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A memoir about finding hope in the midst of: Addictions, Bankruptcy, Suicide and Cancer.
A memoir about finding hope in the midst of: Addictions, Bankruptcy, Suicide and Cancer.
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How The Book Came To Be

     Pray Hard & Speak Life all started in June of 2014 when my wife was diagnosed with a rare cancer. After crying a lot, we decided to stop feeling sorry for ourselves and to lean on God.  We prayed that He would make our journey meaningful no matter what the outcome.  We wanted it to matter and trusted that He would use our pain and suffering to inspire people in a way that would make a difference.  

September is Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma Awareness Month
September is Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma Awareness Month

        In late June, I started a Facebook page to update everyone who was praying for my wife during her battle.  Along the way, I began sharing the story of how we met.  People were being added daily by members that joined our page and before the first month had ended, it grew from 180 to over 600 members.  By the end of month two we had over 1,000 members following our story and praying for her. 

        People began sharing with us how God was using our story in their own lives, which was very humbling.  Followers of our page began expressing how much they enjoyed reading my posts.  Some stated that they woke up each morning early just to search for the latest post (I normally posted at night) and many suggested that I write a book.  I assumed they were just being kind, but the seed was planted.  The burden kept weighing on me and I decided to seek God for help.  After praying many times, I felt that God was telling me that this was the moment to make a difference and I should act on it.   

Tamika and me sharing our heart at a fundraising benefit
Tamika and me sharing our heart at a fundraising benefit

Between The Covers  

      Between the front and back cover of Pray Hard & Speak Life you will learn about how our family dealt with addictions, bankruptcy, suicide, cancer and how I began to walk with Jesus in the midst of it all.  I trust that you will not only enjoy reading Pray Hard & Speak Life,but you will be inspired to influence others who are battling similar struggles to read it as well.   

Tamika receiving her treatment (104 hours worth each round)
Tamika receiving her treatment (104 hours worth each round)

Where I Am 

       Pray Hard & Speak Life is complete and with your help, I am planning on publishing through a well known Christian publishing company.  They publish worldwide and my book will be on a list that over thirty thousand book stores use to select their merchandise.  The funds generated through Kickstarter will cover all publication costs, a completed graphic for the front and back cover (I am pushing for something very similar to what I have above) and professional editing.  

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~ Below is a sample of the tin painting which will come with a donation of $200.00 or more.

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The risks or challenges that may arise will come from deadlines being pushed back due to publishing delays. If this becomes the case, then I will update contributors with adjusted timelines.

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