Tell us about yourself.
I reside in the Pennsylvania area and am currently pursuing my undergraduate degree in Theology & Biblical Studies with a minor in Communications. Prior to allowing God to govern my life I modeled internationally. However, though I was gifted I realized I never quite fit in–at heart. When I’m not studying you can find me at church, writing for various online magazines, blogging daily or counseling women struggling with separation or divorce. You can also find me engaging weekly on my radio show titled Dovetales. This show takes its listeners on a journey as each guest reveals what the Holy Spirit has done, in and for their lives, after resting on them like a dove. It is a wonderful opportunity to encourage many towards a personal relationship with the Godhead which I believe is for everyone: All nationalities, all races, all ages, and all backgrounds.
How do you find time to connect with God?
Finding time to connect with God is not difficult for me. I talk to him as if I was talking to one of my close friends. I pray when I wake up in the morning, but I am impacted the most when I talk to him in my car, at work, when I have trouble getting the copier to work. I call on the Holy Spirit to help me write papers for school and to have patience when I am struggling with a personal issue. When I am feeling overwhelmed I ” close myself in” , as my mother calls it, and I fast as I center myself on Him. I feel replenished and rejuvenated after.
Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books?
- Facing Your Giants by Max Lucado
- UNBROKEN by Laura Hillenbrand
- Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis
- Celebration of Discipline by Richard J. Foster
- The Shack by WM. Paul Young
- Dressed To Kill by Rick Renner
Tell us about your journey to publication.
My journey to publication was the most exhilarating, the most frustrating and the most time consuming project I have done in my life. When this book was birthed in my spirit I was just trying to make it through the circumstances in my life that were leveling me to the floor with each blow.Who knew that a book would come out it? It was years later that I felt the prompting to write this book as I consumed and sought solace in the movies. I have never read a book as many times as I have read Beyond the Face of the Movies and I still love it and I still marvel that there are chapters which still move me to tears forcing me to thank God each and every time, because I made it through–in one piece.
Have you ever wondered why after watching a movie you are left with a residue of emotions? Perhaps after the credits have rolled off your screen, you’ve experienced a sense of peace, empowerment, exhilaration, fear or maybe a better understanding of how to deal with a personal issue you’ve struggled with.
Whether we are a believer in God or not I believe everyone will come to a place where the choices we’ve made will lead us to asking ourselves, “How did I get here?” As we run to co-worker’s, friends and family pleading for answers to how it went so wrong we will still have to choose which path we will take, forit is you and only you, in the end, who will have to live those choices out.
Many times God challenges us to go deeper than the surface of the movie, in the hope that we will discover principles that can be gleaned from beneath the excitement and buzz of the film. By juxtaposing Hollywood movies and biblical characters, I connect the dots for the reader so that they are guided through fundamental biblical truths in order to better understand and navigate through their own life challenges on a daily basis.
Beyond the Face of the Movies will show you, at heart, just how similar we all are and whether we see our lives resembling a Hollywood movie or a real life biblical character you will discover, underneath, that people are the same when it comes to making mistakes. This book will help you to laugh at yourself, to love yourself, and to face yourself all over again.
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How did you come up with ideas for this book?
I have to say, Holy Spirit wrote this book, for I am merely the writer. I love knowing that, because when the prompting to stop paring the Hollywood Movies and Biblical characters together was finished the inspiration to do so left me.
I grew up in a household of theater, musicals and music. My mother loved the arts and being the youngest of six children my parents needed something to keep us all busy. I have always loved to watch movies so, when my life fell apart I continued to watch movies, but something different happened. I fell in love with every part of the movie and after I had committed my life to God the Holy Spirit started to teach me and speak to me through what I gravitated to most–the movies. The dialogue, the actors, the music, the cinematography…it all was teaching me something, and so I listened. I was amazed because as I listened biblical characters kept shooting to the surface of my mind. I was able to make connections and similarities between each of them and then I could see my mistakes and my triumphs as I watched and studied their lives.
What valuable lessons do you want readers to learn from your book?
Everyone suffers in this world good people and bad people, but it depends on what you lean on to get back up. I want all to see that God is for you and having a personal relationship with Him will help you to navigate the emotional up’s and down’s that often threaten to dislodge us from our destiny. I suffered emotionally for a long time, but I needed to back up and admit that I wasn’t making the best choices for my life. I pray this book touch the hearts of people who struggle and give them freedom to be victorious.
What’s next for you?
I am currently editing my second book. It is all about women in the bible. I am working on some other projects involving my radio show Dovetales. I am also a playwright and raising money to produce my first Christian Comedy titled God’s Office.
Please tell us where we can connect with you online.
- My Blog/website at www.dclministries.com
- Twitter: DCLMinistries
- Google+: D.L. Lassiter
- Linkedin: Deborah Lassiter