DUNCANVILLE, Texas — During a recent visit home for Spring break, Howard University student Angel Dye was asked to share a brief, inspirational message before a standing-room-only crowd of worshipers at West Irving Church of God In Christ during its monthly Youth Day service.
She wasted little time igniting the crowd.
“If you don’t see it before you see it, you won’t see it,” Dye, during a mini-sermon geared toward faith, said as a throng of worshipers emerged to their feet and applauded in wonderment.
Such a faith-based analogy, to her credit, is one about which Dye has steadfastly applied to her daily journey, most notably as a savvy writer.
Just days away from celebrating her 21st birthday, Dye is making a solid case that she could be an author to reckon with in the foreseeable future.
Two years removed from having made her book publishing debut with “Rhyme And Reason,” Dye last week launched her second book, “Love Letters To Our Daughters,” during an official release party in Euless, Texas.
A self-published project in which the Milwaukee native compiled and edited more than 100 submissions, “Love Letters To Our Daughters” is an in-depth collection of original writings and visual art assembled by women of diverse backgrounds and ages, a book that was produced largely to encourage and inspire women from various walks of life.
Besides last week’s official release ceremony that lured approximately 50 attendees and resulted in each of the books on hand being sold, “Love Letters To Our Daughters” has drawn a slew of early rave reviews, in large part because of a fundraising web page Dye erected, which greatly helped promote her latest book.
Dye’s book also will be available at COGIC’s International Auxiliaries in Ministry Convention (or AIM) on July 2nd. In addition, she is scheduled to host a second book signing at Howard University’s Barnes & Noble Bookstore as well as a release party in the coming months. “Love Letters To Our Daughters” also can be found on Amazon, CreateSpace, and Kindle (eBook).
“So far the project is doing so well, and my hope and prayer is that it continues to skyrocket and reach women across the globe,” Dye said. “Every woman needs to know how valuable and important she is in this world.”
Just like her “If you don’t see it before you see it, you won’t see it” emphatic one-liner that recently caught the West Irving congregation by storm, Dye visualized her second book in the wee hours of the morning from her dormitory room.
“I thought about what I am passionate about…writing and mentoring, and asked God to show me how to bring those two things together to help other people,” Dye explained. “At around 2 a.m., one morning while I was in (Washington) D. C. last May, God woke me out of my sleep and gave me a very vivid vision for my newest book. He showed me the name and color scheme and the reason it was so necessary.”
It was at that very moment that “Love Letters To Our Daughters” was birthed, an awe-inspiring project Dye hopes will provide her with the global exposure necessary to flourish in what undoubtedly is a competitive book-publishing industry.
“There are not enough positive or uplifting representations of women to be found on bookshelves, on TV, in entertainment, or anywhere really,” said Dye, explaining her purpose for her latest book. “I was tasked with the responsibility of changing that.”
Given the early success she has enjoyed since her much-anticipated release of “Love Letters To Our Daughters,” it’s safe to assume that Dye — a senior English major and Theater Arts minor — has wasted little time igniting a swarm of supporters.
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