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Friday, September 23, 2011
What does it mean to be Cherished?
Cash Tate and Da’T.R.U.T.H. share how God’s amazing love restores.
When Kim Cash Tate began writing Cherished, she had no idea that a real
life story paralleling that in her book was about to unfold. In 2009, Christian
rapper Da’T.R.U.T.H. released this statement, “In light of a moral indiscretion
in my personal life, I will be taking a sabbatical from music ministry and
teaching. I have repented first to God and then to my wife and family. It is my
prayer that my family, supporters and the brethren in Christ will collectively
be able to forgive me.”
Tate read his public statement in its entirety, including how God had shown him
the power of forgiveness and restoration, she said, “That’s what Cherished is about.
That God is a God who redeems and a God who restores. That no matter where
you’ve been and no matter what you’ve done, God redeems. God restores. He loves
with a steadfast love. You are cherished!”
had followed the same path as one of Tate’s characters by committing adultery.
Just like the character in her novel, he felt hopeless and lifeless. Yet God
was not finished with him. “I got to that place where my hope was in God and
God didn’t leave me there. He totally restored me and provided me with
everything I needed. It was a hard, difficult and rough journey and the terrain
was rocky, but the Lord was with me,” Da’T.R.U.T.H. said. Two years have
passed, he and his wife Nicole have worked through the pain and on September
13, 2011 he released a new album titled The
main male character in Cherished
is a Christian rapper. Tate had felt moved from the very beginning to include
this character. During the writing process, she contacted Gessie Thompson,
Da’T.R.U.T.H.’s manager, in order to learn more about the life of a rapper from
a manager’s perspective. When the book was finished, Tate asked Thompson to
read it and see if Da’T.R.U.T.H. would be willing to endorse the book. Thompson
loved the story and how it coincided with that of her client, so she forwarded
the book to him. Da’T.R.U.T.H. had been wanting to write a song for his wife
but nothing had been quite right. But he was so touched by the story that he
chose to write a bonus track to be included on his album—a song for his wife to
let her know how much she was cherished. And as an additional gift, he asked
their dear friend and mentor Ce Ce Winans to sing with him. Nicole heard the
song for the first time during a video shoot with her husband and Tate. You can
see her reaction in the video, posted below.
Tate’s book and the real life story of Da’T.R.U.T.H., readers will see how
amazing God truly is. They will come to realize that there really is nothing
that can separate them from His love. God can still use them in spite of their
worst choices. And He doesn’t just forgive them; they are truly cherished!
Cherished by Kim Cash Tate
Thomas Nelson/September 2011
ISBN: 978-1-59554-855-9/336 pages/paperback/$15.99 www.kimcashtate.com