Dr. Terry M. Turner has spent a lifetime in ministry counseling couples to live by Christian principles in the hope they achieve marriage and family happiness. After 25 years of pastoral ministry, he realized his life was missing the satisfaction that should have come with the guidance and advice he gave to others. Because of the pain in his marriage, family, and personal life, Turner decided to return to school in search for an answer. While pursuing a doctors’ degree with an emphasis on marriage and family, he discovered that many of the risk factors which plagued the families of his ancestors also existed in his life and family. This discovery led him to research and understand how the traumas of past generations affect the lives of present-day African Americans.
In The Press
“Dr. Turner’s treatment of slavery’s legacy in the African-American family demands a reading because of the synthesis and perspective he brings to the subject matter. By joining history to family systems theory, this book pushes the painful historical legacy of slavery to this day into the reader’s understanding. He wades boldly into claims, which will undoubtedly bring a pushback from opposite ends of the cultural spectrum. But to that truth he always adds his ultimately grace-based perspective. For those willing to face rather than ignore some of the most irremediable realities in America’s historical and present culture, this straightforward work is an important read.”
Dr. Barry Creamer