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 ch ild.
How do you find time to connect with God?
Prayer time is a priority in the mornings and of course at night but since I travel in my job role I get to meditate and take pleasure in God’s creation throughout the day.
Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books
I enjoy many authors…TD Jakes, Joyce Myers, Denise Godfrey, Lynda Brown, Paulette Harper-Johnson and believe it or not myself….My favorite book is the Bible and I complement with inspirational writings to enhance my knowledge and further my goals toward my destiny.
Tell us about your journey to publication.
My journey has been an inspirational adventure; mostly, because I write from an innate desire to help other individuals to become who they were born to be. I was given my first book and title by inspiration from God. When I finished writing the book (Christians with Pervasive Issues), I sent it to be edited and then published in 2011. Actually, I thought that was the end of the writing but God had other ideas. So a year later I published my current book “Who I Be “.
With joy I will tell you about Who I Be. It is a small straight to the point book about examination of one’s self to understand who we are. I ask that we look at ourselves from the physical, emotional, mental, social, and even financial aspects of our lives and determine if we are being who God created us to be. So many times we are conforming to what society dictates as the norms for us and we have lost the true “us”.
How did you come up with ideas for this book?
The ideas came from looking at various populations and seeing that some are suffering from identity crisis, low self-esteem, and depression because they cannot seem to keep up with what is projected as the best societal norms when God said we were made in His image; therefore, we are fearfully and wonderfully made but we are never satisfied. People go along with trying to fit in and in the process lose who they really. One day they look in the mirror and the real person is no longer there.
What valuable lessons do you want readers to learn from your book?
- The most valuable lesson is to be yourself. Nobody can beat you being all you can be.
- Realize that everyone is not going to be physically a model size and if a person has a physical/medical condition the condition is not who you are.
- Emotional pain can be overcome
- Do not be ashamed if you have a mental illness get the help you need and live your life to the fullest extent possible.
- People communicate differently so we need to respect that
- Financially we need to live within our means and get a balance in our lives and not allow others to cause us to feel guilty because they fail to know and be who they need to be
What’s next for you?
Working on a couple of books currently.
Please tell us where we can connect with you online.
Visit my website at http://anniecbrown.com/