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Meet ESTHER, the little girl who is confident about her faith in God and who cannot wait to share the good news with all her friends. Then there is little JEREMIAH, the boy who learns just how special he is to his parents and especially to God. He also learns that because your parents have a new baby does not mean that they love you any less. And there is LORETTA, the girl who learns that being a good Christian sometimes requires being brave enough to say no to the bully. And RITA, who learns that telling the truth is the right thing to do even though it is not always easy. Finally, you get to meet WILLIE who experiences the forgiveness of God and learns that God is a loving father. Here is a collection of five short stories written especially for you, the Christian child, with the hope and prayer that you grow and mature in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Life can sometimes be a woollen tapestry; one tug on a loose thread and it all starts to unravel. In Unravelled, Folakemi Emem-Akpan shows just how. She introduces you to neighbouring families on a Lagos Street, all unravelling one reel at a time. You will meet Collins, a new widower trying to make sense of his wife’s death and attempting to put even more distance between him and God. You will meet Bolu, pregnant and battling preeclampsia with a cancer-stricken daughter and a brooding, cheating husband. Then there is Bethany, a youth pastor who wants nothing more than to be a mother but who cannot. What happens when she finds that her husband has a child outside of their union? But this is not a book of sorrows. We will experience their pains and sorrows but much more than that, we will share in their joys. The author, Emem-Akpan, shows us just how God can stitch together broken threads and lives, if only we’ll allow Him. This is a book of hope, to renew your trust and help you along your faith journey.
ABOUT THE BOOK Welcome to the African woman’s world and the realities of her existence. In These Issues, Emem-Akpan delves into the life of an African woman; her struggles, shame, pride and joys. In lucid detail, it gives the reader a panoramic view of her life and how she is shaped by the society that she lives in, whether she likes it or not. You will meet Maria, ten years old, sent off as a house help into the big bad world because her family can no longer cater for her. You will meet the privileged thirteen-year-old, who loses a friend of the same age to an abortion gone wrong. You will relive the death of Chi’s husband and rage with her at the culture that tells her childless widows don’t deserve a dime of their late husband’s estate. You will meet the battered woman whose son rescues her from his father’s punches and slaps and Emem-Akpan will introduce you to the woman whose husband will not stop philandering. Then there is the girl betrothed at twelve to be married at fourteen. The only problem is that she wants to be a nurse and not a wife. Emem-Akpan expertly weaves a thread of courage, love and hope through these women’s stories. The endings are not always happy because reality is not always happily ever after but in These Issues, she gives us hope to carry on.