Press Release (ePRNews.com) - ALBANY, N.Y. - Apr 13, 2018 - The highly anticipated book “A Product of a Pimp and a Prostitute: My Forgiveness Journey” is available today for presales, announced King Jesus Press LLC. The sale date is April 29, 2018, and is available in three formats: hardcover, softcover and e-book. Charles Lisa, author of this compelling memoir, details a life of growing up without her mother and shares personal stories of unimaginable experiences as she dealt with her mother’s negligence and criminal lifestyle.
“In writing such a deeply personal book, I want to give readers a glimpse into the world of drug addiction and how it affects the entire family, not just the addict,” says Charles Lisa. “It’s easy to wallow in anger because of people who harm us and because of our negative life experiences, but it’s important to pull ourselves out of that pit and learn to push forward through forgiveness. I hope readers will examine those relationships in their lives that are broken because of unforgiveness. For me, it’s my strained relationship with my mother. For others, it may be a relationship with another family member, an ex, a friend, a priest or co-worker. Standing on biblical principles and understanding God’s grace can help restore relationships. That’s the message I want to get across to readers around the world.”
“A Product of a Pimp and a Prostitute” is an inspirational memoir about forgiveness written from the point of view of an adult daughter as a letter to her biological mother. Reared by her maternal grandmother – Hazel – Charles Lisa confronts her mother Deborah on her absence in her life growing up and outlines all the limited and negative interactions she has had with her as a child and into adulthood.
Charles Lisa challenges you to forgive yourself and others and not allow what has happened to you to block what God has for you. You can’t change where you’ve been, but you can choose where you’re going. This book is a game changer!
Dr. Damone Paul Johnson
senior pastor, Metropolitan New Testament Mission Baptist Church, Albany, New York, and author of ‘A Life Worth Rebuilding’
Recalling memories from her youth, Charles Lisa stirs up past feelings of neglect, embarrassment and despair over the knowledge of having a mother with a life-long, criminal record and a debilitating drug addiction. She tells this story by sharing her experiences, her mother’s jailhouse letters, stories told by her elders throughout the years and, most importantly, her belief in God.
The book’s pivotal moment occurs when the author offers the gift of forgiveness to her mother and demonstrates how her mother and other readers can benefit from God’s forgiveness, self-forgiveness, forgiving others and accepting forgiveness from those who offend them to have a more fulfilling life.
Praise for ‘A Product of a Pimp and a Prostitute’
Marion Roach Smith, author of “The Memoir Project, A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing & Life,” said: “Charles Lisa has dug in and chronicled the power of a life of faith under the most dire of circumstances. With an unflinching eye and sound heart, she has shown us how it is to be steadfast and to grow through pain.”
Ronald D. Smith, professor emeritus, SUNY Buffalo State, said: “This book is an example of a compelling story well told. It has a dignity and humanity that shows a woman of perseverance and courage. In spite of all the hardships and unfairness of her life, Charles Lisa has emerged as an ethical human being who has risen above extraordinarily negative odds. I’m certain that readers who themselves may be struggling with adversity will be inspired by her story.”
Dr. Damone Paul Johnson, senior pastor, Metropolitan New Testament Mission Baptist Church, Albany, New York, and author of “A Life Worth Rebuilding,” said: “Charles Lisa challenges you to forgive yourself and others and not allow what has happened to you to block what God has for you. You can’t change where you’ve been, but you can choose where you’re going. This book is a game changer!”
Rev. Emmett Mixon, pastor, Community Church COGIC, Buffalo, New York, said: “This memoir written by Charles Lisa gives insight and hope to families dealing with life situations and circumstances. She has opened herself to complete transparency and revealed through her own personal experiences how to trust God and allow him to deliver and strengthen all our family relationships. Her freedom to share detailed and sensitive information of her faith journey in life gives readers first-hand knowledge in the world of addiction, its consequences and effects on family relations, and the struggle to find spiritual answers to pain and suffering. A testimony comes in varies ways, but the end result is to tell of God’s goodness and mercy. Charles Lisa has done just that in her memoir.”
About the Author
Charles Lisa is a native of Buffalo, New York. She is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo State with a Bachelor of Arts degree in public communication. Her communications career expands more than 20 years, and it has fueled her passion for writing. “A Product of a Pimp and a Prostitute” is her first published book, however, she has authored numerous articles and op-ed pieces. Charles Lisa is currently a member of Metropolitan New Testament Mission Baptist Church in Albany, New York, where she serves on the Christian Education Team and is vice president of the Home Mission Ministry. She has one adult daughter, Dominique, and she and her husband Mike enjoy traveling, as well as a myriad of outdoor activities.
“A Product of a Pimp and a Prostitute: My Forgiveness Journey” is published by King Jesus Press LLC. The title includes the following International Standard Book Numbers: ISBN: 978-0-9998489-0-6 (softcover), ISBN: 978-0-9998489-1-3 (e-book) and ISBN: 978-0-9998489-2-0 (hardcover).
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