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Ms. Hawkins shares a moving and intriguing conversation focused on her spiritual and natural
journey as she navigates the waters of single parenting. It is quite rewarding to discover the power
of faith as a tool to overcome obstacles she faced, while simultaneously utilizing the church as a
sanctuary for her and her son to ascend to the highest values possible. Her story is really a
microcosmic perspective of thousands of other single women struggling to define who they are and
experience a qualitative life for their family.      
 ~ Bishop Haywood Parker, Truth Tabernacles
Ministries, Rocky Mount, NC


It is inspiring and humbling!  Though we come from differing backgrounds, life experiences and
influences, the wisdom bubbling throughout “She Builds a Vineyard” speaks to my soul, my needs.   
Rev. Hawkin’s courageous, candid and insightful storytelling provides good counsel in the midst of
real living.  Her ability to articulate her intentional crafting of her life – from earning a college degree
to developing a spiritual relationship with her son – highlights the importance of setting goals and
having hope for the future.  Rev. Hawkins is a serious student of the Bible with the capacity to
articulate truth in the most accessible manner: through the lives of real people who achieve
success, struggle honestly with failure and live in the messy, challenging, nurturing love that is
family.  She is indeed a woman with a vision, a mission, a calling, and most importantly the gifts to
minister to other single parents seeking to create intentional, “God filled” lives of wholeness.
~ Rev. Nancy Ellett Allison, Ph.D, Holy Covenant United Church of Christ, Charlotte, NC  


I've recently found myself to be a single-parent of two teenage sons. I am so very grateful that I had
read She Builds a Vineyard. The thoughtful and experiential insights the author presents in this
narrative have been very inspiring and encouraging as I am faced with the daily challenges of raising
two sons alone at the peak of their own self-awareness and desire to be little men. I highly
recommend this book to all moms (and dads) who are challenged each day to find the delicate
balance between single parenting and personal freedom in these chaotic, turbulent times.   
~ Rev. Dian Griffin Jackson, President, Southern Conference United Church of Christ


Your book blessed me SOOO much. I read the last chapter while I was on the Subway in NYC after
work; I bawled and did not care who saw me or the strange looks I got from people, because they
don’t know my story. I cried because I have been there with my son although I did not have your level
of strength, but GOD! The last two chapters touched me and confirmed ALL God has been saying to
me. I look forward to working with you at some point of this earthly life; I can glean so much from you.
~ Charmonique Nikki Holder, New York, NY


Wonderful book about the journey of a single parent, and how she and her son beat the odds. What
is so special is that Dr. Hawkins share that the journey is a continuous process when you are a
parent. She stresses that if she could make it, God will see to it that you do to, but you must put in
the work. I've had the opportunity to be around her son and he's a powerful young man of God. The
qualities that this young man exemplifies can only be attributed to a parent that was in place, present
and persistent with his training. I pray that God will continue to bless the two of you. It's been my
pleasure knowing and being a friend.  
~ Rose Wright-Scott, Pastor of Victory Christian UCC, Petersburg, Va.


This book is a superb framework for any single parent. The ability to merge her journey and her
station in life as a single parent, a mentor, sister, and a daughter against all odds was an
inspiration to me. She brings to life the scripture train up a child the way  s/he shall go and he will
not depart from those ways. There lives are indeed a success story. When a parent has taken the
time to do what she had done for her son, it is a true measure of parenting.    
~ Barbara Whitaker, Executive Director, Moses Project, Enfield, NC


This book is well written, insightful, inspiring, thought-provoking and one that I would highly
recommend for singles and those already married as it speaks to all people.  It sheds a light on a
well known biblical passage that is rarely viewed in the manner in which is presented.  I loved it!  
Haven't read a good page-turner like this in awhile.     
 ~ Xavier Leak, Goodwill Baptist Church,
Clemmons, NC


Rev. Hawkins has a remarkable gift that allows her words to touch you, both emotionally and
spiritually.  She Builds A Vineyard, is her own well documented journey that I found incredibly
inspiring and enlightening.  It is without hesitation, that I recommend this book to any parent who
endeavors to build a better life for themselves and their loved one(s). "       
~ Gary T. McClurkin, Columbia, MD & Perth, WA  (Australia)


This book assured me that God is with me as I parent my own children. I thoroughly enjoyed the
seminar she and her son give on parenting at our church. The audience was truly captivated with
their presences and wisdom. To have read the book and see them now working together for God is
truly a blessing!     
  ~ Sybil Tucker, Raleigh, NC


She Builds a Vineyard may be a single parent's struggle to survive but it speaks to everyone who
has experienced situations where only faith could bring you through.  Reading how the author
persevered through trials and tribulations all the while pursuing her dream of making a better life for
herself and her son gave me the strength I needed to pursue my dreams. I enjoyed the authors
display of humanity and how throughout the book she never presented herself as the savior.  
Through good bad and indifferent days she always gave honor to the lord all mighty and his wisdom
to know what she needed and when she needed it.  One of the many lessons I took away from this
book was to stop trying to carry everything myself and to trust in the Lord completely; not just when its
convenient for me.  I wholeheartedly recommend this book.      
 ~ Chiquita Hutton, Bowie, MD

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