Known as the daughter of megachurch preacher and notable religious literary giant T.D. Jakes, Sarah Jakes shares her story of redemption in her newly released book "Lost and Found". This afternoon, Sarah sat down with no-nonsense television talk show host Dr. Phil to speak candidly on her journey.
There's this notion that all children that have been born and raised in the church will never stray from their roots. Well, as much as it may be a lovely thought to assume such outcome of every child that has grown up in the church, it is false. The covering of the church and parental authority only goes so far. At whatever age a child becomes cognizant of the concept of wrong and right, they are responsible for their own actions regardless of upbringing. Sarah Jakes shares her testimony before millions on the Dr. Phil Show to dispel that notion.
Pregnant at 13 and having a child at 14 years of age, Sarah Jakes had to learn the hard way the error of her ways. As she expressed to Dr. Phil when her family found out that she was pregnant she had rarely seen her father, T.D. Jakes, speechless. A concerned friend wrote a letter to the patriarch because she was concerned more for the health of the unborn baby than the possible demise of her friendship with Sarah. The experience of being stared at and talked about by church members drove Sarah to make other unwise decisions, including marrying and divorcing someone she had no business being involved with and working as a waitress in a strip joint. After her parents found out about her employment in such a place, they quickly put an end to her two and a half month stint.
Like the Prodigal Son in the Bible (Luke 15:11-32 KLV), Sarah Jakes made a conscious choice to go back to her religious roots. Being restored to her place as daughter of T.D. Jakes, she pinned "Lost and Found: Finding Hope in the Detours of Life" to testify of God's redemptive power and be a witness of His faithfulness, grace and mercy. Her book is not to glorify teen pregnancy and marriage, but bring out the pitfalls that await young people that decide to do things their own way.
"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6 KLV
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