Courageous Woman Magazine publisher Telishia Berry debuts first Christian fiction novel, The Baptist Junkie February 2013.
Telishia Berry, a native of Flint, Michigan has several gospel-themed musical plays in her production credits, including Wake Up, Wake Up 2, and Hairweave. Telishia Berry is also the publisher of Courageous Woman Magazine, an online magazine that highlights the accomplishments of extraordinary women. Berry moved her family to Los Angeles to pursue her son, Kendre’ Berry’s acting career. Kendre’ is best known for his roles as “Jabari” on the hit TV show Girlfriends and “Durrell” on The HBO drama Six Feet Under.
…beauty for ashes… It’s what I think about having read Telishia Berry’s “The Baptist Junkie.” Not only is this tale a strong redemption story, but it also shows readers that no matter the ugly, the hurt, the pain they have gone through, through grace and faith, those scars can be healed and beauty can be restored. It’s one thing to read for entertainment; it’s another to read to be entertained AND to glean messages for your own life. “The Baptist Junkie” does both. ~ Shonell Bacon, author, editor, educator
Telishia describes her debut novel The Baptist Junkie as a Christian fiction story of redemption set in 1968.
Brenda is the youngest of Deacon John Wilson’s four children. He tries to keep them all on the straight and narrow, but his strict, religious practices only ignite a pattern of rebellion for Brenda. The day she loses her virginity, she conceives a child. The problem is she is sixteen and pregnant out of wedlock, an issue a 1968 society uses to reject young girls. Her dreams of someday becoming a wife and mother, living happily-ever-after are diminished when the father of her unborn child rejects her, the church shuns her, and her father’s words, “You are ruined!” send her on an emotional tailspin.
Her quest for love, acceptance, and validation leads her on a journey of poor choices in men, friends, and indulgence in drugs from marijuana to heroin. Her tumultuous trek takes her from the church house, to the dope house, to the whorehouse, and eventually the jailhouse.
Will this good girl lost find her way? Will she redeem herself and her faith in God? Will she realize her worth is not based on the judgment of others? Will she recognize true love when it crosses her path or will she keep running from her pain?
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