Write Now Literary is pleased to announce Denise Cook-Godfrey, Unequally Yoked: The Pleasures of Sin Lasts for a Season Virtual Book Tour, January 23-27, 2017.
Book release: November 2016
Book Title: Unequally Yoked-The Pleasures of Sin lasts for a Season
About The Book
“Sex too Soon!” A subject not covered enough over most pulpits. When we open ourselves up to sexual sin at a young age, do we also open a Pandora’s Box filled with pain and emotional baggage that could affect our adult life? What affect does illegitimate sex have on the mind and body?
This Novella is a compelling story of influence, choices, consequences, and the offer of redemption that some receive and others reject. The book also provides a separate Bible study guide that can be used for individual or group studies.
Quote provided by best-selling Author Michelle Stimpson
About The Author
After ministering at the local city jail for about eight years, Minister Denise accepted her public call to ministry in late 2006 and is a licensed Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She has ministered at Women Conferences and other events locally and can be heard each second Sunday of the month on WFEB Radio 1340 AM at 6:30 a.mministry also involves teaching the Body of Christ to utilize the arts such as praise and worship dance, interpretive movement and expressive signing, drama, and poetry through public and private workshops.
Minister Godfrey has trained under a professional dance instructor at the Dance and Performing Arts Studio in Sylacauga Alabama and has also obtained certification as a Liturgical Dance Instructor through Visual Praise Dance Ministries.
Minister Godfrey has also written and published three books, entitled “Worshipping God/Serving God-the Mary-Martha Syndrome, “So you say you can praise dance-now what?, “The Day I Danced Under an Open Heaven” and her newest release: “Unequally Yoked-The Pleasures of Sin lasts for a Season.” As a Play-Write, she has written four gospel stage plays, entitled “Daddy’s Little Girls Embracing the Father”, “Saving Generation Next”, “A Change is Gonna Come”, and “Somethin for Mama”, and also several inspirational poems.
Minister Godfrey is currently the director of the dance and drama ministry at the New Beginning Ministries where she serves as one of the Associate Ministers under the covering of Pastor Erastus Godfrey and Assistant Pastor DeForest Godfrey. She is the wife of Assistant Pastor DeForest Godfrey, the mother of two children and is a loving grandmother. Minister Godfrey enjoys writing, aerobic exercising, dancing, and just spending time with her family.
It was the middle of June and seemingly the perfect weather and season for a wedding. Hot, yet, somewhat breezy with the smell of fresh flowers and fresh mowed lawns. Everyone was filled with excitement as people from all walks of life flooded the small country church in great anticipation for what was soon to take place. It was Christine’s wedding day. After waiting so long and after much debate, she was finally marrying one of the most eligible Christian bachelors that a woman could marry. Well liked in the small community the couple lived in, Aldridge, was a genuine man of God.
He came from a long line of preacher men, as Christine’s grandmother called them.
“Hold that preacher. Grab him and don’t let go of him.” Christine could hear those words that Grandma Ruth used to recite.
Also, some of the older mothers of her home church would practically idolize the preacher. These women had some sort of notion that if you went out of your way to accommodate a preacher, then you had special favor with God. Now Christine was about to marry one, so you can imagine how all the older women felt.
“Marry that preacher man, and you set yourself up for life. Don’t ever let him go.” Ah, yeah! If Grandma Ruth were alive today, she’d cut her a step across the church for sure today.
Christine, with her marred past, had managed to get her life together, or so it seemed. Christine still endured emotional struggles. For one, the residue dangling from her past before meeting Aldridge. Her appetite for acceptance and identity flawed her ability to choose wisely in the arena of finances and men. She held onto low self-esteem, even though she was one of the most beautiful young women in the church. She had a difficult time accepting gifts and encouragement. She didn’t have a connection with her family, and most of all, didn’t seem to find real satisfaction in her ministry work for the church. The more she worked, the more down and out she’d become.
Christine suffered from depression. At times she’d cover up her pain by involving herself in relationships with men who were not right for her; even after meeting Aldridge. After all, by her not having that special bond with her father growing up, she didn’t know how to distinguish love from sex and had a serious identity problem. In her past, Christine seemed to connect with the bad boys and not the nerdy guys who attended church. The ones who were not so nerdy were already taken, or flirted so badly with the women until it became a complete turn off for Christine. Christine remembered having an affair with a married man during her early twenties before she’d gotten saved, and it ended up in total disaster. She vowed never to involve herself with married men again.
And then she met Aldridge. He was not the type of man that she normally fell for, but for some reason, she did. The two seemed to hit it off soon after Christine had broken up with one of her flings. She was getting more acquainted with God at this time of her life and becoming more serious about her faith. Aldridge, of course, was a big help to her in this area. He had his own hidden baggage and had no idea how to communicate his struggles to Christine. He busied himself with playing the Knight in Shining Armor for Christine.
As time went on, Christine developed a passion for the things of God. She was fine spiritually, but emotionally she was troubled. This goes to show that there are many in the church world today who mask their pain. And even though they have truly given their life to Christ, without healing and deliverance in certain areas, they still live poor quality Christian lives. This is dangerous, because the devil knows how to push certain buttons and attempts to destroy our fellowship with our Heavenly Father.
In the meanwhile, think and ponder on this question: When one engages in sexual sin at a very early age, can the results that follow open a Pandora’s Box of emotional trauma and baggage that can have an erratic effect on our lives even after becoming a Christian? Let us get to reading.