ABOUT THE BOOK Accepted In The Beloved looks at the underlying cause of an individual's inability to step into the fulness of Christ. What happens when they heed the 'join the church mentality?' What do they do when they join and the 'magic genie' they were told to expect doesn't surface? What happens when all of their troubles do not 'fly away'? What happens when their troubles multiply and they are face to face with Satan, angry over losing their soul to Christ? Accepted recognizes that the traditional denominational, 'Come on in' and right hand of fellowship won't help today's convert. Accepted explains what it is to be 'to the praise of the glory of His grace by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved.' Ephesians 1:6. It includes 'that I may know Him and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made CONFORMABLE UNTO HIS DEATH.' Now, more than ever, people are taking a critical look at society, the church and themselves. They are running to the church for healing and deliverance and coming away empty-handed because there are serious personal issues that they are contending with that are not being addressed. They think God has handed them a raw deal, a bait and switch, when in fact they were given a false impression at the altar. Thay have issues. These issues are rejection, lack of self-worth, denial, unforgiveness, doubt, fear, betrayal, bitterness and the church has to be prepared to deal with them. Welcome to the real deal Christianity.
Bishop Cynthia King Bolden Gardner, J.D., D.Div. is a retired attorney. She is a dual graduate of Georgetown University--the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service in 1978 where she received numerous honors,including Alpha Sigma Nu, Pi Sigma Alpha and Phi Alpha Theta, graduating cum laude with a 3.74 of a possible 4.0, and the School of Law in 1981. Prior to retiring in 2005 due to injuries sustained in an accident, Bishop practiced law for 25 years at the United States Department of Justice Commercial Litigation Division, the Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy, the General Counsel's Office of the Tennessee Valley Authority, Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue (Cleveland Office), Brown & Bain (Palo Alto), Child Counsel for the Erie County Office of the Public Defender and the San Diego Office of the Public Defender, felony litigation, where she was awarded Deputy of the Year 1999-2000. Bishop earnestly gives all of the glory to God. Recognizing His grace and mercy in her life, she readily dedicates her time to inner city youth, needy families and young lawyers who can call her at (601)780-0297. She was born and raised in Erie, Pa. and attributes the credit for her spiritual foundation to her late grandmother, Bigma, Mrs Lela Mae James. Bigma taught her that 'Can't (a fictional person, who became real through our whining) never could help himself'. This left a profound impact upon her resulting in the permanent deletion of can't, no, impossible and related defeatist notions from her vocabulary. She has assisted in Baptist churches while teaching Sunday School, including Morning Star and Second Baptist in Erie, Christ Union Missionary Baptist in Mountainview, CA, 19 years in the AME Church, including St. James and Risen Savior, Erie, Arnette and Elizabeth Nesmith Memorial, in the Pittsburgh area, Bethel and Living Waters Christian, San Diego, Greater Love, Carthage, Ms. and now sits as the Presiding Prelate of the Eastern Jurisdiction of the National Regeneration Fellowship of Christian churches; http://www.greaterloveliberty.com/ and http://www.eaglespeaklogos-lex.com/.