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Click here to listen to my first interview as an author: Sunday, 1/11/09 on Urban Literary Review (BlogTalkRadio) with L. Martin Johnson Pratt ( @iluvblackwomen on Twitter ).

Click here to listen to my Saturday, 7/11/09 interview with Evangelist Maureen Chen and her co-host Juergen on Kingdom Club on BlogTalkRadio.

Robin Tramble interviewed me on 7/14/09 on the subject "Why Forgiveness Tests Our Faith", during her awesome Dynamic Women of Faith Telesummit. (Recording issues required that the interview be split into two parts - Part II is here.)

My transformation from atheist to born-again Christian minister was fodder for a second 60-minute interview with Evangelist Maureen Chen and co-host Juergen Mair on Kingdom via the BlogTalkRadio network on Saturday, 7/25/09.

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Stepping into the Light: You’re a Christian, what now? is a great primer for the new adult Christian, as well as a devotional and inspiring Christian living guidebook.

Written by Diane L. Harris, the daughter of a South Bronx born Jew and a Jamaican-American ex-Episcopalian Jewish convert, Stepping into the Light is the fearless testimony of a former atheist who admits that while Christian salvation erases the threat of eternal damnation, becoming a Christian is not a magical pill for the ills of life on earth.

Combining curiosity, transparency, a gift for simplifying erudition and a palpable joy, Minister Diane explores the questions for God that inundated her as a “baby believer.”

With clarity and wielding a humble sense of humor, this woman of God leads the way to a down-to-earth relationship with a loving Messiah by answering such important questions as: What’s the meaning of salvation? Who do I become when I’m born again? Do I need to know about spiritual warfare? How is the Old Testament relevant to me as a Christian? What does the New Testament teach? What promises does God have for me? Can I contribute to the kingdom of God?

If you are a Christian, “baby believer” or not, who is asking yourself, “what now?” this book is written for you.

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Bible Study: God's Design for Marriage

Genesis 1:26-2:25

God's Design For Marriage

Genesis 1:26-2:25

To build a beautiful, satisfying marriage we need a design and blueprint, just as we do when building a home or office building. God, our Creator, shows us His plans for marriage in this section of Genesis.

1. What emotions do the words oneness and companionship bring to your mind?




2. Read Genesis 1:26-2:17. God created man and woman in his image (Genesis 1:26). What male and female characteristics help you understand what "the image of God" is?




 3. God declares all he has created is very good (Genesis 1:31). How can this help you to respect the uniqueness of being male or female?




4. What responsibilities and resources did God give to the man and woman (Genesis 1:26-30; Genesis 2:8-9, 15-17)?




5. Read Genesis 2:18-25. For the first time God declares something in his creation "not good" (Genesis 2:18). How would the parade of animals intensify the man's loneliness?




6. Express the man's reaction to the woman in your own words (Genesis 2:23).




7. What does Genesis 2:24 teach about the priorities, permanence and exclusiveness of marriage?




8. God created marriage primarily to meet our need for companionship. How might a child or a parent interfere that purpose?




9. Why was there no shame or self-consciousness between man and his wife (Genesis 2:25)?



Why do you think this fact is noted here?



10. How has this passage helped you to understand God's purposes for marriage?




11. At your present stage in life, what steps could you take to ensure that these purposes are fulfilled?




What the Bible says about Marriage

Genesis 2:18-24

Marriage is God's idea

Genesis 24:58-60

Commitment is essential to a successful marriage

Song of Songs 4:9,10

Romance is important

Jeremiah 33:10,11

Marriage holds times of great joy

Malachi 2:14,15

Marriage creates the best environment for raising children

Matthew 5:32

Unfaithfulness breaks the bond of trust, the foundation of all relationships

Matthew 19:6

Marriage is permanent

Romans 7:2,3

Ideally, only death should dissolve marriage

Ephesians 5:21-33

Marriage is based on the principled practice of love, not on feelings

Ephesians 5:23,32

Marriage is a living symbol of Christ and the church

Hebrews 13:4

Marriage is good and honorable