Book Title: Christians with Pervasive Issues
Genre Christian Non-Fiction
About The Book
Even as a faithful Christian, there may be times when you feel that there is no hope of escaping issues and themes in your life that ensnare and trip you up time and time again. When a certain pattern of behavior or type of suffering has been following you all your life, it’s hard to believe that you can ever escape from it. Christians with Pervasive Issues shows us that every child of God can be delivered from issues that cause them to be a victim, rather than walking in victory. In compassionate, no-nonsense language, Annie Brown demonstrates that with genuine repentance, using God’s principles, and the right counseling/support, you can overcome anything. Christians with Pervasive Issues gives you the ray of hope you need in order to heal your life, and get closer to God.
About The Author
Annie Brown is the mother of four adult children, five grandchildren, and one great grandchild. She is a licensed minister and social worker. As a social worker, Annie works the terminally ill, providing emotional support at the most critical time in an individual’s life. It is Annie’s desire that Christians work through their pervasive issues before the end of life, so that the transition between death and eternity can be smooth, and not cluttered with unresolved conflicts.
Annie Brown challenges us to face our issues. One cannot be healed and delivered from hurt, pain , and bitterness without facing the issues and forgiving our selves and those who hurt us. This small book is packed with love and compassion for the hurting , yet frank advice as to how to work through your issues to be free from the bondage of the past. Read what Annie Brown shares about her life and why she wrote the book.
Describe yourself for our visitors.
I am a God-fearing Christian who believes that a balanced life is important. I am a person who believes in helping others.
How do you find time to connect with God?
I make time for prayer, meditations, and studying the Word of God. I understand the importance of a dedicated prayer life and spending quality time meditating, studying, and having a dialogue with God. Since I am on the road everyday going to visit my patients, I utilize some of that travel time to commune with God.
Describe the importance of prayer and intercession in one’s life?
To me prayer and intercession is part of the essence of who I am…I realize that outside of God I am nothing and to be in fellowship with God it takes communing with Him daily. Prayer changes things is not just a saying but a truth I have learned to embrace in every part of my life…Also to be successful in life I understand that we are required to stand in the gap for others…I really believe that to pray for others I will be healed whether it is physically, mentally, emotionally, and etc…
Tell us about your current book?
Christians with Pervasive Issues is self-help book. The main focus is forgiveness. We have a need to present ourselves to God in humble submission and ask God to forgive us and deliver us. With God forgiving us in mind we need to understand that God forgives us when we come clean and not try to hide behind our issues and use excuses for unholy behaviors.
How did you come up with ideas for this book?
This book was inspired by God. I had never given any serious thought to writing a book because I felt inadequate to do so. However, when one learns the voice of God then we will know when God is speaking and when God spoke those words about Pervasive Issues, I definitely knew it was God, and not me. I share in the book that I did not even know the meaning of pervasive. And believe me, I tried to ignore the command to write, but when God has something for us to do, He will allow us to wander around in the wilderness and when we finish wandering God’s instructions will not have changed.
What valuable lessons do you want readers to learn from your book?
I want readers to learn that forgiveness brings freedom. If we need to forgive others or ask others to forgive us, we need to get whatever the issue resolved before the end of life. As a hospice social worker, I have witnessed so many people being agitated and restless. These persons cannot get comfortable and they continue to say they are in pain but no amount of medication can reduce emotional pain. It is as though, those issues that have been unresolved rear up and say “you thought I was gone but I am not so peep-a-boo”. The sad thing is that sometimes a person’s cognitive abilities to process matters are gone and it takes spiritual discernment and special skills to be able to dig under all that rubberish to find what the issue is so that person can find peace.
What did you learn while writing this book?
I learned much more about patience and the need to wait on God.
What did you hope to accomplish with this book?
My greatest desire is that people will take care of their unresolved issues before the end of life so that the transition will not be cluttered with emotional pain and agitation because there is no inner peace.
When you’re not writing, what do you like to do in your spare time?
Spare time….I could ask, what is that ?…..but on a serious note…I love to spend quality time with my family and friends. I enjoy cooking and I like quiet time. There is nothing like taking “me” days when I stay in my pajamas and do nothing of importance which I have learned to do in my senior years.
The Meaning of Pervasive Issues
I WAS GETTING ready for work and suddenly the words “Pervasive Issues” were dropped into my spirit. Can you imagine someone who is not normally a morning person having something so important to deal with? I could not even think of the meaning of “pervasive,” so I could not comprehend what was being said to me. I went on to work, but it did not leave me. I shared what had been dropped into my spirit with my co-worker who is an encourager. He gave me a push to pursue the message the Spirit was conveying, and to understand what God wanted me to write. I could not begin until I did some preliminary homework. I had to figure out what part of speech that “pervasive” was. “Pervasive” is an adjective, which served as a modifier to the noun (issue). Merriam-Webster Dictionary defined it as “spreading through every part.” If an issue is pervasive, it permeates the whole of something. Pervasive issues need to be dealt with within the Body of Christ.
A Remedy to Get to the Root of the Problem
WHAT IS NEEDED is that the people of God “must” clean out their secret compartments and confess that they need the Lord to deliver them. Confession is made unto salvation (deliverance). If we confess our faults, the Lord is faithful in forgiving us. You may ask, “Why do I have to confess if I was not responsible for what happened to me?”
The issue then becomes whether you have forgiven the person that caused me this harm. If there is no forgiveness, then you become a victim twice: a victim of circumstance, and a victim of bondage. This can be in some ways more dangerous than cancer. This will always be eating away at you. With cancer, at least you know what is going on in your body. Being a victim of circumstance and having an unforgiving heart bring torment. This torment becomes a part of you in such a way that it eats through your mind, destroys your inner peace, and puts your soul in jeopardy because it becomes a heart matter of sin.