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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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Saturday
Feb142009

Why I Love My Husband

God custom-made Benjamin William Harris, Jr. just for me. Not because I'm so deserving, but because God knows what He's doing all the time. If I, in all my wisdom, had sat down to design the perfect husband for myself, I'd never have done as good a job as God did--obviously--but Benjamin is what I would have been aiming for.

Benjamin is my pastor, my lover, protector, provider, and a daunting inspiration. Not that he's perfect, but he's the perfect man for me.

My stomach flutters when Benjamin touches me, and I still get a tingle in my backbone when he walks into a room where I've been waiting. He's the only person with whom I've ever felt free enough to reveal myself completely: no secrets and no excuses.

This is a husband who allows me to be angry when I am, yet he can get to me to laugh even when I don't necessarily want to. And when he's mad at me, he doesn't spoil me by crumbling at the sight of my tears. (Which is a good thing for him, since tears come with nearly every emotion for me.)

He calls me "Baby, Baby" and compliments me both privately and in public all the time. But he's a great coach too, never failing to give me a push when a push will do me more good than sweet talk.

Benjamin's sacrificial living, his fierce love of family and complete availability to anyone who needs a friend, a counselor, a taste of truth, or just a handshake when the world is passing them by, makes me proud to be his wife and hopeful that with his example I will grow to be a better representative of both my husband and of Christ.

I have a good man, God put us together, and I'm grateful. Did I mention that we got married five years ago today?

Happy Anniversary, Baby.

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Wednesday
Nov262008

Thankful for My Favorite Five: Family

Holidays are less and less enjoyable to me as I get older, perhaps because so many such as Christmas, Easter, and Halloween seem based on something other than what’s been hyped to generations of children and really have little to legitimately recommend them, in my under-romantic view. But Thanksgiving has no ancient hidden roots and is simply an American-invented holiday to give thanks to God for His mercy and provision. That resonates with me not just on the fourth Thursday of November, but every day of my life.

Tomorrow we in the U.S. will celebrate Thanksgiving with food and gratitude, giving and food, family, football and more food, along with important reflections on why we should be grateful.

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