Item description for Heavenly Places by Kimberly Cash Tate...
Overview When Treva Langston loses her high-powered job and moves back to her home town, only God can help her start a new life in an all too familiar place! "Walk Worthy Press books remind us that in every area of our lives He truly cares for us." T.D. Jakes Walk Worthy Press introduces another compelling African American fiction novel following a long line of successful books including What a Sista Should Do by Tiffany Warren, Forgivin Ain't Forgettin' by Mata Elliot, and Church Folk by Michele Andrea Bowen. Heavenly Places takes Treva Langston to her home town full of memories of heartache and uncertainty about what makes her worthy. To her husband, she is blind to the blessings of their young family; to her mother, her awkward homecoming is just another reason why she'll never be a success. Unable to shake her fears, Treva feels nothing can save her.... Treva's sister understands the trials that come with self-doubt. So with the help of her women's prayer group, she invites Treva to ask God for what she can't do alone. Despite herself, Treva rediscovers the gifts and the people she never took time to value. She finds that the promised Heavenly Places she's always looked for have been in front of her all along.
Publishers Description When Treva Langston loses her high-powered job and moves back to her home town, only God can help her start a new life in an all too familiar place Walk Worthy Press introduces another compelling African American fiction novel following a long line of successful books including What a Sista Should Do by Tiffany Warren, Forgivin Ain't Forgettin' by Mata Elliot, and Church Folk by Michele Andrea Bowen. Heavenly Places takes Treva Langston to her home town full of memories of heartache and uncertainty about what makes her worthy. To her husband, she is blind to the blessings of their young family; to her mother, her awkward homecoming is just another reason why she'll never be a success. Unable to shake her fears, Treva feels nothing can save her.... Treva's sister understands the trials that come with self-doubt. So with the help of her women's prayer group, she invites Treva to ask God for what she can't do alone. Despite herself, Treva rediscovers the gifts and the people she never took time to value. She finds that the promised Heavenly Places she's always looked for have been in front of her all along.
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Studio: Walk Worthy Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.56" Width: 5.74" Height: 0.73" Weight: 0.93 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2008
Publisher Walk Worthy Press
ISBN 1577948572 ISBN13 9781577948575
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More About Kimberly Cash Tate
Kimberly Cash Tate is a partner at the law firm Michael, Best and Friedrich and is an active member of the St. Paul A.M.E. Church. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband and two children. This is her first book.
Reviews - What do customers think about Heavenly Places?
This book is a gem! Dec 28, 2008
I heard good things about this book and knew I needed to check it out for myself - what I found blew me away. Here we have a cast of characters that focuses on Treva, a wife and mother but mainly a career lawyer, who has her world pulled out from underneath her when they make a move for her husband's sake and she can't get her career going again. She is "forced" into a Bible study by her sister with 4 other women who she can't stand, barely tolerates being a mom and resents (and rightfully so) her own mother. Throughout the course of the book we get to sit in on the Bible study of Ephesians (very insightful), deal with many cultural issues (abortion, incest, modesty, career vs. family, etc...) as well as many spiritual issues (forgiveness, our Father's love for us, forgiveness, power of prayer, forgiveness, importance of the Word of God, forgiveness, etc...) and oh, did I mention forgiveness? There are too many things to even point out in a little 'ol review, but I was blessed by reading this book. I highly suggest finding a copy of this for yourself as I will be re-reading this one over and over. It is labeled as "African American Fiction", but I fail to see how the themes of forgiveness and God's love don't speak to everyone. Excellent book!
Very Inspiring Oct 31, 2008
A must read. I truly enjoyed this book. The bible study was so realistic. THere were time I actually felt as if I was there with the group. This is a very touchy but true subject, however the author did a great job with it.
She's a lot like me... Oct 6, 2008
Treva Langston is a lot like me. No, I've never been a high-powered lawyer, owned a large ritzy home, purchased designer clothes or counted myself as one of the upper-middle class. No, I'm not a deeply coloured African American woman who struggles with deeply rooted issues concerning her self-worth. But still, I see parts of myself in Treva. Like Treva I experience times when I don't want to cook, don't want to clean, and focus more on my own interests than upon loving my husband and children, though I do all of these things daily. So despite our many differences I feel that Treva - and through her the author whose imagination she sprung from - are my bosom sisters in Christ.
Debut novelist Kimberly Cash Tate took me by surprise with her first entry into the Christian fiction market, Heavenly Places. Tate captured my heart with her richly executed characters and frank, introspective prose. The women she has created are beautiful, flawed, imperfect women of faith who depend upon God to carry them through and heal their wounds. When six of these ladies come together for a study of Ephesians, that's just what He does - shows up and takes control of the steering in each life. While each woman is impacted by God's love and guidance, the tale revolves around Treva who, once revolving only around herself, is experiencing a shift in orbit. God is about to become the center of her universe.
Throughout their time together in God's word and by lifting each other before the throne of grace, each woman experiences God at work in her life. There is no doubt - these women can pray! One of my favourite aspects of the book is the impassioned, authentic prayer that pours from the hearts of these women. After reading this title, women will be longing to find a vibrant, tightly knit women's Bible study modeled after the inspiring example presented. I'd be ready to sign up today!
The only low-point worth mentioning are the cathartic scenes of emotional healing that occur at each Bible study. While moving, the manner in which the women fly to each other in tears time and time again does become somewhat repetitive by the book's end. I would have appreciated a greater diversity of reactions and description, but this repetition does little to detract from the novel's merits.
Healing past wounds, reconciling family members, bringing people to Jesus and a good dose of personal conviction - God is all over this book. As He takes these situations in hand, readers experience joy, heartache, sorrow, regret, cozy familial love, freedom and the ecstasy of being in God's will. To think, Tate accomplished all this in the hours before her children rose in the morning and entered their busy homeschooling schedule. I'm impressed - Heavenly Places is the best women's fiction I've read this year. I highly recommend it. Kimberly Cash Tate is an author to watch. I hope she puts pen to paper time and time again, crafting more stories for God's glory.
Inspiring debut novel about the power of God's love Sep 23, 2008
Heavenly Places by Kimberly Cash Tate is a powerful novel of the lies that we can believe about howselves and how that separates us from God. Treva Langston looks like she has it all from the outside. Career as a high-priced attorney, married to a handsome college professor, Hezekiah, three beautiful daughters named Faith, Joy, and Hope. But when her husband gets a job near Washington DC, it means giving up the job she loves and returning to the place where she grew up. Treva's entire life and self-esteem is shaken when after moving to DC, she can't find a job and ends up home every day. Her sister, Jillian, invites her to participate in a Bible study with some other women, and while she initially fights it with every fiber of her stubborn being, she keeps attending class after class until the truth of God's love starts to sink into her soul. Treva's mother, Patsy, does all she can to shatter Treva's newfound sense of balance by reminding her that because of her dark skin, she is not beautiful, and therefore her only value is in having a career. Tate shines in her debut novel in portraying a woman who insists on living her life on her terms and ends up having to face God on His. Treva is a delicate character, so wrapped up in her own problems and hurt that she doesn't notice anyone else's pain, but Tate makes her sympathetic and entirely likeable. Her growth throughout the book is visible, though never forced. Much of the book focuses on a Bible study of the book of Ephesians, and Tate teaches an amazing class about the gifts that God has given us in His love, and the promises He's made. As Treva learns about God's love, the reader can't help but do the same. Inspiring, moving, and fascinating, it's a terrific first novel!
not completely heavenly Sep 15, 2008
"Heavenly Places" by Kimberly Cash Tate left me with mixed feelings. The cover art didn't grip me. If I saw it on a shelf, I probably wouldn't pick it up. Then, I was really put off by the genre being listed as "African American". What does that mean? I did enjoy revisiting my east coast roots, and I love the reading guide full of discussion questions at the end of the novel for use by book groups. But I can't say that I would recommend this novel.