Topics: T. D. Jakes, South Charleston, West Virginia, African American Lives Pages: 4 (1415 words) Published: April 16, 2013
YaSheka Lewis
Prof. J. Waldon
English 122
26 April 2012

Through life’s turmoil I find peace
I pondered a many nights to find an author that would satisfy my ideas and thoughts. Probably the last person in the class to decide who I would write about, one night that little light bulb in my head went off. I have gone through many things in my life that only one author could describe. Though fictional to some, it was real life for me. Through Not Easily Broken and Woman Thou Art Loosed, Bishop Jakes provide insight and understanding in how to convert the many difficult situations life presents into victorious outcomes when faith is applied. Thomas Dexter Jakes was born in South Charleston, West Virginia, on June 9, 1957. Jakes was the youngest sibling of three. His father owned his own custodial business and his mother was a school teacher. As a child Jakes’ siblings would be outside playing and he would be in the back yard preaching to an imaginary congregation. At an early age he and his siblings knew there was a special anointing on his life to preach the word of God. His father grew ill in his early years. Although he was the youngest of his brothers and sisters, he began making money delivering newspapers and selling Avon. After the passing of his father, Jakes dropped out of school two months prior to graduation. He later went on to get a g.e.d. Making an attempt at college, he began to face the challenges we all face at some point in life and had to drop out. He had also started a part-time ministry, which prevented educational studies. Finding a University that took life experiences and turned them into college credits, Jakes earned a bachelors, masters, and doctoral degree from Friends International Christian University. Starting a career as a minister in 1979 was the beginning of the life of Bishop T.D. Jakes, as we know him today. He married in 1981, started a radio program in 1987, and ministry began exploding...
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