A teen mother… a praise dance team… who gives whom the right to praise?
Pregnant and unwed, Jojo was quickly dismissed from the church’s praise team, though the baby’s father (a choir musician) remained in his position thanks to his familial ties at church. Two years later, Jojo believes she’s paid the price for her choices and wants her spot back–after all, anyone who has ever seen her dance knows that she’s anointed to praise Him in the dance. But how long must one “sit down” before being reinstated? Isn’t a repentant heart and a humbled spirit enough?
Pastor Trigg wants to lead the church in the right direction, but the congregation seems quite divided about how to move forward with letting Jojo–who is still in high school–dance in the sanctuary. Will allowing her to dance set a bad precedent? Can the members forgive and forget? While trying to sort through what’s best for the church, his personal life seems to be a total bust. Will he ever find true love?
This debut work deals with a sensitive topic while maintaining a uniquely humorous point of view. Jojo will have you laughing out loud and make you while the story line begs the question: Who gives whom the right to praise?
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Interview with Candice Y. Johnson
When did you realize you had a book (or some books) inside you?
I’ve always been in love with books! Every time I opened one, I could see the story unfolding before my eyes. Once the visions started rewriting themselves in my head, I knew it was time to tell the stories I imagined!
Why is the theme of this project important?
Church is a place of healing, hope and praise. Unfortunately for some, it’s also a source of hurt. I want to explore pure praise & worship – without judgment, and reconcile the heart of WHY we praise back to God.
What did you learn about yourself while writing this book?
That I’m not crazy…just CREATIVE!
How do you find time to write?
I’m also the Artistic Director of Ordered Steps Productions Dance Company, and I balance between dancing and writing by hitting the keyboard during the day, stolen moments at night when I’m not teaching/rehearsing, or typing notes into my phone when the words won’t stop talking to me.
If you could work on a writing project with anyone (dead or alive), who would it be? Why?
Hands down, Shonda Rhimes….I am a complete fan girl of her way of birthing characters who ingrain themselves into our lives without compromise or apology!
Author of Practice What You Praise, Candice Y. Johnson
Candice Y. Johnson is a choreographer, dancer, indie actress, speaker, author and freelance writer who has rested her head on a pillow in Dallas, Texas for most of her life. Known for her dynamic choreography as the artistic director of the award-winning Ordered Steps Productions dance company, Candice has garnered more social media support for her original, creative, energetic writing style than her not-so-veiled obsession with Tabasco Sauce! Her work has been featured in the Associated Press, the Dallas Morning News, TV Guide, Curly Nikki, Mahogany Curls, her own blog – The Frizzness, and so much more! Currently, she’s using her left-handed brainpower to pour into the next chapter of the Practice What You Praise novel series!
When not enjoying the occasional fleeting moment at home with her hubby, this dance ministry coach and encourager moves to her own invisible beat, and is dancing from her keyboard straight to the heart of the people!
You can learn more about Candice Y. Johnson at http://orderedsteps0.wix.com/orderedsteps.
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