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Challenging cultural distortions about women of color, Terri McFaddin empowers you to embrace your value and strength and reveals important ways women of African descent reflect the image of God. Drawing from Exodus 28, she explores the treasured qualities of black women through the twelve jewels in the breastplate of the high priest.
A declaration of self-acceptance for women of African heritage, "Sapphires and Other Precious Jewels" shatters false beliefs black women have long held about their beauty and reminds them of the powerful truth that they are created in God's image.
Terri McFaddin (www.TerriMcFaddin.org) is an ordained minister, author, speaker, playwright, and songwriter with two Grammy Awards to her credit. She spent ten years as a Motown songwriter, wrote for many Christian artists, and co-wrote the movie theme songs for Big and Men In Black. Terri earned her Masters in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and is the author of three books, including Only a Woman.
“In Sapphires and Other Precious Jewels, Terri McFaddin shows that she is one of the most gifted communicators of our time. She combines her own life experiences and understanding of women with her profound knowledge of the Bible to inspire each of us to reach our divinely designed potential. Through the use of wonderful stories, in-depth studies of fascinating women of the Bible, and comparisons of feminine qualities to precious stones, this book speaks to the reader on many different levels.”
–Marilyn McCoo, entertainer
“An inspirational goldmine for the many women of color who struggle to know and accept their true worth in the eyes of God. Terri McFaddin sensitively challenges African-American women to embrace biblical truths that will both elevate and empower them. Imaginative and profoundly compassionate, Sapphires is a treasure.”
–Ronn Elmore, Psy.D, author of How to Love a Black Man
“Terri McFaddin is one of the best-kept secrets in the world of ministry today. Her profound understanding of the word of God and her ability to creatively bring its principles to life as she speaks profound truths into the hearts of women is life-changing. Uncovering old mindsets of corrupted self-esteem to reveal the jewels we are within, Sapphires and Other Precious Jewels will cause those who read it to finally be loosed to celebrate the handiwork of God in their lives and embolden them to embrace their purpose with new determination.”
–Michelle McKinney Hammond, author of In Search of the Proverbs 31 Man
“Terri McFaddin takes a new and fresh approach to celebrating the uniqueness of Black women. This book is a jewel that should be read several times, then recommended to others with great enthusiasm!”
–Alaina Reed Hall, film and television actress
“Exquisite is the first word that comes. Sapphires and Other Precious Jewels magnificently reminds us of truths that been relegated (by history and society) to the dark, back rows of our spirits–truths that reveal our divinely ordained place in the universe.”
–Maria Dowd, founder and executive producer of African American Women on Tour