Cora Jakes-Coleman took some time from her colorful and jam-packed schedule as a wife, mother, pastor and best-selling author to speak with us about yet another took that she is giving for our Spiritual toolbox. Her latest book, entitled “Ferocious Warrior,” could very well be considered a self-titled work as Coleman embodied a ferocious warrior for quite some time.
From overcoming her own issues with infertility and loss to now being the mother of two beautiful children, a beautiful little girl and handsome boy, to charting her own path as a powerful spiritual influence in her own right. Coleman, who describes fertility as something that goes beyond the physical, says she is still dealing with fertility issues today. She has been blessed to experience the joys of motherhood through adoption.
Being the daughter of Bishop TD Jakes and First Lady Serita Jakes, Coleman was born into a wealth of spiritual greatness. She serves passionately as the director of the children’s ministry at The Potter’s House of Dallas. She serves this same passion on the pages of her new book where she tells us how we can “dismantle out enemies and rise.” In her book, she teaches us how to implement the five principles of prayer and even ends each chapter with a prayer to guide the reader on how to go to God and ask for exactly what you want. She details for readers, in a step-by-step guide, ways to when and see new levels in life and areas such as career, relationships and even love.
What inspired you to write this book? What made now the right time for this work?
I have overcome various obstacles from facing infertility and failed IVF attempts to now realizing my dream of becoming a mother to two beautiful children. I have also had my battles with depression and insecurities. I talked about all of these things in the book and I wanted to address the tactics that the enemy may use to try to keep you from your breakthrough.
How did you decide on the title?
Well, you need to think like a warrior so when the toughest fight in your life, no matter what the area is. You have to pray like a warrior and in order to come up against anything that feels like a big obstacle in your life, you must be prepared to fight. When the enemy attacks, sometimes they hit hard. The enemy can try to come for your family, your finances, your health or even your sanity. It takes a Ferocious Warrior to stand your ground.
You talk about overcoming depression in this book. What do you say to the person whose enemy is depression? Where do they begin?
Coleman: I would say the beginning is identifying that there is a problem. For me, I had to learn to pick myself up. Be mindful of the way things make you feel. When you find yourself getting into those moments when you can tell that it doesn’t feel good, turn on some music or watch something that makes you laugh. It’s also very important to surround yourself with people that uplift you. also, know that it’s okay to talk to somebody about it. Depression can make you feel like you want to be alone and you don’t want to be bothered by anybody. sometimes being around someone that lifts you can make a world of difference. Guard your peace and, of course, pray like a Ferocious Warrior!
How would you encourage others to cultivate a life more dependant on FAITH?
I say pray and spend time in the presence of God. Spend time with His word and understand that faith means not always knowing the answers but knowing that God is still, and always will be, God.
Known for her ability to pray ferociously, Coleman has, in the words of her father, “redefined what it means to fight like a girl.” She has always been vocal about her passion for living a life of purpose and this latest work, Ferocious Warrior, is sure to help its readers discover valuable strategies that they can implement in order to better live out their own purpose.
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