About the Authors
Reverend Dr. Janice Hutto Washington is a retired educator and an ordained minister. She believes teaching children early to think positively and setting goals will have a profound impact on their emotional stability, character and success in life.
Half a Rabbit is Dr. Washington’s first children’s short story. Educators and parents reading Half a Rabbit to their children have found an excellent way to communicate the importance of family, values, honesty and rules in the life of a child.
The vivid illustrations make the story come alive for children and adults. Half a Rabbit is a wholesome way for parents and educators to encourage children to pursue excellence in their life.
Eric T. Ferguson is a native of Cross, S.C., and a 1994 graduate of Cross High School.
Eric graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 1999 and from Webster University in 2009 with a MBA in Human Resources Management.
Ferguson began mentoring in 2005 with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia, and has been matched with his mentee ever since, while mentoring several other youth and young adults. Eric has served as a panelist on numerous community forums on the importance of saving and mentoring young African-American males, and is passionate about developing young men today so that they will be positive contributors to our society tomorrow. As a Human Resources professional, Eric is driven by the opportunity to aide in the development of our youth so that they are prepared for the workplace that awaits them.
Evelyn Evans-Gregg is a native of Florence, South Carolina, She is married with one daughter. She is a writer for You Writers /LifeWay Resource and Publication. Mrs. Gregg enjoys Creative writing, refurbishing furniture, Home Interior/Floral Designed, singing praises unto the Lord with the praise team at her church, she serves as a Deaconess, Chaplain on the Pastors Aide Ministry, and an instructor for the New Members Orientation class as well as singing with a gospel group. She is a part of Praising God despite of Prayer Line that is on call every Thursday Night. Her gifts have allowed her to inspire and encourage those whom she meet. She is a member of the Pen of a Ready Writer Society.
John Aiken grew up and was educated in the public school systems of Timmonsville, South Carolina. John served in the United States Air Force in communications, and has been married to a former Southern Bell Telephone operator for 59 years. He graduated from the University of South Carolina and is an avid GAMECOCK fan.
He retired in 1996 from the State of South Carolina as a personnel administrator. Prior to joining the state, John sold Remington Typewriters and was an Employment Counselor for Snelling and Snelling.
He was a member of Columbia Toastmasters for 25 years and wrote a humor column for The Irmo News for three and ½ years. He resides in Irmo, SC with his wife.
Ethel (Effia Mae) Gordon Wade, a minister of the gospel, radio minister in Orangeburg, native of Norway, South Carolina.
Accepting the call to ministry in March 1984, she remains committed to the duty of God and man. She graduated Cum Laude in Biblical studies at Greater Faith Baptist Bible Institute. She also has a Tract Ministry. You are invited to look for her tracts on her Facebook page Minister Ethel G. Wade.
If you would like to become a Christ follower, and learn the ways of joy, and find peace in the midst of all turmoil, seek the Lord through His word and prayer. For more information, please contact Ethel Wade at: email@example.com
Her favorite Bible verses are I was chosen and ordained by God,
(John 15:16 Paraphrased), “Chosen by God in the furnish of affliction” Isaiah 48:10 “I was left alone to wrestle with the LORD” Genesis 32:24 and “To be made a minister” Ephesians 3:7.
Dr. Mary Hancock is a resident of Columbia, SC with husband of 25 years. They have three lovely daughters. Dr. Hancock is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Hancock is a thirteen year veteran educator.
Dr. Hancock’s parents affirmed to all she and her 12 siblings that there is a higher authority, God and that everything and everyone has a purpose. She is a U.S. Army veteran. She fought in Operation Desert Storm in 1990. She is a freelance writer. She has a previous work published entitled What to Do When: From Spiritual Fulfillment to Self-Fulfillment Nothing Missing.
Dr. Keisha Gill-Jacob – 1971, a New York native, is a wife, mother, author, poet, educator, and entrepreneur. Her fondest and most devastating moments all stem from her childhood home in Weeksville, Gardens projects. She attributes a great deal of her life’s inspiration to the experiences she’s shared with her childhood friends, much of which have inspired her to author her own book. Dr. Gill-Jacob knew that God would take her on a path that would mature her into an individual that would serve as a role model for others.
Dr. Gill-Jacob is the CEO and Founder of IMBUED, LLC. Her business strives to promote wellness in its totality by bringing no gimmick premium products to the market since 2014.
Kristine Dixon - is a daughter of the Most High, wife, mother of four young men, and grandmother of nine who has encountered many trials from sexual abuse at the age of seven to enrolling into college at the age of forty.
She is able to relate to an array of issues on many facets of life. Willing to strip bare and display her scars, Kristine desires to encourage others through her experiences.
Healing has taken many years and continues through the strength of God. Because of the peace that has been found, it is time to share her testimony with others and extend an opportunity of renewal to everyone through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Andrea D. Daniels – 1968, birthplace, Pamplico, SC. Andrea is an author, mother of twin sons and a Limestone College graduate in healthcare administration. Niecy, affectionately called, enjoys people, laughter, reading, singing, line dancing, and spending time with family and friends. She is a die-hard fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the Duke Blue Devils. She is a member of New Hopewell Baptist Church in Darlington, South Carolina, where she assists her parents in ministry as Sunday School teacher, choir member, hospitality team, and S.O.S. (Sisters Offering Support) committee. She is also a member of the Pen of a Ready Writer Society.
Apostle Juanita Ford is a native of Marianna, Florida. An international teacher and conference speaker, Apostle Ford has traveled extensively to faraway lands that include Germany, Belgium and Alaska.
A graduate of Rhema Bible College in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Apostle Ford also completed the selective Minister’s Education Development program offered by Dr. Creflo A. Dollar through World Changers Ministries in College Park, Georgia.
Apostle Ford is married to Apostle Charles A. Ford and together they minister the life-changing message of Jesus Christ all over the world! In the years ahead, the couple plans to extend their ministry to include a Christian bookstore, Healing and Spiritual Clinic for Women with Fibroid Tumors, residential homes for low-income families and a Christian resort. The Fords also plan to establish a series of classes throughout the United States for those who operate in five-fold ministry.
Through the Word of God and personal testimony, Apostles Charles and Juanita Ford are making a tremendous impact in the lives of people both domestically and abroad!
Markeeta Denise was born in Camden, New Jersey. She attended Camden County College and the University of Phoenix. She studied Criminal Justice, Defensive Tactics for Law Enforcement, Business Administration, Mortgages and Real Estate. She managed a retail store for thirteen years and thought she had found her profession. Through it all, Markeeta kept a pen and pad, to write poetry and recited her material to others to get their opinions.
After much positive feedback, Markeeta finally realized and acknowledged her God-given talent for writing and her natural gift of poetry. She never dreamed, for one minute. she would be able to become a Writer and Spoken Word Artist. Her performances hive filled her and her audiences with joy and insight. It has taken Markeeta over forty years to find her gift and share her blessings, but what’s really important is that she is doing what she was created to do.
Sharon Holmes is the Founder/CEO of Women of Destiny, True Dreams Showcase & Carrington, LLC. She is a native of South Carolina. She is the devoted wife of Pastor Ricardo Holmes, Sr. and the mother of Ricardo Holmes, Jr. Mrs. Holmes has a daughter-in-law, Shawna, and a beautiful granddaughter, Karyna.
While obtaining a Business degree and pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Administration, Mrs. Holmes served the community in the capacity of a marriage seminar facilitator, mentor, entrepreneur and motivational speaker. Through these various avenues, she devoted her work to helping people in all walks of life to overcome their personal obstacles. Mrs. Holmes, along with her husband, is committed to promoting spiritual growth and maturity by encouraging women to value themselves as the Queens God created them to be and inspiring men to rise up and walk in their preordained position as Kings on the earth.
Mrs. Holmes is a firm believer that regardless of what you have been through; failures or life’s disappointments, it is never too late to pursue your dreams! Faith will turn dreams into realities and promises into possession.
Odell Lendor Glenn, Jr
Columbia, SC -- As an educator and ordained minister, Odell Glenn Jr. has spent his entire life putting the welfare of others before his own. Still, nothing could have prepared him to join the ranks of the 15% of Americans who are the primary caregiver to a loved one. It was a sudden deep-end dive into new beginnings, unexpected struggle and a new rhythm of life that was unlike anything experienced before.
A few years down the line, Glenn is now able to care for his parents with skill and compassion, while also enjoying his own life and remaining vibrantly healthy. Glenn learned the hard way, amassing a wealth of information he is about to release as an uplifting new guide to fellow caregivers and those about to assume this new chapter in their life.
His new book, Caregiving: The Inspirational Manual (200 Caregiver Tips with Healthy Lifestyle Benefits), pays homage to the dozens of people who encouraged Glenn to fight through the tough early days of learning to be a caregiver. He owes them such a debt of gratitude that he now sees it as his journey to reach out to others.
Heather Ann Cook - 1976
born Heather Ann Pounds in a rural town outside of Columbia SC.
Heather is a mother of 5 children and the wife of Willie Cook a United States Military soldier. They reside in Kaiserslautern, Germany.
She is a homemaker and this allows her to serve others as she serves our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She and her husband have opened their home in Germany to minister to others through Coffee, Canvases & Conversations. Heather is often found traveling with an Evangelistic ministry called Time to Revive.
Heather is a person who expresses the joy of The Lord and love for others. She believes true freedom only comes when people receive Jesus Christ as their Savior and their Lord. Her heart's passion is to travel around the world meeting others and making an imprint on their lives.
Heather is excited to become a new author with her first book Beyond the Bars, One Woman's Journey to TRUE FREEDOM. Her prayer is that this book be used as a testimony of God's grace, mercies and unfailing love towards each one of us. For those who read it with struggles themselves or have a loved one who struggles, that their hope will be discovered at the Cross.
Pastor Rhonda Bello is a Maryland native and loves the Lord, education, reading as well as teaching. She retired 2011 from the United States Army where she served over 24 years of faithful service. She is now less than 1 year from receiving her Doctorate Degree in Business in Administration from University of Phoenix. Rhonda holds her MA in accounting from University of Phoenix. She is in the executive board for a NGO agency, Global Organization for Humanitarian Relief as the Legal Advisor, certified with IRS to perform services for tax preparation, a mentor with University of Phoenix Mentorship Program, University of Maryland Mentorship Program, America Corporate Partners (ACP) Protégé program and Business and Professional Women Foundation (BPW). Rhonda is District 27 Toastmasters Chaplain. Rhonda is also University of Phoenix Alumni District of Columbia President. She is co-founder and currently works as the Assistant Pastor at Holy Mountain International Ministries.
Rhonda Bello has also written an endorsement for a book. She is also a contributing author in the book called, You are called to Greatness. Her first book was publish March 2015 entitled Women of Yesterday for Women of Today.
As a transformational leader and the faith of prayer, Rhonda’s future endeavors include helping expand Prayer and Salvation Organization to different parts of the world and leaving the knowledge of what prayer can do in each and everyone’s lives. Rhonda will incorporate private consulting for revivals, power lunches and also educational services for starting churches. The Prayer and Salvation Organization have joined the Aderaf Investments, LLC international business.
She believes that the people calls impossible are possible with God. Her favorite theorists are Taylor (1911) who states we must work smarter not harder. Maslow (1943) who describes the hierarchy of needs is her other favorite theorist. The Bible states in the book of (Romans 13:8) “We should owe nothing but love” and that is what she lives by every day. Every day is the best day of her life.
Bamidele Bello -
is the Presiding Pastor of Holy Mountain International Ministries (Blessed House) located on 7755 Belle Point Drive, Greenbelt, MD 20770, United States of America.
He is an anointed and gifted Teacher, Preacher, and Motivator. Bamidele Bello is known for his undiluted and life applicable teaching and preaching of God’s Word.
Bamidele Bello is blessed in ministry with divine help and is married to his lovely wife Rhonda Bello with children.
Jeffrey A. James –
1965 is an author, passionate teacher, and Gospel preacher from Columbia, South Carolina. He is the Senior Pastor and Founder of Final Authority Christian Church and President of Destiny Bible College, both located in Columbia, South Carolina. His wife Princetta assists him in ministry. They are the parents of three lovely daughters.
In 1998, God gave him a vision to restore, renew, and refresh marriages, by facilitating monthly marriage seminars. Having served in various ministry capacities in the Body of Christ over the years, he recognized God was preparing him for his call to be a Pastor and Teacher. Pastor Jeffrey received the call of God to preach and teach the Gospel in 1998.
Jeffrey is a visionary with a passion to teach and preach a message of health, love, restoration, and victorious living. He seeks to exemplify God’s love and to encourage all to live balanced joyful lives.
Final Authority Christian Church was birthed on January 20, 2005. Today under Jeffrey’s leadership, the ministry has a wide range of entities, including a Bible College, School of Ministry, School of Leadership, a Bookstore, and Annual Marriage Retreat.
Jeffrey’s desire is to see men and women in the body of Christ equipped and trained to carry out their God ordained assignments with excellence and integrity. As an aspiring author, Jeffrey has written several articles for local publications as well as a local newspaper before deciding to author his first book.
As he continues to make an impact through the Word of God on the lives of everyone open to receive, God is faithful to manifest Himself in ways that are exceedingly abundantly, above all that we could ever ask or think.
Jeffrey is committed to leading a church that glorifies God and exceeds all expectations by making the “Word of God Final Authority.”
ViNita Williams Davis –
1953 was born in Columbia, SC. Davis, affectionately called “Nita” those closest to her is known for her passionate event planning, web designing and building. She has an eclectic appetite for many school of learning. ViNita is a 1981 college graduate with a medical office administration. She matriculated to Shuler School of Cosmetology where she graduated. She has also a Master Degree in Christian Ministry.
ViNita retired in 2005 from Palmetto Richland Hospital of twenty-five years of service as a Unit Secretary in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. In her Christian walk with Christ, Nita was baptized in Jesus named and filled with the precious gift of the Holy Spirit.
Davis has accomplished music in her life, academics, her beautiful Currently she is the President of the C. A. Johnson Class of ’71, and the Vice President of the C.A. Johnson Alumni Association. She is the former President of the South Carolina Diabetes Coalition, and serves as a member of the South Carolina Diabetes Today Advisory Council. She served as a Mentor to the Women Inmate’s at Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, and sits presently on the board of directors at Central Christian University.
ViNita enjoys Desk Top Publishing, building web sites. Planning programs and events are her passion. She draws strength from doing acts of kindness to encourage those who are sometimes over looked and treated indifferently. Her enthusiasm for her Salvation, her willingness to pay the price for her integrity, and ministering to those who are hurting, is her purpose in life.
Betty G. Adamson 1952 - is Christian author, poet, greeting card designer, wife, and anointed minister. Bettye is a dedicated servant to people and to God. She proves this in her love for writing, speaking and living the good life of righteousness. She further proves her passions as the visionary of WOE Outreach Ministries. She founded Women of Excellence in 1996. She believes that God desires the whole family and the whole person to be healed whole and prosperous in the land of the living through Jesus Christ.
Under the umbrella of Outreach Ministries are Radio Ministry, Point of Grace Prison Ministry, Tic Tac Toe Youth Ministry, Children’s Ministry (100 Voice Choir) and the Homeless and Street Ministry.
The passion and tanaciousness of the 5-Fold Inc is catching on line wild fire across the country. Three of the four men meet with a common goal of music, ministry and the writing of the children's series; the HOW 2 SERIES which is impacting mind-set everywhere.
Tysumner M. Gurley – 1990 Florence, SC. is an honor high school graduate pursuing a bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Mr. Gurley is proficient in the sciences, English, and history. Gurley is a passionate go getter. He loves life, music, writing, poetry and science. Currently a wireless care representative, Mr. Gurley is working on future publications through his gift of writing and word engineering.
Phillip Jones - 1989 born and raised in Columbia, Md. However, he now resides in Greensboro, NC where he recently graduated from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Music Performance. Phill is currently employed as an assistant manager at an IHOP restaurant. However, in his time away from work Phill utilizes his music abilities as a part of the worship team at New Day Church at High Point and also travels leading worship at other church services and gatherings throughout North Carolina.
Puerto Rican native Luis Gracia – 1984 grew up in Philadelphia, PA. He attended Thaddeus Stevens School of Technology where he received a degree in Graphic Design. He then went on to further his education in graphic design at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Luis now works as a freelance graphic artist, however his career path is not centered around his graphic artistry. The centerpiece of Luis life is his musical career as a recording artist/ songwriter out of LA.
Nichole Smith - 1970 is a passionate author from Rocky Mount, N.C. her freshman literary project is Poems by Nikki and is a life's work of heart. Her mother instilled the importance of reading to her as a child then a love and maturity for writing manifested by the 11th grade. Smith is a professional editor and ghost writer and a member of the Pen of a Ready Writer Society. Her award winning writing style grips her readers with passion, compassion and soul. Nichole is a college attendee who throws herself into her daily work serving children with developmental challenges. She loves writing plays and poetry and is also a music lover. Nichole loves every aspect of writing. Writing is her opportunity to let others visualize God’s conception. She seeks to glorify God and point others towards Christ through her work. Nichole is an active member of Christ Gospel Church. Four of her plays have been performed in Christ Gospel Church of Elkton, Md.
Mildred Juanita Poole Hart - 1954 was born in Pasquotank County, NC. She loves the special time spent with family, especially her grandchildren who help to motivate her. Writing is her passion. “The Perfectly Painted Picture” is her first published book and the realization of a dream. She truly appreciates the encouragement given her by her family, church family, and co-workers. Her dad, Roscoe Poole, Jr. is one of her most vocal cheerleaders: He always gives a, “You can do it!” word of encouragement. “PEN OF A READY WRITER SOCIETY” deserves a special “thank you” for the open door and the opportunity to participate in this endeavor. Above all, she thanks and gives honor to God who is her Source and greatest inspiration. With and in Him, all things are possible.
Patricia Shepard Quillen is a native of South Carolina. She is the mother of two and grandmother of seven. She is married to Jacob Quillen. Patricia accepted the Lord Jesus Christ in her heart at an early age, under the leadership of the late Bishop JH Sherman. Patricia is a member of Abundant Life church, Dr. Carl Morris is her pastor. She is a member of family circles and serves on the praise team. Patricia is the founder of Caring Hearts of the Pee Dee. She accepted the call of God into ministry in August of 2010. Patricia has a heart for people especially hurting women and children.
Patricia received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Francis Marion University, and a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Webster University in Myrtle Beach, SC. She received certification in Christian Counseling from Chapman University, School of theology, under the leadership of Pastor/ Apostle Lavern Chapman. Patricia is a notary republic of South Carolina. “Patricia’s favorite bible verse is Philippines 4:13 I can do all things thru Christ which strengthens me’’ Her motto is If she can help somebody as I travel thru this life then, her living will not be in vain, let go and let God.
Author / Poet Sabrina “Da MitochondriACT” Brown is a native of Lane, SC which is in Williamsburg County, graduate of C. E. Murray High School in Greeleyville, SC, the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, CBMI Institute at The University of Kentucky, and Webster University in Columbia, SC. Sabrina began writing in middle school after being influenced by the poetic genius of Maya Angelou, Robert Frost, and Langston Hughes.
Brown is a student of life and writes her heart in varying mediums of creativity. Her award winning poetry will be published in the Anthology 2015 of the Pen of a Ready Writer Society and a journalist for the Wordsmith Quarterly. She has written a collection of poems and the backdrop of a play, and is currently a member of the PRWS and Kingdom Builders Publications' team. Her first poetry book of transparent thoughts in Poetic Rhythms of My Heart.
Sabrina is s passionate individual who lets NO THING hinder her life to include the challenges of congestive heart failure. Sabrina is a heart survivor who has overcome major complications and undergone an extensive heart operation. She lives with a heart pump, (implanted with an LVAD). Brown is founder and CEO of Administering Business Lessons While Changing Lives where she consults thriving business owners, tutors, lectures, performs personal development including resume enhancements and performs other services.
Ms. Brown is community oriented as she is involved and upports a number of charities including the American Heart Association, the Kidney Foundation, Goodwill and more and was recently named as the Heart Hero of the Midlands.
Quenten LaMar Howard—Texas born, the older of two children is a vivacious, passionate and innovative college student. He is well traveled because of his military parents. Quenten is a student athlete and has won numerous awards for his skill and character on and off the field. He has won awards such as all region Player of the year, National Athletic Scholar Award, and MVP of High School North South game. Howard is a graduate of Blythewood High School (Home of the Bengals), and is presently a sophomore at Winthrop University and is an Exercise Science Major aspiring to become a Physical Therapist. He is dedicated to revolutionizing the way people think and look at the world. Quenten’s passion is evident in everything he’s involved with. He is a strong young man and have a very unique outlook on life. Spending time writing his deepest thoughts down, he has decided to share his works with you. Allow this book to feed your soul and let YOUR mind become UNLEASHED.
Mary J. Bryant is a freelance writer and poet. She has had several articles published and she also writes for her website: www.doveministry378.org. After years of writing her prayers, poems and precious moments, she’s been inspired to share some of them with you. Her writings became the high point of her days. It was in those quiet moments her relationship with the Father grew more intimately. Mary absolutely stands on 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 “…I relied on the power of the Holy Spirit so they will not trust in human wisdom but the power God.”
Bryant’s goals are too cease to exist in her opinions, agendas, and will and surrender to the will of God. Her mission is to glorify God, edify the body of Christ, show the lost to the cross and Christians to maturity.
She is a woman of prayer, faith and a woman of the Cloth. She is a captivating and exhilarating preacher who has founded and pastors the flourishing and dedicated membership of Divine Church of Deliverance in Florence, South Carolina.
Reverend Virginia Singleton is a family woman wife, mother and grandmother and influential in her passions and in her region. Her literary accomplishments are published poet, author, writer of short stories, and aspiring song writer and psalmist. She is a Spiritual counselor and facilitator for Substance Abuse Counseling. She is certified as an addictions counselor, Lamaze coach, and welder. She holds memberships with Who’s Who in Business listed with Cambridge University, South Carolina Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (SCAADAC) and National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC). Her first book, “Encouraging Thoughts, Scriptures and Prayers begin the journey to an exciting future in getting to know God in a personal way.
Louise Smith is Gospel minister, songwriter, musician and recording artist who have published musical and literary works. She is an inductee in the South Carolina Arts Commission, the Columbia Writer's Alliance and Pen of a Ready Writer Society of which she is the founder. She is the first author of Kingdom Builders Publication, which she is the founder. Some of her accomplishments include two musical solo projects called Night Song and Fragrance of a Worshiper. The literary works include a pamphlet called I'm Ready to Say Yes, and Now That I'm In, What's Next?