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BOOK CORNER: ‘Revelations of Asher’ explores black women’s terror in love

“The Revelations of Asher: Toward Supreme Love in Self,” by scholar, educator and coach Jeanine M. Staples, tells the story of black women’s terror narratives in love. This dynamic and adventurous read is comprised of real stories from real women about assisting women with visibility, honesty and transparency, so healing can begin.

“I felt compelled to share women’s terror narratives in romantic love in critical and creative ways so that we could come out of the shadow of performance, where healing does not happen, into the healing authenticity of the light, where it absolutely does happen,” Staples said.

“The Revelations of Asher” was not only inspired by the author’s journey through codependency and narcissistic abuse, but also by the journeys of her close friends and family.

“Seeing multiple, smart, successful women struggle quietly with low self-esteem, people pleasing, approval addiction, attachments to emotionally unavailable men and mean girls was a tipping point,” Staples added.

The revelations found inside the book are voiced and storied through seven fragmented selves. They include: Asher, the inquisitive voice; Sash, the voice of rage; Laish, the voice of smallness; Maven, the motherly voice; Nason, the pleaser/helper; Kagan the voice of sensuality; and Rajah, the ethereal, ancient, spirit self.

Jeanine Staples

“Asher is the primary voice,” Staples said. “She’s the voice that brings the other selves together to share narratives and to talk about their romantic lives, their questions, fears, frustrations, and also their happy moments.”

Staples would like for readers to identify or align with a particular fragmented self.

“I feel like it’s an important thing to do because if a woman attaches herself to a fragmented self and follows that self through the book, she can learn a lot about her own story,” Staples said.

“I hope readers will gain a sense of connection, a sense of clarity that they are not alone in their terror narratives,” said the author. “And as importantly, they are not alone in their triumph narratives, either.”

In addition to being an author, Staples is an associate professor at Pennsylvania State University. She is also the founder of The Supreme Love Project. To learn more about the author, visit jeaninestaples.com.

“The Revelations of Asher: Toward Supreme Love in Self” is available for $39.99 on Amazon.