Writer. Potter's House, Dallas, TX, from publications department manager to director of partner relations.
Jacqueline's Spiritual Jewels, Destiny Image (Shippenburg, PA), 2006.
Jacqueline Jakes's first three published works are advice books for readers that use Christian teachings. The author hopes to help others overcome hardships in their lives, and she uses her own experiences, such as recovering from a brain tumor in her early twenties, to inspire her audience. In an interview on the Warner Books Web site, Jakes commented: "When women read my book, they are going to be sober about their situations and they will have the understanding that the finished product, the final place is going to be extraordinary."
God's Trophy Women: You Are Blessed and Highly Favored concerns adversity in life and how to overcome it. Jakes presents real-life stories of women, ranging from Mary of Nazareth to quadriplegic artist and speaker Joni Eareckson Tada. In an Essence article, Jakes remarked: "I wrote the book to rid us of the belief that obstacles are negative." Included among the various stories are poems, Bible verses, and questions for personal contemplation. A review for Publishers Weekly noted that "despite some repetition and convoluted arguments, this is a down-to-earth look at suffering and its possibly beneficial results." In a Book-Loons review, Melissa Parcel reflected that "Jacqueline Jakes' books are always thought-provoking and relevant."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Essence, May, 2006, Audrey Edwards, review of God's Trophy Women: You Are Blessed and Highly Favored, p. 88.
Library Journal, September 1, 2002, Pam Kingsbury, review of Sister Wit: Devotions for Women, p. 235.
Publishers Weekly, February 13, 2006, review of God's Trophy Women, p. 84.
BookLoons,http://www.bookloons.com/ (November 25, 2006), Melissa Parcel, review of God's Trophy Women.
Exceptional Women,http://www.exceptionalwomen.org/ (November 25, 2006), profile of Jacqueline Jakes.
Jacqueline Jakes Home Page,http://www.jacquelinejakes.com (November 25, 2006).
Potter's House Web site,http://www.thepottershouse.org/ (November 25, 2006), profile of Jacqueline Jakes.
Road to Romance,http://www.roadtoromance.ca/ (March 12, 2004), Linda Mae Baldwin, review of Sister Wit.
Warner Books Web site,http://www.twbookmark.com/ (November 25, 2006), interview with Jacqueline Jakes.*