Members of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church at 2800 W. Cheltenham Ave. are known for their community engagement and activities for its members. Sunday was an example of this when it held an ‘Afternoon with the Authors’ book signing event where three authors, had an opportunity to meet with and public to sign copies of their books.
The authors, Nicole Purvy, Ernestine Wilson and John Butler, are all Enon members.
“My book is a business book but it’s a Christian business book,” said Purvy, a member of Enon for approximately 15 years.
Purvy said as a member of Enon, she reached out to the churches leadership team.
“I thought it was something that they should know about,” she said. “I use business to prove the case for Jesus and our savior. So, I reached out to a couple of people. I really just wanted to get the book into the pastor’s hand because, more than anything, I wanted him to know what the long-term members were doing.”
Purvy’s book, “The Anti-Hustle,” reveals strategies for entrepreneurs to help them earn “six figures” in one year.
“It’s all about, instead of hustling, which everyone does, it’s all about using your purpose to work through grace; the only way you can get to grace is through Jesus,” said Purvy. “When readers read it, they can expect to be surprised that it is, one, a Christian book and, two, they get real practical steps. I give them a 364-day calendar of things to do to get to six-figures in business in their first year.”
Purvy is an entrepreneur. She maintains a media company as well as a successful real-estate investor.
The book is $29.99 and can be purchased online at: www.theantihustlebook.com. Readers of The Philadelphia Tribune can receive a copy for $19.99 by using the code: ‘Tribune’ at checkout. The book is also available at www.Amazon.com.
Ernestine Wilson was motivated to write her book “Single Parenting Inspired By The Holy Spirit”
while traveling to South Africa in 2014 where she says she heard a young talk about “singles”.
“At that time the Holy Spirit was telling me something, but I couldn’t understand what it was,” said Wilson.
When she returned to America, she said she was reviewing her notes from the trip and it was then that she was moved to tell her story.
“It’s my own personal story of how God took me through raising my daughter,” she said. “It’s about single-parenting and how, even when you think you are alone, you are not alone. God is always there and he takes us through things so we can redo our lives in the way it was preordained to be.”
Wilson said we are born with everything that we need to be the people God intended.
“The book signing was great,” she said. “The exposure, meeting the people, listening to what their concerns are was great. It was the first time that I have ever did that.”
The book signing at Enon isn’t likely to be her last. Many of those attending the event invited her to do other book signings.
“I’m glad that it was around people that I knew because these are the people that I worship with every Sunday, but it is leading me to a whole different place now.”
In the book, Wilson talks about raising her daughter, now 43, as a single-parent, and how God has taken her through the challenges and struggles of life to get her to where He wanted her to be.
Wilson hopes readers will draw strength and wisdom from her personal journey.
“There are so many children having children today that I really want to get this book into a lot of hands so they can charter through,” she said. “The book is really my story, but it always points you back to the Bible.”
John Butler was moved to write a book when he couldn’t find a book containing Black people that he could give to his 1 1/2-year-old godson.
“I went to buy him his first book at a book store and in that store I did not see any books that represented African-American children and I said I wanted his first book to be a book where the characters looked like him,” said Butler.
Not daunted by the lack of children’s books for African-American youngsters, Butler took on the task of writing a book for his godson himself. His book, “Chase Does It All” was the result.
“The book is about a young boy named Chase who goes on an adventure throughout the day with all of the members of his extended family,” said Butler.
In the book, Chase spends time with his aunts, uncles and cousins doing things like playing baseball and a host of other activities.
“The purpose of the book is, one, so that readers can see characters who look like themselves and, secondly, so that parents who read this book to children can see the importance of the extended family being there for their child whether it’s taking them out to get something to eat or taking them to the zoo to experience things of that nature.”
Like Wilson, this was Butler’s first book. He too called the task challenging.
“I am actually a sports editor, so I write all the time so I said, ‘I can do this’ but the challenge was how I could write a book and think in the mind of someone who is 7 years of age or younger because that’s who the book is intended for,” Butler said.
Butler said that he had to be careful to use language that the intended age-set could both understand and relate to. And because it was written in rhyme, the rhyme pattern important. There were also other considerations.
“Specifically, how I could make sure that the book had a lasting impression on the child as well as that it was something that the child would want to return to and read over and over again,” he said.
Butler said that he feels good about the finished product.
“I read it at a number of schools and other functions and seeing the children interact with the book, and [to] ask questions and the kinds of ideas that it formulates for them is something that I could never have imagined and I’m grateful for the experience, I’m ecstatic about it,” said Butler.