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Number of Pages: 184
Vendor: LangMarc Publishing
Publication Date: 2006
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Author: Hiram Keith Johnson
Located in: Fairhope, AL
Submitted: December 28, 2015
Tell us a little about yourself. I am a licensed mental health therapist (for 22 years) and also an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church. I've been married for 31 years to my wife, Jill, and we have two beautiful daughters, Hannah (24) and Sarah (21), who are currently still on the payroll. And I love my FSU Noles!!!!
What was your motivation behind this project? We are all stronger because of people's stories. Stories help us to endure the pain and prolong the joy. Everyone needs to share their story! I felt called to share this story to help hurting people coping with tragedy, heartache and loss. To give people a sense of hope regardless of how bad things may be at the current time.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? To help them understand better what forgiveness is and is not. And the same with grace. Both so misunderstood by so many. Also, to help people find meaning and purpose in their suffering in order to become stronger and more empathetic toward people in need. To bring about transformation and a sense of redemption in their own lives.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? It was a form of a catharsis of sorts. Brought up a great deal of mixed memories, but so thankful and blessed to put them all down on paper for the benefit of others.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? My father, although very flawed, was someone who came from a violent and abusive childhood, but one who overcame such a hostile dysfunctional environment. His early death still skews me. My mother for doing the best she could to keep the family intact despite very trying circumstances to say the least. Neither of them quit! Pastor Doug Newton who selflessly spent hours with me and my parents in such a surreal and painful time. David Seamands, my professor at Asbury and the author of The Healing of Damaged Emotions; and his son, Steve, who also was my professor and who graciously agreed to write the best forward a book could ever have. Dr. Myron Madden, my AAPC Supervisor, who taught me so much by just being himself, genuine, authentic, and unassuming not to mention his classic book, The Power to Bless. My CPE supervisor, Butch Drake in Lexington, KY. He taught me the art of "not going there" unless absolutely necessary. He was such a mature, seasoned, and humble supervisor. More like a friend, quite frankly. Sam Walton, my former boss while I was a Walmart Store Manager many moons ago. He believed in treating your people well and with the utmost in respect at all times. And the money never changed him and his values. Again, very humble despite his great financial success. Plus he liked my first name of Hiram. And my grandfather on my mother's side who had a work ethic second to no one; raising six kids in rural south Alabama with little or no education; and the devotion he showed his wife, both before and after her death. He defined hard work and was rich in more important matters other than money. Michael Gates and Bryant Wilson, two friends who died way too early. They defined kind.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Hope eventually comes to terms with tragedy, heartache and loss; as tragedy will never have the last word. Good does overcome evil. And, yes, we are in a spiritual warfare. And while we are at war, unjust suffering will occur. But rather than being totally surprised by it, we should actually expect it. And there will be more unjust suffering for us all. But for those who seek it, there will always be more joy as well. We find and know the meaning of joy because of heartache; just as we find the value of trust through betrayal. God is with each and everyone of us; and we are not alone although our feelings may tell us otherwise. Simply allow God to love you!
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