Rebecca Hagelin

Getting married? She hadn't given much thought to it anyway. Her life was sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll. Marriage involved commitment. Commitment involved work. Work got on her last nerve. Still, imagine: Government told her not to get married. Research conducted by The Heritage Foundation ? which Parker used extensively in compiling her book ? shows there are few things she could do that would give her a better chance to leave poverty, avoid physical or sexual abuse or enable her daughter to have a better life.

What finally got Star Parker's life turned around? She accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior ? and the transformation was just that ? very personal.

Star began to take responsibility for her life. She set goals and forced herself to do what it took to reach them. She started small to acquire the job skills she'd need higher up, and she embraced hard work, a good attitude and hope. She got off welfare and took a job taking phone orders for a food distributor. She refused to join the union and persisted in being cheerful, doing a good job and making her employers happy they hired her ? all to the consternation of her coworkers.

When the union she refused to join went on strike, she left and realized her goal of owning her own business. She started a magazine for Christian singles. When many of her advertisers were wiped out in the Los Angeles riots following the Rodney King verdict in 1992, she became a talk-show host. When her manifold enemies got to her there, she turned to an organization called the

Coalition for Urban Renewal in Education, which helps poor people by getting them to take responsibility for their lives.

Today, she lectures and writes frequently on poverty on behalf of CURE and the themes of "Uncle Sam's Plantation." She urges people to do as she did and take control of their lives. She lashes out at the hijacking of education by those too weak to challenge the Godlessness, evil and moral lethargy of today's society. Star also sounds a clarion call against the dangers of the Washington power structure that creates both a dependency among the poor, and sustains power over them. And when Star speaks, she always provides real hope for those caught in the web of welfare, doom and sadness.

Star is now a true star ? a beautiful light of hope for everyone she meets. And the secret to the twinkle in her eye? It's the radiant love and joy of Christ. He changed her life, and He can change yours too.

Rebecca Hagelin

Rebecca Hagelin is a public speaker on the family and culture and the author of the new best seller, 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family.
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