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Deadbeat by Brian W. Smith

Title: Deadbeat

Author: Brian W. Smith

Rating: 5

Headline: It’s Never Too Late

We are introduced to a 15 year old that goes by QJ and his two friends as they roam Tent City at the beginning of Deadbeat by Brian W. Smith. The teenagers get into altercation with a homeless man and QJ was about to deliver a fatal blow when the man says his name. Startled QJ discovers the homeless man is his father whom he has not seen in over 10 years.

Carmen had told QJ that his father died and never imagined that they would cross paths with him. The revelation that his father is alive brings a number of wide-ranging emotions for QJ from anger, curiosity, and confusion. Quincy Sr. also has issues to deal with as he will now need to decide if he will get his life together so he can have a relationship with his son or continue to be a deadbeat and live on the streets.

There are many books on the market that tackle the issue of absentee fathers but Brian W. Smith has penned a novel that offers a fresh and unique perspective. Deadbeat is a deep, emotionally-charged story of redemption, forgiveness, and new beginnings. Brian W. Smith does what very few authors are able to accomplish: change your outlook on a certain segment of our population while teaching lessons that will stick with you long after you have read the last word. Bravo to Mr. Smith!


He Beat Past My Skin: Redemption of a Broken Spirit by Jessica Green

Title: He Beat Past My Skin: Redemption of a Broken Spirit

Author: Jessica Green

Rating: 5

Headline: Tugs At Every Emotion

“He Beat Past My Skin” by Jessica Green should be required reading for all young girls and women. Dr. Angela Morrison is asked to facilitate a women’s meeting at a local church dealing with various forms of abuse and other demons. While Dr. Morrison is busy trying to help these other ladies, she realizes she also has some unresolved issues.

“He Beat Past My Skin” tells the stories of Candace, Anita, Toni, and Ernestine. They are dealing with issues such as: sexuality, rape, prostitution, living with AIDS, and all (physical, mental, emotional) forms of abuse. Even though all of their issues are different, they must learn how to love themselves enough to leave their situations.

Jessica Green has written the stories of five women in complete detail. Green did such an outstanding job with character development that it felt as if I was in the story, sitting at their church meetings and in their homes with them. This is a heavy book with very serious matter and I applaud Jessica Green for taking the time to bring these horrific stories to the forefront. I highly recommend “He Beat Past My Skin: Redemption of a Broken Spirit” to all women – just make sure you have some Kleenex available.

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