An older woman with the gift of “laying on hands,” looks back on her life and tries to understand why she was often unable to heal those she loved the most.
About the Author
Brenda Rhodes Miller is the author of The Church Ladies’ Divine Desserts and executive director of the D.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority and Jack and Jill. She and her husband, who is a Baptist pastor, live in Washington, D.C.
“The Laying on of Hands is a nostalgic literary journey that wraps around a reader's heart. It warms the soul, feeds the spirit and reaffirms the power of love."
-- Norma L. Jarrett, author of Sunday Brunch
“The Laying on of Hands is a rich and absorbing story as warm and lush as the South where it is set. In this remarkable book, Brenda Rhodes Miller has given us engaging characters who touch deeply and transform us, much as the miracles they perform, showing us in the process the amazing healing power of love.”
--Christopher Benson, author of Special Interest and co-author of Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America
"Brenda Rhodes Miller tells an amazing tale as we journey through the struggles of four generations coping with love's triumphs and tragedies. As I swiftly turned the pages I yearned for the story to never end."
-- Parry 'EbonySatin' Brown author of Sittin' in the Front Pew
"Masterfully conceived, The Laying on Hands evokes a time when faith and family sustained us as a people emerging from slavery. Miss Muchie, Tyler Mama, Teddy, Mr. Winston and all the characters in the novel by Brenda Rhodes Miller live with us and are the kind of people we know and love, or wish we had known."
-- Dr. Dorothy I. Height, author of Open Wide the Freedom Gates: A Memoir and Chair/President Emerita, The National Council of Negro Women, Inc.
"In her beautifully crafted novel, Brenda Rhodes Miller weaves a mysterious yet innocent tale that evokes faith at the same time that it makes readers shudder with fear of the unknown."
-- Nicole Bailey-Williams, Ed.M., author of Floating and A Little Piece of Sky
"Family, spirit, faith, loss, acceptance of an awesome yet imperfect gift--these are merely notes and chords in the wonderful song Brenda Rhodes Miller has composed. "Miss Muchie" Winston croons a lifetime of melodies, sweet and bittersweet. Resonant in all of us."
-- Christopher Chambers, author of Sympathy for the Devil and A Prayer for Deliverance