)

“There is, indeed, a thin line between the fact and fiction of life. Walking By Faith: Fact or Fiction takes the readers up to this imaginary line, allowing them to cross it then go on an incredible journey with its characters into the depths of their trials, tribulations, and triumphs! 

 

 “The characters in Walking By Faith: Fact or Fiction … seem to be ordinary everyday people facing some of life’s most unexpected challenges with the utmost dignity, respect and courage.  Their will to survive is amazing  -- and inspirational!”

 

 Walking By Faith: Fact or Fiction put me back in touch with my faith. I’ve endured some trials in my life and survived…I got to see up close and personal some of the challenges other people  face on a daily basis with nothing but faith to bring them through.  From a spiritual perspective, I know I am a stronger person now.”

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 “The power of faith is never underestimated in Walking By Faith: Fact or Fiction.  Every Christian should read this book and experience and witness the power of faith that is still  alive and well  amongst us today.”

 

 

BOOK CONTENTS - SHORT STORIES &  PLAYS (SUMMARIES):

 

Walking By Faith: Fact Or Fiction is a thought-provoking collection of fiction and drama focusing on timely 21st century issues.  It consists of 7 short stories and 2 plays.  Below are summaries of some of the works appearing in the collection:

 

A RELIC FROM MY PAST

 

You’ve just been diagnosed with cancer at your absolute prime in  your life.  But that – if you can imagine – becomes the lesser of your worries when  you discover your whole life has been  one adulterous lie – compliments of your parents!  This is exactly  the dilemma that grasps prominent socialite, Stephanie  Wellington, by the jugular, paralyzing her with fear and desperation. Given her circumstances, the elevator only goes up.  It’s up to her to jump on and  actually take the ride.


THE BLESSED RETURN

 

In an allegorical tale, The Blessed Return features the resurrected spirits of three of the  most memorable  Civil Rights leaders in  American history – Martin Luther King, Jr., Fannie Lou Hamer, and Malcolm X.  These Spiritual Superhero Crusaders have their  work waiting in droves as they return  to America --21st century style – on a mission  to save, heal and renew Earth’s troubled souls.

 

THE FAITHFUL FORTY

 

It is 1932 – the midst of the Great Depression – one of  America’s bleakest periods.  Yet in the midst of  such darkness stood 40 faithful servants ready to  do God’s  will:  establish a new church in His honor.  This story is based  on some of the actual struggles  and triumphs that those brave original Founders of  the Canaan Baptist Church of Christ (home of  Civil Rights  leader and Pastor Emeritus, the  Rev. Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker) endured.  When all hope was gone, there was God, still shining in the midst of them!

 

THE LIFE GIVER


Sometimes Life gives  and at other times it  takes away, unapologetically with strength and authority.  But  what do you do when it robs you  of your dignity and self-respect, leaving you defenseless as the  silent victim of elder abuse.  All hopes of redemption  are shattered when the abuser  is your own flesh and blood – your own seed. CLOTEAL, a once beautiful and proud member of New Orleans’ upper echelon, is  consumed with shame and  guilt regarding this new  role her daughter, EVENIA, has relegated her to. But then this nightmare comes center stage when friends of CLOTEAL take matters into their own hands.  Revenge is, indeed, sweet – but extremely dangerous when mishandled!

          

 

 

BOOK EXCERPT:

A relic from my past



            A man hanged himself today, down the street from where I live.  He was twenty-four – and miserable, so they say.

            I’ll be forty-four if I make it to the end of next week.  I guess I should be grateful for these two score and almost four years that I’ve struggled through, but then again, I’m not a religious person.  Neither was my mother.

Any way – tomorrow’s her anniversary.  My mother.  I meant the anniversary of her death.  Thirty-five years it’s been.  How time flies!

            There were many things we never got to do that other mothers and daughters do.  In actuality, we had only eight years together… 

            To this day I haven’t forgiven her, and I guess I never will.  I think my father, whom we call Judge, blames her too, but then, we never discussed it.

            I look up in admiration at the moon glow that lights my path and glistens on the back of each incoming wave…I then look down at my trembling hands and pause yet again before removing the fragile, unsealed envelope from my left pocket.

            It appears at one time to have been sealed, but after thirty-five years perhaps the glue had evaporated.  On the envelope is written, To My Darling Daughter – With Love Forever, Mama. .. The letter is dated July 10, 1970… Judge gave it to me three days after Mama’s funeral.  It’s taken most of my life to gather the courage to read her letter. 

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                        Dear Stephanie,

            Life is sometimes brutally unfair. It has robbed us of much precious

time together.  There’s so much I want to say, but time is not on my side.

 

As I lie in this hospital bed, I look over at Judge. Darling, there’s much I want to tell you, but treasured memories of you keep… Sorry, someone’s at the door.  It’s  just Nurse Stevens. 

 

But what crossed my mind was one day shortly after your seventh birthday. You were in the attic all dressed up in one of my dresses, high heels, hat, gloves, fur, and earrings.  Well, much to my surprise, you also had one of your father’s cigarettes and claimed that you were imitating Bette Davis when you set the attic on fire.  I tanned your rear end good that day, and that was the only time you ever threatened to run away from home.  (Of course, you didn’t!)

 

Honey, I’d give anything to be alive to see you reach adulthood, graduate from high school and college, get married, have kids, but it’s not to be. Many a day I have pondered over whether I should reveal certain truths to you.  Honey, this is a difficult decision for me, but there are things you need to know.

        

           First of all, you’re not your father’s and my only

child. Judge had a son out of wedlock, while still married to me, two years before your were born.  Of course, our marriage was never the same, but there’s more.

 

                                  Your father, Judge, is not your father.  To this day I don’t think he

knows, and after I got sick, I couldn’t tell him for your sake, because I

know you will need him.

 

I know this comes as a shock to you.  The only reason I told you is because you deserve to know the truth, but regardless of the mistakes Judge and I have made in the past, we still love…

 

            I don’t believe this!  How could they do this to me?  One minute I know who I am, and the next I have no identity.

            For forty-three years I’ve lived a lie…So just who is my father?  Who?  You can’t do this to me!  I’ve got one foot in the grave, and now I’ll die never knowing who my father is – or who my brother is, for that matter.

            The tragic part is, I can’t tell a soul. Judge doesn’t know, and I can’t tell him.  I can’t bear the thought of him hating me.  I’d be all alone, but I can’t focus on that now.  I’m the one who’s dying!

            What will I tell my daughter…?

 

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


ZERETHA JENKINS, versatile as a screenwriter, playwright,  director and producer, has won awards for her writing and creative talents. She is the author of Walking By Faith: An Afro-American Trilogy and Walking By Faith: Fact or Fiction, and such plays as  Illusion In Blue and An Everlasting Truth, among others. Her  Walking By Faith (WBF) Books & Productions Series includes: 1) The WBF Book Series - Inspirational and motivational books   of  fiction and drama   exploring  the challenges    people  face and how they persevere; and  2) The WBF Productions Series - Commercial productions ideal for entertainment, fundraising and educational purposes. An entrepreneur and lecturer, she both consults and conducts workshops in the areas of publishing and creative writing.

 

 

RELEASE DATE & BOOK SPECS:


Book Release Date:  November 2010

 

Book Specs:

Walking By Faith: Fact Or Fiction

Author:               Zeretha Jenkins

                Foreword:           Micki Grant

Page Count:       190 Pages

                Editions (Hardcover, Softcover, or Both):  Softcover

Publisher:          E.F.S. Online Publishing
Retail Price:     $21.95

ISBN:                  0-9701344-3-6

Genre:                Fiction/Drama/Inspirational/Religion

 

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