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John W. Fountain

True Vine: A Young Black Man's Journey of Faith, Hope, and Clarity

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ISBN: 1586482858
Издательство: PublicAffairs
Год издания: 2005
Страниц: 372
Book DescriptionThe true story of an African-American man who found, through faith and the self-assurance it provided, the strength to break free of the cycle of poverty and despair that had once characterized his life. John W. Fountain grew up on some of the meanest streets in Chicago, where drugs, crime, decay, and broken homes consigned so many black children to a life of despair and self-destruction. A father at seventeen, a college dropout at nineteen, a welfare case soon after, Fountain was on the verge of giving up all hope. One thing saved him--his faith, his own true vine. True Vine is John Fountain's remarkable story--of his childhood in a neighborhood heading south; of his strong-willed grandparents, who founded a church (called True Vine) that sought to bring the word of God to their neighbors; of his mother, herself a teenage parent, whose truncated dreams help nurture bigger dreams in him; of his friends and cousins, whose youthful exuberance was...