Outskirts Press is regularly impressed with the candor and creativity of our self-publishing authors. It takes a great deal of discipline and devotion to produce a book, particularly one that deals with topics of a personal and/or spiritual nature. This week’s spotlight author has undertaken this endeavor not just once but three times.
Today we shine our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight on Arquila A. Todd. This inspired — and inspirational — woman has penned three books dealing with spiritual and African-American issues, all published with Outskirts Press.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Arquila Todd turned to her spiritual foundation for help because her dating relationships were in chaos. She affirms there is no help like Holy Ghost help. She lives in Arlington, Texas.
Not only does the man choose the woman, but anytime a woman chases a man, he runs. Genesis 39:6b–13 says, Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he refused. “With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. No one is greater in this house than I am. My master withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her. One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants were inside. She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.”
We see here Pharaoh’s wife offered herself to Joseph. She chased after him. When a woman chases a man, he runs. God never intended for women to chase men. Now, a man may sleep with you since you are offering, but since you were not his choice, you will be forever chasing him. He will be with you because of what you are giving him. But as soon as the gifts are gone or he has had enough of you or someone else catches his eye, he is gone.
Format: 6.14 x 9.21 paperback, 238 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Nov 29, 2009)
Genre: LITERARY CRITICISM / American / African American
More than four decades after the Civil Rights bill, African-Americans still face tremendous and blatant discrimination in their daily lives. In this raw, eye-opening book, Arquila A. Todd shares her own remarkable experiences as she encounters prejudice on the job and in society—and then learns how to fight back. As she explains, the key lies in finding the strength and wisdom in scripture and rejecting the slave mentality to which so many African-Americans have succumbed. Through this book you’ll learn:
• How the Bible can help you to deal with hostility and disrespect from adult bullies
• The scriptural strength to reject blame for things that are not your fault
• Bible-based strategies to rise above life’s difficulties
• Ways to hold those in authority accountable
• Why so many African-Americans think less of themselves without even knowing it—and how to turn the tide on this self-destructive phenomenon.
As the Bible teaches, confrontation is often the catalyst that changes situations for the better. But without the right training, confronting evil is ineffective more often than not. With The Brainwashing of Black America, you’ll gain the necessary tools to fight entrenched racism and discrimination. Join Todd as she describes situation after situation in which attempts to bring her low were met with table-turning scripture that put her enemy under her feet. By putting her strategies into practice, you can help contribute to meaningful, long-term change and give your children a better future.
Format: 6.14 x 9.21 paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jan 31, 2011)
Genre: SELF-HELP / Spiritual
Do jealous tendencies often get the best of you? Does your companion know how to rattle your cage? What are the signs of a dead-end relationship? Is it possible to live without drama when faced with desertion, disrespect, and dishonesty? How do you hold on to your sanity and protect your own self-worth? DATE SMART addresses the many challenges of dating in today’s society. Based on the lessons taught in the Word of God, this book is filled with scriptural passages that heal, teach, renew, and strengthen an individual and her relationships. God is eager for us to grow in wisdom, to overcome our mistakes and learn from them. By applying biblical wisdom, your relationships will be enriched and enhanced–in a positive and life-changing way. The fundamental and foundational dating principles in Date Smart are the perfect first step in taking charge of your dating life. You’ll learn how to:
• Promote devotion, loyalty and faithfulness
• Inspire unity, teamwork, respect and accountability
• Foster integrity
• Communicate and problem solve so your relationship can be deep and lasting
• Deepen intimacy
• Develop a mutual exchange of care and concern
• Test your companion’s words to detect if he is being honest
• Encourage your mate to be responsible, reliable and so much more.
Format: 6.14 x 9.21 paperback, 159 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Dec 10, 2013)
Genre: SELF-HELP / Spiritual
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