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After the Altar Call: the Sisters' Guide to Developing a Personal Relationship with God Paperback – February 14, 2012
Top Customer Reviews
The stories of how women found their way to personal relationships with God was exactly what I needed today. The stories talk about how you have to move away from the 'world' and fall in love with 'GOD'. Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, Valorie Burton, Dwan Abrams, Tiffany L. Warren, Lisa McClendon, Melissa Summers, and Jacqueline J. Holness all have incredible stories but their relationship with God is always at the center. I've sensed that need for several years and glad to know I'm not the only one that felt that way. I wish I had read this book months ago but God meant me to read this today. I plan to give this as gifts to several of my friends. Read this and be blessed.
After the Altar Call: The Sister's Guide to Developing a Personal Relationship with God is the type of manual I wish had been available to me when I was floundering in my personal relationship with God. The testimonies of this diverse group of women, from Holness herself to well-known personalities such as The View's Sherri Shepherd, offer many viewpoints about developing a personal relationship with God and the divergent paths that led each of them to answer their calling from God. I found their stories to be relatable, identifiable, and relevant to the struggles of the modern African-American Christian woman. Many devotionals and guidebooks do not give a realistic depiction of the struggles Christian women face in the modern world with dating, developing intimate relationships, and interacting with a secular world. I feel that After the Altar Call accomplishes this goal and more.
The layout of the book offers an ideal format for women's bible study groups as well as book club discussions. Each woman's story is easy to follow and you feel as if you are hearing her voice as you read her testimony. This is a great book to give to any young African-American woman who may be seeking practical but realistic advice about taking the "Christian walk" from the perspective of other African-American women. Another bonus is that the book also appeals to the more mature Christian woman who may identify with similar struggles of the wives, mothers, and grandmothers featured in this book.
From my perspective, the best thing I like about this book is that it gives you spiritual encouragement and scripture references without coming across as being too preachy or in your face, which appeals to me as a modern-day Christian woman. I would definitely recommend the book and buy it for all of my friends and family.
I found the book easy to follow and ideal for group discussions, book clubs, womens' and bible studies.
Another great thing is that it is one I will go back to - its not an "okay I've read that book and now I am done" type of novel. At any given point in your life, you can be any of these women and need to pick this book up again to find some sort of inspiration.