benjamin_cowins_harriet_blackshear-cowins_web.jpgA Miami Gardens couple married for 43 years has published a book that is intended to provide inspiration for youth.

The 84-page book, bearing a long title, Blessed and Too Smart to Fail Too: Inspirational Affirmations with Biblical Scripture References for Youths and the Young at Heart, was written by Benjamin B. Cowins Sr. and Harriet Blackshear-Cowins.

Released on April 19, the book, which goes by the shorter name, Blessed and Too Smart to Fail Too, is described as “an uplifting religious publication written by recipients of God’s blessings who are consciously aware that believers must not fail to do what blessed persons are expected to do.”

 Major emphases highlight biblical clarity, self-confidence, faith in God and the belief that everyone can succeed with God’s help.

The writers offer more than 100 “Inspirational Affirmations” that are designed to encourage the use of scriptures for personal use and guidance in making daily choices and decisions, excelling educationally, accomplishing career goals, avoiding negatives, always doing the right thing, obeying parents, studying the Bible and respecting others.

The authors also identify life experiences that inspired them to write the book.

Benjamin Cowins has a doctorate from the University of Oklahoma, a master’s degree from Barry University and a bachelor’s from Florida A&M University.

He most recently held a TRUST Specialist position with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, with major responsibilities to implement the TRUST (To Reach Ultimate Success Together) program that offers students assistance, addresses concerns related to the use of harmful substances, alcohol and tobacco by high school students. 

Cowins is a Senior Fellow consultant with Nova Southeastern University’s Institute for Public Policy and Executive Leadership in Higher Education. He has served on several community organizations.

Blackshear-Cowins, a Miami Northwestern High School graduate, has earned course credits at Florida International University, St. Thomas University, Miami Dade College and Michigan State University.

She is program coordinator with Christian Community Service Agency Inc. and has wide experience in business.


Photo: COURTESY OF Benjamin Cowins

Authors: Benjamin Cowins and Harriet Blackshear-Cowins