Thomas Weeks releases tell-all book about marriage to Juanita Bynum

The tell-all book on the rocky relationship of national evangelist Juanita Bynum and her estranged husband, Bishop Thomas W. Weeks III, was re-released Tuesday.

What Love Taught Me” was resurrected through the media firm handling public relations for Weeks, Double XX Posure Media Group of Arlington, Texas.

It was re-released a day after Weeks affirmed his not guilty plea in a criminal case pending against him for allegedly beating, choking and stomping his wife in an Atlanta hotel parking lot.

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The cover of the book features a wedding photo of Bynum and Weeks that has been digitally ripped in half.

Bynum’s publicist Amy Malone said she had “no comment” on the book’s re-release.

“What Love Taught Me” was written by Weeks after Bynum accused him of spousal abuse. It was released after she dished about her stormy marriage to the bishop in Essence magazine.

Weeks pulled the book two months ago, citing concern about the hurt feelings of his wife by its publication. The book includes chapters with controversial titles such as “I’d Rather Push You Now Than Punch You Later,” “She Wanted to be the Next Oprah at Any Cost,” and “The Last Night,” referring to the Aug. 21 alleged attack on Bynum.

Weeks issued a public apology to his wife via an Internet video in an effort at reconciliation. The broadcast featured Weeks lounging on a couch in a sweater as jazz music played in the background and chrysanthemums filled the screen.

On Tuesday, a spokesperson for Weeks said he is aware of the book’s re-release, which includes the original eight chapters detailing Weeks’ take on the troubles in his relationship, plus a new chapter. A spokesperson for Double XX Posure said the book was re-released at noon Tuesday because Weeks had a change of heart about its publication.

“He initially pulled the book because it hurt his wife’s feelings,” said Nakia Hicks, spokesperson for Double XX Posure. Now, Hicks said, Weeks is ready to tell his side of the story. “He felt he needed the opportunity to not only share his side but also to reveal some of the truths that have gone ignored.”

The couple’s divorce is pending in Gwinnett County Superior Court.

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D. Aileen Dodd, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Feb. 26, 2008, http://www.ajc.com/

Religion News Blog posted this on Monday March 3, 2008.
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