Mariah Green has a successful career as an advocate for battered women, but she still feels incomplete. She was raised by her maternal grandmother, Rosemary, in a Chicago housing project. Her mother, Cassandra, is addicted to drugs and has only been a fleeting presence in her life. Even more painful to Mariah is the fact that she has never known the love of a father. She’s never even set eyes on him.
To Mariah’s surprise, she receives a call from a law firm in Hammond, Indiana. A lawyer informs her that her biological father has died, and she is the sole heir to his sizeable estate. Mariah is ready to leave Chicago behind and embark on a new lifestyle in Indiana, but she’s devastated when her beloved Granny declines to join her.
Things aren’t always what they seem to be. Rosemary knows a little bit more about Mariah’s paternal side of the family than she has let on. Join Mariah as she embarks on a spiritual journey to learn about her father and begins the healing process of understanding and forgiving her mother.
Four couples take a leap of faith when they participate in Couples Therapy a new ministry of Chicago’s Christian Friendship Church. The couples are grappling with issues that run the gamut from copying with unemployed children who return to the family nest to an unplanned pregnancy and the trials and tribulations of a newly married interracial teenage couple. Meesha Morrison, president of the Helping Hands Club, who proposed couples therapy to the church’s official board, has ulterior motives for wanting the new ministry to suceed. She’s desperate to save her own marriage, since her husband’s climb up the coporate ladder leaves her feeling like a single parent.
Secrets and lies are exposed and stereotypes are shattered in this powerful tale that examines the power of communication and the power of forgiveness.
Reverend Ruth Wilcox has struggled to adjust to life without Daniel, her first love. The former couple has moved on and gone their seperate ways; at least that’s what Ruth tells herself in the still of the night. Secretly she’s hoping that by the grace og God, she and Daniel will one day reconcile. Now that she’s the head minister of The Temple, Ruth finds out the filling her father’s shoes is no small task in light of the nation’s failing economy. Divine intervention steps in when Daniel’s wife Lenora leaves him for a younger man leaving the now elderly man along to raise three sons alone. Ruth is not quite ready to step into the role of stepmother and to complicate matters there’s a new man in her life vying for Ruth’s attention. He’s not about to take no for an answer.
Ruth has her hand’s full caring for her mother Queen, who’s suffering from the throes of the onset of dementia and her best friend Alice has been diagnosed with cancer. Much to Ruth’s dismay, Alice has been hiding a secret of her own, along with Naomi the youngest Wilcox sibling.
Will these families who once found themselves keeping misery company, be able to finally let misery go?