"...Awakenings will actually appeal to anyone who has had the self-doubt of wondering whether they could have made more out of their life. Awakenings is especially powerful in the fact that it transcends race..." -- Mark Hills, The Hampton Roads Shopper, April 13, 1994
"A moving account of a black teenagers victory over her surroundings, her poverty, and her fears." -- Multicultural Publishers Exchange National Newsletter, Jan/Feb 1994
"For all young adults, and especially African-American girls, is the book "Awakenings," by Ross-Rodgers. The book is a motivational, real-life story that offers a message of hope in the wake of today's urban crisis." -- Marlene Ford, The Virginian Pilot-Ledger Star, October 16, 1994
From the Author
One of the main reasons why I wrote Awakenings, is that there are too many people sitting on the sidelines of life. They sit there watching things happen in other peoples lives, instead of making things happen in their own lives.
I believe that each individual is born with at least one talent or gift, that is to be used for the benefit of mankind.
"Why," I wondered, "do so many people come to the end of their lives never having done the things they wanted to?"
The main purpose of Awakenings is to encourage you to go after your dreams. Your dreams can turn into reality.
Choose not to look back on your life, saying "I wish" or "I could have." Be about able to say "I have done" and "I am doing."