Lessons Learned in the Darkness
Pastor Jeffries has masterful woven her own personal struggles with Scripture references to verify and clarify that God was and continues to be in the midst of working out His plan in her life. Each chapter builds on the next as she leads you on her journey of personal struggles step by step from a feeling of defeat to victory. She leaves you eager to discover what happens in each succeeding chapter of the book. It is both inspirational and informative. She engages you emotionally, intellectually and spiritually as her journey unfolds. It is a must read for those who struggle and suffer in silence; and it is enlightening for those who are unaware of the struggles that others may have in the Body of Christ. It is a challenge for the Body of Christ/Faith Community to create an environment that is safe for all who may be suffering in silence and are afraid to acknowledge it for fear of rejection.This book will motivate and challenge those who struggle with an issue or condition that hold them hostage in silence. They will be motivated to know that they are not alone after reading this book. They will be challenged to tell their story so that other can benefit from their struggle in the darkness. This book also serves as a wake-up call for the Faith Community or Body of Christ for the need to create an environment of safety and love for those who may be suffering in silence so that they will not fear what fellow believer may think of them. It is a call for sensitivity and understanding, further education, patience, and compassion. Dr. Shirley Howard D. Min.
- Paperback | 158 pages
- 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 294.83g
- 29 May 2015
- United States
- black & white illustrations
About Marilyn Parker-Jeffries Mapt
Marilyn Parker-Jeffries is a life-long resident of Lorain, Ohio. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Corrections from Kent State University. She was employed by Lorain County Domestic Relations Court and served in numerous capacities as a Probation Officer, Group Home Director, Program Manager until retiring as Director of Support Services after 30 years of service. She received a Masters of Arts in Practical Theology from Ashland Theological Seminary majoring in Homiletics and Black Church Studies. She is currently enrolled in the Pre-Doctoral Program at Ashland Theological Seminary and will be pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Formational Counseling. She is married to Abraham Jeffries Jr. and has two like-my-own daughters, Helen and Roberta and one grandchild, Abigail. Marilyn has had a wide range of experience working for the Kingdom of God. She is currently serving on the Re-entry Coalition of Lorain County and is the first female Chaplain for the City of Lorain Police Department. She also is the founder of Great Expectation Ministries an outreach ministry that seeks to assist in dismantling the pipeline to prison by providing a faith-based program for prevention and aftercare. Much of what Marilyn has accomplished has been achieved while quietly waging war against an oftentimes debilitating diagnosis of Panic Disorder and Depression for thirteen years. While she is aware that this disorder is chronic, she can proclaim that it is no longer debilitating. And from the lessons she learned in those 13 years of darkness it is her hope that this book will help to bring light to others who may be waging war with this disease. It is her desire to remove the stigma associated with mental health disorders. For while this stigma still exists within the culture in exists more strongly within the culture of the church. It is her desire to bring hope and freedom to those who may be suffering in silence. Her road to healing required that she stop running from the darkness, to stop trying to hide within the darkness and find God in the darkness. When she found God within the darkness, wholeness became possible.