The Secret Place Book Club hosts “Teachers Appreciation” event

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(Last Updated On: January 7, 2015)

The Secret Place Book Club fulfilled its ongoing mission of motivating, encouraging and supporting women with its recent ‘Teacher Appreciation” event on July 19.

A diverse group of guests from all walks of life attended the event, hosted at the YMCA in downtown Houston, as Founder, Wendy Jones, recognized some of the outstanding teachers in and around the Houston area.

“Everybody is touched by a teacher and they are the fiber of this world.  It was a fantastic event and opportunity to recognize and acknowledge teachers for their valuable contributions to our society,” said Jones.

In addition to the awards ceremony, a highlight of the event included a book discussion with local teacher, Tonya D. Bernard, author of the newly released book “Paper Walls,” available on

In the pages of the book, Bernard carries the reader into the life of Simone Baptiste in her quest to recover from abuse at the hands of her father and recognize that her value is not found in the approval of a man.

Bernard calls her book a “purging process” in helping her to forgive her own father for abuse she suffered in her childhood.

“When I sought the Lord and asked Him to help me, He put a book on my heart, because He did give me the talent to write,” said Bernard, who has, since writing the book, forgiven her father.

The Houston author values the platform that Jones has provided for women to connect and dialogue in an effort to empower them to fulfill their God-given purpose.

“I really just love how she brings women together to empower and teach them that they are worth something, because a lot of times our worth as women is in what we do more than in who we are.  This this is what I believe Wendy is trying to show us that it is OK to pursue your own dreams without having to be the helper to everybody else’s dreams,” said Bernard.

The Secret Place uses books as a catalyst to provoke deeper thought and ignite and bring to the surface long forgotten dreams that often are buried for many women in the face of various life experiences.

“Our book club is open to every race, every ethnicity and is just a fabulous organization that is endeavoring to go worldwide and world class,” said Jones.

In the fall, the Secret Place Book Club will host its 2014 “I’m Every Woman Empowerment and Scholarship Conference” from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel near the NRG Stadium.

For more information, visit The Secret Book Club Meetup Group online.

 The Secret Place Book Club hosts “Teachers Appreciation” event