Special Photo: Former Clayton News Daily Reporter Jacqueline Holness has written a book entitled, “After the Altar Call: The Sisters’ Guide to Developing a Personal Relationship With God,” which was released on Feb. 14.
Local readers will get a chance to explore the world of 24 black women from across the globe, who’ve overcome personal experiences and challenges through faith.
Author Jacqueline Holness’ book, entitled, “After the Altar Call: The Sisters’ Guide to Developing a Personal Relationship With God,” elaborates on a variety of issues some black women face, such as being married three times, being a famous Christian, or leaving the Jehovah’s Witnesses faith for mainstream Christianity.
The book was released on Feb. 14, she said.
“With me being a black a woman, I wanted to isolate it,” said the 38-year-old author. “I wanted to specifically speak to black women, because I am one.”
Holness said she is a seasoned reporter, and worked for the Clayton News Daily as an education reporter, and was the ATL-The Airport Newspaper editor, from 2000, to 2002.
The book, she said, is composed of seven sections: “The Altar Call,” where altar call experiences are shared; “Heeding the Call,” which explains the revelations women received from God after their alter call; “Careers and Callings,” which mentions careers and faith; “Mating Calls,” which elaborates on faithful women and romantic relationships; “Call Him Up,” which includes life-challenges and how God’s help was sought; “Called to Conquer” which details the achievement of lasting faith; and finally, “Call to Action,” where guidelines for a strong relationship with God are shared.
The Riverdale resident said she has interviewed women, such as Sherri Shepherd, an Emmy-award winning co-host of “The View” TV show; Vashti Murphy McKenzie, the 117th elected and consecrated bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and Lisa McClendon, a singer and songwriter, who’s been nominated for Stellar and GMA Dove awards.
Holness said she is holding book signings on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 2 p.m., to 4 p.m., at the Morrow Lifeway Christian Store, at 1904 Mount Zion Road, and on March 31, from 3 p.m., to 6 p.m., at Nubian Bookstore, 2447 Southlake Mall in Morrow.
“I am looking forward to it, but I am kind of nervous,” she confessed about the book-signing events.
She said she’s wanted to write this book for a long time, since her first close encounter with God in the summer of 1996, when she was interning at The Christian Index newspaper in Duluth.
“I grew up in Christ, and knew about the church,” she said. “I wasn’t considering my faith in any of my decisions,” she explained. During that Olympics summer in Atlanta, she was covering a rally of Christian athletes, she said. People were making public professions of their faith in Jesus Christ — an altar call.
Holness said something led her to stand in front of the crowd and proclaim her faith. She said, since then, her relationship with God has become a lot closer.