Charlotte Johnson is a very talented author. She is able to capture the very essence of the tremendous triad of being African-American, female, and southern. The richness of her writings leans the reader into envisioning that they are sharing in each experience. This book is thought provoking, ensightful, and a much needed analysis of life long love, forgiveness, infidelity, passion, and the search for the perfect union and soulmate. I was hooked on the book after reading the Introducton on page 13. My desire is that every one that I know has an opportunity to experience life through the eyes of Charlotte Russell Johnson.
I have read each of Ms. Johnson's book. She is able to touch her readers in a very intimate way. Initially, I thought the book was about grief and then half way through the book it surprised me. Every reader can identify with being overwhelmed and pressured to make a life altering decision.
I started reading this book in the beauty shop. I was so excited that I audibly exclaimed 'oh'. I wish Oprah would have a book this exciting on her show instead of some of her recent books. It was easy for me to see the main character's dilemna. I think everyone has had to make a choice to trust and love or embrace loneliness. After reading the book, I was forced to ask myself some questions about my own romantic life.
Charlotte Russell Johnson (Biography)
Charlotte Russell Johnson is the founder of Reaching Beyond, Inc. and Reaching Beyond the Breaks Ministries. She is a writer, motivational speaker, and Christian evangelist. Mrs. Johnson gained national fame following the release of her first novel A Journey to Hell and Back. In the past four years, Ms. Johnson has penned three additional books: Daddy’s Hugs, Grace Under Fire: The Journey Never Ends, and The Flipside: A Journey to Hell and Back. She has had an active prison ministry for more than fourteen years. Ms. Johnson served as the New Connections to Work Coordinator at Columbus Technical College in Columbus, GA when the school began a collaborative partnership with other state agencies to change the face of welfare. Later, she served as the Community Resource Development Coordinator with the GA Department of Family and Children Services for Region VIII. Her work has encompassed helping inmates, victims of AIDS, teenage mothers, welfare recipients, and substance abusers. She was instrumental in establishing Teens Empowerment Awareness with ReSolutions, Inc. (TEARS) based in Phenix City, AL. Ms. Johnson has a B.S. in Health Science with a minor in Criminal Justice from Columbus State University where she graduated Phi Kappa Phi and magna cum laude. She received her MA from Troy State University in Community Psychology in Counseling. She has also attended the doctoral programs of Southern Christian University and Beacon University. However, she states that her GED remains her proudest degree.