Live Like You're Blessed: Simple Steps for Making Balance, Love, Energy, Spirit, Success, Encouragement, and Devotion Part of Your Life by Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook Doubleday, May 2006 $17.95, ISBN 0-385-51719-X
If you watched Coretta Scott King's funeral earlier this year, you saw that one of the "hosts" of the six-hour tribute was Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook. A longtime friend of the King family, this forty-something, Harlem-born, Bronx-bred preacher has rived a life of accomplishment. Not only was Johnson Cook the first woman to be elected president of the prestigious Hampton University Minister's Conference, she also served as a domestic policy adviser under President Bill Clinton. So it is understandable that at Mrs. King's funeral, Johnson Cook was comfortable introducing various dignitaries and ushering four presidents onto the stage. In this, her fourth book, Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook is also comfortable sharing with us what it takes to live like you're blessed.
The book's format is simple: Each letter in the word "blessed" represents a topic and that topic is in turn covered in a section of the book. "B" is for balance; "I" is for love; "e" is for energy; "s" is for the spirit of God within; "s" is for success; "e" is for encouragement; and "d" is for devotion to God.
In each section, Johnson Cook uses biblical examples, personal anecdotes, or the trials and triumphs of everyday...