Long Time Coming  -     By: Vanessa Miller
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Long Time Coming

Abingdon Press / 2010 / Paperback

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Faithful Christian Deidre Clark-Morris is a career-minded woman with a loving husband, but no children. Kenisha Smalls has lived in poverty her entire life, has three children by different men---and has just been diagnosed with inoperable cancer. While their meeting appears accidental, could God be using them to experience his unexpected blessings? 352 pages, softcover from Abingdon.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1426707681
ISBN-13: 9781426707681
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Publisher's Description

Deidre Clark-Morris is a faithful Christian who has everything she could dream of, except the children her heart longs for. Kenisha Smalls has lived in poverty all her life. She has three children by three different men and has just been diagnosed with inoperable cancer. While the meeting between these two women appears accidental, it becomes their catalyst of hope. Neither woman expects the blessing that God has in store for her. While Deidre guides Kenisha on the path to eternal life with Jesus Christ, Kenisha teaches Deidre how to stand strong against the storms of life.

Author Bio

Vanessa Miller is a bestselling author, playwright, and motivational speaker, who understands that all gifts come from God, and has written redemption stories in her Rain Series and Storm Series. Her novels have received rave reviews and won several awards. Vanessa is a dedicated Christian and devoted mother who lives in the Dayton, Ohio, area. Visit her on the Web at www.vanessamiller.com.

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Long Time Coming by Vanessa Miller illustrates how God works in two strangers’ lives, involving them with each other and bringing them both closer to Him. Deidre Morris is a 32-year-old elementary school principal married to a soldier. Kenisha Smalls is a 23-year-old single mother of three children, each from a different father, living in the projects. Kenisha is dying of cancer. These two women come to know one another and help each other grow closer to God and find comfort in Him. Through all of the pain, suffering, and depressing agony, these women find joy.

Vanessa Miller does an excellent job with dialogue. It is very similar to how people actually talk; she captures the dialect of people from the projects. Kenisha and Deidre don’t start off on the best note. Kenisha has a radiation treatment at the hospital at the time that her oldest son Jamal needs to be picked up from school. She has asked her older sister Aisha to pick up her son, but Aisha becomes too preoccupied with her own life to pick up her nephew. Deidre, as Jamal’s principal, then has to stay after with Jamal, and eventually takes him back to her house until his mother can pick him up. When Kenisha finally gets to Deidre’s home, Deidre makes strong assumptions about Kenisha’s character, wrongly accusing her of neglecting her son, even threatening to call Child Services. Although these two don’t start out on the best of terms and continue to be somewhat bitter with one another, they slowly start to warm up to each other and eventually become great friends.

Kenisha and Deidre bring each other closer to God and accept the way He is working in her life. Both realize that although it may seem that God is not answering prayers and they don’t always understand why He lets them suffer, He always has a plan and He will always bring comfort and joy.

Long Time Coming is a wonderful story about how God moves in mysterious ways, yet always provides for those who believe in Him. I would highly recommend this book as it teaches that God is faithful. – Andi Passaglia, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. jeezusgurl
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    Age: 35-44
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This product moves you closer to God!
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    jeezusgurl
    Houston,TX.
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is the best book I've read in a long time ! Many African American women can relate to this story in more ways than one, whether it's, sickness, multiple or dead beat babies fathers, poverty, sickness/terminal illness, family issues, or losing a sibling through violence. "Kenisha" touched my heart. She really went through a lot of heartache, pain and suffering!Even though Kenisha's physical ending wasn't what I hoped for, but her spiritual beginning was right on time and that made me look over and examine my life. I would love to read more books by this sophisticated author ! Thank You !
  2. Lenie
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    April 30, 2013
    Lenie
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    I am the church librarian and do all the buying of books for the library. This story is completely believable in today's society but not appropriate to go into a church library because of some of the details given in the story. Otherwise, it is a good book.
  3. baba
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    baba
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    Quality: 5
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    these series of book have been very great and have kept me reading and recommending the books to others
  4. Kaye
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    February 11, 2011
    Kaye
    Missouri
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I decided to read this book after my book club had a discussion on it and their comments peaked my interest. If I had saw this book on the shelf at my local bookstore I'm not sure I would have bought it. So I'm very glad that the book came up for review at the book club. This is a story I would not have wanted to miss.

    Warning: This story is a real tear-jerker, so keep the Kleenex handy.

    The story follows two women Deidre, a grade school principle who strives to follow after God's heart and Kenisha, a 23 year old mother of three, who could care less about God, because she figures He feels the same way about her. She is dying.

    The women's paths cross when Kenisha treatments interfere with her picking up her son from school. However, Deidre isn't aware of Kenisha's condition and things are said between the two and it becomes quite clear that they won't soon become fast friends. But God had other plans.

    "Long Time Coming" by Vanessa Miller is a story of faith and sorrow. As you journey with these women through their story you learn a lot about understanding the hearts of those who have hurt them deeply as well as those that they have hurt. Then being able to learn to forgive them and accept forgiveness. And in Kenisha's case, that also includes forgiving God.

    I give "Long Time Coming" four stars because of its riveting storyline and the poignant way this story was told. My only disappointment was the predictable ending. However, this is a book that will stay with you long after you turn the last page. It will inspire you to reach into your own heart and your own past to see if there's anything there that you still need to give to God. This is one book that I would love to see made into a movie.

    Buy a copy for a friend. Trust me, they will be eternally grateful.
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    November 8, 2010
    Sylvia
    Memphis TN
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    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    It's a great book. I think everyone should read it. Many women go through the things that the various women went through in this book.
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