Gospel TV host writes book inspiring born again Christians

What Shall I Do Next…When I Don’t Know What Next to Do? That is the title of the soon to be bestseller written by businessman, philanthropist and TV host, Dr. Willie Wilson. “I had thought about this title, and it was confirmed when I heard a pr

The new release, endorsed by The Wall Street Journal, is a powerful autobiography of Wilson’s tremendous faith in the midst of insurmountable struggles. This book is full of motivation and inspiration written by someone who has been in the trenches of life.

“This book is a serious page turner!” said the gospel recording artist and former co-host of the first syndicated gospel program on national television.

On July 12, What Shall I Do Next will be unveiled as the new author takes center stage to speak about his amazing life journey.

The Singsation Awards will immediately follow the Wilson book signing event. The Singsation television show is celebrating its 20th season on WGN-TV Channel 9.

Longtime friend and supporter, Merri Dee, will host the evening, and Wilson will honor several of his colleagues for their outstanding work and achievements in corporate America and community service.

On Sunday, Wilson and several gospel recording artists, including Regina Belle, Jessy Dixon, Arthur Sutton & The Gift of Praise, Malcolm Williams and Great Faith, will be at a stellar event held at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center, 18501 S. Harlem Ave., in Tinley Park.

Apostolic Church of God, where Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama recently addressed the congregation on Father’s Day, is having a retirement celebration for Bishop Arthur M. Brazier.

The pastor came to the church 48 years ago and has shepherded the congregants to its growth today of more than 20,000. The mantle has been passed to Bishop Brazier’s son, Dr. Byron Brazier. Bishop, know that the “Best is yet to come” and happy 87th birthday!

Kudos to Rev. Jesse Jackson for a spirit filled night at Rev. Clay Evans’ Gospel Explosion during the 37th Annual Rainbow/ PUSH Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund Conference.

It was a star-studded evening, which featured the vocals of Donnie McClurkin, Shirley Caesar, The Mississippi Mass Choir, Darius Brooks and the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition 100-voice choir directed by Bryant Jones.

Stevie Wonder graced the audience with a new tune, "Falling in Love With Jesus," from his forthcoming gospel CD to be released in January 2009.

Wonder, the multiple Grammy Award winner Rev. Jackson deemed the “eighth wonder of the world,” received The King Mandela Truth and Reconciliation Award from PUSH. Wonder was praised for his many works during the Civil Rights Movement and his mission for justice.

Also, Tye Tribbet was in town for a youth panel discussion for the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Education Citizenship Conference.

The gospel recording artist, known for his electric energy and high powered performance with his group, Greater Anointing, gave his wisdom to youth encouraging them to turn away from gangs and violence.

Bishop T.D. Jakes and his wife, Lady Serita Jakes, are standing tall as the proud parents of a new bride. Their youngest daughter, Sarah Dionne Jakes, married her college sweetheart, Robert Henson, last month. Sources say the wedding ceremony was fit for a princess. Bishop Noel Jones of the City of Refuge Church married the couple.

The newlyweds attend Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.

The guest list seemed more like the Academy Awards with a number of high-profile stars in attendance. Kelly Price and Micah Stampley sang an inspirational duet, Our Prayer, by Donnie McClurkin and Yolanda Adams.

Tyler Perry, Dr. Phil McGraw, Deion Sanders, Tom Joyner and wife Donna Richardson, Paula White, Michael Irvin and Emmit Smith, were all seen at the celebration.

Reports indicate that Bishop Jakes’ front lawn was transformed into an enchanted forest replete with fog, mimes, a string quartet playing in a gazebo and an ice sculpture of a glass slipper.

“I really can’t take credit for any of this,” said the bride, a broadcast journalism major who graduates next May. “This was all my dad’s idea. He even picked out my dress!”

The groom is an athlete and TCU criminal justice major who will graduate in December.

Our prayers and sympathies continue for Prophetess Dr. Juanita Bynum and her family in loss of their father, Elder Thomas Bynum. He made his transition early Tuesday morning after suffering from diabetes.

Condolences are extended to the family and friends of Ira Tucker of The Dixie Hummingbirds. To extend condolences, you may contact via e-mail lrocke2188@aol.com. Remember you are blessed by the Best!”

Effie Rolfe is a radio personality and the religion entertainment columnist for the Chicago Defender. Email her at effie@theinspirationalcafe. com.

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