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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?

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Strength in Weakness

Each time he said, "My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness." So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. - 2 Corinthians 12:9, NLT

God, I need You more than I have ever needed You in my life. For as long as I live I will need You more every day and I'm learning to be okay with my weakness.

It's a relief to have gotten past the whispery romance of brand-new belief and beyond the delirious determination of a new minister, but later came the soul-twisting despair of doubt.

Deliverance is another name for surrender to a God who only manifests perfection and can do nothing against His good and perfect nature. Deliverance came when I laid down, gave up, and refused to get back up with my old burdens. Deliverance is the gain of one just weak enough to let go of even addictive evil at the feet of a redeeming Lord.

Thank you for loving me too much to let me settle for my own limitations when all Your blessings are mine, as an adoptee into the fullness of Your promises.

God, I need You more than I have ever needed You in my life.

Without You, the scary second-year dissonance in my marriage may have moved me to throwing shoes and packing heavy suitcases rather than throwing myself on my dusty carpet to beg Your intercedence--perhaps equally dramatic as option one, but infinitely more productive.

Without You, fear and elevated stress over the last few years might have ended in my self-destructive urges winning. But even when I railed against You, and emotions encouraged me to reject love and life, my first love for You directed me back to the Bible and into Your arms again.

You're teaching me to be neither complacent nor fearful even in times when danger seems past, but to grab hold of You and pull closer, whether I'm happy or sad. I'm learning not to own my problems but to dutifully hand each one to You, knowing You are always with me.

For as long as I live, I will need You more each day, and that's a good thing.

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Be the Mustard Seed

The only things keeping you or me from exhibiting God's own creative power are our deficiency of faith, our failure to see through the eyes of God, and the limits placed on us by our physical bodies. [Is that you asking, "Oh, is that all?"] Jesus is quoted in in Matthew 17:20, "If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place, and it shall remove: and nothing shall be impossible to you."

Why is the tiny mustard seed a symbol of faith? The seemingly insignificant mustard seed simply does what God created it to do, having no doubt. The miniscule mustard seed becomes a powerful herb, harvested for its many gastronomic and health benefits. 

If we lived up to our potential like the mustard seed, what would limit our ability to live in the image of God?

(Photograph of mustard field by Crystal Woroniuk, copyright 2009)

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Could You Be Wrong About God?

A healthy theology begins with doubt.

Now I'm not saying one needs to become an atheist like I did in order to wind up a true believer. What I am saying is that if your faith comes out of someone else's experience rather than your personal knowledge of who you are in relation to God, how strong can that faith be?

Of course Mom, Dad, Grandma or whoever can lead you from the cradle to the altar, and that's a good thing when it happens. However, until you sidestep the one(s) who led you, take time to tear down what you've been taught, and reassemble it from scratch, your faith is liable to be blown apart by any huffing, puffing wolf that comes along.

Study your Bible and your heart like your life depends on it, because it does. Will your faith take you from where you are now to an eternity in union with the Spirit of God? Do you even believe that is possible, or are you jumping, shouting, praying, and saying what you've been told just because you have been told?

If you don't think it makes a difference how you worship or who you think God is, ask Paul of Tarsus.

Play it safe if you want and choke down your questions so you don't look like a bad Christian (or a bad Jew, bad Muslim, or unsure atheist, for that matter). Sooner or later you'll gag on all those swallowed question marks, and the mess will need to be cleaned up. Why not just start the questioning now?

(Cartoon by the late, great Charles Schulz)

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