When you squeeze a water balloon, as long as you don't burst it, the water simply goes to a different part of the balloon. Addictive personalities are similar. If a person breaks an addiction, they then have to find something else to transfer their energy towards. With Ashlon's help, Devin has made major strides to change his life in order to be a better man. He gives up alcohol and drug addiction, but is now facing the toughest battles he's ever had to face: forgiveness and gambling. Coming from the streets, he only understood that penalties existed for those who offended him. But you can't walk with God and carry the work of the devil, and how can you ask for forgiveness from God when you yourself can't forgive those that have hurt you? Some people saw gambling as a harmless venture, they saw a gambler win big or lose big, but never saw the psychological side effects to winning and losing money at such a rapid pace. Devin gets the wake-up call of a life time, forcing him to embark on a dramatic journey towards finding and getting to know God on a level that he'd never known him before. A deep, emotional love story that is sure to make you feel every single emotion that exists. The sequel to the best-selling love story, "Broken Crayons Still Color" is a passionate drama that wins readers over one page at a time. One of the most important stories of the year with over 1,000 Amazon customer reviews in 5 months, this is a must-read for fans of powerful award-winning stories as well as members of Oprah's Book Club.
Multi-platinum rapper Devin has it all. Money, cars, fame, women-- he's living the life of a rockstar. As with anything in life, all good things come to the end of its cycle, and God takes you off of a path so that you can begin anew. Devin stops getting booked for shows, and it causes a ripple affect on his life. Now unable to take care of his family, he turns to heavy drug use to take his mind off of the pain. When the money stops flowing, all of the love that he thought was genuine, doesn't exist at all. Scandal after scandal surfaces on all of the major blog sites, allegations and rumors, liens from the IRS, and now rumors of his ties to murder for hire plots has him mentally defeated. It's just him against the world until he meets and helps Ashlon when she too was down and out. A good girl with problems of her own, Ashlon understands him in a way that nobody else cares to. She vows to do all she can to help him the same way that he helped her when nobody else would. The question is... can Devin escape his spiraling rollercoaster of drug and alcohol addiction enough to help himself? Can he defeat his demons and pull back to reality long enough to accept help? Or will the devil continue to break and take him under? Certified tear-jerker based on a true story.This is a story of addiction and redemption, of overcoming some of life's most overwhelming obstacles with the help of God and his most qualified angels.
Many times what we see as our biggest regrets, failures and mistakes become what God uses the most in our lives. God transforms our brokenness into something more beautiful than we can even imagine. He takes our mess and creates a masterpiece. You see, broken crayons still color. Included in this book: A 7-week book study that will inspire you with real stories of how God can take our broken crayons and create a masterpiece. Adult coloring pages for each chapter. Reflection questions to use while you color or as journaling prompts to help you apply each chapter to your own life. Scripture memory verses for each week with downloadable scripture cards. Prayers to personally connect with God on the topics covered in each chapter. Corresponding videos and fill-in-the-blank viewer's guides for each week. Leader's guide with discussion questions in the appendix for group study. And more! "But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." - 2 Corinthians 12:9-11 God is the artist and our lives are His canvas. What will you allow Him to create from the broken pieces in your life? When you are in Christ, you are His masterpiece! Click "buy" to embark on this journey to discover for yourself that broken crayons still color.
An inspiring story of a remarkable man who never let life's challenges get the better of him. Captain Walia's book reminds us that human endeavour is limitless and shall always triumph over adversity. Gul Panag Actor and an Activist Rakesh, it has been a great honour to read your life journey. You have so beautifully beaded words of emotion, humour and conviction to give the readers an experience that will last for a lifetime. Taking baby steps from a lonely, uncared child to making long leaps as a man of wisdom and success, you have always raised the bar for yourself, which are the true qualities of a great leader and a wise teacher. Congratulations for the hard work and dedication in writing this beautiful book, which I am sure, will most definitely, touch the hearts of many. Dr Ranie K Nagra RAc, MBA, MSc, PHD Entrepreneur and Author, Vancouver Island, Canada Capt Rakesh Walia's autobiography Broken Crayons Can Still Colour is a highly motivating book and a must-read for the youth who dare to dream big. An extremely absorbing and gripping narrative of his personal life, the book was difficult to put down once I started reading it. Captain, as he is fondly called, has an amazing personality and a pleasant demeanour with no trace of his traumatic childhood experiences. He joined Matrix in December 2006 and has been an asset to Matrix - one that I have come to greatly value. Maj Gen M S Dugal, VrC Chairman, Matrix Cellular (International) Services Ltd
Can I Taste It?
Author: David Weaver
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
No man nor no woman could eat it like Nolan. The way he twirled his tongue, and slurped, sucked and hummed... there was no people or devices that could do what he'd done. He was the highest paid male escort in the game, with the most talent, highest skill level, and the most seductive mentality. His only problem was... He's in love. The lady he wants is in the same profession, and she doesn't want to settle down anytime soon. A sizzling must-read page-turner from National Award Winning Bestselling and extremely decorated author David Weaver. Guaranteed to drop your jaws page by page! Read the sample and see for yourself.
Author: Natalie Leffall
Broken crayons may still color, but they don't always produce the prettiest pictures.When you grow up feeling invisible, you'll do anything to let the world know you exist. Chelsea's childhood was filled with inadequacies of not being good enough, pretty enough, smart enough. She was the not so cute little girl in kindergarten who was always left with broken crayons because all the good ones were taken.Hiding the secrets of her past, Chelsea graduates from high school and heads off to college on a relentless campaign to create a new image for herself that would thrust her out of the shadows and into the spotlight.Brandie is Chelsea's roommate, and loyal best friend who has no clue of just how far her BFF will go to maintain her shine and block Brandie's blessings. Chelsea meets Jordan, a popular piece of eye candy all the girls on campus want to taste. She devises the perfect plan to get her man. Although ill obtained, Chelsea finally has it all! A successful husband, luxury car, expensive high-rise apartment ... until it is all threatened by her wicked mother-in-law who comes to uncover the truth of her past and reveal Chelsea's evil ways. Maneuvering through a web of lies and deceit, Chelsea vows to never again be forced to color the pages of her life with broken crayons.
Left For Dead
Author: Ebony Canion
Publisher: Life Changing Books
Imagine having your innocence stolen at an early age by someone you trust, or struggling financially before even knowing the meaning of the word “struggling”. Ebony Canion has had her share of tumultuous events, yet even she was stunned when a speeding car hit her intentionally, dragging her through the streets with her body folded underneath the vehicle. In a coma for nearly two months, Ebony had no idea her tongue and face had to be sewn back on, or the list of thirty other life-threatening injuries she had sustained. Ebony didn’t know she’d been “Left for Dead”. In this horrifying first-hand account of a survivor, Ms. Canion delivers a riveting story about overcoming tragedy throughout her childhood, and developing the will to live after numerous attacks on her life. Her strength to learn to walk, talk, and eat again will leave you spellbound and inspired. Her scars tell a story that must be heard and will have you never wanting to complain again.
The companion to the #1 blockbuster bestseller, The Day the Crayons Quit! “Highly anticipated (yes, even for adults)” —Entertainment Weekly I'm not sure what it is about this kid Duncan, but his crayons sure are a colorful bunch of characters! Having soothed the hurt feelings of one group who threatened to quit, Duncan now faces a whole new group of crayons asking to be rescued. From Maroon Crayon, who was lost beneath the sofa cushions and then broken in two after Dad sat on him; to poor Turquoise, whose head is now stuck to one of Duncan's stinky socks after they both ended up in the dryer together; to Pea Green, who knows darn well that no kid likes peas and who ran away—each and every crayon has a woeful tale to tell and a plea to be brought home to the crayon box. Praise for The Day the Crayons Came Home "Mr. Daywalt’s text blends with Mr. Jeffers’s illustrations to make a picture book that will have children clamoring for more crayon adventures."—The Wall Street Journal * "A masterwork of humor and design . . . Sure to be as popular as The Day the Crayons Quit."—Booklist, starred review * "A brilliant, colorful tale that begs to be read aloud and a must-have for all collections."—School Library Journal, starred review * "Once again, Daywalt and Jeffers create rich emotional lives and personalities for their colorful cast, and it’s hard to imagine a reader who won’t be delighted."—Publishers Weekly, starred review “Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers once again offer perceptive and frequently hilarious insights…The Day the Crayons Came Home will have readers of all ages chuckling—and will inspire kids’ empathy and imagination in equal measure.”—BookPage Praise for The Day the Crayons Quit The #1 New York Times bestselling phenomenon—over two years on the bestseller list! Winner of the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award Amazon’s 2013 Best Picture Book of the Year A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2013 Goodreads’ 2013 Best Picture Book of the Year * “Hilarious . . . Move over, Click, Clack, Moo; we’ve got a new contender for the most successful picture-book strike.” –BCCB, starred review “Jeffers . . . elevates crayon drawing to remarkable heights.” –Booklist “Fresh and funny.” –The Wall Street Journal "This book will have children asking to have it read again and again.” –Library Media Connection * “This colorful title should make for an uproarious storytime.” –School Library Journal, starred review * “These memorable personalities will leave readers glancing apprehensively at their own crayon boxes.” –Publishers Weekly, starred review “Utterly original.” –San Francisco Chronicle
Author: David Weaver
*An Award Winning Urban Novel* *Read the book that sparked a bidding war with some of the top urban publishing companies!* ~Blood is thicker than water, but money is thicker than blood in this juicy page turner! The college educated, street certified members of the crew find themselves learning the ultimate lesson! The Bankroll Squad rules the under world with an iron fist. The women in the squad are willing to ride or die for their principles and everything that they stand for. When their leader; Malcom Powers, switches up on them and marries a white woman, will jealousy allow the women to continue to ride or die for the drug kingpin? Or is his wife the only woman he needs? Is she prepared for the life that comes along with being married to a kingpin? Will she ride or die through thick and thin? An action packed emotional thriller that grabs your heart and never lets go. A ride you will never forget. **Now Available: "Bankroll Squad 2" "Me and My Bitch" "Bankroll Squad 3" "The Lipstick Clique" "The Power Family" "The Lipstick Clique 2"
Author: Michael Hall
A blue crayon mistakenly labeled as "red" suffers an identity crisis in this picture book by the New York Times–bestselling creator of My Heart Is Like a Zoo and It's an Orange Aardvark! Funny, insightful, and colorful, Red: A Crayon's Story, by Michael Hall, is about being true to your inner self and following your own path despite obstacles that may come your way. Red will appeal to fans of Lois Ehlert, Eric Carle, and The Day the Crayons Quit, and makes a great gift for readers of any age! Red has a bright red label, but he is, in fact, blue. His teacher tries to help him be red (let's draw strawberries!), his mother tries to help him be red by sending him out on a playdate with a yellow classmate (go draw a nice orange!), and the scissors try to help him be red by snipping his label so that he has room to breathe. But Red is miserable. He just can't be red, no matter how hard he tries! Finally, a brand-new friend offers a brand-new perspective, and Red discovers what readers have known all along. He's blue! This funny, heartwarming, colorful picture book about finding the courage to be true to your inner self can be read on multiple levels, and it offers something for everyone.
Patron on Ice 2
Author: David Weaver
Patron and Ice realize a love unlike anything they've ever participated in. A love for each other that defies the attractions and the perils of the streets. With Jose as the plug, the couple is poised to take over the streets of Atlanta with their cheap prices. For a group of people who didn't choose the dope game, how far could they go in it before unfavorable situations arise and press their backs against the wall? Lil Albert is determined to stay away from under Jiip's shadow, and Jiip is determined to be the most feared hustler in the history of Atlanta. Reecy Pooh will always be Reecy Pooh, and Rhondo can't seem to escape his streak of bad luck. Crews collide and decisions have to be made at a rapid pace in this thrilling sequel to "Patron on Ice."
Little Girl Lost
Author: Tammy Mal
When nine-year-old Mae Ruth Barrett failed to return home on the stormy night of January 2, 1945, her family immediately feared an accident. But when the child's brutally beaten body was found the next day, secreted in an abandoned house, the small town of Vandling was left reeling. Who could kill a child walking home from church? Stunned by the barbaric events, residents would become even more horrified when suspicion soon focused on a most unlikely suspect. In harrowing detail, learn how the police solved one of the most sadistic crimes in history, long before the use of computers, DNA, or modern forensic science.
Author: Kia DuPree
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Kiki's world is turned upside down when her partially deaf mother loses custody of her children, sending Kiki and her siblings into foster care. After running away with a friend, the two run straight into the arms of a pedophile in disguise, who lures the two girls into a life far too mature for their twelve-year-old minds. Held in captivity for months, the girls are finally set free when a neighbor exposes them. But what should have been a happy moment for Kiki actually sends her on a life path that quickly spirals out of control.
She's Only 15
Author: Shameek Speight
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Standing here in front of you today, sharing my story; this wasn't supposed to be my reality. There's not a day that goes by that I don't ask myself; what can I have done different? Was there anything that I could have done to prevent this heartache; to prevent this tragedy? To wake up and feel whole again; and regardless of every possible scenario I came up with, there was always a way around it." Yvonne said as she wiped tears from her eyes and composed herself. "I shouldn't be standing before you today. I shouldn't feel this pain; but because this is now my reality, I'm sharing my story with you." She's only 15.
Author: Victoria Finlay
Publisher: Random House
In this vivid and captivating journey through the colors of an artist’s palette, Victoria Finlay takes us on an enthralling adventure around the world and through the ages, illuminating how the colors we choose to value have determined the history of culture itself. How did the most precious color blue travel all the way from remote lapis mines in Afghanistan to Michelangelo’s brush? What is the connection between brown paint and ancient Egyptian mummies? Why did Robin Hood wear Lincoln green? In Color, Finlay explores the physical materials that color our world, such as precious minerals and insect blood, as well as the social and political meanings that color has carried through time. Roman emperors used to wear togas dyed with a purple color that was made from an odorous Lebanese shellfish–which probably meant their scent preceded them. In the eighteenth century, black dye was called logwood and grew along the Spanish Main. Some of the first indigo plantations were started in America, amazingly enough, by a seventeen-year-old girl named Eliza. And the popular van Gogh painting White Roses at Washington’s National Gallery had to be renamed after a researcher discovered that the flowers were originally done in a pink paint that had faded nearly a century ago. Color is full of extraordinary people, events, and anecdotes–painted all the more dazzling by Finlay’s engaging style. Embark upon a thrilling adventure with this intrepid journalist as she travels on a donkey along ancient silk trade routes; with the Phoenicians sailing the Mediterranean in search of a special purple shell that garners wealth, sustenance, and prestige; with modern Chilean farmers breeding and bleeding insects for their viscous red blood. The colors that craft our world have never looked so bright. From the Hardcover edition.