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‘The Upside of The Down Low’: A pastor’s wife’s lessons

After returning to a hometown where good southern Christians are bred from the womb, Yolanda King Stephen followed in her mother’s footsteps and married a pastor. (BlackNews.com) – After returning to a hometown where good southern Christians are bred from the womb, Yolanda King Stephen followed in her mother’s footsteps and married a pastor: a man revered for delivering charismatic sermons; a man connected to the community; a man people trusted and admired for his charming candor.

 
 In a new memoir described as a real-life account of lies, betrayal and suicide, Yolanda King Stephen details how one woman relies on prayer to survive a failed marriage amid a town’s biggest church scandal. (Courtesy photo)

Following a fairytale courtship and an extravagant wedding, she soon found out her husband was merely that: a man. A man with issues and secrets so low down, they were outright down low.

In her book debut, set for November release – “The Upside of the Down Low, a Pastor’s Wife’s Memoir” – Stephen shares her personal journey of heartache to healing. The book uncovers topics, including homosexuality and infidelity, considered taboo but very present within the black church.

“The decision to write The Upside did not come easily, because I had to be willing to expose my marriage, my husband, and myself,” said Stephen, a Georgia native and former flight attendant. “Through this difficult time, I realized it wasn’t about me. It was about sharing my story to help others see who God really is.”

Stephen, who creates training and marketing materials for a Fortune 500 company, speaks to youth and women’s groups, sharing her story of betrayal and renewed faith. Stephen’s memoir of her rocky marriage explores the pressures of religious leadership and warns readers against worshipping man instead of worshipping God.

Published by No Ordinary Rose Publications, “The Upside” is available for advance ordering through upsidebook.com. The official book release is scheduled for Oct. 25, when The Upside will be available for purchase at Barnes & Noble bookstores, Amazon.com, and Kindle and Nook formats. For more information or to place orders, visit www.upsidebook.com.

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