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,
Composer & Lyricist 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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WALKING BY FAITH: FACT OR FICTION
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 byMicki Grant, multiple-Award-Winning
Writer, Grammy-winning Composer/Author /Lyricistofthe BroadwayMusicals,Don’tBotherMe,I Can’tCopeandYourArmsTooShort 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.”
"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
“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 peopleface on a daily basis with nothing but faith
to bring them through.From a spiritual
perspective, I know I am a stronger personnow.”
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 stillalive and wellamongst 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:
RELIC FROM MY PAST
You’ve just been diagnosed with cancer at your
absolute prime inyour life.But that – if you can imagine – becomes the
lesser of your worries whenyou discover
your whole life has beenone adulterous
lie – compliments of your parents!This
is exactlythe dilemma that grasps
prominent socialite, StephanieWellington, 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 andactually take the ride.
In an allegorical tale, The Blessed Return
features the resurrected spirits of three of themost memorableCivil
Rights leaders inAmerican history – Martin Luther King, Jr., Fannie Lou Hamer,
and Malcolm X.TheseSpiritual Superhero Crusaders have theirwork waiting in droves asthey returnto America --21st
century style – on a missionto save,
heal and renew Earth’s troubled souls.
It is 1932 – the midst of the Great Depression –
one ofAmerica’s bleakest periods.Yetin the midst ofsuch darkness
stood 40 faithful servants ready todo
God’swill:establish a new church inHis honor.This story is
basedon some of the actual
strugglesand triumphs that those brave
original Founders ofthe Canaan Baptist
Church of Christ (home ofCivil Rightsleader andPastor Emeritus, theRev. Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker)
endured.When all hope was gone, there
was God, still shining in the midst of them!
Life givesand at other times ittakes away, unapologetically with strength
and authority.Butwhatdo you do when it robs youof
your dignity and self-respect, leaving you defenseless as thesilent victim of elder abuse.All hopes of redemptionare shattered when the abuseris your own flesh and blood – your own seed.
CLOTEAL, a once beautiful and proud member of New Orleans’ upper echelon,
isconsumed with shame andguilt regarding this newrole her daughter, EVENIA, has relegated her
to. But then this
nightmare comes center stage when friends ofCLOTEAL take matters into theirown hands.Revenge is,
indeed, sweet – but extremely dangerous when mishandled!
relic from my past
man hanged himself today, down the street from where I live.He was twenty-four – and miserable, so they
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.
way – tomorrow’s her anniversary.My
mother.I meant the anniversary of her
death.Thirty-five years it’s been.How time flies!
were many things we never got to do that other mothers and daughters do.In actuality, we had only eight years
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.
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.
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
Life is sometimes brutally unfair. It has robbed us of
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 tellyou, but treasured memories of you keep… Sorry, someone’s at the
door.It’sjust 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.
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
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:
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 Seriesincludes: 1) TheWBF Book Series -
Inspirational and motivationalbooksoffiction anddramaexploringthechallengespeopleface andhow they persevere; and2) TheWBF 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
Walking By Faith: Fact Or Fiction
Author: Zeretha Jenkins
Page Count:190 Pages
(Hardcover, Softcover, or Both):Softcover