Evie Rhodes Presents “The Forgotten Spirit”, the First African-American Christmas Story Based on the Gospels


Award-winning gospel songwriter, Evie Rhodes, invites readers into the world of a young girl who inspires everyone around her and reveals that the spirit of Christmas can be found anywhere–if you just believe…

On the surface, Jamie Lynne Brooks looks like your ordinary nine-year-old girl. She likes to skip, laugh, and play. But Jamie is far from ordinary. She has been blessed with a magical gift–a gift that will transform Jamie’s world and all of the people in it this holiday season…

Although her loving grandparents have raised Jamie in a protective cocoon, Jamie is wise to the harsh realities of the tough neighborhood she calls home. And her mother’s absence from her life has only made Jamie wiser beyond her years. Yet she has managed to hold onto hope–hope for a better life for her grandparents, hope that her mother will return someday, and hope for anyone who’s lost their way. After all, Christmas is a time for miracles…

With its fresh, unforgettable heroine and the pure innocence that only a child can give, The Forgotten Spirit is a remarkable novel of love, new beginnings, and the amazing power of hope…

Evie Rhodes began performing her combination of Gospel and Hip-Hop in the churches in New York City. She wrote and performed as Prophecy 1 on the album Standing In Da Spirit, which received two awards from Real Blues Magazine one for Best Gospel Album and the other for Best Gospel Music Video for the song Changed. Ms. Rhodes is the recipient of The Esther Awardbestowed upon her for her Outstanding Contribution to Literature from the organization Purpose Driven Sisters in New York City, founded by a reporter of the historic Amsterdam Newspaper. Her novel Expired is recognized as an important work in literature by The African American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The Forgotten Spirit is a featured article in Today’s Black Woman a national magazine publication who has noted her writing as Undefined in contemporary times. Historically, The Forgotten Spirit is the First African American Christmas story in the country based on the Gospels of Jesus Christ. Black Issues Book Review calls her work, “Masterful!” Pages in Black calls her, “A master writer with a skilled vision of storytelling!” Her novels include Expired, Out “A” Order, Criss Cross, and The Forgotten Spirit (A Christmas Tale). Her groundbreaking novel, Street Vengeance spotlights the humanitarian effects of gang violence on today’s youth. Cumberland County Library in New Jersey has noted her in honor of Black History Month to be among the most respected and acclaimed voices in contemporary African American history.

To find out more about Evie Rhodes, visit: www.evierhodes.com.

To book Evie Rhodes for speaking engagements and/or book signings, please email Josephine Shannon atjosieshan@evierhodes.com or call (973) 289-2215.

The Forgotten Spirit is available at Amazon.com, Amazon Kindle,BarnesandNoble.com, BN Nook, and Rhodes Bookstore.

SOURCE: Vision Public Relations Group

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