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Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in twenty-three foreign countries. He is the author of twelve books. He is the President of Torch Ministries International, which publishes a magazine called The Torch Leader. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor's degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, and a Master's degree in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for twenty-three years. God has blessed their union with seven children.

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Letters to Young Black Women INTRODUCTION "The true worth of a race must be measured by the character of its womanhood." ―Mary McLeod BethuneI am forever amazed at the broad shoulders of black women, and how God has used them down through the years in this country and beyond, to not only help the black community stay together, but to move us forward as a race ― yea, indeed, to even help hold America together, and to move her forward as well. I think about the courage of Harriett Tubman, Ida B. Wells, and Sojourner Truth. I also think about the class, dignity, and toughness of Coretta Scott-King, Rosa Parks and Dorothy Height. I am afraid, however, that these women had something that many of our young black women today simply do not have. I am very concerned for our young black women. In light of the quote above by Mary McLeod Bethune, "The true worth of a race must be measured by the character of its womanhood," many of our young women today are not expressing the character and the class that the black women of old showed. Many of them have dropped the standards of the past. I remember even when I was a child back in the sixties and seventies, when the young ladies were admonished by the grandmothers, mothers, and aunts to "stop being so fast": a clear warning that meant to stop carrying yourself like a loose girl. It meant to stop running after boys and to carry yourself like a lady. Well, I haven’t heard that phrase in a long time and unfortunately, it is showing. Consider with me some horrifying statistics regarding our young women today:-The African-American teen birth rate remains at 85.3 births per 1,000 women.-The pregnancy rate of young black women 15-19 years old is twice that of whites.-The average number of abortions performed on black women every day in the United States is 1,500.-41,743 African-American women are in prison; 95,308 are on probation; 23,916 are on parole; 2,962 are in jail; and 81,996 are ex-felons.-The school dropout rate for African American women is 11%.Besides the painful facts above, what troubles me the most is that more young black women today are allowing themselves to be used, mistreated and hurt by unscrupulous men who do not care anything for them and who do not even have the capacity to treat them with love and respect. And what happens is that moral failures that are pleasurable and seem small while doing them, end up impacting the rest of their lives with devastating consequences. I believe this lack of self-respect is what breeds the horrifying statistics above.This book is more about prevention than it is about healing. There are many other great men and women of God who are doing great work in the healing and restoration department for young black women. (We mention some of these individuals and ministries on our "Motherboard" in the back of the book.) I believe that many of the problems that you, as young black women are dealing with today can be prevented from happening in the first place. I also believe that in order for you to be victorious in this life, you must operate from a position of strength and power based upon the Word of God. This book will empower you to win against your enemies: the devil, sorry men and even yourself. I hope that you will read it and never live a defeated life again. If Black America is to survive and thrive, not only do our young black men need to rise, but our young black women need to rise again.―Daniel Whyte III Irving, Texas

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  • File Size: 345 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Torch Legacy Publications (August 15, 2006)
  • Publication Date: August 15, 2006
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001EQ61PC
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I bought this book a few years ago & it's still one of my must-haves. It is catered to young black women, specifically Christians. Though I must be honest I haven't read each page all the way through. This is unusual because I am a speed reader & usually complete books within a couple days. However this book has so much useful information to where I open the table of contents & go straight to the chapters I need to meditate on. And over the past few years I find myself doing that over & over according to what I'm going through at the moment. The author does a great job, however some of his viewpoints although noble, are very old-fashioned for this day. His values are top-notch & he only wants the best for young black women, however he needs to modify some of his advice and be more realistic. Like saying young women should never be alone and should live with their parents until they get married. We have to modify for the world we live in today. Because more of us are going to college. And less of us are getting married and we can't mooch off of the parents forever and we can't have a bodyguard with us every second of the day. And no, life isn't fair, but can we please hold our men & women to standards please?! Which a lady should be a lady. But according to this book we are supposed to be docile, loving, controlled tongue & anger in check, homemakers, college educated, submissive, Christian...well you get the idea. Like we have to be perfect & meanwhile men can just be whatever they want to be but we have to be held to standards they don't hold themselves.

But overall this book means well & has good advice & insight! Especially to come from a man's point-of-view. He's straight to the point & gives brief intro's & presents his reasons in a list to make things easy.
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In his letters, this father presents what he identifies as a strict, Biblical perspective on what will make a young lady successful in life. He pens the letters first to his own daughters, then to the other young Black women of the world. As the daughter of a father who taught many of the lessons contained in this book, I understood the perspective. My concern, however, is that the delivery at times is such that it could be perceived as sexist and dismissive of a woman's ability to have her own thoughts.

Some examples I of concerning information...

1) Don't move out of your parent's home until you are married. Huh??? In a day and age where women are finding that their King isn't coming along until they are much older than 18 or 20 years old (if at all), is it realistic to tell a young lady to expect to remain in her parental home indefinitely?

2) Don't leave home at night without a male relative. Again, HUH??? While I am the only female child in a family full of brothers, my father always taught me to take care of myself. Yes, my brothers were always protective of me. Yes, they were always there for me. But, if I needed to do a store run at 10P, I wasn't dragging my brother along just because the sun went down.

There were others, but I'll stop there.

Overall, I found this to be VERY good information for young ladies. I believe it has a lot of information that families have strayed away from saying...stop having sex before marriage, find something to do instead of sitting around with idle time, focus on building a strong and cheerful home for yourself and your family after marriage. Our families are failing for so many reasons, and some of the reasons are because we've gotten away from the concepts identified between the pages of this book.
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I was looking for a Christian book to give to some young black teens that are lacking emotional support and guidance. This is the perfect book. I even bought one for my own (white)teen daughter. It's a very easy read and full of practical and wise guidance. I recommend it for women (black or white) of all ages.
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By jay on March 4, 2012
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Great book for young black women...although it is more helpful to those who lets just that say aren't as experienced.Wouldn't reccomend to give to a child 14 and under unless the parent reads it first and feels the information in this book is appropriate for the child.
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Great book to give to your adult male parent of daughters. I gave this to my son and my nephew to read, who both have daughters. After reading it, I thought it was a good way to remind them of how women should be treated and how they would want their daughters to be treated by other men.
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