A new show is joining the OWN Network lineup beginning April 15 called “The Book of John Gray,” featuring associate pastor of Joel Osteen’s world-famous Lakewood Church, John Gray and his wife Aventer.
The sneak peek of the full premiere episode will make you laugh, cry and praise, all while proving that this reality show is most certainly must-see TV.
“It is ministry personified, with a twist,” says Empowering Everyday Women (EEW) Online Magazine’s editorial director Rebecca Johnson, who previewed the full episode with her staff, made available by OWN, The Oprah Winfrey Network.
“It’s like a church service, therapy session, comedy show, flavored with practical biblical application, all rolled into a feel-good package the whole family can enjoy. It’s the kind of show Christians have been waiting for and longing to see,” she added. “EEW Magazine gives it four stars.”
In the first episode, you’ll meet a woman named Aldreamer, originally from Baton Rouge, who now lives in Houston after the Louisiana floods forced her out. The single mother lost everything—her house, car and job –after 3 feet of water stormed her home, her block and the city, damaging everything.
Aldreamer, who has three children, was living in a hotel, feeling numb, barely hanging onto her faith.
Pastor Gray went to see her.
“When we found out about your story, I wanted to come meet you myself,” he told Aldreamer. “If I’m really going to understand what you’re walking through, I wanted to come and see.”
The former Macy’s human resources administrative support employee told the popular preacher, “We had to walk out the actual neighborhood and the water was up to my thighs. I had to carry my daughter and my oldest son had to carry my middle son.”
At the time of taping one of her eldest was just shy of his fourteenth birthday. Aldreamer also has an 8-year-old son and a 5-year-old daughter.
She was weary from carrying the financial load with no help from her children’s fathers. Worse yet, her time of relying on assistance from FEMA, The Federal Emergency Management Agency, which helped Aldreamer’s family relocate and pay for lodging expenses, was just days away from coming to a close.
“I’m a preacher’s daughter, so I grew up in church, but my faith has wavered. Growing up as a preacher’s daughter, I’ve learned so much about church, but I was never taught anything about the real world,” the struggling mother tearfully admitted to Pastor John.
The compassionate minister empathized with Aldreamer while sitting on a sofa in the compact hotel room, telling her, “You’re not alone. Life happens. And sometimes you’re asking, what kind of God would let this happen?”
“I get to the point where I feel like God has forgotten about me,” Aldreamer said.
“God hasn’t forgotten you,” Pastor John countered.
“I know you had to walk through the water, but I believe you’re about to walk on the water,” he told her, drawing a smile out of the emotionally vulnerable mom.
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SOURCE: EEW Magazine – Sybil Rhodes