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In a soul-lifting collection that resounds with joy, today's black gospel superstars tell how the Lord has changed their lives, shaped their music -- and led them to triumph over life's most incredible trials. Dr. Bobby Jones, host of Black Entertainment Television's "Bobby Jones Gospel" and "Video Gospel," joins nineteen acclaimed gospel performers whose personal stories, like the healing, hopeful music they were called to sing, are celebrations of God's glory. Kirk Franklin reveals how it took the violent death of his close friend for God to reach out and touch him, and turn him from a gang-banger to a minister for Christ. John P. Kee affirms that God saved him from drugs and the fast-money lifestyle of the streets. Shirley Caesar remembers how she fell apart when her mother died, and how the Lord helped put the pieces of her life back together. Given only a few months to live by his doctors, blind minister and gospel star Rev. James Moore praises God for a different kind of prognosis that keeps him singing to this very day. Gospel matriarch Albertina Walker's testimony affirms her God-given stamina in a harsh world that has tried to knock her down more than once. Dottie Peoples describes an encounter with an angel that took her out of nightclubs and returned her to singing gospel music in church. As rousing as a gospel choir in full swing, these and other inspiring accounts of hope and transformation confirm the power of music and faith -- and will stir the hearts of those looking to strengthen their own ties with the Lord.
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Contents PREFACE Rev. James Moore Kurt Carr Hezekiah Walker LaShun Pace Rev. Milton Biggham Edwin Hawkins Yolanda Adams Doug Williams Shirley Caesar Kirk Franklin Dottie Peoples Donald Lawrence Vanessa Bell Armstrong Daryl Coley Albertina Walker John P. Kee Dorothy Norwood Mark Kibble Vickie Winans

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Dr. Bobby Jones, a Grammy(R) and Dove(R)- Award-winning performer, is host and executive producer of television's only nationally syndicated gospel program, Bobby Jones Gospel, seen weekly by five million viewers. He has won the Cable Ace Award for excellence in programming on cable television, and two Grammys: Best Performance by a Black Contemporary Gospel Group for his Soul Set Free album, and another for a single recorded with Barbara Mandrell. He has also won numerous awards for his contributions to gospel music, including the 1997 Stellar Award and NAACP Image Award.


Grammy Award-winner Jones and journalist Sussman (Lord, I'm Comin' Home) collect the stories of several contemporary black gospel superstars. These singers, including Kirk Franklin, Shirley Caesar and Vickie Winans, narrate dramatic accounts of the obstacles they have faced and the ways that God has changed their lives and shaped their music. For example, doctors told singer and pianist Kurt Carr that he might lose the use of his hand as the result of multiple stab wounds incurred in a struggle with thieves. According to Carr, God miraculously healed him, and he testifies now to God's miracle in his concerts. LaShun Pace shares the story of a miserable period in her life when, depressed about the failure of her marriage, she attempted suicide. Having overcome her suicidal tendencies, she now proclaims that God provides help for all those who seek it. These and other inspiring stories of hope and transformation bring us closer to these performers, who deliver God's message in their powerful music. (Dec.)

The Birmingham Times Gripping tales...A collection of stories that needs to be told.

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