.... In Mom’s words, and in the lives she shares in this book, I see
hope. I see unexpected victory. I see the best of us, dressed in struggle.
Worn. Tired. Victorious.
The greatest human gift God gave me was one I did not earn,
nor one I asked for. The greatest gift was that He asked Joy Thomas
Moore to give birth to me. My uneven and complicated journey was
steadied by those beautiful Jamaican hands and the woman who was
willing to give it all for her children. That reality I will never forget nor understate.
But I know she did not do it alone. She could not
have. The people who surrounded her, and surrounded us, when we
needed it most, helped us through. The goal of this book is to ensure
that our story, which in essence is laced with luck, doesn’t have to
feel exceptional. Nor should the celebration of this book’s author feel
exclusionary; my hope is that it is trendsetting....
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In THE POWER OF PRESENCE, Joy Thomas Moore explores seven pillars of presence--heart, faith, mind, courage, financial freedom, values, and connectedness--that all parents can use to positively influence their children. Using compelling stories from women who have been there and practical advice on everything from savings accounts to mindfulness, this book is a compassionate look at what it takes to raise great kids even in less than ideal circumstances.
“I’ve known Joy Moore for more than three decades and have always marveled at her strength, determination and devotion to her children. Anyone who doesn’t know about Joy’s inspirational journey and how she has turned that hard-earned wisdom into valuable insights for parents is in for a real treat. I guarantee that parents will take away powerful lessons to pass on to their children that will help guide them throughout their lives.”—Geoffrey Canada, educator, author, former President of the Harlem Children’s Zone
“A thoughtful exploration of the ups and downs of single parenthood, with insights on how to help raise thoughtful, caring, contributing children.” —Jackie Bezos, President and Co-Founder, Bezos Family Foundation
“This book speaks to the heart of every parent out there who wants to do their very best in raising their children. The Power of Presence provides an insightful, thought provoking and heart felt road map for helping families make that happen.” —Charlotte Lewellen Williams, University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service Center on Community Philanthropy
“Joy Moore has given us a timely and valuable guide to preparing healthy children and young adults. I have worked many years with parents, faculty and others to develop character and cognitive excellence in students, and this book gets to the heart of the matter. At a time when students are claiming their voices in the public square, I celebrate the timely arrival of this gem. Everyone who cares about the future of our neighborhoods and our nation should read this book.” —Robert M. Franklin, President Emeritus, Morehouse College