C. Natasha Richburg and CNR Ministries are offering a reading program for 2014 to assist youth and young adults in building their lives through the Word of God and making positive decisions for life change through Bible-based, inspirational literature. The books written by C. NaTasha Richburg have definitive and open ended questions that allow for an intrapersonal understanding of learned principles. The openness of short stories blend with scriptural references to provide youth leaders an opportunity to flow as the spirit of God leads.
The books included in this reading program are perfect for youth Bible study, small group discussion, or even for youth to read and discuss on their own or with their friends. The books available in this program are as follows:
A Hoodie Ain’t a Coat – Trial by fire will let you know who your real friends are. A Hoodie Ain’t a Coat is a coming of age story about Jez. Jez is a young man looking for a place to fit in. The street corner appeared to be the perfect place to gain a rep as Jez developed a swagger that reigned within his circle of friends. Pressed to become part of a family unit, Jez sought to be affiliated with the local Lee Street Gang to become the understudy of its leader. The unconventional nature of Jez’s relationship with the leader was never openly discussed with his boys even after Jez received the devastating news.
Drama to Driven – Drama to Driven meets Jez at a crossroad in life where there is a clear delineation of paths to explore. The first path would lead him back to the street corner to continue his role with the Lee Street Gang. The second path would provide Jez the opportunity to make a significant life-changing choice that would enhance the lives of many youths looking for a confident leader. The dilemmas that Jez faces are no different from what many young people face on a daily basis. The solutions for change are real and could be replicated in your community.
The Day Night Light – C. NaTasha Richburg continues the story of Jez Garcia that started in the book A Hoodie Ain’t a Coat in which Jez was trying to mimic the behavior of Lee Street gang members until he almost died in a house fire that made him aware of who his real friends are. Jez transitioned his life in the book Drama to Driven where Jez formed the Torch Carriers, a group of young people who give gang members an opportunity to leave gang life. In this book, The Day Night Light Jez comes face-to-face with an enemy who plotted against him, yet Jez is instrumental in turning around the life of his former enemy. C. NaTasha Richburg compliments the book, The Day Night Light, with the music of Jeremiah’s Kall. On the Jeremiah’s Kall EP, each artist presents a song(s) that allows readers to experience, along with Jez, “Hope” and “Inspiration” within the beats and lyrics of each song.
LIFE…What’s Up With Yours? – This dynamic approach to youth and young adult Bible study is a gripping, soul-connecting guide to understanding Biblical principles. It is also an energetic, interpersonal view of thought-provoking life stories that provide enlightenment for those who are interested in the mystery of a faith walk with Jesus Christ. Each session centers the discussion group’s attention on the plight of the many different characters whose stories are woven throughout the series. The characters are socialized urbanites whose behavior may be familiar to some, or offer enlightenment to others. If you have a passion to capture the attention of urban youth and young adults, this book must be added to your teaching arsenal.
Who’s Renting Space in Your Head? – Who’s Renting Space in Your Head? is the second book in a Bible study series written by C. NaTasha Richburg. This book contains short stories that speak of triumphs, struggles, joy, and pain woven throughout its pages to capture the essence of the human experience. This urban approach to studying the Bible is catching on as an awesome tool for Christian youth and young adult leaders. Who’s Renting Space in Your Head? may be used as a personal or group Bible study, devotional guide or one component of the rites of passage experience.
The Truth About the Lie I Live – The Truth About the Lie I Live provides lessons for youth, young adults, and women’s and men’s ministries. It broadens our boundaries to focus on the good that comes from bad situations when the focus remains on God’s destiny for our lives. The angelic exposure of the characters offers an opportunity for us to free ourselves from caged up thinking so that we may bask into a new threshold of liberated wisdom. Sometimes living outside of the lie is difficult, but necessary. Not all friends have friend-like behavior; not all enemies hurt. Some enemies offer support to unanswered questions. The short stories in this book penetrate the trouble spots of life which provide a way for our hearts to feel God’s warmth. Come fold your personal experiences into the mix of digestible characters that promote the search for purposeful answers.
Every Story Has Two Sides – Every Story Has Two Sides is a coming of age series of short stories. It illustrates lessons that take place in the life of many characters that touch on, or are a part of, the life of Dallas Davis. The short stories intertwine the complex parent-child, boyfriend-girlfriend and sinner-convert relationships as the reader witnesses the young adult, coming of age experience. Intended to provide lessons for both young adults and parents, Every Story Has Two Sides gives a unique perspective that affords an opportunity for all to think outside of the box. Poetic fluency coupled with scriptural references enhance the out-of-the-box experience where a different perspective of life’s situations are exposed to the reader. The book welcomes multigenerational discussions to take place at the table in which God is the conversational centerpiece.
Healthy Waters Don’t Cry Like This – Ramón loves his wife… even though she stepped outside the boundaries of holy matrimony to venture into previously charted waters. Uncharted emotional ties to her husband were an afterthought as Ramón’s wife engaged in guilty pleasures. The wise counsel of an individual with angelic purpose posed as a renegade strategically positioned to clear the way for a God-ordained journey that celebrates love beyond understanding. Angelic wisdom is not taken lightly; it is viewed as a gift wrapped in historical imagery joined into the current circumstance wrapped around presents like a bow. Finding the path that brings forth the desired outcome causes pain at times. The path may be a predestined corridor laced with life changing events with a purposeful outcome that is beneficial. Determination to break the family curse was bigger than the possibility of “more of the same.”
C. NaTasha Richburg has a BS in Business Administration from Frostburg State University, a MBA from Morgan State University, and a MIS from Johns Hopkins University. Mrs. Richburg is currently attending Morgan State University in pursuit of a Doctorate in Urban Leadership Education. With over 25 years of federal government service, Mrs. Richburg is also President and CEO of CNR Ministries, an author, mentor, and motivational speaker. Mrs. Richburg has also served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in the Information Systems department for over 15 years. Mrs. Richburg is married to her husband, Melvin, and has four children. Motivating others to achieve “excellence” is the force behind her passion that “[a] wise man is strong; yea a man of knowledge increaseth strength” (Proverbs 24:5).
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