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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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The Top 6 Lessons I Learned from my Dad

Discipline your children while there is hope. Otherwise, you will ruin their lives. -Proverbs 19:18, NLTDavid, Dorothy (mom), Stephen, Martin (dad), and Diane Lefkovits in San Francisco in 1979

Like most of us, I probably could write a book about everything I learned from my parents--the hard way and the easy way--both consciously and through subliminal suggestion.

In celebration of Father's Day, however, I thought I could at least tackle the top 6 lessons I learned from my dad, Martin Lefkovits, along with samples of the things he said (some phrases more times than I could count, some just once) to get the lessons through to me:

  1. Mistakes are learning experiences. Admit them and fix them if you can. ("Go back up those stairs and walk down this time.")
  2. Accomplish something every day, even if it's just incremental progress on your latest assignment or project, but don't waste time. ("Don't just sit there like a lump on a log. Find something worthwhile to do.")
  3. Research anything you want to know. ("Get the dictionary and look it up.")
  4. Think for yourself. ("All you're doing is taking in information and regurgitating it. That is not using your brain.")
  5. It's okay to criticize, but never okay to be cruel. ("How dare you mistreat anyone for being different, when your ancestors on both sides of your family have suffered so much cruelty because they were considered less than their neighbors.")
  6. No worship is not acceptable. ("You don't have to go to [Christ Episcopal] church, but you're going somewhere on Sunday. You're not staying home.")

These lessons are all important and integral to my character today, but the greatest things I learned from my father are trust and commitment, which--added together--equal the finest definition of the verb "to love", in my book.

Happy Father's Day, Dad!

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Father and Friend

The joy in this song, "Father and Friend", touches my heart deeply. When I watch son Alain Clark and father Dane Clark together, I'm filled with the thought that this may be an intimate microcosm of heaven which surely involves multitudes in exuberant song, celebrating mutual love with our Father God.

"Every time I look at you, I see myself..."

One day it'll be you and Father God, face to face, I hope. In the meantime, love the father you can see here on earth, if you are that fortunate.

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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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