book explores Bible's Joseph
By Rhonda Bates-Rudd / The Detroit News
Detroit native Diane Proctor Reeder's new book takes a different
approach to the Biblical story of Joseph.
A Diary of Joseph:
A Spiritual Journey Through Time, speaks in the voice of Joseph,
as well as relating his experiences and thoughts to events in Reeder's
life -- including her experiences as the wife of a leukemia patient.
Author and publisher Rebecca Osaigbovo said the book is a must-read
for African Americans.
like most about the book is Diane's interpersonal account, the dialogue
she was having with God, as far as what was going on in her life,"
"She uses her husband's dying to demonstrate to us that, as
a people, we either don't ask the right questions or we take stuff
and never realize what the purpose is in what we have gone through.
"I think in times of persecution, we as a people often overlook
the opportunity to dialogue with God, and when we don't find purpose
we get stuck in a rut of bitterness and unforgiveness," Osaigbovo
said. "Whether its good or bad, we have to come to the realization
that stuff just happens in life, but the end is always the same,
we have a destiny by God to offer spiritual bread in the time of
hopelessness or famine."
up with the title and began writing the book in 1987, when she and
husband Terry were expecting their first child.
"I pursued other writing interests and and sort of forgot about
the book, I believe, because I hadn't suffered the way that Joseph
had," said Reeder. She is a Detroit-based writer, editor and
public relations consultant.
"But in 1994 my husband was diagnosed with leukemia, and myself
and Terry decided it was time to start writing."
A Diary retails
for $12.98 and is available at Apple Book Center, Southfield at
Outer Drive; Truth Bookstore, Northland Mall; Baker's Christian
Bookstore, Grand River near Greenfield; God's World, 7 Mile and
Schaefer; Unity Temple, 17550 Second, east of McNichols; Shaman
Drum Bookstore, State Street in Ann Arbor (University of Michigan's
Central Campus) and the Church of Today, I-696 in Warren.