Intermission: Bishop Noel Jones on Control Freaks, Jealousy, and Selfishness

I started writing CLEvangelism to promote some of the preaching I’ve heard on Radio 1000 since I became a Christian in 2014. It's been helping me get through the tests and trials God is putting me through, so it may help you. In light of the last chapter, I thought I would share what Bishop … Continue reading Intermission: Bishop Noel Jones on Control Freaks, Jealousy, and Selfishness

Chapter Six: Revelations: How My Parents’ Abusive Marriage Ended (in Three Stages)

In one of Ernest Hemingway’s books about bullfighting, an alcoholic told another character that he went bankrupt “[g]radually and then suddenly.” When asked what prompted it, he replied, “Friends. … False friends. Then I had creditors, too.” My parents’ marriage ended the same way for the same reasons. Stage 1: The Proverbial Straw For 15 … Continue reading Chapter Six: Revelations: How My Parents’ Abusive Marriage Ended (in Three Stages)

Chapter Five: Fear and Loathing Are Ineffective Motivators (Lessons My Parents’ Abusive Marriage Taught Me – Part 2)

The sunny September 1996 day that I signed a lease to move in with my boyfriend, my father said I was “a slut just like [my] mother,” disowned me, and forbade me from returning to the house. This did not prevent me from visiting my mom when I left, but it did affect the frequency … Continue reading Chapter Five: Fear and Loathing Are Ineffective Motivators (Lessons My Parents’ Abusive Marriage Taught Me – Part 2)

Chapter Four: Role Models (Lessons My Parents’ Abusive Marriage Taught Me – Part 1)

During a tearful sermon titled “One Life,” Joyce Meyer told a Winston-Salem audience about the abuse she suffered as a child. Like me, she prayed that her father would die or that her mother would leave him. Neither happened, but God gave her the strength to get through it, she said. Since then, she has … Continue reading Chapter Four: Role Models (Lessons My Parents’ Abusive Marriage Taught Me – Part 1)

Chapter Three: The Affair

Whatever my father saw the night he walked in on my mom and his best friend affected the rest of my life and shortened my mom’s, so it was nice to see that 91 percent of Americans believe adultery is “morally wrong,” according to The New York Times last May. But evidence points to the … Continue reading Chapter Three: The Affair