Tony is an African-American high school student and stand-out
high school football player on track to participate in college
football and, possibly, the NFL. Tony and his older brother
learned the social dynamics of surviving on the inner city streets
, while fostering their love for football. Then, when his brother
and best friend went away to college on a football scholarship,
Tony finds himself alone. He falls into a deep, life threatening
depression when faced with the fact that he is illiterate ; he may
never graduate from high school and realize his dream of a
career in the NFL. Follow Tony's plight from utter despair to a life
full of hope and personal victories when he asks a Science
teacher to teach him to read. God challenges the teacher to
choose: Tony's life or her career. She chooses Tony's life and
many miraculous occurrences intercede in Tony's life to pave the
way to his victory!
Some of you know that I have been in the process of writing a narrative, nonfiction book that contains a collection
of 56 short stories. But, to some, it may be a total surprise! Yes, a book is in the works. I've learned from my
research and membership in national writer's organizations that it is best to launch one story at a time and
present each short story in a series of books called 'novellas'. The first of the series is titled, The Great Black Hope.
The book is in the process of being edited. I'm also developing a comprehensive marketing plan for The Great
Black Hope, which will include an interactive website that allows for ordering of books, a video interview of the
book's main characters and trailers for a possible upcoming film based on the book.
All of these 56 novellas ( go to http://sufficientgracebook.weebly.com , click on Short Story Synopsis tab for a
summary of some of these novellas) have a common thread running through them.
Here is a copy of the logo
for the imprint of
publications for my new
publishing company: Morrow
Amazon Customer Reviews:
(Five star) "I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was honest and well written and gave a lot of insight into how kids can grow up, be
faced with all kinds of challenges, and face the consquences and judgements of their actions. Sometimes all it takes is one person to
step in and recognize there is more to a person than what they know about their past actions. Kudos to Tony for being open to letting
positive people in his life and for taking the initiative to turn his life around. While I do not know Tony personally, I have seen him
coaching football with the kids and his commitment and dedication to them are outstanding and he is a good role model."
(Five star) "The story of Tony, a high school student with a lot to overcome, is truly inspirational. As a former teacher, I couldn't put
the book down. This is a wonderful story of a dedicated and caring teacher, who would not let her student fail. Every high school
student should read this book. Tony is a great role model."
( Five Star) "Tony displayed maturity beyond his years when he humbled himself and asked for help. Connie displayed maturity and
wisdom when handling Tony. An uplifting story about a kid who could have been left behind."
( Five Star) " I couldn't put the book down. A true testament of God's amazing love! I will definitely recommend this book to my family
( Five Star) "While reading this book, I felt like Connie and I were sitting at a local coffee shop and she was telling me this story. Very
personable and enlightening. She gives a good picture of life for teens growing up in a difficult environment! A thoroughly enjoyable
Allison Bruning, award winning blogger says,
"Constance has written a wonderful book titled The Great Black Hope that tells the real life story of how one high school star football
player overcame his reading problems. It's a touching story that is near and dear to my heart because I believe everyone should be able
to read. Tony's story isn't all that uncommon. There are many teens out there that hide their reading problems because they don't want
lose respect from their peers. It takes alot of courage for these kids to come out in the open and admit they are struggling."