Apr 22, 2012



Who else would he be giving advice to.  Obviously, relationship advice books to men don't sell.  Maybe I'm being a little cynical but these relationship advice books are really getting on my last good nerve, but yet here I am posting about it anyway.


(TheGrio) -- Pastor Jomo K. Johnson penned his new tome Call Tyrone: Why Black Women Should Remain Single Or... in response to what he witnessed within his North Philadelphia flock. Single black women are abundant in his church, in a reflection of the larger urban neighborhood in which his congregation resides. The minister believes that previous books have addressed this widespread problem, but have failed to tackle the issue from the deeply religious perspective.Call Tyrone aims to change that.



"I know that African-American women make up such a large number of the African-American church, and they're not finding how to hold relationships, how to hold husbands. I feel like there's a real strong need for the subject to be spoken about, from a pastoral standpoint," Johnson said in an interview with The Christian Post. "People have talked about it from a social standpoint, but I think it's important [...] to address it from a Christian pastoral standpoint."
Johnson provides that absent Christian perspective on the single black woman phenomenon that has been reported on so widely. By including biblical passages to support his ideas, without being too "Bible heavy" (as he put it), Johnson uses Call Tyrone to counter criticisms that the black church "keeps black women single."
In the viral 2010 essay, How Black Churches Keep African American Women Single and Lonely,the author claims that too many black women attend church thinking God will send them a Godly man while being exploited by the preacher and the few men there socially, economically, and even sexually.
Call Tyrone offers a counter argument. What distinguishes it from other black dating books by men -- and yes it is named after the Erykah Badu song -- is Johnson's suggestion that the single life within the church is a gift from God. Not a curse, but a blessing.
"First and foremost, [I] have a desire to inform and educate all women that they are precious and priceless in the sight of God," he said. "Because of that, a woman shouldn't lower herself in any way. In the book what I seek to do is exalt and extol the value of singleness; how it can be a gift of God [and] how it is a blessed gift. The Lord Jesus was single, and he was able to embrace his singleness and use it for the purpose of ministry. I also point to women in history who have given their lives in singleness and really thought to serve others. Singleness is something that the Bible really condones and promotes."
Johnson also proudly asserts that Call Tyrone does not place the entire onus of African-American dating on the black woman. Johnson wants black men to share in their responsibility for creating the circumstances in which 55% of African-American women are unmarried -- the highest rate of any race.

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