Posted by Alison Lopez-Ramirez on 20th Sep 2023
About the Book
Afia and Maliq are growing up “six houses down” from each other, back when television consisted of five channels, children played outdoors until the streetlights came on, and neighbors all knew one another. When the story opens, Afia is five, and Maliq is seven. In the years that follow, their friendship grows as they have fun together, look out for each other, and help each other through difficult times.
Afia and Malik will discover essential lessons about compassion and forgiveness. Learning what it is to love your neighbor when Afia and her mother welcome the new family on the street and as Maliq’s parents bring twin babies into the world. When Maliq is threatened by his teammates, he proves himself with grace and humor, learning that he doesn’t have to be ashamed of what he does, whether in music, art, sports, or walking home with a friend like Afia. The story closes with the two young people reflecting on all they have shared over the years and on the specialness of their friendship.
The author has provided study questions and activities after the opening and closing parts to help young people think about friendship, prayer, and their hopes for the future.
“In a book crafted to connect with both the hearts and minds of our young, TimEtta Wilson makes a whimsical, childlike, and very rememberable case for morality, kindness and unselfishness.”
~ Dwight Nelson, Pastor
“Each chapter had a positive theme and had me imagining my childhood and teen years. Very Captivating Book!!!”
~Michael Meriweather, Counselor
“Benjamin’s (8), favorite part of the story is "Maliq's New Watch." He said it taught him that if you lose something you can ask God for help.”
~ Olivia Tate, Mix Media Artist
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About the Author
TimEtta Pipkins Wilson was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her parents Tim and Victoria were resourceful, innovative parents. They also encouraged her to use her art and writing skills. She has shared her love for children as a principal and teacher for over 30 years in a K-8 system in both parochial and public-school systems. She currently lives in Berrien Springs, Michigan and serves as a health-care Chaplain
She recorded her first CD Healing Streams for the Soul, a meditative musical melody of poetry. Later she published her first original poetry anthology entitled Standing in the Mid-Air of Faith.