This Side of Heaven is a powerful book of inspirational and cutting-edge reality based poetry, prayer, prose and what the author calls "spiritual writings," or essays of faith, that help us to look at the issues of life, examine the doubts and pains of living, and still look to a brighter tomorrow as we celebrate the very real power and presence of God. Designed with Reflection and Application Study pages at the end of each chapter, Robinson helps us to chart our feelings, dreams, and fears, and challenges us to embrace the power of God within, and affirm not just ourselves, but others. Upon reading this book your life will be enhanced and ideas made to come alive as you realize that she touches a very real place within your heart, and helps you to see the unlimited possibilities of a God-centered lifestyle. Sheila V. Baldwin, Columbia College Chicago English professor and Co-Chair of the English Department says: ÝIn the beginning of this new millennium , the African-American community still lives within the shadows of post-traumatic stress resulting from slavery. Samira E. Robinson's collection of poetic writings, This Side of Heaven, provides a source of solace and optimism. Before Iyanla Vanzant became a pop icon, before Oprah Winfrey fashioned a moment of spirituality into her television show, and long before urban, top-forty radio stations across the country began to include gospel music on their play list, collectively the African-American community appeared to say: Lord, I need help. Samira E. Robinson's writings remind us that we need only to follow and surrender all to God, and to be quiet and listen to our still small voice, the voice of God within who constantly advises us toexpect the best. Bishop Arthur M. Brazier, pastor of the Apostolic Church of God in Chicago, Illinois states: Samira E. Robinson is a woman of faith who has dedicated her life to God through helping others. Her book, This Side of Heaven, is an insightful approach on how to enjoy life to its fullest potential. And finally, Melody Spann-Cooper, President & General Manager of WVON Radio (The Talk of Chicago) had this to say: This Side of Heaven - what a joy to read! The passion of her gift shows in every line.