JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Jacqueline Rhinehart, author of My Organic Soul
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Who can speak for you better than you can speak for yourself? Discovery, renewal, and growth begin in the heart-and writing your own story can unlock the power to a new you. Jacqueline Rhinehart has gathered Scripture and quotes and has crafted questions primed to uplift, inspire, and transform. Including pages for journaling, writing music, or just venting and letting it all out, My Organic Soul is for anyone seeking the answer to life’s ultimate question: “Who Am I?” Now that’s a question only you can rap to.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write My Organic Soul?
Jacqueline Rhinehart: It was a culmination of many things: my career in music ( I know many of the artists/rappers quoted in the book); My study at the School of Practical Philosophy; and a course at Seton Hall University/ School of Theology (Prophetic Literature). All of that, combined with a question from a friend, as to what was I “going to do with these disparate interests-become a preacher!?”. Further spurred by the comment that there should be a book that spoke to our demographic- with the cultural nuances and touches that spoke to a multicultural world. That was the genesis of the book.
JP: At what point did you realize that this personal journal should be shared with the world?
JR: When I researched the books/journals available in the market, I found that there was no book that directly spoke to this demographic.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to My Organic Soul getting out to the public?
JR: The key to success started with a vision shared by my editor Janet Hill, formerly of Random House. She is an editor with the ability to sign an author and shepherd a book of this type through the maze of the publishing company
JP: What has been the early response of your readers to My Organic Soul?
JR: I spoke to a multicultural audience waiting on line to vote for Barack Obama and found so many who understood the theme of the book immediately! Those who have received advance copies are ecstatic about the connections the book makes. They enjoy the book and are eager to discuss the quotes – it does seem to spur their conversations and engages them in thoughtful analysis.
JP: What’s next for Jacqueline Rhinehart?
JR: Black Like Me – Essays and Rumminations on the New Black. I am interviewing and gathering essays, letters, speeches – that speak to the new Black – who we are singularly (and in the aggregate) as we move beyond the Civil Rights era, Roots, O.J. and Rodney King. The image of black /African Americans in the US and the world has CHANGED.
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