Favor in the Rough

Discovering God's Favor in Challenging Times

Christian - General
186 Pages
Reviewed on 05/27/2013
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Author Biography

Dr. Debra Givens was born and raised in South Bend IN. She serves as Co-Pastor to her husband Dr. Dennis Givens who is the founder of a thriving church New Horizons Outreach Ministry in South Bend IN and in Benton Harbor MI. Debra is a sought after women's conference speaker and has spread the gospel via a local television network LESEA Broadcasting, a national weekly broadcast on Dish Network, a local weekly radio station and other radio broadcasts across America. Debra is called upon to minister and sing in conferences, revivals and seminars across the country.
She loves to decorate. Debra is a praise and worship leader and has written over 100 songs. Birthed from the psalmist ability is the music ministry team, "High Praise" which she founded many years ago. Debra received her doctorate of religious philosophy from Tabernacle Bible College and Seminary of Tampa Florida. She is cofounder of New Horizons Bible College. Dennis and Debra have been blessed with two beautiful daughters Cara and Kaylee Givens.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Michelle Robertson for Readers' Favorite

Favor in the Rough: Discovering God's Favor in Challenging Times" is written by Dr. Debra D. Givens. This book is very well-written with a Religious-Christian plot, based on scripture from within the Bible along with personal experiences. It would appeal to all readers who are pursuing questions on scriptures and other religious matters. There are many heroes within the pages of the Bible that God has appointed to serve him in a unique way. Dr. Givens helps her readers understand their actions and purposes during good and bad times. Dr. Debra Givens is a pastor within her church and is no stranger in the field of helping to understood the word of the Lord. However, speaking the word of the Lord and writing about it are two different matters. It is often hard to get a person to visualize the words you are speaking aloud. For some, if the words are being read by them their own visual understanding takes place. That very thing happens when Dr. Given's words are read. Through this entire book she elaborates on the meaning of different scripture segments, the stories behind them, and how each can relate to every individual person in their own way.

Reading the book is like being at a sermon where the pastor is offering a question and answer session, but the reader has the ability to review what is already stated and go over it again if needed. The passages, scripture, scripture explanations, and the personal experiences of Dr. Givens have allowed me to understand certain circumstances in my life where I was previously lost. This book is a great self help book when the topic is understanding God and his ways.

Sheron Crudup

Pastor Debra Givens is an awesome woman and a soul after God's own heart. God speaks to her and through her. Her walk with God and ministry has touched and transformed some many people's lives with this book. She is truly a diamond.

Sheron Crudup

Pastor Debra Givens is an awesome woman and a soul after God's own heart. God speaks to her and through her. Her walk with God and ministry has touched and transformed some many people's lives with this book. She is truly a diamond.

Pearl Theus

After reading this book it's so obvious that Pastor Debra was inspired by the Holy Spirit of The Almighy God. The book is filled with so much necessary knowledge. I hope she keeps on writing.

Dennis Givens

This book truly is a book that will unlock favor in your life. This is a must read book that will give you joy because of it's rich nuggets that will bring light in dark seasons in your life. All I can say is AWESOME!!!!

Cindy McCall

I was blessed with this book as a gift. I'm sure it is just the beginning of the blessing coming our way from this GREAT author!

Dorothy Golliday

This book shows us that GOD gives us the grace to see that our trials, failures, and disasters could be worse, and to be thankful that we are as well off as we are. Excellent job Dr. Debra Givens!

Carolyn Smith

Favor in the Rough truly is a must read for anyone seeking to understand the pits and problems that have challenged their lives and today that is practically all of us. Dr Givens has provided great insight and understanding in her book and her real life stories allow the reader to make the information personal. I have been blessed to have Dr Givens as my spiritual mother for 18 years and have grown tremendously as a result of her teaching, however the book touched and touches another place. I have wept and grown even more when reading the book. It is as though the reader is sitting across the table from Dr Givens sharing one-on-one. Dr Givens (Pastor Debra as we affectionately call her) has a real heart for God's people and God has allowed her to write a book the is a true balm and instrument of healing.

Jacob Hughes

Prophetess Debra Givens We Love you and so so Love Favor in the Rough. God has blessed you with great revelation through wisdom, word, and experiences that has blessed this generation. You were truly made for such a time as this. Praise God for you Prophetess. Awesome Book and awesome Testimony. Favor to you.

Zena Capers

Pastor Debra, Thank you so much for your obedience to God. This book is a must read!!!!!! It is life changing, empowering and very informative. I have seen transformation in my own personal life from reading this book~~~~~ Best seller and Author Dr. Debra Givens We love and esteem you high♥♥


I don't normally write reviews, but this is really a great book that I would recommend to any individual. I hope that after you read this book you'll be able to endure challenging times, knowing that God has something better and greater in the making for you.