About The Book
Have you looked in the mirror recently? Was the person looking back at you the person you used to be or are you not sure who is starring back at you? Sometimes during the course of life we allow ourselves to become what society says we ought to be. Society and its norms should not be how we define ourselves. God has made each one of us to be uniquely different and special in our own right. When we take the time to examine ourselves we may be surprised how much of the real us is gone. Physically we disfigured ourselves or made ourselves sick trying to measure up to how society says we ought to look or be. Who I Be is personal. It is time that we focus on who and how God intended for us to be. We were fearfully and wonderfully made and we should find satisfaction in being made in God’s image and not who or what society says we should be. Our physical, emotional, mental, and financial status does not make us. Who I Be is about the person who can be themselves and not be stressed or anxious about becoming another product of circumstances or norms to be wholly.
About The Author
Annie Brown was born to the parents of Lonza and Daisy Duckett in Alexander City, Alabama. She was the third of four children. Annie is the proud parent of four adult children, five grandchildren, and one great grandchild. She is a licensed minister and attends Joyful Noise AOH Church of God in Sylacauga, Alabama where she serves as the church secretary.
Annie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from the University of Montevallo and a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Alabama. She currently works at Lakeside Hospice, Inc. in Pell City, Alabama as a hospice social worker. As a social worker, Annie works with the terminally ill, providing emotional support at the most critical time in an individual’s life.
Annie’s heart desire is that people will learn to love themselves. In order to love themselves a person cannot conform to society’s norms as to what is acceptable but rather believe what God’s Word says.
Why Do I Need To Be Different?
We did not choose our parents, so we have no control over our DNA makeup. But I do know and trust God’s Word that we all were wonderfully and fearfully made. Is not that a blessing that no matter what our beginning features were like, God made us good and very good? It is that innate (inborn) desire within us to be accepted by the world standards that keeps us from accepting who we really are. Contributing factors are the lies the devil has us believing that there is always something wrong with us. We are never satisfied. If we are short, we want to be taller.
If we have a dark complexion, we want to be lighter. If we are white, we want a tan. If we are slender, we want to put on weight, and if we are obese, we want to lose weight. While there is nothing wrong with wanting to make some adjustments to our physical bodies, it becomes almost an obsession when the images that society and the devil paint as acceptable are what we yearn to be.
So what do we need to do as we feed into this deception and believe things are what the devil tells us they are? We should cry out to God as King David did on so many occasions for help. If we want to step from low self-esteem to confidence, we must take heed of the Word of God and believe what God says about us. Since the fall in the Garden of Eden, the adversary (the devil) has been deceiving people to believe that he knows better than God. St John referred to the devil as a liar and the father of lies.
1. When did you fall in love with books? My love for books came at an early age. I used reading as a defense mechanism to escape emotional abuse from an alcoholic father.
2. When did you realize you wanted to write? I dare not say I wanted to write because that is not how I got into it. I began to write out of obedience to God to help others.
3. Tell us about yourself. My name is Annie Clara Brown. My skills and areas of expertise include providing emotional support and grief support to patients and their families. My professional title is Medical Social Worker at Lakeside Hospice, Inc. in Pell City Alabama, where one of my qualifications is individualized psycho-social care for each family. I received my Masters in Social Work from the University of Alabama with a Concentration in children, adolescents, and families. My interests include working with veterans who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) as well as being an avid reading. I am passionate about serving my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and my church (Joyful Noise AOH Church of God in Sylacauga, Alabama) where I serve as a licensed minister and secretary under Bishop Johnnie L. Woods Jr. I am definitely family oriented and enjoy spending quality time with my children, grandchildren and great-grand child.
4. Who are your favorite authors? Since I read books by many authors, I cannot really say that I have a favorite because most times if I invest in a book I look to increase my knowledge or enhance my life in some way or other.
5. What are your favorite books? Mostly self-help and religious based books but a romance is put in the mix occasionally.
6. What would you like for readers to get out of your book? I want people of all ages to become comfortable with whom God created them to be. We were created in His (God) image and were wonderfully and fearfully made; however, so many people suffer from poor self-images because they cannot measure up to what society depicts as the norm. Please do not spend your life existing because you believe that you do not measure up by society’s standards/norms. Learn to love yourself for who God created you to be and live before your time to die.
7. What makes you unique as an author and what sets your book apart from other books in the same genre? I believe what makes me unique is that I not only write from experience but also for inspiration from God. I find that many people have the talent to write but do not have the wisdom to apply their talent in a way that actually gives a person the hope they need. My professional knowledge to be able to apply counseling techniques tempered with Scripture also sets me a part from others.
8. What is your writing process? Usually, it begins with an “okay” moment. A thought comes ,then I pray and ponder the significance of the thought, and I wait for the inspiration from that thought to begin to flow. Then pen and paper meet.
9. Are you currently working on anything new? If so, please give a brief synopsis and when should we expect it? Actually, I am. “My little People” is comprised of lessons that I have learned from my journey as a hospice social worker. It is written from my heart as I encounter the victorious battles of those who are terminally ill. Even if their journey ended in death the beauty they inspired as they were making hard decisions and transitioning from earth to eternity left special impressions on me as well as their family/friends and our staff. The stories are going to be really heartwarming.
10. How can readers connect with you? I am on Twitter, Face-book, Linkedin, Stumbledupon, Pinterest, and I have a website: http://www.anniecbrown.com
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