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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (February 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800730402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800730406
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,614,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Griffith's latest African-American Christian women's fiction novel is crippled by a confusing structure and a reliance on too many miraculous coincidences.. At the center is Raya Joseph, a talented young fashion designer who has been jilted by her fiancé and whose parents are ensnared in marital troubles. Her boss and friend Chenille introduces her to Flex, a hot, eligible guy from church. As Flex and Raya's romance blooms, Chenille is thrown into her own turmoil, first losing a baby and then learning that her husband has cancer. To make matters even more complicated, Raya has just been hired to design a wedding gown for an ex-friend whom she can't stand. And over everything hangs the shadow of HIV: a minor character is orphaned by AIDS, and Raya's unfaithful parents turn out to be at risk for the disease too. (An author's note at the end of the book urges readers to pray for people with AIDS and points out that the disease disproportionately strikes black women.) Predictably, by the novel's end, Raya has learned about reconciliation and forgiveness, and her faith has deepened. Snappy dialogue partially redeems this generally disappointing story.
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"With poetic description and compelling storytelling, Marilynn Griffith delights readers with every sentence." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Thanks for reading my books. Contact me by email at marilynngriffith@gmail.com. Visit me on the web at marilynngriffith.com or sistahfaith.ning.com. Thanks!

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Marilynn has written some astounding characters.
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I bought this book on Friday night and finished Saturday night... I was so engrossed in the book, I could not put it down.
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Each woman's story gave the reader a different view of Christian women trying their best to do the right thing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on February 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
When she relocated to New York City, Raya hoped to turn over a new leaf and leave the old things behind. She is on a quest to reinvent herself and prove everyone that she is an independent person who could take the world by storm. Flex is someone who is trying to sprint away from his past. He is an iconoclast trying to break free from the overbearing demands of his father and while also trying to walk the Christian walk but is tormented daily by the sins of the world. When fate sets Flex and Raya on a collision course, what will happen as they constantly cross paths?

Aryanna "Raya" Joseph is a cutting edge designer who is working under her potential at her friend's uniform design business. Raya is striving to manifest her independence from her seemingly domineering, filthy rich father who would like to see her do other things with her life. To him, money is everything and he sacrificed his personal, nurturing relationship with Raya to pursue his financial conquests. Raya on the other hand, wears her heart on her sleeve and will give away her last dime to help someone in need. Having loved and lost, Raya is on a soul-searching mission and is questioning everything she once knew, including God's love for her.

Fletcher "Flex" Dunham Longhurst III is three times phine. With an old soul, his dashing looks and no-nonsense approach, the ladies love this personal trainer. Yet, Flex is focused on his Christian walk and doesn't have time for the frivolous innuendoes of the fairer sex. He is committed to taking care of his mother, building his business and his involvement in various charity programs to worry about much of anything else. Due to the skeletons in his closet, he feels that he is in no position to offer anyone a romantic invitation into his own personal chaos.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sheryl Root on April 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
Pink was a refreshing read! It's rare to find a book where the physical attraction between two characters is written in a way that is both realistic and honoring to Christ.

Raya and Flex come from similar backgrounds. However, since they are both running from their parents and their past, it takes them a while to realize how similar they are. They are immediately attracted to each other when they first meet on the subway. But mistakes both have made in their past make it difficult for them to see that this attraction, and the deeper feelings that come from it, is something that God has directed and not something that He frowns on.

Marilynn has written some astounding characters. Not just the main characters of Raya and Flex, but the friends and family that support them are also amazingly real. These are people who have made mistakes, in some cases many mistakes, but to whom God is still showing His redemption and grace.

I will be first in line to read any future books from Marilynn Griffith!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Joe Williams on February 7, 2006
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Pink is a wonderfully told story about love in the Big Apple by new author Marilynn Griffith. The main characters, Raya and Flex, struggle with building an honest relationship since they both seem to be hiding secrets from one another. Their romantic journey to love will leave you panting for more as the flames ignite between this fine-looking couple. With Raya's flair for designing clothes and Flex's talent for sculpting hard bodies, they score with a winning combination of fashion and fitness. Watch out for the next chapter in this "Shades of Style" series.

Barbara Joe-Williams, author of Forgive Us This Day & Dancing with Temptation
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deborah VINE VOICE on September 20, 2006
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I wasn't sure whether I'd like this book since it appeared to be marketed to African-American females, and I'm Asian-American. Luckily I was proven wrong. "Pink" was a breezy refreshing read. The characters seemed real, not preachy or annoying and actually relatable. It was very cool to find out what goes on inside the fashion design world and how a small business operates. And it was very nice to to see the story from Flex's POV and not just assuming what he was thinking from Raya. Looking foward to reading Jade!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J.C. Wallington on May 8, 2006
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In Marilyn Griffith's second novel, Pink, the reader is introduced to Raya Joseph, an aspiring fashion designer. She has a flair for style, both in clothing and hair. She is hiding her talents by working at Garment of Praise designing choir robes and church uniforms. Two projects come her way which will enable her to showcase her talents; designing a wedding gown for her archenemy, Megan and designing uniforms for a boys basketball team sponsored by her church. .

Flex Dunham nee Longsworth is a personal trainer, model and a man practicing celibacy and trying to live a Godly life. He proclaims that he will never get married. After all, his parents never married and Flex blames his father. A father who only provided financial support until he left school.

One day while on the subway, a man (Flex) whispers to Raya "God loves you." Little did Flex know when he whispered those prophetic words on the subway platform that Raya would become a significant part of his life. Raya and Flex are certainly made for each other. They both denounce their wealthy fathers, choosing to have little to do with them based on unfounded concepts that their fathers have done their mothers wrong. Each of them seemed to have a belief that they are unworthy to receive any blessings from God, or be happy in life. Instead, they feel they should continuously be punished for their past sins.

This book was so dreary that it took me almost a week to finish it, because I kept putting it down. There is much turmoil in the lives of Raya and Flex, and in the lives of the secondary characters. Lyle and Chenile, while going through the fire, were a breath of fresh air in the novel. Even in the midst of losing a baby and terminal cancer, they still remained positive.
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