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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (September 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432795139
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432795139
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,387,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

My name is Annie Clara Brown. I am from Alexander City, Alabama and currently reside in Sylacauga, Alabama. 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. My professional 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 recently joined the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) became certified to teach Family to Family.

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We are not sinners, but we sin!
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This book really make you look at yourself in a whole new light.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By the GreatReads! TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 29, 2014
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Annie Brown is the author of Christians with Pervasive Issues, which is a soul-searching book that is both timely and relevant. She is the mother of four adult children, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. A licensed minister at Joyful Noise AOH Church of God in Sylacauga, Alabama, she is also a hospice social worker. Having lived in various communities, Annie has been able to observe and take part in many conversations about what people think of themselves.

In Who I Be, she shares the lessons from her watchful observation of life. According to Annie Brown, “After reviewing and assessing my own life again, I realized that I have come a long ways but have a long way to go. I do not consider myself to have arrived at places of maturity in all areas of life. As I continue to work on my own pervasive issues and as I learn ways to enhance my daily walk with God and my fellow man, I just want to share God’s goodness toward me and hopefully help others. Life would be so simple if, when we perfected one area in our lives, that was the end of the story, but we live in a fleshy body, and there is always something or somebody to contend with.”

Who I Be is not a lengthy treatise. It is short and easily understandable. Containing just seven short chapters, it is a book from which everyone will be able to glean something:
Chapter 1: A Question Every Person Needs to Answer
Chapter 2: Physical Aspects to Consider Since So Much Emphasis Is Placed on the Outward Appearance
Chapter 3: Emotional Aspects: A God-given Part of Life
Chapter 4: Mental Aspects
Chapter 5: Social Aspects
Chapter 6: Financial Aspects
Chapter 7: Conclusions

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Alabama author Annie Brown is a Medical Social Worker at Lakeside Hospice, Inc. in Pell City, Alabama. She attended the University of Alabama and was awarded a Masters degree in Social Work with a concentration on children, adolescents and families. Her special areas of expertise include working with Veterans with both PTSD and Tramatic Brian Injuries, being certified by the National Alliance for Mental Illness to teach Family to Family, and being a licensed minister in her church. It is the combination of all of these interests that impact the message of this book.

Trust, love, hope, dream. These signifiers set the spirit of this gentle little book by Annie Brown. Knowing that many people are suffering from identity crisis issues - how do I fit into this chaotic world, what do people think of me, where is my spiritual connection, and can I be all things to all people who depend on me, and more. In her approach to the reader to help answer these troublesome questions she does not blindly lead the reader to use some of the ususal religious book `irrefutable demands'. She encourages seeking help from doctors, counselors and ministers when self doubt presents a coping problem.

Where Annie Brown becomes most credible is in her relating her own life experiences. The manner in which she describes her life allows connection with her and enhances her stance. But ultimately Annie Brown returns to her profound spiritual beliefs and encourages the reader to look in the mirror, remember that we are made in God's image, absorb that reality and find solace and pride there and let the doubts be dismissed. Yes, this is a religious book written by a minister, but Annie Brown absorbs life experiences with that make her convictions honest and credible and comforting. Grady Harp, March 14
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Annie Brown took her time to fully develop a well-written story from the metaphysical aspect of spiritual solitude, and in a way that's not too difficult to describe. She writes with such fluidity it engages you to hang onto to her every word.

Annie Brown makes observations of people who suffer quietly inside and pretend that their lives are just peachy. She points out how some never even mention a word about their inner turmoil to anyone, but go on suffering. I believe Annie Brown wrote her book for these silently misguided, unhappy, and miserable people who need help the most.

What I enjoyed most about "Who I Be" is the reader could use the book as a reference for looking up specific behavioral concerns of their own and their effect to the mind, body and soul. Annie Brown shows you how sometimes you must go deeper to silence the negative thoughts in your mind to heal yourself of the pain that you may have experienced from childhood to adulthood.

Annie Brown brings clarity to the story without being judgmental or blaming. She offers support through her own experience and expertise. She gives encouragement through positive-thought-lead-to-positive-life without taking it too far. She promotes the understanding that you are in control of your own self-healing, but also stresses that doctors are sometimes necessary.

If you enjoy a book that inspires, "Who I Be" is the affirmation that could lead to the right emotional place. This book could potentially be life changing. It's at least a starting point. There's a lot of good in the book. So much about rejecting negativity and embracing the loveable and worthiness in you! I recommend that you give "Who I Be" a try. The author kept the story real, but short and sweet. "Who I Be" is well worth the read!
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Annie Brown was born and lived in Alexander City, Alabama until 1988 when she moved to Sylacauga, Alabama. She worked in the textile industry from 1983 to 2001 at which time her job was shipped overseas. Since 2001, Annie has recieved a bachelor and master's degree in social work. Annie currently works with hospice and is a licensed minister.