When a woman is physically beaten, everyone knows. But how do you know when she experiences emotional bruises and battery? Which one of your friends right now suffers from the emotional lashing of a tongue? Although the wounds may not appear visible to the naked eye; they still have real physical effects. The Enemy Within tells the story of a survivor. One who beat the odds and broke free, before her abuser broke her. Simchah is a strong woman. Although seasoned by time and worn down by life, she is a warrior who endured many wounds on the battlefield of life. This story picks up where most stories end. Simchah entrusts her young granddaughter, Zaharah, with her hard-learned life-truths, in hopes Zaharah may learn from her mistakes. Through Simchah’s journals, Zaharah takes a painful walk down memory lane and witnesses the emotional abuse her grandmother endured. Simchah's ethnographic chronicles of her abusive marriage reveal, although she saw the signs of abuse early in her relationship, she did not recognize them until they grew and ultimately blew up in her face. After reading her grandmother’s journals, Zaharah sees her grandmother, and the world around her, from a refreshed and informed perspective and in a whole new light of lived truths.

In Each Moment is an anthology of short stories and poems giving voice to those who can't raise theirs. The stories depict the struggles, hurts, joys, and triumphs of women longing for the one thing that would make them feel whole and fulfilled love. The main characters experience a myriad of emotions from immense joy to unchartered struggles, to sheer trauma and pain, they are characters you can feel. You will experience simple pleasure and deep connections. You will experience love and loss. You will experience despair, understanding, and solace. Whether love, loss or life-altering moments you will be entangled in the emotional web. In Each Moment is recommended for secondary and post-secondary classrooms, Women's Studies, and book clubs as well. In Each Moment is Urban Fiction with a twist of academia and avoids the usual salacious language of the genre.

A Touch of Home

one of the short stories, In Each Moment

Mayaan is love drunk over a man who was never hers and would never be hers. At every pivot of life, Aviel seemed to be there. Offering her his signature heartwarming panty-dropping smile. Even after a failed marriage and another failed opportunity to secure Aviel’s love; Mayaan still clings to hope that one day she could be his one and his only. After years of being lured into his cunning web of smiles, Mayaan breaks free for this love escapade and realizes she needs to love herself above all things and all people.

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Whether young or old, to be a woman means to love yourself by carrying yourself with class and dignity while learning to understand how to balance being strong and independent with knowing when to allow a worthy man to lead. We must also realize that “Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates." Proverbs 31:30-31

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This regularly updated blog is for educational purposes only. It is especially for me, my daughters, my sisters, and the men who love us. It is packed with great tips for peaceful, productive, unified, loving, and healthy living.

Michelle Rhnea Yisrael

About the author - Michelle Rhnea Yisrael has been honored to empower women and children for over 30 years. She has a master’s degree in English from Chicago State University, A Master's in Online Teaching from the University of Illinois Springfield, a soul degree in love, and possesses a passion for nurturing the human soul. Ms. Yisrael was a district leader for 8 alternative high schools on the Southside of Chicago where she trained and managed principals, teachers, and support staff. Additionally, she was director of an alternative high school and dean of instruction for another. Ms. Yisrael has been an educational leader for 37 years. She founded and operated an independent school for much of that time while managing a budget for two city-funded programs and two federally funded programs simultaneously. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor at Chicago's Kennedy-King College and is one of the education coaches for urbaneducoach.com. She is one of the co-authors of T.R.U.S.T. Classroom Management program. Professor Yisrael is a writer for I AM Media Books and author of The Jeremiah 9 Woman a 52-week prayer journey, The Enemy Within A Survivor’s Story, In Each Moment: An Anthology of Short Stories about Life & Love, and Freedom to Engage: A critical auto-ethnographic analysis of a community college professor.  She also has a few children's books waiting in the wind.  

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