Michelle Clark Jenkins and Stephanie Perry Moore met some 15 years ago and, Michelle says, “just kind of bonded.” Over the years they became the kind of friends who “help you walk through [life] the way you need to walk through it.” Now these two longtime friends are helping other women walk through life in their roles as executive editors of the Sisters in Faith Holy Bible, KJV.
Created to encourage and empower African American women with God’s truth, the Bible’s extra features are focused on five areas of a woman’s life: her relationship with God, her relationship with her family, her relationship with other people, her career, and herself. “What really makes it different,” Michelle says, “is all the articles, the commentaries, even all the introductions to the books were all written by African American women. We’ve been believers for a long time; we’ve had unique trials, unique situations, a unique demographic. All of our added materials speak to all those kinds of things.”
The two expected their project to appeal to African American women but have found it strikes a chord with women from all different cultures. Michelle says it reminds her of the scene described in Revelation 7:9 where “everyone was there—all nations and tribes, all races and languages” (MSG). “What that tells me is even when we’re in heaven we’re going to keep a lot of our unique differences. It’s important for us to reach out and get the perspective of people who see life and walk through life differently than each one of us has. We hope some of the readers who are not African American women will pick up our product and say ‘I want to see a different perspective.’ For women who are African American, we wanted them to be able to see themselves in what we are writing.”
Contributors include previous Women of Faith speaker Kim Cash Tate, recording artist Joann Rosario Condrey, and even a “bona-fide rocket scientist” Dr. Helen Delaney. When it came time to find contributors, Stephanie said “we knew a lot of them before this project and the great things they were already doing in the faith and in their own ministries.” But Michelle adds, “I’m not sure we brought these women in, I think God did, I really do. We found out this was a confirmation of what they’d already been called to do.”
Stephanie says “being part of the Women of Faith movement—coming to a conference, hearing the material, reading the books—have inspired me to keep going as a woman.” She hopes the Sisters in Faith line (there are three books in addition to the Bible) will have a similar impact on other women. Michelle agrees. “We’ve joined this family of women that we would like to keep walking with, and join with other women walking along this path.”
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